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January 15, 2008

Lefty Politics
Posted by Moira Whelan

I happened to notice after tonight’s debate that Obama is a south-paw. The dexterity issue struck me as one of the few areas of politics we have not yet explored deeply by the punditry. So given that it’s a smaller list (and because I am a lefty myself and was curious) I went digging for other famous lefties. Remember only 7 to 10% of the population are south-paws…

US Presidents:
James A. Garfield, Herbert Hoover, Harry S. Truman, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan,  George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton 

Other famous US politicos: Bill Bradley, Anthony Kennedy, Robert McNamara, Ollie North, Ross Perot, William Perry

Honorable Mention: Fidel Castro, Bart Simpson

My prediction is that extensive debate of this issue, how Obama compares to these individuals and what this all means for the other candidates, will be as significant a contribution to the political dialogue as other discussion of minutia.

On a political note, Obama, in my opinion missed a huge opportunity in tonight's debate by not saying that his biggest weakness was that when he writes, he gets ink all over his hand.

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As I am a southpaw myself I look at that list and contemplate amputating said hand. Ugh.

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Great article.I was wondering this only.Thanks for sharing it here.I would like to say audiences may find waiting for Lefty's style and dogmatic politics strange and unfamiliar; it is rarely produced and is often characterized as an historical curiosity.

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