“The more liberal the Democratic base in that electoral district, the more upper-income that Democratic base in that [district], the more probably for success you have for Obama," says polticial science professor David Birdsell of Baruch College.
"Nadler’s [district] is clearly, sort of, prime ribs for good prospects for the Obama campaign,” Birdsell told me. “It’s a national phenomenon. He’s been getting what some people refer to as the Starbucks Democrats, for some while now.”
I asked why.
He replied, “For people who are interested in change, and people who feature that change, to a certain extent, as almost an aesthetic dimension of self-understanding and self description, the Obama candidacy looms large as a way to invest themselves as [a] redefinition of new Democrats."