State of the Race – Debating on the Right

by Sal on October 6, 2008

in Election 2008,Politics

According to the recent polls, Obama currently has anywhere from a 3-point to a 7-point lead in any of the polls that really matter.  Analysts attribute this primarily to the issue of the economy, but I think that it goes beyond that and to how the two candidates are presenting themselves to voters. 

If you asked me this summer whether Obama would have been able to successfully position himself as a center-right candidate, I would not have believed it.  He is the most liberal Senator in the U.S. Senate.  Yet, he has, with the help of the Drive-By Media, been running on issues from the center or right.  He has been running on the idea of cutting taxes, even though his tax cuts are a myth.  He has preached non-invasive health care reform, even though his plan is a movemenent towards socialized medicine (albeit a smaller movement than the 1993 Clinton Health Care Plan).  His plans are left-wing, but he is attempting to sell them as conservative or centrist positions.  McCain, on the other hand, is running as a populist centrist, or even as a liberal on some issues, even though most of his ideas and policies are Conservative. 

While the polls do not look good at the current time, Conservatives should take some comfort from this fact.  Conservatism is still the dominant ideology of the United States, and Conservatism wins elections.  Yet the Democrat party is also the dominant party of the United States (except for a brief period around the 2004 election).  When Republican candidates do not run as conservatives, Democrats will win.  When Democrats can successfully cast themselves as center-right, they will win.  The pattern has repeated itself over and over again, throughout the course of modern presidential elections. 

Later today I will post an article on what McCain needs to do to reverse his fortune and win, but chief among those is to preach Conservatism.  There was much enthusiasm for McCain after the Saddleback Forum and the RNC, as at these two events he sounded like a Conservative.  Since then, he has turned populist, running against Wall Street and not forcefully tying the Democrats to the Fannie Mae/Freddy Mac scandal.  If McCain can return to his conservative message during Tuesday’s debate (and railing against spending and earmarks alone is not enough), he can start the tide of reversal in his fortunes and close the gap with Barack Obama.

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Space Cowboy October 6, 2008 at 1:34 pm

Obama is going to win because John McCain lost the election the moment he decided to capitulate to the housing bailout. The second bailout bill has shown that the US Senate is irrevocably corrupt and the House of Representatives has no spine. The only way I could vote for McCain now is in the hope that he died of a heart attack while in office and we’d then have a POTUS that wasn’t a former Senator.


Ryan October 6, 2008 at 7:43 pm

Well, Space Cowboy, if McCain tried and capitulated, then what has Obama done to deserve your vote? “Call me if you need me” is not really demonstrating leadership. Obama’s advantage of late has been found through his is lack of leadership by remaining so aloof, allowing McCain to take any hits. If nothing else, McCain has been consistent with his willingness (too much sometimes in my opinion) to compromise and get along with people who do not have his best interest at heart.


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