BARACK OBAMA today released the second ad of his campaign—titled “Dignity”—and it’s running in the same 18 states his first did. A reminder for those of us who haven’t yet had the electoral map tattooed to our forearms: Alaska, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Virginia. So the Alaska and North Dakota trial balloons continue, and Mr Obama continues to stake a claim on Georgia and Montana.
Montana, of course, voted for Bill Clinton in 1992, and it now has two Democratic senators and a blue governor. And Mr Obama’s latest ad stresses some Clintonesque themes circa 1995—moving people from welfare to work, slashing welfare rolls, distributing tax cuts for “workers”, talking about the “dignity that comes from work”. You can almost hear Bob Reich talking about rewarding Americans who “work hard and play by the rules”.
The ad, of course, is just an opening move to frame his economic pitch to the country. But its vaguely centrist tack is a welcome break from Mr Obama’s economic rhetoric from earlier months—particularly his past emphasis on trade scepticism—and it suggests that the Democrat’s real views on the economy track more closely with his advisers’ than it sometimes seemed in the primary campaign. In other words, moderates can take heart that he didn’t really mean it.
He has to be careful, of course, given how much he relies on the enthusiasm of his liberal base—much of which probably still rues Mr Clinton’s welfare reforms. He can only get so centrist without risking one of his campaign’s greatest assets. But I also have plenty of faith in Obamamaniacs’ capacity to ignore their candidate’s general-election triangulations. All, of course, in the belief that he doesn’t really mean it. (notizia tratta da http://www.economist.com)
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