RichardMiniter.com: What if Obama Loses?

RichardMiniter.com (9/15/08)

What if Obama Loses?

Even a few weeks ago, that question would have been a punchline. Now it is a legitimate inquiry. In our 50-50 nation, the election could go either way.

The always interesting Russ Smith predicts that some Democratic activists would cry “vote fraud” and decry “Swift Boat-style” ads–and, of course, attack the fly-over sections of the country for their boneheadedness. Of course. Any political party dominated by lawyers is constitutionally unable to avoid being sore losers.

If Obama is rejected by voters, liberal activists will face a difficult moment. Mondale, Dukakis, Gore, Kerry, sure. There was something wrong with them. A failure to connect. A remoteness. A coldness felt in some feathers of the left wing. Bill Clinton was an electoral success, but something about him didn’t sit right. The drama. The southerness. The welfare reform. The zaftig valley girl. Activists can understand why voters might have punished Hillary for the sins of Bill.

But Obama? He is perfect.

A rejection of Obama can only mean one of two things: a rejection of the 1960s formulation of liberalism (the current formulation, alas) or that America is deeply racist. Too many of them will go for the second hypotheses.

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