In a recent post at LawPundit we wrote:
“Who in America really wants “more of the same”? Surely not the majority.“
Just two days later, on April 4 2008, the New York Times carried an article by David Leonhardt and Marjorie Connelly the title of which says it all:
What that means is that the vast majority of the American nation, even those who voted for Clinton or McCain in the primaries, confirm that Obama’s message of change is ringing loud and true. Leonhardt and Connelly write inter alia:
“Americans are more dissatisfied with the country’s direction than at any time since the New York Times/CBS News poll began asking about the subject in the early 1990s, according to the latest poll.
In the poll, 81 percent of respondents said they believed “things have pretty seriously gotten off on the wrong track,” up from 69 percent a year ago and 35 percent in early 2002….
A majority of nearly every demographic and political group — Democrats and Republicans, men and women, residents of cities and rural areas, college graduates and those who finished only high school — say the United States is headed in the wrong direction. Seventy-eight percent of respondents said the country was worse off than five years ago; just 4 percent said it was better off.“
In terms of the Presidential election, it is hard to understand that McCain is campaigning on a platform of “more of the same”, a nostalgic political position totally at odds with reality.