Best of OTB – May 22, 2003

Two posts stand out from my stroll down memory lane of four years ago (a rather light posting day):

MUSICAL HANGING CHADS?” examines a scandal in the voting in the “American Idol” final, in which Ruben Studdard beat Clay Aiken by a slim margin.

In “HANDICAPPING 2004,” I rebut the extant conventional wisdom that President Bush was a “shoe-in” for re-election because of the national security issue. I was quite prescient in noting that the Democrats could largely neutralize the issue if they went away from Howard Dean and instead chose a John Kerry type. I was much less prescient, however, in my advice that, “The way for the Democrats to win is to neutralize the issue as best they can rather than carping at the way Bush is handling the war.”

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James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.