I'm not convinced it's that great of an article. The point he wants to make is that OC, a traditional Republican stronghold, is beginning to have doubts about Bush. He doesn't really prove his case, and there are some clumsy bits of business, like when he 'put's down his notepad' to have a conversation with one guy, who acknowleges at the end of the conversation that Reagan's given him 'a lot to think about.'
In other words, it's a forthrightly partisan piece. Nothing wrong to that but anything advancing a liberal point of view on Salon.com is preaching to the choir; I get the feeling that Salon's primary selling point right now is to reassure busy liberals who don't have time to read 3 papers a day to keep up; you get a nice little liberal jolt in the morning with your latte' on company time, and feel like you're on top of things.
I don't know what kind of writing (or other media) is really needed to move the country in a better direction; like I keep saying the left is left and the right is right, and the real political battlefield is for the hearts and minds of the middle. How does one reach the middle with a progressive message?
It seems to me that there's a strong politics of polarization in the US; on the right, the message that 'everyone except us is evil, and they need to be battled at every turn' is really seductive. On the left the whole 'conspiracy of the rich and the conservatives are out to get us' is equally attractive. Neither has a lot of appeal to 'regular people' -- they don't want to be dragged into church by the right or into the streets by the left. They want to feel like they're getting the straight poop from someone, and it doesn't really seem to be on offer anywhere.