Novak Recognizes the Obvious

by Mike on September 7, 2007

in Election 2008,Politics

Yesterday I tried to put the Baltimore Sun’s glee over She Who Must Not Be Named’s relatively good poll numbers in proper perspective by accusing them of missing the obvious point that the socialist cow is more popular when no one is paying any attention to her. Luckily, not everyone is overlooking this obvious point.

Bob Novak has written a piece in which he recognizes SWMNBN’s skill in turning people off by her mere presence, but with some added historical perspective. Apparently Bob Dole had the same problem in 1996, and he is an honorable person.

. . . [SWMNBN's] backers trumpet her inevitability as the anointed Democratic candidate lengthening her lead over Obama in national polls, she faces hotly competitive races in early primary states. She is measurably more popular in states where she has not campaigned than in primary states where she has, replicating the condition of Robert J. Dole, the anointed Republican candidate in 1996.

We know how it turned for Dole. It can’t be easy to win an election if people are less inclined to support you the more often they see you. Let’s hope history repeats itself.

H/T: Patterico’s Pontifications

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