BuzzFlash's P.M. Carpenter just can't figure
how Barack Obama has slipped from a 15-point lead over John McCain to a mere 3-point lead in the latest polls, despite the alleged strategic genius of switching his positions on a number of touchstone issues from the FISA bill and public finance of his campaign through to gun control, faith-based initiatives, Israel and Iran. Rather than face the probability that Obama's slide is exactly because of
these betrayals of what many of us on the left had hoped were matters of basic principle, ol' P.M. instead speculates that this has to be attributable to either incompetent polling or racism amongst the electorate or even some kind of misinformed Islamophobia.
Thankfully, many of those leaving comments below Carpenter's column seem a lot more clued up than P.M. himself. It really does seem as if the Democratic establishment is, on a daily-if-not-hourly basis, exposing itself as just as out-of-touch with the mood of the country as the Republican establishment has been.
Polls have shown that the majority of Americans, after eight dark years of encroaching fascism, are demanding substantial change. Moving towards positions that, by all appearances, offer the country pretty much more of the same thing but with different packaging frankly will not cut it.
Labels: 2008 US presidential election, Barack Obama, P.M. Carpenter