Obama's Horace Greeley Electability Argument: Go West
In a distant blogging past, a lot of us, people like Tom Schaller and me, argued that in the short term, the South was not favorable terrain for expanding the electoral map for Democrats. That the favorable terrain lay in Lincoln's 1860 map - the North and the West.
I believe in a long term 50 state strategy but it is foolish to think it can make sense in this Presidential election. We are basically stuck with the Gore and Kerry maps and need to look how we hold those states and where we can add the necessary electoral votes to win the Presidency. I have outlined Obama's problems with that map and the risk we run in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania. But Obama can change the map in the West. In Iowa, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada and Montana. And this data from Oregon gives us some indication - Obama leads McCain by 14:
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone poll in Oregon shows Barack Obama leading John McCain 52% to 38%. Thatís a significant improvement for Obama compared to a month ago when he led the presumptive Republican nominee by six percentage points. In three consecutive Oregon polls, McCain has never received more than 40% support when matched against Obama. In the current poll, McCain attracts just 68% support from Republican voters in the state.
Clinton beats McCain in Oregon too, by 6. But Obama is able to do better in the West than Clinton. Indeed, better than any recent Democratic Presidential candidate. For Obama to win the Presidency, Horace Greeley will be his North Star - go West, young Democrat.
By Big Tent Democrat
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