Things are settling down in the race for each party’s nomination, yet today I find myself more unsettled than ever.
I was supporting John Edwards for president, and I still believe that he would’ve made the best president of any of the candidates running this year. It saddens me that in this, his second and probably final run for the presidency, he failed. I think that in his original calculation of the race, he planned to be the anti-Hillary, and I think that he would have (and in fact did) fulfilled that role well. But the historic nature of the Obama-Hillary competition sucked most of the air out of the room, and it was difficult for Edwards to get the attention that he needed, even though his message was powerful. On the issues, Edwards and I agreed almost down the line.
My number one issue is universal health care, and the Edwards plan was superior to that of Clinton and Obama. Hillary’s healthcare plan is closer to Edwards than Obama’s, and after the years of total incompetence of the Bush Administration, it’s tempting to turn to Hillary because I know she’s smart and I believe that she will know how to get things done.
On the other hand, I don’t discount the possibility that Obama’s campaign may indeed be a transformational one. His message of hope and American renewal is attractive to me. But he has not yet convinced me that he’ll be able to get elected, and if elected, accomplish his policy goals, once the Republicans turn on him like a pack of rabid dogs. And you know they will; they’re already warming up the racist attacks, the vicious smears, and the dirty tricks machine.
So I’m really torn between the two main Democratic candidates. I’ve already set the DVR to record the Democratic debate tomorrow night, which will be down to just the two remaining candidates. I’ll be watching the debate very closely to see which of the candidates best make their case. Of course, regardless of who wins the nomination, I will fully support the Democratic candidate in the fall.
Turning to the Republicans, yes I did waver, but it looks as though I will be proved correct in my original prediction from last May, and that John McCain will end up as the Republican nominee. I was correct about Rudy and most of the rest of the GOP field, and Romney is not going to make it. I expect that McCain will then be handily defeated by either Hillary or Obama. The new Democratic president will be supported by a Congress that has a significantly expanded Democratic majority. All in all, it looks like a good year for the good guys.