Are we asking the wrong questions?

Ben Boychuk is quoted elsewhere as having said in defense of Senator Clinton’s decision to keep competing:

“She’s (Hillary’s) won battleground states that the very liberal Obama would have trouble winning in November.”

That is patently disingenuous and misleading. She won a majority of the votes cast in the Democratic primaries in those states, certainly. But just as certainly that is not the same as winning those states in November. This specious argument that because she won the Democratic vote in certain states she is going to do better than Obama in the general election is being repeated over and over again.

Without getting into an argument over which of the Democratic candidates is more liberal (as if that were a kiss of electoral death) I will point out to you that the election in November will boil down to whether McCain can convince voters across the spectrum that he has divorced himself from the abysmally failed Dubya years, something he is going to have a darned difficult time doing and that he truly has a better direction in which to guide our country.

A friend of mine who was a sports analyst told me once that in baseball there are three types of games in a team’s season. There’s the 40 percent that they are gonna lose no matter what they do, and there’s the 40 percent that they are gonna win no matter what they do. The success of the season boils down to how well they do in the 20 percent of the games that are real contests.

That’s pretty much what we have going here. Each candidate in the general election is going to have states that are his or hers no matter what, and the real contest is in that minority of states where either candidate has a realistic chance.

This election is not liberal vs. conservative, it’s a question of whether we want to stop doing things the way we have in the last eight years. The degree of liberality between Sens. Obama and Clinton is, at best, of minimal importance when considered in relation to the real questions:

Are we going to take a different direction or not?

Whose vision of the future of our country is most acceptable to the voters?