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The tragicomedy of Whigs was largely in their refusal to nominate "looser" Henry Clay in their most promising years, 1840 and 1848. Clay sabotaged himself by impulsively declaring "I had rather be right than president" in 1839. The Whigs ran with "Tippecanoe and Tyler Too" in 1840, that is, a war hero Harrison and (for the Vice-President) Tyler. Harrison died after just a month in the office, and Tyler turned out to be very obstructionist towards Congress Whigs. In 1848, another war hero Zachary Taylor was nominated - and he suddenly passed away in the office as well. The ascended president Fillmore was not effective in preventing deepening divisions between the North and the South, and within the Whigs.
During the Bill Clinton presidency, I found the Republicans ridiculous with their impeachment. But then Gore, Kerry were effectively careful not to win. If Hilary Clinton will turn out to be a fraud candidate, the Democratic Party might indeed dust away in the next years.
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