June 23, 2008
Will Obama be able to hide his liberalism?
Peter Brown runs the Quinnipiac University Poll and writes in the Wall Street Journal that this election will answer a fundamental question about the Democrats.Is it their message that's garbage or just their candidates?If nothing else, the 2008 election will resolve the question of whether the Democrats have been losing the White House in recent decades because of their message or because of their candidates' inability to articulate it well.Since Republican Ronald Reagan's election in 1980, the only Democrat to win the White House has been Bill Clinton. But he was the rare Democratic nominee, and not just because he was victorious.Mr. Clinton's southern roots and willingness to challenge his own party's philosophical orthodoxy may have made the difference on Election Day in 1992 and 1996. In any case, he followed a fundamentally different path than other Democratic nominees since 1980.After the 1980, 1984, 1988, 2000 and 2004 elections, Democratic leaders argued that...(Read Full Post)