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One Unanswered Question


My National Journal column, which discusses the fundamental unanswered question about the Obama campaign, is now online.

 

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c:

Nice piece and the Axelrod bit at the end is on-point.

Endorsements don't push people in any simple way: it's not like EMK has legions of zombie followers. But they validate and address concerns, including concerns people won't quite admit. Oprah Winfrey helped validate Obama as an American (which unfortunately needed doing); EMK's endorsement, coming critically *before* Edwards' withdrawal, gave older liberals a pathway to the Obama campaign. I suspect, though I don't know how you'd test this, that the whiteness of Obama's current string of endorsements also matters a lot in countering Clinton's efforts to box Obama in as another Jesse Jackson.

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I would think the use of Teddy Kennedy and other people with gravitas to vouch for Obama diminishes him by comparison. It reminds me of the introduction of Cheney as Bush's running mate / child minder. (I am not trying to say Kennedy is anything like Cheney or Obama is anything like Bush; but rather there's almost a father-son dynamic to it).

Is there a risk of endorsements backfiring that way among voters, or is this just me?

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Harald K:

One thing I'd like to know is how many Americans have looked at Obama's books. My impression is that this is a man who has had an impressive, long-term strategy for getting political power, and ultimately the presidency. I would be very surprised if he hadn't spent at least as much time thinking about what he would do with it.

Whether his policies will be the right ones I don't know, but that he is competent to execute them I can't understand why anyone would doubt. He has prepared for it for ages. That is no Warren G. Harding you have there.

But that is just my impression from looking at his books - not just what's in them, but the books themselves as political tools. I would very much like to know how Americans see them.

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Trust:

If people think barack Obama can stand up to Republican easily, think again.

Check the report below. I wonder why US news doesn't report at all.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/us_elections/article3284825.ece

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