McCain Doesn’t Even Have a Base
Although the LA Times and Newsweek bring happy news to the Obama campaign with strapping double-digit leads, the LA Times also spells out disaster for McCain in another polling element: McCain is performing disastrously among Republicans, his own base. Compared to 2004, McCain is 26% behind Bush among Republicans at this time in the cycle. (h/t Liberal Oasis)
Another demographic disaster is shaping up for McCain among evangelicals, formerly the most fiercely loyal Republican voters ever to be found. James Dobson, the choleric Christian leader of evangelicals, issued a statement in February that he would not vote for McCain and would stay at home if Obama were the nominee. Apparently that message sunk in very well and an amazing 40% of evangelicals polled are seriously considering Obama.
If adopting Christian values to embrace liberal change in preserving the environment, fighting poverty, and ending war is part of the New Politics of Senator Obama’s campaign, well, that is some change I can believe in, god damn right.
If elected John McCain would become he oldest person ever to become president, another huge issue to the electorate, no matter how desperately our media try to ignore it. McCain isn’t trusted among Republicans, evangelicals or even basely accepted as candidate by a huge swath of the electorate, he doesn’t have a hope in hell.
This is a great chance for Democratic Party building by the Obama campaign, I’m extremely happy to see being implemented, yes, but it’s also a great chance for Democratic Party branding, and pretty soon Obama New isn’t going to cut it, for it won’t be new, obviously.
What is the current Democratic brand? Stand for Nothing, to bluntly state the bitter truth. Here is a great chance with the new Obama Leadership to establish a Democratic brand for the 21st century, yet so far the only element in place is Cool with Evangelicals. Not Republican is another old handy standby, apparently good enough all on its own with Bush at 23% approval.
Building a party is a great thing, yes, and it was certainly good enough to earn my vote in the primaries. But branding is critically important too, and already new is beginning to fade in this hyper-consumer society. John McCain is dog meat, the Democrats are running everywhere in a total rout, and Not Republican is an insufficient brand for our new President with an opportunity like this.