This summer, I had the same ongoing fight that I have had with pretty much everyone in every election since I have been here. My argument, in a nutshell, is that when it comes to big political races, people who are political junkies get way too mired in both horserace issues and how a pols’ positions pencil out on paper. Those things can have an impact, obviously, but a charismatic leader is a charismatic leader and someone people don’t too much like is someone people don’t like too much. And in the face of those truths, a political junkies’ arguments about gaffes-posisiton-Koch Brothers-past indiscretions-associaitons mean pretty close to diddley squat.
Which is why even though everyone keep telling me all July and August that Scott Walker was likely the man (or at least the obvious runner up) because of some combination X, Y, and Z, today’s news came as zero surprise to me.
I will say this over and over till the cows come home: People just don’t support people they don’t care for as a person, no matter how many times you tell them they will or should.