I talked with Michael Tofias, a political science professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, about a couple things you can look for in the upcoming primary. Here's what he had to say:
1) What do you see as the hot button issues in the upcoming general election?
Iraq. oil/energy independence/global warming. healthcare.
2) What is a strength/weakness of Obama and McCain? (What will they attack each other the most on?)
The media has treated both of these candidates very well and given
both very positive images. I think we will see the candidates go after
these images. look for mccain to start by going after obama's decision
to forego the public funding/contribution limits.
3) Who are potential VP candidates for Obama and McCain?
No idea. or rather too many to list. i think this is more of a fun
game for political enthusiasts and the media than substantively
important. there are nearly as many different theories about how
tickets should be constructed as there have been presidential campaigns.
4) Why do you think Obama has so much trouble attracting votes from blue collar workers with no college education?
In reality, he doesn't have any trouble. but it makes for a good
story, so it keeps getting repeated.
5) Are the Republicans really united under McCain?
No. the republicans are actually quite divided even though the media
attention has focused on the obama/clinton schism.