The boring candidate always loses

Of course there are always other factors involved. The economy, incumbency, fundraising, terrorism, etc. etc. But there’s one rock-solid consistency that not that many people seem to acknowledge.

At least since Reagan, the exciting/interesting/inspiring person always wins.

Reagan v Carter

Reagan v Mondale

Bush v Dukakis (this is the only one that doesn’t totally fit the mold, but both candidates were pretty dull, and Dukakis out-gaffed Bush)

Clinton v Bush

Clinton v Dole

W v Gore

W v Kerry

Obama v McCain

Obama v Romney

Trump v Clinton

Boring fails every single time. The more engaging person always wins. It’s not right and it’s not fair, but it’s reality.

Maybe we should have seen this coming.

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