Dartmouth hosted another post-election panel yesterday, this one convened by President Jim Wright and consisting of a number of Dartmouth alumni who have engaged in public policy whether in office, in academia, or in the media. Here are some notes I took at the event:
- Was this really the shattering of a glass ceiling? If George H.W. Bush had won in 1992 and the field were wide open and the economy were in the toilet in 1996, would Obama and the campaign that he ran in 2008 have also won in 1996? I think so. What do you think?
- Why do Democrats still have to answer Republican questions, even when they win the election? George W. Bush loses the popular vote and governs like he won a mandate. Obama wins convincingly and he is somehow supposed to take it slow? Not if he really does want to solidify a realignment.
- What happens if these new voters from 2008 are unemployed in 2010 or 2012? I'm guessing they will want change again. Obama has such a tough road ahead of him.
- If the Obama administration is going well in 2012, would Obama drop Biden as a running mate to set up a chosen successor for 2016?
- Will the Democrats ever nominate a white male for the top spot again?
- When will the Republicans nominate someone for the top spot who is much younger than his Democratic opponent?