Has anyone noticed that Arkansas fell to John McCain and is one of only
three states that went Republican with a higher margin than when George
Bush beat John Kerry. Bush's margin was 10% while McCain's was 20%. Can this have anything to do with Bill
Clinton's widely publicized campaigning in what he, "the man from Hope"
now the man from Manhattan and Chappaqua, must now think of as Dog
Patch. Do you still think Al Gore was wrong not to allow him to put
his persona and face all over the 2000 campaign?
What are the political consequences of this campaign?
Here for starters:
1. Hillary Clinton will never be president of the United States.
2. Hillary Clinton will never be a justice on the Supreme Court. Barack Obama has too many eminent constitutional lawyers and federal judges from among whom to choose. Cass Sunstein, the successor to Felix Frankfurter and Alex Bickel in these pages, for example. But there are many others. Wouldn't it be fascinating to read Jeffrey Rosen on this, rather than his-five-minutes-before-mid-nightmare about a McCain court.
4. No American voting bloc is actually a voting bloc. African Americans and Latinos voted overwhelmingly (and, in the end, decisively) for Obama. That is the sweet. But there is the bitter with the sweet, as often in real life. Black and Hispanic suffrage brings liberal election victories. But also liberal issue failures. Like gay marriage, gay parenting (made illegal in Arkansas, by the way), abortions...and we shall see more of this, rather than less. Did the religious right grasp that racial minorities were on some issues (many issues, perhaps) phobic in the way that the religious right is phobic? Is this the basis for an as yet unimagined political realignment? So you know what I mean by the bitter?
5. I don't usually quote Nicholas D. Kristoff approvingly. But in this morning's column, "The Obama Dividend," he crystallized one essence of the Obama victory: "ending an era in which the Republicans succeeded at winning votes from the working poor to cut taxes for billionaires." I am not one of those who thinks this is was a case of "false consciousness." Even the poor have other interests than money. But, as more Americans grasp now than for decades, how much cash you have is important to your lives.