At the bottom of Dr. Blanchard's shamanism on the U.S. Senate races (the NSU swami says seven new Senate seats for Dems; your DSU diviner says nine, just to be contrary ;-) ), the good professor notes Stuart J. Taylor's question on the Presidential race: "Which Obama will America get, the ultra-liberal ideologue (Obama over his entire previous career) or the pragmatic reformer (Obama since he began running for President)?"
A good question, the answer to which will likely be the latter. Obama has always lived between groups, and the campaign has reinforced for him that that existence is what brings him success, is where he belongs. If ultra-liberal ideology won elections, we'd be pulling the lever for Kucinich on Tuesday. Obama has inspired idealism, but it is a practical idealism that we can produce practical reform, not just words.
Blanchard/Taylor's question is also interesting in that we could ask a nearly identical question about McCain: "Which McCain would America get, the ultra-conservative ideologue (McCain since he began running for President in 2007) or the pragmatic reformer (McCain over his entire previous career?" Where Obama has chosen pragmatism, McCain has chosen ideology... the wrong ideology, for a majority of Americans (not just the "un-American" ones). That's why Obama is winning.
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