Thursday, 6 November 2008


At Harry’s Place, Nutters: “We’re already disappointed by Obama” and The Rahm Factor. Roland Dodds on the same topic, Obama Already Pissing Off Jihadists. Yes, so far the upside is much in evidence.

Also from Roland, A Delusional Republican Talking Point, and a contrary view from Lee at A Second Hand Conjecture, Blaming the Social Conservatives.

I’m in the wrong place to be able to draw any conclusion, but much as I’d like Roland to be right I suspect the successful strategy for an American centre right leader might not be to ‘put the social conservatives in their place,’ but to refocus them onto issues with broader appeal. And look, someone was already having a go at doing something like that this year. From the June 30th issue of The New Yorker:
On Super Tuesday, thirty per cent of evangelical Republicans voted for John McCain, the favorite of moderates and independents. Even more surprising, a third of evangelicals in Missouri and Tennessee chose to vote Democratic, as did, a month later, forty-three per cent in Ohio. Meanwhile, Barack Obama - unlike John Kerry, in 2004 - has been trying to win over white evangelicals. In televised discussions sponsored by religious organizations, he has spoken of his faith, and framed issues such as health care and the war in Iraq in moral terms. In recent weeks, he has met privately with evangelical leaders and started to reach out to values voters. These efforts suggest that he is hoping to do as well as, if not better than, Bill Clinton, who won a third of the white evangelical vote in both 1992 and 1996.

Update: More reactions to Rahm at The Contentious Centrist.

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