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One ‘Hill’ Of A Race; McCain ‘Bush’whacked

3/5/08

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On the night that John McCain ended the race of the Republican Presidential nomination, thanks to a great night by Hillary Clinton, the Democratic race is just getting started again.

Barack Obama was cruising.

Having won 11 consecutive primaries, he appeared to be gaining momentum, and the general feeling was that he was going to eventually prevail come this summer at the Democratic National Convention.

That was before Hillary transformed herself into the queen of the comeback, and picked up must have victories in the Ohio and Texas primaries, along with a win in Rhode Island.

Ohio has traditionally been known as one of the biggest swing states, and as Hillary pointed out when addressing her fans last night, no President in recent history, Democrat or Republican, has won the general election without carrying the official support of the Buckeye State.

Winning Ohio and Texas was crucial, as Hillary was facing an upward climb in chasing the ever growingly popular Senator from Illinois.

Obama was looking to put the proverbial nail in the coffin last night, but failed to do so as he was only able to muster up a victory in the state of Vermont.

Meanwhile, regardless of who is able to earn the Democratic nod, their opponent is no longer up in air.

John McCain, the republican senior senator from Arizona, officially became the Republican nominee for the Presidential election this upcoming November, as Mike Huckabee, his lats remaining hurdle, bowed out.

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McCain surpassed the number of delegates needed to clinch the nomination following a win in the Texas Republican primary, and will now begin the task of preparing his Presidential campaign, searching for a potential Vice President and getting ready to go head to head with either Obama or Clinton.

Or both?

According to the New York Post, Hillary hinted early this morning that the idea of a joint ticket, featuring both herself and Obama, was certainly a possibility, as long as her name was on top.

She was quoted as saying “That may be where this is headed, but of course we have to decide who is on the top of ticket. I think the people of Ohio very clearly said that it should be me.”

McCain would certainly face a dogfight going up against either candidate, but how would he fare against a teaming of the two big names?

The bigger question might be would would Democratic voters respond to the two joining forces?

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Supporters of both sides are very loyal to their candidates, and it will be really interesting to see what (if anything) happens should the race remain so close (which it appears it will)

Unable to put the race away, Obama now must look ahead, and perhaps he should keep a close eye over his shoulder.

Personally, I am still under the impression that when all is said and done, it will be Senator Obama who pulls out the Democratic nomination, however after the showing Hillary had last night that is far less a certainty than I thought it would be.

This race continues to fascinate, as the more I think about it, the more I realize how truly historic this upcoming election will be.

McCain may have sured up the Republican nomination, but he still has a lot of work to do in gaining universal support from his own party.

He also continues to be a strong advocate of the War in Iraq, and being a former War Hero, his stance won’t be changing anytime soon.

He does present a very worthy challenge to whoever prevails as the Democratic nominee, as he is far more moderate a Republican than Bush, and may be able to entice the Democratic voters unable to connect with Clinton or Obama to cross over.

Clinton and Obama both present interesting scenerios should they become the nominee on the Democratic side, as both have become incredibly popular and both are big name, recognizable candidates Americans can idenitfy with like never before, when you consider that one is a woman and the other is African American.

While sex and race should ideally have no additional sway in the minds of Democratic voters, the reality is that in 2008 being a woman and being black are characteristics which raise red flags if you think you belong in the oval office.

I could not disagree more with that notion, and while both Obama and Clinton are flawed in a variety of ways, being a woman and being black are utterly irrelevant.

This country is in the midst of one its most troubled periods in history, as there are 2 wars going on over seas (Iraq and Afghanistan), the economy is struggling and the threat of global warning continues to grow (just to name a few of the seemingly endless number of issues facing this country).

And so, although the election remains 8 months away, things continue to heat up on the Democratic side, as Hillary Clinton appears to be back from the brink in her battle with Barack Obama, setting the stage for a really exciting race to determine the Democratic Presidential candidate.

Too steal the closing line from my last election post, as it proves to be even more relevant now…

…Game on.

***UPDATE***

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The ultimate good news/bad news situation has become a reality for John McCain and the Republican party, as McCain was officially endorsed by President George W. Bush.

The good news?

It is generally seen as a great sign to have the support of an incumbent President finishing his second term in office.

The bad news?

That President happens to be Bush the second, who is as popular a President as Yoko Ono was to Beatles fans.

Being 8 months away from election day, it is far too soon to tell what sort of impact this will have on McCain’s voter support, however it certainly will prove to be one of the first times in history a two term President has issued an endorsement to a Presidential hopeful under so much scrutiny.

Just another twist in the ongoing saga that is the Race for the White House 2008.

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March 5, 2008 Posted by | Election '08 | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment