vcczar Posted November 5, 2022 Share Posted November 5, 2022 President Elections as an Effective Post-Presidency Surrogate/Endorser since FDR There's obviously room for debate here. Clinton sees to have the longest span, but Obama will likely surpass him. FDR = 0 died Truman = 3 (1956-1964) Unpopular in 1952, but his popularity was rising quickly by 1956. Too old for 1968) Eisenhower = 3 (1960-1968) Died in 1969, so arguably 1968 shouldn't be on here, but some argue his endorsement was crucial for Nixon. JFK = 0 died LBJ = 0 Unpopular and then kind retired from political involvement. Nixon = 0 Unpopular. Was more effective behind the scenes. Ford = 0 Liked as a post-president, but had no real draw or effect. Carter = 0 Same as with Ford. It took until 2004 to get a convention speech. Even then he wasn't given any real prime-time spot. Reagan = 2 (1988-1992) Old and losing his mind soon after 1992. GHW Bush = 2 (2000-2004) Similar to Carter and Ford, had the one-term stank that wasn't resurrected until his son was running for president. Didn't get too involved with McCain or Romney, possibly because he was already dissatisfied with Republican populism. Clinton = 4 (2004-2016) Was sort of losing his effectiveness in the course of 2016 as he was getting Me Too'd by the easily Me Too-able Trump. Note that Clinton had done almost nothing for 2020. Same with Hillary Clinton. Both are unpopular now. Clinton was THE surrogate for awhile though. You'll note he isn't listed for 2000. This is because Al Gore kept pushing him away, fearing the impeachment would cause an issue or that he would come off as just a 3rd term Clinton. Many believe it was a mistake. GW Bush = 0 Soundly unpopular. Probably could have been useful in 2016 or 2020, but strongly opposes Trump. Obama = 2 (2016-present) Only active former Democratic president with starpower, and rivals Clinton as the top of the list. Should have many more elections to work with. If Biden's low approval continues, even if he wins in 2024, I think Biden will likely have a 0 after his name because of age and low approval. Trump = 0 (2024?) I think Trump will maintain a zero if he runs in 2024. If he loses in the primary, he'll undermine who beat him. If he wins in the primary, he'll be the nominee so that won't count. He's ceiling is a 42% approval/popularity. He's useful only for voters who are already going to vote. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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