by Unknown | 10/03/2008 02:35:00 PM
History Carnival LXIX is up! Congratulations to midtowng, whose post on The End of American Empire made it into the Carnival, and also to Jonathan Rees, whose essay on Eugene V. Debs was also nominated by yours truly.

Mark Blumenthal at has a wonderful article about the non-importance of Dan Quayle's disastrous 1988 VP debate performance to the outcome of the election. The most striking finding, however, is one that Blumenthal himself fails to highlight: in 1988, 10% more Americans thought Quayle was qualified to be President after the debate than before it. After last night's debate, 9% more Americans thought Palin was qualified to be President than before the debate. Yes, folks -- that means that according to one important measurement, Palin's performance was deemed to be worse than Dan Quayle's.

What's on your mind?




Anonymous Anonymous on 10/03/2008 8:55 PM:

If 9% more thought Palin is qualified to be President than BEFORE the debate (sic), what percentage thought Palin is LESS qualified to be President than before the debate?

P.S. Bush has no doubt caused some people to wonder about the quality of education one supposedly possesses
upon receiving a degree from Harvard and/or from Yale.

Governor Palin has no doubt caused some people to wonder about the
judgement of the voting majority of Alaskans (assuming her election as Governor was won fairly).


Blogger Unknown on 10/03/2008 9:28 PM:

I'm not measuring it quite like that. I'm simply subtracting the percentages of people who found her qualified before and after the debate. The numbers who found her unqualified roughly track these percentages (same with Quayle).


Blogger Ahistoricality on 10/04/2008 11:01 AM:

You gotta love a campaign that swings!


Blogger Unknown on 10/04/2008 2:17 PM:

That may just be the most awesome thing I've seen all week.


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Blogger Ahistoricality on 10/05/2008 10:30 PM:

The Obama campaign is raising the ante again, apparently in response to the McCain campaign's attempt to revive the Wright/Ayers stuff: Remember the Keating 5? Or is that all too "backward looking"?