A recent survey reported that among California voters, Senator Barack Obama would trounce Senator John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee in the general election in November. The Obama camp however may be the only one that is not paying attention to the polls or the surveys because the candidate is campaigning with the same intensity as he did at the start of the campaign. He is looking toward the end game—the June-1st primary in Puerto Rico with 55 delegates, and the June-3rd primaries in Montana and South Dakota with 16 and 15 delegates respectively. (It must be noted that Puerto Rico is only allowed to vote in the primary, not in the general election). Obama’s deputy campaign manager, Steve Hildebrand has stated, “We have three more contests to go, and we’re going to fight for every delegate to secure the Democratic nomination.”
Last weekend, both Obama and Senator Hillary Clinton were visiting Puerto Pico in attempts to garner the majority of the 55 delegates. There has never been so much attention given to the Caribbean island by presidential candidates in the past. Since he has already been designated the presumptive nominee for the Republican Party, Senator John McCain did not find it necessary to travel to Puerto Rico—not even for vacation.
During the Memorial Day holiday, Obama and McCain campaigned in Western states because according to political pundits, voters there will play a pivotal role in selecting the next president of the United States. McCain highlighted his military record, which he uses as a “battering ram” of military and foreign policy experience, while Obama enunciated that there are different ways to serve one’s country and be as patriotic as a soldier in uniform. Patriotism does not emanate from the military uniform by osmosis, but rather from an individual’s deeds and actions, the basis of one’s service.
Some “Obama-bashers” claim they are concerned about his inexperience and they define “inexperience” in terms of his age, relative “newness” on the national political scene, and the ability to be an effective commander-in-chief. However, what they do not seem to realize is that the process of “running for president” is a part of the suitability-test to become president. In four years, Obama has done what it has taken Clinton two decades to do, and McCain, three decades—to mount a successful presidential campaign. Yet, they call him inexperience. In four “known” years on the national stage, Obama has mounted such an effective and well-organized campaign that it has placed him as frontrunner to be the Democratic nominee and national polls show him beating the presumptive Republican nominee in the November general election. How is that for experience or “inexperience!”
The latest salvo from the Clinton camp is what former President Bill Clinton has called disrespect. It appears that some of the media are highlighting the verbal sparring between Obama and McCain to the exclusion of candidate Clinton. What seems to have happened is that the media, who have already dubbed McCain, the presumptive nominee (of the GOP) are now focusing on Obama equally as the presumptive nominee of the Democrats. The situation as it now stands, shows that if Obama, with a total of about 1977 delegates—and is picking up super delegates daily—picks up just a few more delegates, as he is expected to, in the next three contests, named above, he would have enough to reach 2026, one over the needed amount to clinch the nomination.
Clinton’s position states that is baloney. Florida and Michigan have to be factored in and that raises the number. However, it also raises the number of delegates Obama will receive because Clinton will not get all their delegates or enough delegates, with or without Florida and Michigan, to overcome Obama’s lead. In Florida, Clinton received 50 percent of the votes and Obama 33 percent, though Obama did not campaign there, per the candidates’ agreement with the Democratic National Committee (DNC). In Michigan, Clinton received 55 percent and Obama 40 percent even though Obama’s name was not even on the ballot. If an agreement is reached with the DNC about the delegates, they would have to be distributed proportionately, and Obama would maintain his considerable lead.
Misunderstandings over the delegate count and the popular votes have dominated a large portion of this primary campaign and there seems to be no end in sight, just more confusion. It has also caused some caustic words to punctuate the campaign rhetoric and according to Obama, has distracted from the real issues of the campaign in furtherance of the people’s agenda. Ms Viola Hamilton, a retired businesswoman has noticed the tone of the campaign and was very taken back by some of Clinton’s recent remarks relative to the month of June. Hamilton said, “In this country, we have many dreamers, Robert and John (Kennedy), they were dreamers. So were Malcolm (X) and Martin (Luther King Jr.), they were dreamers. And Obama, he is a dreamer and they won’t let dreams go forth. She’s kinda off keel. This is my feeling, personally, from being an observer down through the years. I’ll be 80 years old in August and I just felt a deep hurt by what she said, and they just brushed it off, and she has apologized. But she has not apologized to Mr. Obama because it (the answer to the question, she was asked) was in regards to him.”
Obama seems to attract the young and the old. And in regards to experience, youthfulness is not a vacuum that equals inexperience, nor is age a projection of wisdom or experience. Remember, the Titanic was built by professionals (the experienced, and it sank); the (Noah’s) Ark was built by laymen (the inexperienced, and it survived).