April 22, 2008

WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?:

Is Obama JFK or Adlai Stevenson? (E. J. Dionne, 4/22/08, Real Clear Politics)

The result of the 2008 election may come down to how voters decide to define Barack Obama. Is he Adlai Stevenson or John F. Kennedy? Is he a detached former law review editor or a passionate agent of change? Is he an upscale reformer focused on process or a populist who will turn Washington and the country around?

The one big difference between Obama and Stevenson is that back in the day the Democrats used to think a candidate might learn something useful in defeat and so weren't averse to giving him a second shot. Nowadays they just truck out the next test flavor and then are shocked when he makes all the same neophyte mistakes the last guy did.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 22, 2008 1:34 PM
Comments

They truck out a different flavor?

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 22, 2008 2:17 PM

BTW, if you check the states that Adlai won, they're almost all from the old Confederacy. That was in the days of the Solid South.

One way that Obama isn't Stevenson is that Obama will rely on the black vote in those states, instead of on white segregationists.

Posted by: Bob Hawkins at April 23, 2008 8:26 AM
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