The 2008 general election is not an extension of 2006; it’s a whole new ballgame and its outcome will either impede or accelerate our progress toward a more robust economy. At stake are fundamental decisions regarding entitlements, defense, immigration, regulation, the environment, and trade. Social policies including civil rights, abortion, and guns will not go away, but they will not be “center stage” in this election. What factors will determine victory or defeat? What are the implications? We’ll provide the answers.