February 11, 2004
The Electable Candidate Who Isn't
Let me add my voice to the growing chorus: Kerry isn't that electable. Democrats just think he is.
Jonathan Chait: "If this is his high-water mark--and it's hard to see how it could not be--that bodes ill for the Democrats."
Noam Scheiber: "Thanks to the infinite wisdom of the Democratic primary electorate, I fear [doubts about Kerry's electability are] not going to surface until the general election campaign."
Jonah Goldberg: "The Democrats seem to have succumbed to a terrible bout of wishful thinking, like Michael Moore bringing a condom in his wallet to a Sports Illustrated swimsuit-photo shoot."
And Will Saletan breaks down the crosstabs and demonstrates that Kerry is winning among liberals trying to pick a candidate who they think can win, but that when it comes to a true measure of electability, actually winning among centrists voting on the issues, Edwards beats Kerry.