Race, Class, Gender, Globalization And 2008

The social issues are all rather hard to deal with. The identity issues are hard to deal with. I don't know what exactly Obama said in San Francisco at a private dinner but he got reported as saying that people in small town Pennsylvania are bitter and so they cling to guns and religion.

Like James Carville said, Pennsylvania is Philly and Pittsburgh, with Alabama in between. And there are no blacks in this particular version of Alabama.

The poor everywhere are extra susceptible to identity politics and prejudices. Guns and religion were there before the outsourcing of industrial jobs, guns and religion were there before industrialization, but people do cling extra tight to them when the times go rough. A lot of people don't know Barack's mother was a cutting edge anthropologist. She did microfinance work decades before Yunus got the Nobel for the same.

The reaction was one of defensiveness. You calling me poor? You calling me desperate? You calling me white? The media churn on the issue was so total that Obama 2008's millions in TV ads got drowned out.

It is hard to engage the electorate on social issues. Most people feel their particular worldview is cutting edge and they have no viewpoint they need to change. Roe V Wade was 1973, and the pro-choice agenda is still hot. Progress on social issues tends to be slow.

What to do?
  1. Turn the class issue into one on globalization and how to tackle it best.
  2. Inject the gender issue full force. That will put Hillary on the defensive. She desires to quietly squeak by, she does not seek to talk gender.
  3. Address race. That one was a speech about Jeremiah Wright. Now tell the people how you will take race relations in America to the next level. (JFK, Obama Parallels: Catholic, Black)
Hillary's momentum from her nine point PA victory is a little unsettling. It will help to get a little paranoid.

Ground Rule: When you get hit, you hit back. The new kind of politics does not change that. What it does change is you don't get nasty when hitting back. When you don't hit back, people think you got hit and you did not even notice.

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In The News

Bush to address Americans' financial fears CNN
Clinton surges way ahead of McCain in latest poll Hindu
Rev. Wright more than Obama's former pastor CNN
Iranian President’s Visit Tests India New York Times
Wright's Remarks Leave Obama Wounded
U.S. News & World Report
Obama’s Wright Response New York Times
Why Wright Doesn't Hurt Obama's Shot at the Nomination Newsweek
What's new: Is the Obama camp right about Wright?
USA Today
Pastor's rebuttals fuel troubles for Obama Boston Globe led McCain by nine points in what is perhaps the best news her campaign has seen or heard in the last several weeks .... Both Democrats were roughly even with 71-year-old McCain in the previous poll about three weeks ago. .... 30 per cent of Clinton backers and 21 per cent of Obama's maintaining that they will vote for McCain if their preferred candidate did not get nominated. ....... Governor of North Carolina Mike Easley, a superdelegate, announced his support to her.
Clinton Tip-Toes Around Rev. Wright Issue ABC News
Clinton drives home her Lincoln-Douglas debate idea and Obama ...
Los Angeles Times
Clinton Could Ease Racial Tensions Wall Street Journal

Obama Team Remains Unshaken CBS News, USA The Plan, a blueprint devised 15 months ago ....... Her campaign, ensconced in a Washington suburb, has experienced two major staff shakeups fueled by high-level staff rivalries, shifting strategies and an unusual degree of finger-pointing. ..... a candidate intolerant of infighting, a clear line of authority and a healthy distance from the city they want to take over. ....... 2000, who presided over a loyal, linear and leakless operation in Austin ........ “Intense loyalty to and belief in the candidate,” Jordan said, citing the similarities. “Simple, clear lines of authority with real discipline among the staff and consultants. Deep, talented teams. Maybe most importantly, candidates who trust their campaign, who understand what they’re doing, who deliver as well as demand loyalty, who intuitively relate to and handle their campaigns with just the right touch.” ........ the rival Democratic campaigns are a study in contrasts. ........ Obama strategist David Axelrod is the anti-Penn. ....... the low-key and well-liked Axelrod ........ run on change, win Iowa and then embark on a national campaign aimed at maximizing their delegate count. ......... a demeanor like Obama’s, tends to avoid highs or lows. ...... block out the din and the whims of the 24-hour cable news culture. ....... there should be only intentional leaks, and disputes must be dealt with in-house ....... we feel confident in the plan and we are still ahead
Obama on Rev. Wright: "He Does Not Speak for Me" Washington Post "I have said before and I will repeat again that some of the comments that Rev. Wright have made offend me and I understand why they've offended the American people," Obama said ........ Obama seemed determined to wrench his campaign back to the basic messages ...... "Having politicians bickering back and forth doesn't help you," Obama said. "Having them worrying about superdelegates doesn't help you. This election is not about me. It's not about Senator Clinton. It's not about John McCain. It's about you. It's about your struggles, your hopes and dreams."


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