So, Super Tuesday was supposed to be our crystal ball; our accurate prognostication of who would represent both political parties. But yet, on the the democratic side, we know as much after Super Tuesday as we did before – which is to say “not a damn bit”. Sure, both campaigns will spin yesterday’s results in whatever biased way they see fit, but the truth is that things played out as they were expected to. Clinton won the big states and Obama many of the smaller to intermediate ones. Obama excelled in caucuses and in rural America. Clinton excelled in the more populated states and among women. No surprises at all there. So, to be honest, we can’t say much more about the democratic race today than we could have yesterday. Things are still muddled up and the race may not be settled for weeks, maybe even months. Is this a good thing or bad thing? I’m not sure. One can only take so much political coverage.
If Obama wants to pull off this upset (remember folks, he was down tremendously a few months back), then I feel that he has to win at least one big state (Texas or Ohio). He has to show that he can dominate in larger states. If Clinton wants to win, she’s going to have to reach out to the more grassroots areas of our country – she has not fared too well so far in those areas. Obama’s camp could spin it the way of them winning more states (which they did) and Clinton’s can spin it the way of them winning more delegates (which they did). So, I guess it’s a classic case of tomato-tomatoe. It just depends on which way you want to look at it.
I know one thing, I’m going to take EVERYTHING I heard from CNN and all those other political affiliates with a grain of salt – they seem to exaggerate the information and over analyze. They actually had Obama even in Massachusetts, Jersey, and California – and he didn’t come close to winning either of those. So, the media has to be very careful in how they decide to cover which candidate. Obama clearly rode the wave of momentum to victory in the smaller and more rural areas, but that didn’t seem to help propel him to victory in any of the larger states. He did make up a lot of ground though in those states, but not enough to win. So we will see how well Obama can do in the time given to focus on only a few states at a time. Everyone seems to think that if given enough time, Obama can sway enough voters to snag victory away from a Clinton candidacy that people once thought inevitable. I’m still skeptical – we’ll see how the following weeks play out…
This is some exciting stuff going on though – we may never in our lifetimes see another presidency this hotly contested and intriguing…It very well may be the presidency that shapes our lifetimes – not only in the way it will play out in the coming years, but also in the way it has opened the hearts and minds of America. We seemed to have arrived at a point when we are ready for a change in the demographic of our government. The young people are voting like never before and people seem more torn than ever when voting for a candidate. The excitement and buzz that this election has created may never again be duplicated. I don’t necessarily know about all the JFK comparisons that Barack Obama is drawing, but you cannot deny his eloquence and inspirational message. He has generated a tremendous amount of interest in this race that would not have been there had he not run. This is an enormous battle between two political heavyweights – and we get to see every single moment and detail being played out in the following weeks and months. How lucky are we? For a newbie political junkie, I just can’t get enough.
The uncertainty of this race is compelling. I tune in to CNN everyday wondering what either campaign can do to sway the momentum on their side. I’ve already heard what they’re going to say hundreds of times before, but I can’t move myself to change the channel. I am transfixed by this race. I feel like this time it will count. This time, things can change – for the better. That we can rise from the republican trench we’ve been placed in. I think that people have become accustomed to being cynical over the past 7 years and they’ve forgotten that it is ok to be optimistic about your government. Like some people have said, the government CAN do positive things for its citizens. It isn’t a complete detriment to the progress of citizens in this coutnry. The people do have a voice and it needs to be heard and it WILL be heard. That is why this race matters to me so much – I want to see a democrat win and shake things up. I specifically want Senator Obama to win so he can fundamentally change the mentality of The White House. I want the arrogant, narrow-minded train of thought to be eradicated. I want the American people to shed their cynical views and adopt a optimistic philosophy. I want people again to be hopeful and to believe in their government. People need to believe that their vote truly counts and that the government actually cares about what they have to say. We are in the midst of a “movement that is real” – to quote Senator Obama.
“We are the ones we have been waiting for.” That was a quote from Obama’s speech from Chicago last night. That is a powerful line – I love that line. “We are the ones we have been waiting for.” Wow. Rarely have words resonated as profoundly. Maybe it took 7 years of George H. Bush for us to realize that we are the ones who need to make changes; we are the ones who can make a difference.
This presidential race is like a good movie; before you know it, it will be over. Let’s enjoy it while we can.