Obama is the Democratic
The race is over: Obama won Montana,
lost South Dakota, and won enough additional superdelegates to clinch the
Democratic presidential nomination
Article added on June 4, 2008 at 07:35 Swiss time
Finally, the Democratic presidential primaries and
caucuses are over. Barack Obama is the Democratic presidential nominee. He
lost South Dakota, but won Montana, and most importantly, won enough
additional superdelegates to clinch the Democratic presidential nomination.
If Hillary Clinton continues her fight until the Democratic convention at
the end of August, the two candidates will harm each other too much.
Luckily, on June 3, Barack Obama has ended all speculations by getting over
the 2,118 delegates bar needed to win the nomination.
According to CNN, on June 4 at 07:20, Barack Obama has 1,762 pledged
delegates and 394 superdelegates on his side. With a total of 2,156
delegates on his side, in his speech after the election, he could rightly
claim to be the Democratic presidential nominee.
In the South Dakota primary, with 99% of precincts reporting, Barack Obama
won 45% of the vote and 6 pledged delegates. Hillary Clinton is the winner
with 55% of the vote and 9 pledged delegates.
In the Montana primary, after 65% of precincts reporting, Barack Obama won
57% of the vote and 8 pledged delegates. Hillary Clinton only got 40% and 4
After former president Jimmy Carter publicly endorsed Barack Obama on June
3, during the voting in Montana and South Dakota, other superdelegates
stepped forward too.
Hillary Clinton turned out to be a sour loser. Instead of stepping forward
and putting herself behind Barack Obama, she wavered in her
“concession speech”. She said:
“In the coming days, I'll be consulting with my supporter and party leaders to
determine how to move forward with the best interests of our party and our
country guiding my way”. The quicker she acknowledges defeat and endorses
Barack Obama, the better for the Democrats.
It looks as if she wants to push Barack Obama to endorse herself as his
choice for vice-president. In normal circumstances, such an attitude would
backfire. Unfortunately for Barack Obama, he really needs the votes of
Hillary Clinton's camp and will have to give her the vice-presidency if ever
she wants it. [Added at 07:52: he may put her in his cabinet and in charge
of his health-care reform plan].
Barack Obama is most popular with younger, higher-educated as well as
African-American voters, whereas Hillary Clinton does best with female,
older, blue-collar and Hispanic voters. In that sense, she would be an ideal
running mate for Barack Obama.
Unfortunately, with former president Bill Clinton in her baggage and given
her past and her character, the Clintons could quickly turn out to pursue
their own political goals, establishing a sort of side-presidency.
Thomas R. Marshall, America's 28th Vice President, said about the office:
“Once there were two brothers. One went away to sea; the other was elected vice
president. And nothing was heard of either of them again”. Barack Obama
supporters hope that it will turn out like that. Unfortunately, Hillary
Clinton and her supporters have very different ideas.
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If everything goes according to the electoral logic of an incompetent
Republican president, who totally mismanaged an unpopular war and is facing
a sluggish economy, the GOP should have no chance to win the presidency
However, John McCain is not an ordinary Republican candidate. He is the best
possible choice the GOP could come up with. He is the only man within the party to
have a chance to win the presidency. Last but not least, he is the most
credible candidate in the race, the best to lead the United States. In both
the Senate and the House, Republicans will most certainly face crushing
Barack Obama may face racist attacks. More importantly,
he will again have to face his past at Trinity United Church of Christ. We can only
repeat ourselves: if ever a video should surface showing him applauding a
rant by reverend Jeremiah Wright, he is done. Since no such video has
surfaced yet, it is probable that there is none. As long as it stays that
way and as long as Barack Obama can convince the majority of the American
voters that he does not share any of his former pastor's strange ideas, he
will be the next president.
As all three remaining candidates - Hillary has not conceded yet - Barack
Obama has not the experience of holding an executive office in his career.
In November, he may have to lead the United States, the world's only