Many Historians See Little Chance for McCain
Historians belonging to both parties saw Barack Obama’s prospects as the most promising for a Democrat since Roosevelt trounced Hoover in 1932. Only twice in the 20th century has a party won a third consecutive term in the White House, most recently in 1988. But the biggest obstacle in McCain’s path may be running in the same party as the most unpopular president America has had since at least the advent of modern polling. Only Harry Truman and Nixon have been nearly as unpopular in their last year in office, and both men’s parties lost the presidency in the following election.