Sunday, February 20, 2005

IN CASE ANYONE DOUBTS that Karl Rove, Dick Cheney, and George W. Bush are bald-faced, blatant, shameless, conscious and deliberate liars, here's the proof that they are. Speaking at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, Karl Rove said the following:

Mr. Rove said the last Democrat to win the presidency by as large a percentage as Mr. Bush was President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964. He called the Johnson administration "a cautionary tale of what happens to a dominant party when its thinking becomes ossified."

Wrong, wrong, wrong.

Bush won with the smallest margin of victory for a sitting president in U.S. history in terms of the percentage of the popular vote. (Bush received 2.5% more than Kerry; the closest previous margin won by a sitting President was 3.2% for Woodrow Wilson in 1916.) In terms of absolute number of popular votes, his victory margin (approximately 3 million votes) was the smallest of any sitting President since Harry S. Truman in 1948. Furthermore, more votes were cast for candidates other than the winner than in any previous U.S. presidential election.
Aside from the 2000 election (which Bush won by just 5 votes in the Electoral College), it was the smallest margin of victory won in the Electoral College since 1916, when Woodrow Wilson beat Charles Evans Hughes by 23 votes, 277 to 254.
In the next installment of my Debunk Karl Rove's Lies series, I will take on his claim that "almost every serious-minded person concedes [that Social Security] needs reform."

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