January 5, 2008

THEN YOU PROPOSE THE ACTUAL CHANGES AND IMPLODE:

Huckabee, Obama face new hurdles in New Hampshire: The Iowa winners' message of change might not play as well with voters in the Granite State and elsewhere (Janet Hook, 1/05/08, Los Angeles Times)

[T]he new front-runners still confront the deep reservations among many of their parties' voters. For Huckabee, there is an idiosyncratic record that includes tax increases while he was governor of Arkansas. For Obama, a senator from Illinois, there is concern about a campaign message that some see as too vague and abstract, too lacking in specifics on key issues.

Both must address questions about their lack of experience in foreign affairs.

Those potential weaknesses surely will be exploited by their opponents, who include some of the best-funded, best-organized and most skillful campaigners in American politics.

Later this month, analysts say, Huckabee and Obama will campaign on more favorable ground in South Carolina, where evangelicals are influential among Republicans and African Americans are a crucial Democratic constituency.

Beyond the specifics of individual states, however, what remains to be tested is how far-reaching Iowa voters' evident desire for a new brand of political leadership will prove to be. How widespread is the desire for leaders who are more inspirational and unorthodox than Clinton and Romney, who emphasized experience and competence, not charisma?

Polls suggest the clamor for change is bipartisan: 72% of New Hampshire voters -- including 49% of Republicans -- think the country is seriously moving on the wrong track, according to a recent Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll.

But William A. Galston, a Clinton supporter who is a fellow at the Brookings Institution, said it was still unclear whether voters in later-voting states would prefer Obama's fresh face to Clinton's experience. Unless Obama delivers a knockout blow in New Hampshire, Galston said, the question will be confronted anew when the pace of campaigning slows after the New Hampshire primary.

"If voters have a chance to take a deep breath [before the multistate primary day of Feb. 5], will the enthusiasm for Obama give way to sober second thoughts?" Galston asked.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 5, 2008 7:40 AM
Comments

Obama wants to go in a new direction, i.e., from capitalist freedom to socialist slavery and the lemmings are cheering.

Posted by: erp at January 5, 2008 10:56 AM

But it is not a new direction, you see. Freedom is the new idea, socialist slavery a very old one.

Posted by: Lou ots at January 5, 2008 11:13 AM

It's new for us.

Posted by: erp at January 5, 2008 2:20 PM
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