All politics are local, so they say, so when Hillary and Obama both came to town, the local reaction meant something to me.
Obama filled 20,000 into the NBA/NHL arena, the Target Center. Hillary filled a stuffed college basketball arena with 4,000.
Now, for the longest time, I have supported Clinton. I absolutely love how she is running as a technocrat genius, which I believe that she indeed is. She would make the necessary reforms, cut the necessary deals, get the job done. I know that Hillary would make the United States much better off.
Yet, one must get elected. Obama got through his rough patch, and he has the popular support to go all the way. It seems that for a time he listened to his political planners too much, and his message was muffled and dreary. Of late, however, he's been catching mondo steam, which leads me to believe that his bullish campaign coffers have allowed him to get good people that allow him to both orate and rhetoricize -- to be a sort of Michael Jordan-in-the-political-realm.
So I can't deny his Kennedy-esque movement-ism (and magnetism). He has cornered the market on being the real "change" candidate, and that means so much -- it means that he can win.
The United States is changing rapidly, although the Baby Boomers are still much of our population. The younger folks are mixed lot -- minorities, mixed minorities, underprivileged folks. Obama can speak to these people. The question is whether the torch can now be passed from Baby Boomers to post-Baby Boomers.
Until now, I thought, No; it's still old white folks that vote, and they vote conservative. But the numbers cannot be denied -- Obama drew 20,000. People actually get out and vote for him. White Scandinavian and German Iowas voted for the man; he won Iowa.
Within this "tide of change" that Obama represents, I believe he is now a stronger candidate to beat John McCain to become President. What will he do when he is President, though -- that's the "Day 1" question. I don't really know, but I don't want a Republican in there.
Why? THE WAR! Michael Gerson published a column saying how George Bush isn't that bad. He did AIDS/HIV, the prescription-drug benefit, faith initiatives, tax cuts. Oh wow; Lyndon Johnson did good things, too. But he was wrong on the most important thing -- WAR. A new Republican in the White House will mean twenty years of horrible civil war for Iraq, with the US self-righteously planning on turning Iraq into the new South Korea. Which could happen -- in 40 years! Do we need to burn our dollars like that?
This War in Iraq (War on Iraq, as a student wrote) is a nightmare, and Obama has staked his position as the anti-war candidate ultramontane Clinton. So now I'm wavering.
The problem is that a strong McCain campaign would beat a Clinton campaign, because too much of the populace has a negative view of her. McCain can't compete with Obama's groundswell of support.
What will Obama do if he becomes president? I don't know, but he'll surely do better than our last inexperienced new President -- the widely ridiculed George W. Bush.
How precocious is this Obama! Like a young Jedi he is!