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leyton Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-29-04 06:29 PM
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127. I think your definition of "insider" does not hold.
Obviously, we can look at Clinton, chairman of the DLC and former chairman of the Democratic Governor's Association. Clearly, he was an insider.

And then we can look at Abraham Lincoln, who you would say was an outsider in 1860 because he was not a sitting congressman. But in 1858, he was probably the most prominent Republican in the country, because he expressed its positions while he campaigned for the Senate and debated Stephen Douglas. Lincoln lost the election, but was so much a fixture in his party that with one term in Congress under his belt, he got the nomination. The center of the Republican party... not a sitting Congressman... outsider or insider? I say insider.

Just two examples of how your definition does not hold. And please do not tell me to go look up the word 'insider,' because obviously whatever definition you are using was meant to be a guideline and not an absolute truth.
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