Seldom are the battle lines as clear as they are in election season 2008.
Establishment conservative versus up from the streets progressive.
Moneyed comfort (via marriage) vs. up from food stamps, self-made comfort.
Explosive, short-fused temper vs. articulate, Ivy League erudition.
Chiseled in stone libertarian capitalism vs. government as proper societal safety net capitalism.
Bomb first, ask questions later approach to foreign affairs vs. talk first, inclusive globalism.
Pandering to the women’s vote with a barely qualified vice presidential choice vs. persuading women that progressive positions trump empty symbols (Sarah Palin is this generation’s Dan Quayle) every time.
The marketplace is the proper solution to the crisis in health care vs. too many families forego medical care because health insurance is out of reach and this must end.
There’s no problem with the economy that ceasing whining won’t cure vs. the last eight years have been economically unpleasant for nearly everyone who has less than $5,000,000 a year in income, and downright catastrophic for far too many working people.
NYTimes economist Paul Krugman put it very well: