March 2, 2008

MORE IMPLIES THE EXISTENCE OF SOMETHING TO BEGIN WITH:

Barack will need more to beat McCain: Obama's supporters should not be complacent - a far tougher test awaits him in the months ahead (Michael Crowley, 3/02/08, The Observer)

Giddy over their man's incandescence - 'He can cure cancer with a simple touch; summon rain in the desert; make peace between black and white, Arab and Jew, Jagger and Richards' - some Obama followers are anticipating a rout. They see their man as a young tribune of hope and prescient Iraq war opponent facing down a cranky old Washington fixture who supported both the war and the failed presidency of George W Bush. Could this be, to borrow a phrase from the Bushies, a slam dunk? [...]

Critically, this contrast between Obama and Clinton has largely been one of style and not substance. With few policy differences to debate, their contest has focused on image. For Hillary - older, less charismatic, tainted by past scandals - that dynamic has been crippling.

An Obama-McCain match would be a very different story. The men have fundamental differences on everything from national security to abortion rights, from gun control to health care and taxes. 'It is only natural that when policy differences are smaller in the primary, you focus on the people,' says Dan Schnur, a former top aide to McCain. 'The general election will be about issues.'


The care with which Mr. Obama has avoided telling America his positions concedes just how unpalatable they are.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 2, 2008 6:25 AM
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His positions are unpalatable? How so? Obama, after all, is running as a conservative. He's no leftist.

There's no policy he proposes changing. Indeed, he is eager to repair the damage done by George Bush to Third Way principles.

http://brothersjuddblog.com/archives/2008/02/whence_his_confusion.html

Posted by: Tom at March 2, 2008 7:23 PM

On domestic policy he's conservative. On social he's a radical. Even Democrats tend to shy from infanticide, but not he.

Posted by: oj at March 2, 2008 11:08 PM
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