Finally, a potential presidential candidate that has all the qualities I think every president should have. He's smart, good looking, young, energetic, upbeat, a great public speaker, and he is available in 2008. Of course, there are a few problems. He's a senator, which does not improve his chances. He's a democrat, which lessens his chances even more. He's black, which is a killer. And his name is Barack Obama, which is great smear-ad material.
If we lived in a perfect world, the senator from Illinois would have no problem running and winning the 2008 presidential election. But as things stand, he has to overcome those obstacles previously mentioned. There is hope for his nomination, however. According to a recent poll of registered democratic voters, Obama trails Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton by eleven points. And he is gaining.
But the sad fact of the matter is that this talented, young man really has no chance to win the presidency of this country. While many, including myself, would vote for such an awesome candidate, many would not for various reason. One of the most obvious would be his African heritage.
This country has come a long way since the dark days of the Civil Rights movement. But the facts remain, blacks still face disdain and inequality. Many voters, though they won't admit it openly, would not vote for Obama because of that one simple reason. Even if he wasn't a democrat, he would still get the same treatment. But being a democrat certainly doesn't help.
During the past six years, this country has seen an increase in conservatism mixed with ignorant patriotism. In other words, the party in power at the time of our great tragedy is always right and has never or will never make a mistake. And this increase in the conservative vote has lead to the ignorant state of mind that would keep Obama out of office. People actually believe that not a single democrat in power is worth anything. They have been brainwashed by the conservative machine to spew the lines "cut-and-run" party or "defeatist mentality." They probably don't even know what all that means. But one can be sure it will sway the vote in 2008. And this mentality will lead to the eventually smearing of this man's good name.
While I have no problem with names. And I also don't think names matter when voting. However, conservative ad makers do. Because Obama is a democrat and will be labeled as a typical democrat, I can only imagine the horrible smear-ads that could be produced. The one that comes to mind often would go something like this:
Barack Obama is a leading member of the democratic party. As a senator, he supported many other democratic leaders. He knows John Kerry. Obama belongs to that cut-and-run crowd. And isn't it interesting that his name rhymes with Osama. Do you really want him to be elected president with a name like that? Vote republican because America doesn't need a terrorist support in the White House.
It may seem ridiculous, but after the childish behavior during this election, ads like this could be common. Many issues related to the war will guide the course of this next election. Candidates like Obama need to be prepared. I'll vote for him, but will America vote for him and allow him to win? I don't really think so.