As soon as John McCain locked up the GOP nomination, he made a fast trip to the White House to get the endorsement of President Bush. Why anybody would want to base his run for president tied to the failed politics of the Bush Administration is a mystery that defies logic. When Sen. McCain ran against George Bush in the 2000 Republican primaries, I really believed the Arizona Senator was a straight-shooting maverick who would do the right thing regardless of the consequences, and that was somewhat refreshing. During that race, the attacks on Sen. McCain by Karl Rove and his gang of thugs were lowdown and dirty. As a result, as we all know, Bush prevailed and was ultimately elected President. Apparently, those attacks have been forgotten by the soon-to-be GOP nominee.
In any event, wanting to give the American people four more years of Bush-Cheney-Rove doesn’t seem to be very smart and certainly isn’t a winning strategy. Let’s take a look at the mantel that is being passed down by the Bush Administration to Sen. McCain and see what the Arizona Senator has inherited:
In my opinion, Sen. McCain would have had a difficult time in the general election even without taking on as part of his campaign all of the problems created and to be left behind by the Bush Administration. With that burden now around his neck, the GOP candidate’s prospects are even more dismal. In fact, it will take a total collapse by the eventual Democratic nominee for Sen. McCain to have a chance of being president.
On the Democratic side, the race for the nomination is going forward and apparently will go all the way to the convention. Sen. Barack Obama clearly has the edge as he and Sen. Hillary Clinton face off in Pennsylvania. This issue of the Report went to the printer before the voting day in that state and therefore we didn’t have those results at this writing. Sen. Clinton was favored and probably will win there.
Frankly, I have been greatly disappointed in the tactics being employed by by the Clinton campaign. That type thing certainly doesn’t speak well for Sen. Hillary Clinton or for her husband. Actually, it’s been more like a campaign run by Karl Rove than one being run by a Democratic candidate in a primary fight. I suspect that Rove and the right wing of the Republican Party are working hard for a Clinton-McCain race in the general election. Nevertheless, I believe Sen. Obama will wind up as the Democratic nominee, and when that happens, the Democratic Party will unite and back him this fall without question.
I also believe a good number of Independents (who may be a much larger group than many experts project) will support the Obama campaign in November because of the strong opposition among Independents to the policies of the current Administration. It’s also quite possible that a fairly significant number of Republicans will vote for Sen. Obama because they too have seen the shape in which the Bush Administration has left the country. Also, many Republicans simply don’t trust the GOP standard bearer.
Without question, the mood of the voters is clearly for meaningful change. They want a President who understands the real needs of people, who tells the truth, who is not controlled by the special interests and their powerful lobbyists, and who will keep his promises. The choice will be very clear in November!
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