Sunday, January 27, 2008

Jesse Hart, aka Gary Jackson

Here's a thought: the Obama campaign is a little like this question: What would have happened in 1984 if there was no Donna Rice and Gary Hart and Jesse Jackson were the same person?

It's not a perfect analogy: Obama is a better politician than either Hart or Jackson. Hillary is a better politician than Mondale (the calculus here is complex: he had a better party machine behind him and didn't have to deal with misogyny; she has better political skills and a former 2 term president for a husband). But, that being said, if you take Hart's constituency and Jackson's constituency, you pretty much have the group of voters than Obama is trying to win with.

A more fascinating primary battle I cannot recall.


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