Kevin Standlee (kevin_standlee) wrote,
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Surprising Political Fact

Over in Tom Veal's Stromata Blog (mostly politics, but sometimes talking about his convention-running experiences), we learn a political fact that I'd not noticed: The last time that an outgoing Democratic President handed his office over (that is, did not die in office and have his VP succeed him) to a Democratic successor was 1856, when When James Buchanan succeeded Franklin Pierce. As Tom said, "Looked at another way, no such transition has occurred since the Republican Party formally came into existence."

Yes, Democrats have followed Democrats since 1856, but only due to the incumbent's death: L.B. Johnson after Kennedy and Truman after F.D. Roosevelt. In both cases, those successors themselves won re-election in their own right.
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