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Obama: A Thin Man with a Thin Record

According to Bill Kristol, he has no real experience, and so he’s provided us no real evidence of either courage or character. This PERSONAL contrast needs to be made loud and often, and it does explain why McCain is polling better than a generic Republican and Obama much worse than a generic Democrat. But the generic gap is wide enough that it won’t be enough to win. ISSUES must be exploited too--particularly judicial activism and health care.

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One big problem with Kristol's article. He argues that since the Democrats will do quite well in November, moderates have little to fear from conservative extremism, but a President McCain will help protect the country from Pelosi's liberal extremism. True enough, but such a perspective, if widely shared, would actually doom McCain's campaign. It adds up to gridlock at a time when people are unhappy with the status quo. McCain has to make his reformism politically plausible, not just a check on congressional Democrats. If the choice is between risky domestic change with Obama or certain domestic gridlock with McCain, McCain will probably lose.

peter, that's right, which is why i added the issue or programmatic element as indispensable.

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