2008 Election Party Strategies in USA
An interesting article about the strategies of both Republicans and Democrats as they prepare to battle for the White House. The first votes will be cast in about 60 days in Iowa. The article linked at the bottom gives a general overview of how the parties interact with the voters.
The Bush years have been so disastrous they have forgotten that many of the things they are campaigning against now - Nafta, the gay marriage amendment, greater economic inequality, the ban on photographing soldiers' coffins coming home - were introduced under Bill Clinton. Their fears that things could get worse overrides any confidence that they could improve. So they settle for candidates who will make things get worse at a slower pace and on a less dramatic scale. Sometimes, as in 2004, these low expectations make sense. But as an overriding strategy it is a recipe for perennial disappointment and disaffection.