Thursday, November 15, 2007
Via Andrew Sullivan comes more anecdotal evidence of a phenomenon: Republicans giving Barack Obama not only serious consideration, but support. I called this constituency Iraq War Republicans. If the Obama campaign had any sense, they'd start calling them Obama Republicans. And above all, stop talking about playing bi-partisan pattycakes with them, and instead invite them into a party-redefining coalition. Bringing Republicans and Democrats together is not the same thing as bringing Republicans into the Democratic party. Reagan did it in the opposite direction. Obama can do it this year. He needs to make them a concrete offer they can't refuse, one that doesn't jeopardize his need to appeal to Democrats. It's a tough balancing act, but I think it's possible. If he does manage it, this post goes out out the window.