Imagine supporting Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton for president and Republican Sen. John McCain as vice president. OK, that might be a bit farfetched.
Still, the National Journal Group announced Nov. 20 the release of the 2008 edition of The Almanac of American Politics,” or what George Will calls “the bible of American politics.” In the introduction, political analyst and commentator Michael Barone argues that the country has entered a period of “open-field politics,” where voters are less permanently attached to one candidate or party.
As a result, he foresees surprises in store for the 2008 presidential and congressional elections.
“We seem to be entering a new period in American politics,” Mr. Barone explains, “a time when there are no permanent alliances, when new leaders arise with new strategies and tactics, when the voters, instead of forming themselves into two coherent and cohesive armies, wander about the field, attaching themselves to one band and then another, with no clear lines of battle and no land-
marks to rally beside.”