We now enter the home stretch of the keenly anticipated American election, after a race in which the polls have gone up and down more times than Gordon Browns jaw. Now the result looks pretty clear: Obama’s bagged it. There is an air of euphoria surrounding Obamassiah and his supporters which begs one simple question: why are you suprised?! I can’t understand why people are acting as if he has had such a fight on his hands to win this election and why he has done soooo well to secure this victory. It was always his.
For the past two years if not more the next election (2008) was seen as the Democrats to lose. The consensus amongst many commentators up until last year was that Mickey Mouse could be on the Democratic ticket and still walk in to the White House in January 2009. All the conditions for victory are there: popular charismatic candidate, an adoring media, a broken economy, collapsing housing market, two unpopular wars, soaring national debt, battered international reputation and most important of all, their nominee is on the opposing side to one of the most unpopular Presidents in US history.
The Democrats should have had it all… but what many Dems miss is the fact that their ‘messiah’ and the self professed ‘chosen one’ nearly buggered it all up. Up until a month ago John McCain for the first time took a sustained and credible lead in the polls. At a time when the Democrats should have been leagues ahead and picking all but picking out the drapes for the Oval Office, the Maverick of the Senate came out fighting and the chosen one was on the ropes. It is in that light that there is nothing spectacular about the ‘Obama victory’ if and when it happens.
Yes hes black… whoopdeedoo, personally I am more impressed with the fact he won the nomination than the Presidency. The nomination battle was a real fight, the actual election should and always was going to be a walkover for the Democratic nominee whom ever it was. So in that light I find it more impressive to be the first black nominee for President rather than the first black President.
I do think the actual result will be closer than many think for a plethora of reasons I shall happily go in to should anyone wish but ultimately I believe the result will be the same: Obama will get it. Having said this I will still fight for McCain in the last ditch. He is the better candidate, Obama is the better salesman. Although there is light for the Conservatives at the end of the tunnel because looking at his plans and the crumbling economy he inherits I believe he will be a one term wonder which will ultimately lead to President Palin 2012 who can clear up his mess in the way the Iron Lady did: with one hell of a tough tonic! whoop whoop!
So no I don’t find it amazing he won it… I find it amazing there was a credible belief he could lose it.