The Virtue of Volatility

Zigzagging polls. Shifting leads. Campaign marketers missing the mark a lot. Conventional wisdom that isn’t.

Huckabee ahead in places? Clinton not ahead in others? What?

I like how conservative WSJ columnist Peggy Noonan put it a couple of weeks ago:

 “… there’s something that comes like relief, like a boost, when politics turns out to be surprising, when the inevitable gets evitable, when the machine is slowed. It reminds you who really runs the place, that for all our mess it still comes down to the person in the precinct walking to the caucus site on ground that crunches from the cold. Here’s to surprise. It’s a great antidote to cynicism.”

— Hornseth

4 thoughts on “The Virtue of Volatility

  1. Shane says:

    It’s safe to say that there is no discernible differentiation among front-runner candidates of either party.

    I’m not sure what any of the Dem candidates could do – they’re all in the same bucket when it comes to the war, open borders, global warming, government spending, etc. How do you stand out from the others when there are no fundamental differences?

    All it would take is for a Republican front-runner is to take a bold stance against illegal immigration or decry the hoax that is global warming and you would have a lone front runner.

  2. Bruce Benidt says:

    I think who’s front-runner has more to do with media exposure than policy. It’s the old “media covers the horse race” stuff. But amazingly, in this long long campaign, I think people are actually coming to know the candidates in a way that’s deeper than headlines and pundits’ chestnuts. People are looking at character, at who says something that seems real.

    It would be wonderful if character trumped image or ads or punditry.

    And bless Peggy Noonan for that line: “ground that crunches from the cold.”
    She coulda been a speech writer.

  3. Kelly Groehler says:

    Several of us heard Leon Panetta say, in 2006 at the Minneapolis Club, that the fundamental problem with our government is the politicians are campaigning for the next election within the hour of winning the current one. No wonder we can’t get traction on the issues of the day.

    What next – 24/7, 365 presidential campaigning? Is anyone else sick of this already?

  4. C’mon, you guys, I know this may seem like a technology thing, but it’s not – you gotta’ link to the original articles, studies, reports, white papers and smoke signals that you are writing about.

    Peggy wrote an article for the Wall Street Journal – there’s a button on your blog writer that you click to include the URL for the article – which is:
    http://www.peggynoonan.com/article.php?article=396
    It’s a blog journalistic responsibility.

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