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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Monday, May 05, 2008

Listen to the people

Let's start with a basic fact: the pundits have been wrong on virtually everything this campaign season. Otherwise we would be looking at a Fred Thompson-Hillary Clinton showdown in November.

There is no question that the furor over Jeremiah Wright has slowed Barack Obama's march to the Democratic nomination. And there's also no question that a certain percentage of the American population would never vote for him -- or Clinton -- based in their race or gender.

But the latest CBS News-New York Times poll suggest the American public has a better handle on the importance of this election than the bloviating heads that fill our television screens.

Let's repeat: Milk and gasoline are both in the $4 a gallon range. The economy, try as George Bush might to downplay it is, as his father would say, in deep doo-doo. People are losing their jobs and their homes.

Soldiers are still dying in Iraq and W and Darth Cheney are still making noise about starting another war with Iran before they head out of town. If they leave. We continue to squander human and financial resources in the Middle East for a cause that few, save John McCain and Joe Lieberman believe in.

Young voters are registering by the thousands in state after state -- and they are signing up as Democrats.

Yes, this is a party that has an amazing ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. And Clinton's focus on softening up Obama has left a bad taste in many people's mouths.

But whether it is Clinton or Obama, one thing is clear. The American public has a clear focus -- 81 percent say the country is on the wrong track. Barack Obama is not Michael Dukakis or John Kerry, ready to be Swift boated over a flag pin. Jeremiah Wright and John Hagee are two sides of the same coin about the improper intrusion of religious zealotry.

So chill out Tim, George, Keith and Sean and listen to the people and not yourselves. For a change.

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Anonymous Fallafel said...

Is that a wall you're talking to?

May 05, 2008 8:52 AM  

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