Let me say first that I am a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat and will happily vote and work for either Clinton or Obama. I can also say I am often frustrated or disappointed with both of the candidates. I loved the populist rhetoric introduced in the race by Edwards--but if he had been a serious contender, I know I would have had my problems with him, too.
Here in Maryland, we have our primary next week. I think I'll be voting for Obama--and not only because his name sounds like the yarn.
I was born and raised a liberal white southerner and I am very excited about the possibility of some southern states moving from red to blue. This kind of move could pretty much assure a Democratic victory in November.
McCain, the likely Republican nominee, is pretty weak in a lot of the South. Although he is a
On the other hand, Obama is getting large percentages and large turnouts in the South among Democrats. The key to winning those states is significantly upping the number of supposedly "unlikely" voters--and he's been doing it in the primaries. Young people and African Americans have been galvanized to go to the polls in numbers seldom seen.
And Independents may be less likely to vote for McCain if Obama is their other choice.
Clinton, I don't think, has the ability to make the move from red to blue happen. Her biggest strength is in traditionally Democratic states--states any Democratic candidate will take.
So right now I'm imagining a Obama-Richardson ticket.
...if y'all can come up with the right knitting yarns for the other candidates, perhaps I'll change my mind!