Will: Is Any Politics Local Anymore?

by Ian Tuttle

“The old axiom is, ‘All politics is local.’ The question now,” says columnist George Will, “is, how much of any politics is local anymore, now that it becomes a referendum on the president and on great national issues like foreign policy and immigration?”

“There are local ingredients” in the 2014 elections, Will qualified, speaking on Fox News Sunday, pointing to states such as North Carolina, Arkansas, and Kansas, where voters will almost certainly be weighing state-specific issues into their ballot-box decisions. But “the stark fact is that every Democrat running for the Senate has to run 10, 12, 13, 14, sometimes more, points ahead of the president’s job approval in their states. . . . There are lots of local variables, but the primary driver of this is the president’s job approval.”