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A history of weirdness in U.S. presidential politics

A history of weirdness in U.S. presidential politics

A political junkie all my life, this 2016 presidential election campaign is the 20th I can remember. As bizarre as it is, unprecedented in weirdness it is not.

Although then only 11, I remember the 1940 presidential campaign when Wendell Wilkie, previously known as a Democratic activist, changed his registration to Republican and offered himself up as an alternative candidate in a brokered convention. He won the nomination on the sixth ballot and went on to win 45 percent of the popular vote, to Franklin Delano Roosevelt's 55 percent, which landed the incumbent an unprecedented third term in an America not yet out of the Great Depression and with a war looming in Europe and the...

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