Barack Obama’s campaign chief David Axelrod says “We don’t win white males anyway.” But Democrats can, if they are successful, carry rural voters,women, seniors, Catholics and even gun owners. Bill Clinton famously remarked that Al Gore lost the 2000 race because of gun voters in key swing states.
So the Obama team is left to come up with a better explanation for why none of this matters–not Texas, not Ohio and especially not Pennsylvania. For now, Left punditocracy’s ringleader is beset with worries that Obama is trapped in Clinton’s “suffocating embrace” and, in essence, is being unmanned.
What to do, what to do? For starters, he might debate Clinton, proving he’s not afraid of her or the press. Then he might give some meaty policy speeches explaining why he really is the candidate of the working class voter. Finally, he could come up with another stump speech, one that doesn’t bore even MSNBC’s Eugene Robinson (as last night’s speech did.).
But that would mean switching up his game. And it’s an open question whether he has any game, at all, other than his Agent-of-Change routine. Which seems to have gotten a bit stale.