Obama in 2008: More Like 1912 Than 1932
Posted on Tue Jan 15, 2008 at 12:09:10 AM EST
Tags: history, Barack Obama, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, 1912 election, 1932 election, 2008 election (all tags)
[Cross-posted from ProgressiveHistorians.]
Daily Kos has recently been abuzz with speculation that the coming Presidential election will play out similarly to that of 1932 -- a dramatic realignment election that puts Dems on top for a generation. DHinMI advanced this argument in a very good three-part series last month. Today, New Deal democrat provides more evidence of this phenomenon by pointing out that economic conditions were similar in some ways then to how they are now.
It's an interesting, if optimistic, argument, but I disagree with one of its underlying assumptions -- particularly if Barack Obama becomes the Democratic nominee. In that eventuality, I think Woodrow Wilson's campaign in 1912, rather than Franklin Roosevelt's in 1932, is more likely to serve as a useful model for the 2008 election.
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