Will it be Barack Obama vs John McCain, I asked in my last post two days ago. The winds are certainly blowing in his favour. Gallup reports he is now just just four points behind Hillary Clinton (AP photo) — 43 percent to 39 percent. Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson expects him to win not only the Democratic nomination but more:
Obama may have the best chance to win big in November and receive a broad mandate.
Of all the major candidates, I believe he has the most crossover appeal; I know dyed-in-the-wool conservative Republicans who are so mesmerized by his oratory that they say they would actually vote for him over McCain or Romney.
Just how liberals like Senator Edward Kennedy ended up on the same side as conservatives like David Brooks and Andrew Sullivan is a mystery which will no doubt beget several doctoral theses. Meanwhile, let’s agree with Robinson who says:
Obama has the magic.
All that magic is pulling in the big bucks too. He raised a staggering $32 million last month while it took the Clintons three months — October to December — to collect $26.8 million. The Baltimore Sun reported:
Obama is airing commercials in all 22 states that hold Democratic primaries and caucuses except Oklahoma and his home state of Illinois. Clinton is advertising in 12 Super Tuesday states, including… New York.
And Obama will launch radio and television ads on Friday in a half-dozen states holding contests between February 9 and February 12, reported Reuters.
Yet Andrew Sullivan writes:
She (Hillary) is still a formidable candidate and her massive institutional advantage may eventually give her the nomination.
Oh when will Obama supporters stop painting him as an underdog?
He is supported by Washington insiders like Kennedy and Kerry, idolised by the chatterati, and backed by some of the top Democratic party fundraisers — Orin Kramer, a New York hedge-fund manager, Alan Solomont, a Boston venture capitalist, Mark Gorenberg, a former backer of John Kerry, and Steve Westly, the former California controller, according to the Atlantic Monthly.
Obama may be calling for change, but he has a big chunk of the Establishment behind him.
One can understand why liberal Democrats like Kennedy are rooting for him. They have been out of power not only since Bush came to office; they had not much influence on Clinton either who was more centrist than liberal.
As for the conservatives who would normally be expected to vote Republican, they do hate the Clintons, don’t they? And some of them don’t like McCain either.
This may be an election for change, but it’s also a chance to settle old scores.
Much as I admire Obama, I remain an old Bill Clinton fan and admire Hillary Clinton as well for her strength and resilience. There are others who feel the same way too. The Raw Story reports:
But in Europe, where some see Obama as untested, support for Clinton is widespread, and nostalgia for her husband’s charisma runs deep. When scandals rocked the Clinton White House, most Europeans responded with a Gallic shrug.
“Nobody in Europe ever took Bill Clinton’s problems in office seriously,” said Patrick Dunleavy, a political scientist at the London School of Economics. “Nobody could ever understand why Americans were so upset. Bill Clinton was always a fantastic presence in Europe.”
But America is another continent. And it will certainly make history if Obama is elected president. He is young, charismatic, inspiring. If only he and Hillary could work together.