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Why the GOP primary isn't like Obama vs. Clinton in '08

Why the GOP primary isn't like Obama vs. Clinton in '08

Republican wishful thinkers like to rationalize away the damage being inflicted on their party by the intramural mudslinging among its unimpressive field of presidential candidates. After all, they note, in 2008 Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Clintonwent at it pretty hot and heavy, and their party won the election anyway.

However, there are significant differences between then and now that suggest the GOP is paying a much bigger price for its circular firing squad among Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul than the Democrats did in their two-sided primary fight four years ago.

Most obvious and significant is that, for all the heat generated by Mr. Obama...

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