Latest Issue

Washington watch

Swing states, money, voter registration, advertising—forget the "transformative" hype, this is going to be just another American presidential election

By Tumbler   October 2008

It’s just like every other election

This was billed as a transformative election, and with a minority candidate heading one ticket and a woman running-mate on the other, it certainly is. But from now until 4th November, it will also be just like every other election—that is, all about money, organisation and the swing states. Almost unbelievably, the Republicans seem to have overcome the curse of Bush, $4-a-gallon gasoline and the looming recession to make a race of it. Sarah Palin has replaced Barack Obama as the thrilling new face, mooseburgers are in vogue, and Joe Biden is already saying…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect