In 2008, Republicans had to balance not ticking off conservative Christian voters, who at the time were an essential element in the party, with the fact that one of their heroes, George W. Bush, had become absolutely toxic on the campaign trail as a whole.
In 2016, it’ll be the Democrats who will go under the sword of Damocles. Barack Obama’s popularity numbers will be even lower than they are today (assuming that’s even possible…), but he will probably still be popular with African-American voters, who are as critical to the Dems as Evangelicals are to the GOP.
So how do you court the voters you need to win without looking like you’re supporting a candidate that everybody else absolutely loathes?
McCain didn’t figure that out in 2008, and I doubt that Hillary, Biden or Warren will figure out how to do it in 2016.
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