POLITICAL observations & opinions

* Penn: the financial crisis demonstrates the need for calm, intelligent leadership

Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 30, 2008

Mark Penn writes in Politico …

  • The financial crisis has redefined the presidential race, bringing into stark relief the candidate who can deal with the complexities of the global markets and return the country to prosperity over the next four years.
  • The race is no longer about change, experience, Iraq, tax cuts or universal health care. The job posting has been fundamentally altered.
  • This economic crisis shifts everything once again — this time to Democratic standard-bearer Barack Obama.
  • With a sophisticated global economic crisis, the voters would be looking for nuance and mutual cooperation, someone who would reach out to the nation’s economic partners.

LMW COMMENT: Mark Penn is saying the same things I said in my comment to the prior article; naturally I agree. The only obstacles in the path of an Obama victory are the latent racism that may keep many white voters away, and the Republican ability to re-focus voters on the social conservative issues that some voters think are the most important issues of our time. I expect that the financial collapse will mitigate both of these factors as more voters come to understand that we really need intelligent and articulate leadership. Obama’s best strategy turns out to be the one he has been following: to demonstrate by his demeanor and words the calm, intelligent leadership he offers. Voters cannot help but see the contrast between this and the angry impetuous bombast of John McCain and the utterly incoherent world philosophy of Sara Palin.

Read the entire article at … http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0908/14079.html


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