Monday, February 25, 2008
Not A Dime's Worth of Difference
If you've sat through any of the democratic presidential debates, you come away with one overwhelming conclusion: There's not a dimes worth of difference between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on the issues. They do disagree on the war as she voted to get in while he voted not to go, but beyond that, try to find something significant where they truly disagree. Yeah, she's for universal health care coverage and he would phase it in, and yeah he would meet with Cuban officials sooner and she would wait for signs of a change. But really, will voters make their choice based on that distinction without a difference? Nope. So the race comes down to image and emotions and not substance on the issues and guess who wins on that? Clinton like Mitt Romney can't seem to cross that divide between head and heart. If voters voted with their head, she would win. If voters voted with their head, her message about having more experience would resonate so loudly, Obama would not have a chance. But increasingly voters vote from the gut instead. Clearly Obama is touching all those buttons even though is call for "change" is hardly new. John McCain reassured his GOP base, "I will…make sure Americans are not deceived by an eloquent but empty call for change." Now Obama believes the change is real and obviously his legions of passionate supporters agree, and passion is the operative word there. You can cut the emotions with a knife at an Obama rally, but Clinton is struggling to match his intensity. So in a race where there is not much difference on the issues, voters move to something else…feelings. And right now he's got it and she doesn't.