June 4, 2008

THE CODE OF THE KANSAN:

Did Hillary Crack the Working-Class Code? (Mark Schmitt, June 4, 2008, American Prospect)

The tragedy of Hillary Clinton's campaign for the presidency is that only after she had effectively lost the Democratic nomination did she find a language and message that gave people a reason to vote for her beyond the claim that her nomination was inevitable. By that point, though, the day-to-day proxy war with Barack Obama was so relentless that even her supporters may have missed the subtle argument and language that could be her lasting contribution to progressive politics.

Subtle? Her argument was that her opponent was part of a liberal elite that doesn't represent mainstream Democrats, nevermind Americans more broadly. That is a winning message--indeed it has won every presidential since 1964--but it's not one "progressives" can use.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at June 4, 2008 11:14 AM
Comments

What an case of ignoring the elephant in the living room! Mrs. B.J.s primary votes reflect less her positives than that, for many of the people described in the article, Effendi Obama's big negative is even more negative than all of hers.

Winning ugly is still better than losing. Get used to it.

Posted by: Lou Gots at June 4, 2008 3:57 PM

What an case of ignoring the elephant in the living room! Mrs. B.J.s primary votes reflect less her positives than that, for many of the people described in the article, Effendi Obama's big negative is even more negative than all of hers.

Winning ugly is still better than losing. Get used to it.

Posted by: Lou Gots at June 4, 2008 4:08 PM
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