I’m breaking my not-really-a-rule here, but Ross Douthat lays out what might be the best explanation for why the GOP’s scorched-earth tactics simply won’t work in this election in the Atlantic blog post ‘From Willy Horton to William Ayer‘
Douthat presents by no means a glowing endorsement of Obama, but rather a concise explanation for how previous full-on negative attacks were effective, and how their context in the economic landscape of the time mattered more than their message. Or as Douthat summarizes a hypothetical William Ayers ad:
The stock market is tanking. The global economy is in peril. And we think the most important subject on your mind should be whether Barack Obama was too chummy with a Sixties terrorist you’ve probably never heard of.