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« on: July 21, 2014, 06:32:16 pm »
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2012:

Republicans: Interesting - Ron Paul, Boring - Tim Pawlenty

2008:

Democrats: Interesting - Mike Gravel, Boring - Chris Dodd
Republicans: Interesting - Ron Paul, Boring - Duncan Hunter

2004:

Democrats: Interesting - Dennis Kucinich, Boring - Bob Graham

2000:

Democrats: Only two major candidates here. Bradley was somewhat more interesting than Gore.
Republicans: Interesting - Alan Keyes, Boring - Orrin Hatch

1996:

Republicans: Interesting - Pat Buchanan, Boring - Lamar Alexander

1992:

Democrats: Interesting - Jerry Brown, Boring - Tom Harkin
Republicans: Buchanan was more interesting than H. W. Bush.

1988:

Democrats: Interesting - Jim Traficant, Boring - Bruce Babbitt
Republicans: Interesting - Pat Robertson, Boring - Paul Laxalt


Maybe I'll do some more cycles later. But, ironically, my 'interesting' list is rather boring as it consists almost entirely of insurgents, nutters, extremists and loons.
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« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2014, 02:10:51 am »
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Question: what does "interesting" and "boring" exactly mean to you?
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« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2014, 01:23:26 pm »
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You forgot Fred Thompson.
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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Given her name recognition and the fact that she's admittedly done a good enough job as SoS, this current frontrunner status is natural.

If she's the nominee, I'd probably vote for her, and she'd probably be at least an okay president.
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« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2014, 01:58:05 pm »
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Question: what does "interesting" and "boring" exactly mean to you?

"Interesting" seems to involve a candidate having unconventional/non-mainstream views combined with a cultish sort of following (Paul, Kucinich, Keyes...). "Boring" probably indicates a candidate being a very normal sort of politician with no interesting story and very little charisma (T-Paw, Chris Dodd...).
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