These Wonderful Presidential Primaries

These wonderful Presidential Primaries.

Please excuse me as I chortle with delight about how the Presidential primaries have been going.

On the Republican side: while still not possessing a lock, John McCain is starting to look certain to be the Republican nominee.

On the Democratic side: Hillary Clinton (whom I prefer) and Barack Obama are running neck and neck. I will be delighted with either of these candidates winning the nomination.

Looking ahead:

Since John McCain looks to eventually be the official Republican standard bearer, it is probably not too early to start taking into consideration what the impact will be of who is selected to be his Vice-Presidential running mate. Due to John's age, the person selected to be ready to seize the reigns as Commander In Chief will be even more critical then normal. Rather then selecting someone to "round out the ticket" John is going to have to nominate someone like himself to reassure some of us voters (like myself) that the person making the decisions from the Oval Office for the next four years is someone we trust.

The Democratic nominee is far from being as certain. While I can state that I might find it possible to ultimately cast my vote for either of the two possible eventual nominees, I think there is still time to express my opinion as to which possible candidate would be the better of the two. First, let me state that there is little difference between the candidates positions on the issues. If you wish to split hairs, you can find some differences. However debating these differences is like splitting hairs indeed. The real difference between the two is which of the two candidates is apt to deliver on the positions the campaign on? My judgement? Although both candidates have only a short Congressional record to point to and judge upon, one has a proven track record of being capable of reaching across the aisle and including the opposition leadership in legislative proposals while the other does not. Hillary Clinton has the proven track record of reaching across the aisle while Barack Obama does not.

It has been the recent history within the beltway for polarized, partisan bickering that prevents anything meaningful and substantial being accomplished. The electorate wants change. Who can provide the change? Some think that Barack Obama will be the more uncompromising standard bearer for change while Hillary Clinton, the person who has the proven ability to compromise and bring about change, is dismissed because of this demonstrated capability.

For those in favor of Barack Obama, I have this question. What makes you think Barack is going to be more able to overcome filibusters in the Senate then Hillary Clinton will be? Hillary has the proven ability to work with the opposition to arrive at solutions. Barack does not. It is because of the demonstrated capability of working with the opposition for why I prefer Hillary (and for why I preferred John McCain). Barack has served long enough in the Senate to have demonstrated the same potential, however he has failed to provided any evidence that he can do so.

Do you want change or do you want an uncompromising Democratic President who is incapable of getting anything done?

It is my opinion that Hillary Clinton is the possible Democratic candidate who can bring about the most change, while compromising, while Barack, if he should be the nominee and then general election victor, could be the uncompromising President who fails to get anything done.

Hillary has the experience to reach the understanding that even the President of the United States is not a dictator. That under the American system, it is necessary to work with the opposition to get anything done.

Barack Obama can campaign upon Pie in the Sky if he wants, but it is Hillary's proven ability to compromise, which I think she developed from her years of experience near the helm of our government, that presents the largest potential to put your piece of the pie on your dinner table. Look at their Senate records. Let their records in the Senate speak for themselves.

While I, too, might prefer Barack Obama over Hillary on certain issues (when I start splitting hairs) I then must analyze which candidate has the potential to actually achieve some of the changes that are being promised. If Democratic voters really want change, they probably will be better served by a Hillary Clinton nomination and potential Hillary Presidency then by nominating Barack even if he were to win the general election.


Blogger Cory said...

The best candidate from the Democratic party withdrew. Left is a couple fence sitters who would do nothing for this country but the status quo if elected.

2/12/2008 02:46:00 PM  
Blogger Little David said...

Sorry, Obama is not a fence sitter. He's fairly extreme to the left.

At least this is my opinion, coming from the center, while your own opinion, in my judgement, comes from the extremist left.

2/15/2008 02:24:00 PM  
Blogger Cory said...

Hah, Obama is an extreme leftist....I guess you must have considered John Edwards a flat out socialist then.

2/18/2008 02:38:00 PM  
Blogger Little David said...

I did consider John Edwards as being left of Obama in his proposals as he ran for the office of President.

2/18/2008 03:31:00 PM  

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