Although Obama has run his campaign almost completely as a
reaction to the administration of one George W. Bush, the parallels
between their campaigns are apparent.
1. Bush ran against eight years of bad judgment and personality
failures of the previous administration. Obama is doing the same.
2. Bush ran as the one who could transcend partisan differences
in Washington. So is Obama.
3. Bush faced concerns about his misspent youth. So has
4. Bush was believed to have done hard drugs. Obama has
5. Bush picked Dick Cheney to reassure voters about experience
on the ticket and foreign policy gravitas. What do you suppose
Obama just did? Heres the
International Herald Tribune:
It reflected a critical strategic
choice by Obama: To go with a running-mate who could reassure
voters about gaps in his resume, rather than to pick someone who
could deliver a state or reinforce Obama’s message of
Hunter Baker is associate dean of arts and sciences and associate professor of political science at Union University. He is the author of The End of Secularism and winner of the 2011 Michael Novak Award. His personal website is www.hunterbaker.wordpress.com.
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