The most disturbing parallel between the Democratic sweep in the 1930s and Goodwyn's predicted sweep in 2008 is the dithering of the ascending party. This is attributable to their desperate fear of screwing up what seems to be a sure thing.
Timidity and uncertainty of their own strengths, or even knowing what they are, can still strangle them (e.g., Goodwyn's own coyness in naming names in his last few sentences).
It is still possible for a conservative populist (of either party) to take the presidency just by saying what the voters are begging someone to say. It is indeed the Democratic Party's election to lose. But not long ago it was McCain's election to lose, and he's doing exactly that.
Portland, Oregon, USA
Apr 21 2007 - 6:46pm