Monday, January 28, 2008

Why Obama could win

Barack Obama's campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination is picking up steam, thanks to a trouncing of Hillary Rodham Clinton in South Carolina and an endorsement from Caroline Kennedy, daughter of the late President John F. Kennedy.

"I have never had a president who inspired me the way people tell me that my father inspired them," Caroline Kennedy wrote in an commentary for the New York Times.

"But for the first time, I believe I have found the man who could be that president — not just for me, but for a new generation of Americans."

Kennedy wrote that Obama "has a special ability to get us to believe in ourselves, to tie that belief to our highest ideals and imagine that together we can do great things."

And she appealed to other parents to pick a candidate who she said could invigorate a younger generation that is too often "hopeless, defeated and disengaged."

Kennedy wrote that she wants a president "who appeals to the hopes of those who still believe in the American Dream, and those around the world who still believe in the American ideal; and who can lift our spirits, and make us believe again that our country needs every one of us to get involved."

She's onto something.

A friend called my attention to the people surrounding Senator Clinton -- old stalwards of Bill's administration such as Madeleine Albright. They skewed old was the message and it's apt.

If Obama can envigorate the youth and black vote, he may well be unstoppable despite his paucity of experience.

This poses a real interesting dilemma for Republicans because the polls show that the best chance for wooing independent voters happens to rest with the oldest candidate, Senator John McCain. An interesting paradox.

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