The blogs are full of it. Thousands of bits in cyberspace declaring the Democratic primary is over before it is over, misogynistic rhetoric abounds, talk of somehow this is a great political realignment and if you aren't paying attention you would swear the second coming of Christ is upon us.
There are those of us who actually pay attention to policy positions, who want the new political realignment to be about policy change. Are we really going to get that? Well, frankly I don't think so and this is why.
Firstly, there are 49% of Democratic voters who are having their candidate of choice ripped a new one daily in the main stream press and in the blogs. That's half of all those who voted in the Democratic primary.
Secondly, the focus of this campaign has been misinformation, smears, gotcha's and not about actual policy positions.
If you ask a typical candidate supporter, what is their candidates actual position on trade, frankly I'll place bets they don't know.
Then, some people's idea of a makeover is somehow about millions of illegal immigrants marching in the streets from 2006. I don't think so. Not only were the comprehensive immigration bills bad for US workers, those bills shut down the Senate fax and phone lines in outrage from the American people. Only 23% of all Americans wanted those bills.
So, what is the latest spin? What is the new change in political movements? It seems spin gets more attention than actual policy positions and voting records. Maybe that is the new political alignment.
I hope in days ahead those of us on The Economic populist tear apart real policy positions and the details as to why a position is weak, or strong and try to get an informed electorate. The real change that is desperately needed in this country is a more informed voter and one that demands real change that is defined. Not some nebulous good sounding sound bytes that define nothing. From TPMcafe
this point in the Obama campaign training of volunteers:
The Obama campaign's instruction to their volunteers to steer clear of policy questions. How can we truly bring about real political change if the movement the Obama people are building is devoid of ideological content, content merely to mouth gauzy generalities about "coming together" and "yes we can"? Such a movement becomes a cult or personality rather than engine for social justice and political transformation. And personality cults can be a huge turnoff to those who are not already drinking the Kool-Aid
Nuf said? Oops, I guess it's more nothing really said.