Barack Obama claims to bridge gaps, reach across the aisle, render the old political categories irrelevant. Maybe, but so far there is no evidence for it in the poll data. Check out these Rasmussen numbers (via Weekly Standard Blog):
Obama’s numbers are virtually indistinguishable from Hillary Clinton’s. Thirty-four percent of respondents say they will definitely vote for him, but 43 percent say they will definitely vote against him, a net -9 (not -7 as the Rasmussen chart indicates). It is John McCain who breaks the mold: the same number, 34 percent, say they definitely will vote for him, but only 33 percent are committed to voting against McCain. So far, at least, it is McCain, not Obama, who shows the potential to unite Americans across a broad ideological spectrum.
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