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Saturday, January 26, 2008

Economist: Clinton to Blame for Republican Victory

The Economist has a must-read editorial on how the Clinton campaign's recent policy of slash-and-burn tactics will likely lead to a Republican candidate in the upcoming general election having a significant chance to win!

The Clintonians like to describe their bosses as complementary figures who act as “force multipliers”. But in the 1990s what actually got multiplied was confusion... All this will be material for the Republican attack machine. By most reckonings the Republicans should be doomed. But the Clintons' tactics are alienating blacks and young people. The Clintons are in the process of doing the impossible: making the 2008 election a referendum on them, rather than on the Republicans. And the Republicans are inching towards nominating their one candidate, Mr McCain, who has broad popular appeal. If what ought to be a stroll in the park in November becomes a real fight, then the Democrats will know who to blame.

Read More: Off the leash: Democratic politics is all about Bill—again via Andrew Sullivan