Democratic Candidates and the Electoral Map

The Dem campaigns are spending a lot of time talking about about red states, blue states and purple states. Consider these three quotes from the frontrunning campaigns:

  • Former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.): “When it comes to purple states and red states, and when it comes to blue states, Barack Obama has that crossover appeal that I don’t think anybody else in the field has.” (The Hill, Dec. 12)
  • John Edwards: “I’m the one candidate on our side who’s actually won in a red state and grew up in small town rural American.” (CBS “Evening News,” Dec. 12)
  • Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.): “I think Hillary Clinton has the best chance of being electable in swing parts of the country.” (Chicago Tribune‘s “The Swamp,” Dec. 11)

When did electability make such a big comeback in the Dem primary?


3 responses to “Democratic Candidates and the Electoral Map

  1. “When did electability make such a big comeback in the Dem primary?”

    I assume your question was rhetorical, but I’ll answer it anyway.

    “After being trounced in two elections with flawed candidates.”

  2. How is Hillary the most appealing candidate in the swing states?

  3. The Democratic candidate has not won a majority of the popular vote for president since Jimmy Carter in 1976. If they are lucky, like Clinton in 1992 and 1996, a third party (Perot) takes votes from the Republican. If they are unlucky, like Gore in 2000, a third party (Nader) takes votes from the Democrat. If they are stupid, they nominate candidates like McGovern, Mondale, Dukakis, and Kerry. If the Democrats are lucky this time the Republicans will nominate a jerk like Huckleberry or they will nominate Giuliani, a good candidate, but someone who might cause the religious yahoos to back a third party. As of now, either Obama or Hillary should win.

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