Re: [political-graveyard] Big incumbent loss blowouts (Re: Political Birthdays July 8th)
- Ah, yes, the 1972. That was, surprisingly, an easy one for me to get. I too find it interesting to look back and see where Barone was dead on the money and where he totally missed some. A possible inclusion to that list of missed calls, in the 2004 edition, no mention is made of Melissa Bean, who held Rep. Phil Crane to 57% (one of his lowest) in the 2002 race. You'd think a 30 some odd year US Rep held to a 14 point win would merit the challenger some mention. Granted this might not matter to me now if Bean had not been successful in 2004, 52%-48%.
I must say, I'm tickled that one of my very few posts has led to such a discussion.
"D.J. Jones" <fieldmarshaldj@...> wrote:
Kenneth Black <governorblack@y...> wrote:
> D.J.That's about the time I first started buying them (I heard Rush
> But, of course. A college professor introduced me to the book in
> 1997. I started buying them as they came out starting with the
> 1998 edition later that year. I've managed to obtain all but the
> 1974 and 1976 editions at various book sales and auctions. I'd
> love to get my hands on them, but haven't recently seen either for
> much under $100 if at all.
plugging them). I managed to acquire every single edition (including
the "fabled" 1972 1st edition), save for the 2004 edition (which I
haven't bought yet), through eBay. It's also interesting to note
Barone's political evolution from the first to the most recent. He
started out fairly liberal (fresh out of college) after putting
together the first issue, and moved rightward throughout the years.
Also seeing where he was "dead on the money" with his
prognostications with some members, and not so much with others.
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- Today is Sunday, July 8, 2007. There are five political birthdays
today. They are as follows:
John David Dingell, Jr. (D-MI) is 81. [Trivia below]
U.S. House 1955 to Present
Dean of the U.S. House 1995 to Present
Wayne Co., MI, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney 1954 to 1955
First elected to U.S. House in a special election to fill the
vacancy caused by the death of his father, U.S. Rep. John David
Edward Daniel DiPrete (R-RI) is 73. (*)
Governor of Rhode Island 1985 to 1991
Mayor of Cranston, RI, 1979 to 1985
Cranston, RI, City Council 1975 to 1979
Cranston, RI, School Committee 1971 to 1975
Pleaded guilty in 1998 to bribery, extortion, and raceteering for
accepting $250,000 in exchange for state contracts, and sentenced to
one year in prison.
Unsuccessful candidate for re-election as Governor 1990
Julia May Carson (D-IN) is 69.
U.S. House 1997 to Present
Indianapolis, IN, Township Trustee 1990 to 1996
IN State Senate 1976 to 1990
IN House 1972 to 1976
Gerald L. Baliles (D-VA) is 67. (*)
Governor of Virginia 1986 to 1990
Attorney General of Virginia 1982 to 1986
VA House 1976 to 1982
William Philip Gramm (D/R-TX) is 65. (*)
U.S. Senate 1985 to 2002
U.S. House 1979 to 1985
Unsuccessful candidate for U.S. Senate 1976
Unsuccessful candidate for Republican presidential nomination 1996
TRIVIA: Rep. John Dingell, Jr. has served in the U.S. House longer
than the combined tenure of 121 of his most junior colleagues.
(*) indicates additional information not contained in TPG listing.