The Electability Canard
Posted on Dec 11, 2007
Ari Berman takes a look at the Democrats’ premiere non-issue as the campaign in Iowa draws closer to a conclusion: electability. He concludes that, their propaganda aside, all of the top candidates have positives and negatives that cancel each other out, but that probably doesn’t even matter. As Bill Clinton himself said: “This electability thing is a canard.”
Forget the issues. The Democratic candidates for president are now sparring over that age-old question of “electability.” The Clinton campaign hosted a conference call today with Indiana Senator Evan Bayh and Congresswomen Sheila Jackson-Lee and Stephanie Tubbs Jones to argue that Hillary is the Democrat with the best chance of recapturing the White House. The Obama campaign countered with Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, Mississippi Governor Roy Mabus and Missouri Congressman Russ Carnahan vouching for Obama’s winnability.