May 19, 2008

ALL OFFENSE:

McCain Exceptionalism: Three developments this past week were promising for John McCain, or what amounts to pretty much the same thing, problematic for Barack Obama. (William Kristol, 5/19/08, NY Times)

1. On Tuesday night, while the G.O.P. Congressional candidate was losing in a Mississippi district George Bush carried in 2004 by 25 points, Barack Obama was being trounced in the West Virginia Democratic primary -- by 41 points. I can’t find a single recent instance of a candidate who ultimately became his party’s nominee losing a primary by this kind of margin. The crucial swing states of Ohio and Pennsylvania (whose primaries Obama also lost to Hillary Clinton) have a fair number of West Virginia-type working-class, culturally conservative voters. The Obama campaign can’t be confident about his prospects there in the fall.

2. On Thursday, the California Supreme Court did precisely what much of the American public doesn’t want judges doing: it made social policy from the bench. With a 4-to-3 majority, the judges chose not to defer to a ballot initiative approved by 61 percent of California voters eight years ago, which defined marriage as between a man and a woman. In 2003, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court redefined marriage in that state, helping to highlight the issues of same-sex marriage and judicial activism for the 2004 presidential campaign. Now the California court has conveniently stepped up to the plate.

Obama’s campaign issued a statement that its candidate “respects the decision of the California Supreme Court.” The McCain campaign, by contrast, said it recognized “the right of the people of California to recognize marriage as a unique institution ... John McCain doesn’t believe judges should be making these decisions.” Since the next president will almost certainly have one Supreme Court appointment, and could have two or three, this difference on judicial philosophy could well matter to voters -- and in a way that should help McCain.


Posted by Orrin Judd at May 19, 2008 6:30 AM
Comments

vote for obama if you want the UN to control your thermostat

obama thinks everyone in the world is smarter than you if you are an American.

Posted by: Kudzu Fire at May 20, 2008 7:33 PM

Well, they are Brighter.

Posted by: oj at May 20, 2008 10:14 PM
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