On Primaries, Cause & Effect, And Teddy Kennedy

December 8th, 2010at 11:36am Posted by Eli

I would submit to you that Jimmy Carter was not weakened because he faced a primary from Teddy Kennedy, but rather that he faced a primary from Teddy Kennedy because he was weakened.

The same applies to Obama: If he gets primaried from the left and subsequently loses the general election, that loss will not be the result of the primary challenge – it will be the result of the discontent that led to the primary challenge.

I would also say that I don’t buy the premise that a primary would cause Obama to move to the left. He might – might – do so temporarily during the campaign, but if he were to win the general election he would immediately revert to the same kiss-right, kick-left behavior he’s exhibiting now. In fact, he’d probably be a lot worse with a Republican Senate and an even more Republican House.

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Elections,Obama,Politics


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