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13 February 2008 @ 05:39 am
According to the media, Barack Obama has been all but christened as the Democratic nominee. They report this for good reason - Barack has taken Hillary's razor-thin delegate advantage away from her, and his momentum shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. Clinton's supporters haven't seen a victory since Super Tuesday, and are not likely to see one again until at least March 4th, and maybe not even then. A dead period that long may do more to defeat her candidacy than the actual contests she loses. People want to get behind a winner, and Barack's momentum will go unchecked for quite some time.

I personally spent a long time uncommitted before deciding on a candidate. The policy differences they had were negligible, and it is imperative to me that the Democrats win the White House in 2008, so my prime concern was electability. It wasn't until a couple of weeks before Super Tuesday that I finally settled on Obama. While I personally like Senator Clinton, I knew that she would always be a liability due to her pre-established opposition, and Bill exacerbated that factor exponentially in South Carolina by reminding everyone what kind of dirty pool we could expect from their campaign throughout the election cycle. Edwards was pretty close to me politically, but he suffered from being in the wrong race at the wrong time.

Around that time, Clinton still carried that air of inevitability that has propelled her since John Kerry lost in 2004, and a vote for Obama was a stab in the dark, a desperate attempt to keep the party from sabotaging what should have been an easy win by nominating one of the most polarizing people in politics. But then Obama started to pick up big wins, embarrassing her with huge margins in places like South Carolina and Georgia and splitting the delegates on Super Tuesday. For a while it was thought that Hillary's advantages with white women and Hispanics would keep her ahead, but even her lead in that area faded in the MD-VA-DC primaries.

Though I voted for him because I feel he is the most electable, there's a lot more to Barack Obama than the fact that people don't hate him. He has an undeniable ability to attract people who otherwise would not vote, or not vote Democratic. He can present our positions in ways that appeal to a broad base, while recognizing that there must be room to work with those on the other side of the aisle, and he was able to maintain an anti-war stance from the beginning. In a year where we're facing a Republican candidate that also draws support from beyond his own party, Barack Obama is the only logical choice.

I do think it's a great loss that Senator Clinton will probably never be President. I really wanted to vote for the first female President of the United States this year, but at this point I don't see any path that would lead her there in the limited window of opportunity she has left. I don't believe she would accept a VP slot under Obama, nor would it be politically wise for him to offer it. I would personally love to see her as Secretary of State and John Edwards as Attorney General, but there's still a lot of work to be done, and I'm not sure we'll have that good fortune.
 
 
Congressman Ron Paul, faced with the same priority crisis as Rep. Dennis Kucinich, ("Wow, I guess I better quit pretending I'm going to be President before I lose my seat in Congress,") while not fully dropping out, is scaling back his campaign.

I've always thought Paul had a lot of interesting ideas, and it's not necessarily his fault that so many of the most sanity-challenged individuals come out to support him. I don't agree with him on enough to actually vote for him, but I agree with a lot more of his positions than, for example, Huckabee's. That's why I think this is an interesting opportunity.

In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, Paul made it plain and clear that he would not be supporting John McCain's bid for the presidency.

“I can not support anybody with the foreign policy he advocates — you know, perpetual war…I think it’s un-American, unconstitutional, immoral, and not Republican," Paul said.

If I were Barack Obama, I'd consider calling up ol' Ron.

As the most anti-war candidates in the race, they have a lot of common ground to start from. And while Paul's actual supporters would add even more of the same oddball element that is embarrassing about some of the Obamaniacs, the overall effect of having a Republican presidential candidate endorse the Democratic front-runner would be particularly dramatic.