A Fractured GOP and the Democrats' Rorschach Test
Michael D. Shear and David S. Broder examine the unusually riven GOP field:
For three decades, the Republican presidential nominating contest has served to unify the national party's coalition of social, economic and foreign policy conservatives in advance of a general election fight with Democrats.
This year, it is ripping that coalition apart....
Among members of Congress, the lobbying shops on K Street and the local GOP committees in Iowa and New Hampshire, Republicans are divided, confused and sometimes demoralized about their choices for president. With less than two weeks left before voting begins, the party's rank and file are being asked to ratify a new direction for the GOP amid the clash of a chaotic and wide-open campaign.
While Alec MacGillis finds such minor policy differences on the Democratic side that voters "are making their decisions based on highly personal judgments about the character, background, governing philosophy and capability of the contenders."
Chris Cillizza And Shailagh Murray note the "under the radar...building backlash among African Americans over comments from associates of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton that could be construed as jabs at Sen. Barack Obama's race."
While in Outlook, John B. Judis and Ruy Teixeira predict "Political, ideological, demographic and economic trends are all leading toward durable Democratic majorities in Congress, control of most statehouses and, very possibly, the end of the decades-old GOP hammerlock on the electoral college." And Stephen Rose unpacks "5 Myths About the Poor Middle Class" to argue that Americans are doing better than many believe.
Finally, in Opinion, Broder is impressed by Obama's stump speech. "Barack Obama has become a one-trick pony. But what a trick it is!" he writes. "In every audience I have seen, there is a jolt of pure electric energy at those closing words. Tears stain some cheeks -- and some people look a little thunderstruck."
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December 23, 2007; 1:00 PM ET
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