Some Election Readings for Today
First, Paul Krugman:
BTD at Talk Left has a takedown of Alan Abramowitz's response to Krugman. Krugman cites Prof. Larry Bartels' work. Bartels wrote this recent op-ed in the NYT: "Who's Bitter Now?" that is eminently worth reading.
Second, President Bill Clinton has a nice takedown of the latest incarnation of the Harry-and-Louise type Obama campaign falsehoods about Sen. Clinton's healthcare plan. We can certainly take comfort in knowing that Sen. Obama's large fan base in the corporate media will be happy to ignore these Irrelevant Things That Impact No American.
Third, John Judis recently wrote an op-ed at TNR looking ahead to Sen. Obama's general election prospects - "Woe is He". Chris Bowers at Open Left has a response to this - "The End of Liberal Elites" - where he argues with some data that (emphasis mine):
"We have reached a point where conservative backlash narratives against people of color and "liberal elites" appeal to such a small segment of the electorate, that Democrats no longer need them in order to win...
There once was a time, not long ago, when credible charges of liberal elitism would be devastating to a Democratic candidate in a Presidential election. However, the effectiveness of these charges has also decreased throughout time...
In 2008, we have probably reached a point where the demographic tilt of the electorate favors those candidates by 50% + 1. If this is the case, then it would represent the end of the "liberal elite" and civil right backlash narratives as an effective anti-Democratic tactic on the national level...
I happen to disagree with Chris' assessment but I found his line of argument rather fascinating coming from an Obama supporter, considering that the very essence of Sen. Obama's candidacy is (was?) that he won't just be a 50% + 1 candidate. How times change.