US Elections 2008

Political trends during the American election race, 2008.

Thursday 22 January 2009

All hail the President of the World?

US election blog - part seven

Obama managed some genuinely inspiring lines about the productivity of American workers and the inventiveness of American minds, but in the short term at least it is the borrowing power of the American state that he’ll be drawing on in a bid to recover the US economy, and by extension the world economy.

Friday 5 December 2008

Obamanomics: the triumph of hope over imagination

US election blog - part six

Obama’s economic team is stacked with, er, economists. Bringing in ‘the experts’ is presented as preferable to being governed by ‘ideology’, but this is to put a lot of faith in the ‘dismal science’.

Thursday 6 November 2008

The puppy in the White House

US election blog - part five

A McCain victory would likely have reinforced illusions in ‘what might have been’, while the realities of an Obama administration are likely to be more sobering.

Friday 17 October 2008

On a promise? Obama glides on

US election blog - part four

As is usually the case, the final presidential debate was a competition to seem more ‘presidential’ than the other guy. In these terms, Obama won, confirming his frontrunner status, but rather undermining his claim to represent substantial change.

Monday 13 October 2008

McCain and Obama: whipping who-knows-what?

US election blog - part three

McCain’s choice of the words ‘you-know-what’ might indicate more than coyness. For all the candidates’ eagerness to have out a vigorous debate, it is still not clear exactly what is at stake in the campaign. McCain’s and Obama’s tentative strategies for dealing with the financial crisis resemble competing brands rather than representing competing worldviews.

Friday 26 September 2008

Taking a break from politics to fix capitalism?

US election blog - part two

To the extent that the banking crisis has become an election issue, it concerns the generic character traits of the candidates, and their perceived ability to handle ‘a crisis’, not any political differences in terms of ‘this crisis’.

Tuesday 23 September 2008

The scene is set: the phony culture war election

US election blog - part one

While the red-blue divide is still conventionally seen as a sublimated or distorted form of the left-right divide, it is becoming increasingly apparent that ‘culture’, or more accurately lifestyle, is all that’s left.

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