The Democratic nominee for President will be either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama, no doubt. I think Hillary is not only more electable but will bring with her far more resources in terms of actually changing the course of this country, not the least of which is her husband, Bill. In many ways Bill Clinton's Presidency was one shining hour in between the crap heaps of the two Bushes. True, not everything he accomplished has turned out to be the best for this country, namely, repealing the Glass-Steagall Act which led to the sub-prime mortgage mess and NAFTA. But he did balance the budget, something that all Republicans, for all their conservative rhetoric, have failed to do since (and including!) Ronald Reagan.
Barack Obama is a sharp guy, but he's long on rhetoric and charisma and short on actual experience. The Republicans will make mince meat of him in the general election, and he will be too easily co-optible in the Oval Office. The lobbyists and corporate power brokers will swoop down on him like there's no tomorrow. Hillary's pretty much immune to being tempted by the trappings of power, in my opinion. She's seen it all; she's done it all. She knows most of the world leaders, and she would bring with her a powerful group of intelligent people. Hillary's got the grit to withstand the Republican onslaught. Did I say that she's been through it once already? I think Hillary's values are tremendous, her heart's in the right place and she will restore some sanity to this nation's policies both at home and abroad.
Barack Obama is promising a lot of stuff that a President does not really have the where- withal to pull off. He's going to be a uniter. What does that mean? Does anyone really believe that all the white Republican southerners in all the red states are really going to rally around him? It'll never happen. I want a fighter not a uniter. That's realistic. I believe Hillary's a fighter, and she's got a good corner man in Bill. Together they have a wealth of experience and a proven track record. What's Obama's track record? He was against the Iraq war from the start? He gave a speech at the 2004 Democratic convention? Give me a break. Talk is cheap. The Iraq war is moot at this point except for getting the hell out of there, not leaving behind any permanent bases and stopping the torrent of cash going there that's bankrupting the US. Any of the Democrats will try to do that, but it will take political skill and experience to actually get the job done and stave off the Republicans who have invested heavily in making Iraq a US client state in the mideast.
I have already pointed out the difficulty any Democratic President will have in getting his or her agenda passed through Congress. It's not going to be a hayride, folks. Any Democratic President is going to have the same problem the Democratic Congress has had for the last year in getting anything done. The last thing we want is a President who doesn't know the ropes (Obama) and will spin his wheels for two to four years getting nothing accomplished. The last thing we want is a Democratic President who is going to play ball with the Republicans and corporate interests to continue business as usual. Obama may be inspirational, but we don't need inspiration at this point. We don't need to be "moved." We don't need a lot of long winded rhetoric promising this and that. We don't need naivete in the White House surrounded by novice advisors. Any fool knows what needs to be done. Hillary will just be more capable of doing it, that's all.
The last point is electability. My feeling is that it will be very tough sledding to get Obama elected. First of all no white southerner will vote for him. There's a lot of rednecks in the north who won't vote for him either, and he's red meat for the Republican hate machine. They'll try to skewer Hillary too, but she's had the experience of having been through it once, and she's a smart cookie. It won't be easy sledding for the Republicans this time. I think the smart Democrats (and I put the Clintons in this category) have thought this through and will be well prepared to deal with the Republican hate mongers this time around. Let the Lee Atwaters and the Karl Roves beware! They have been assasinating characters and destroying Democrats at will for far too long. I would hope the Democats would put up a decent fight this time, and I think Hillary is far more capable of doing so than Barack.
Barack appeals to the Democratic base more, but Hillary appeals far more to the general population of voters including moderates and independents, and, in the final analysis, getting a Democrat actually elected President is what it's all about. Another Republican in the White House and the US will go the way of the Roman Empire having lasted not anywhere near as long. Rome had its sage Claudius (correponding to Bill Clinton) after the disastrous Tiberius (Reagan) and in between Caligula and Nero (corresponding to the two Bushes). Let's hope that the lantern of enlightenment will be relit under Hillary Clinton!