Saturday, July 26, 2008

Generals be different from primaries

Yglesias: "Back during the primaries, everyone kept formally admitting that it was wrong to engage in the form of inference 'candidate X lost group A in a primary, and therefore he's likely to lose group A in a general election against candidate Y of the other party' but I often got the sense listening to and reading pundits that they didn't really believe that."

It's funny because it's true. I also read a news story addressing McCain's unpopularity with Hispanics that expressed bafflement that they haven't been won over by his courageously independent position on comprehensive (as opposed to enforcement/deportation first) immigration reform. It never got around to mentioning that he changed his position on immigration to shore up the Republican nomination ("I have heard the message from the American people.") and maybe that's not helping matters.

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