Thursday, April 24, 2008


Today's column by Matt Bai begs the same question I asked in my previous post about McCain and race. But with a different spin: are the Democrats misconstruing the electoral map? I wonder if the prolonged Democratic primary is going to ruin the candidates - not because of insults and attack ads, but because Clinton and Obama are trying to out-Democrat each other and consequently lose more centrist votes by the minute.

Yet, as Ann said the other day, I also wish that elections didn't turn on the "Reagan Democrat" vote. The US isn't going back to being an industrial powerhouse like it was in 1950 (John Edwards), so maybe we need to let go . . .

1 comment:

JeremyC said...

You heart Matt Bai. But who doesn't.

See my comment to your post on the GOP and Race.

The problem is that I don't think that politicians can operate very well outside of the two party sphere, and this leads them to deliberately polarize the constituents over specific issues. Perhaps the polarizing issue this year will be the Iraq War, which is the most valid of the polarizing issues I can think of (way better than abortion or gay marriage). And this might, MIGHT, operate in Obama's favor. On the other hand if McCain can argue that the surge, which he likes to pretend was his idea, is what can keep the conflict from being an utter and total failure, he can cast himself as the anti-Bush pro-War candidate. Which might actually work. People like America-as-Savior rhetoric.

Can you tell I'm cynical about this?