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.

Posted by John Tabin at February 11, 2004 11:58 PM

I think Kerry has the addional problem that the Clintons won't want him to win if Hillary is on the ticket.


Posted by: lee tabin at February 12, 2004 03:39 AM

Thank you for finally putting this on your blog! I pray that more of this stuff comes out of the woodwork before it is too late and people like me have to make a choice between two terrible men on election day. I'd almost prefer "angry" Dean over "lying kiss-ass" Kerry. At least it would ease my conscience.

Posted by: tink at February 12, 2004 09:50 AM