Here's how one of the the deeply committed Obama supportersMR SUBLIMIBAL Oborg explains the basis for Obama's candidacy over at TPM. (The post is about a national Unity ad. They're not gonna throw a single dogwhistle our way; in fact, they're gonna turn the Unity knobs up to 11.) This quote can serve as a stand in for many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many other comments elsewhere:
When Obama says he wants to reach Republicans, of course he doesn't mean the red meat voters; those people are lost to the Democrats forever. He means Chuck Hagel-type Republicans, who are moderate on some social issues, and on foreign policy -- the kind who have been forced by Rove and Bush to toe the line.
Obama doesn't really want to sweep the nation; that's impossible. He just wants 60 seats in the Senate and a handy House majority. 60 seats is filibuster-proof.
And, as I said, this talking point has been repeated, and repeated, and repeated, and repeated, and repeated, and repeated, and repeated, and repeated, and repeated.
Anybody know if there's any, like, evidence to support it?
I'm not a poll wonk, but last I checked all Democrats polled well nationally. Is there any reason to think that the "appealing to the moderate Rebublicans" works? Is something only Obama can do? Can get us to 60 seats in the Senate?
Or is this statement one of those ideas that becomes "true" by repetition?