Despite the naysayers, Obama has been tried and tested, and he has passed the test. The campaign that he is running is the real, best test. There is a wave of positive energy within the Obama campaign that is sweeping the country .
The rigors of a national political campaign for president is an integral part of the process of preparing to be the president; it is a part of the test. Those who did not live up to the challenge or are a part of the Johnny-come-lately faction do themselves and the nation a gross injustice when they criticize the ones that have been tried and tested – on the campaign trail for almost two years, Democratic nominee Barack Obama has indeed been tried and tested. In short, the race for the presidency is not a sprint; it is a marathon. It takes mental stamina, physical endurance lasting strength, and those who have tried and failed yet criticize the ones who have endured are analogous to ‘sour grapes.’
It is almost unbelievable to comprehend the kitchen-sink strategy that the McCain campaign and the 527s are using against Obama. For example, they have used the word “dangerous” to describe Obama and accused him of being a socialist and of wanting to spread the wealth. Last year, Warren Buffett, now the richest man in the world – a savvy investor, who knows something about finance and economics – said about Obama, “Barack is here to increase the abundance and to spread it around a little more so that it is inclusive prosperity.” And Buffett is supporting Obama.
Multi-media endorsements: LA Times, NY Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Sentinel and a stellar lineup of Republican loyalists including Colin Powell, Scott McClellan, Julie Nixon Eisenhower and SusanEisenhower (daughter and grand-daughter of the late Republican President, General Dwight D. Eisenhower); William Weld, Arne Carlson and Linwood Holton (former Republican governors of Massachusetts. Minnesota and Virginia respectively); Lincoln Chafee and David Durenberger (former Republican senators of Rhode Island and Minnesota respectively); Christopher Buckley (son of the legendary conservative William F. Buckley); and C.C. Goldwater, (grand-daughter of the late Mister Conservative himself, Senator Barry Goldwater – the senator from Senator John McCain’s home state of Arizona).
At the start of the campaign there were 16 candidates among the two major parties – eight Democrats and eight Republicans. Many of them had high profiles, with solid name recognition; some had previously run for president but most of them had solid credentials and long political resumes. Obama did not measure up to either one of those standards; he was in his first term as the junior Senator from Illinois where he was barely a household name. He was bold and audacious but the pundits said he was too inexperienced and would not get to first base. At present, he is on the threshold of winning the presidential marathon – the presidency. Furthermore, many thought since he had a funny-sounding, foreign name, ‘who’d vote for a presidential candidate named “Barack Obama?’
Time, circumstances and masterful campaigning have rendered that question moot and obsolete. Obama, not only out-campaigned 14 “experienced” politicians, many with A-class resumes as political insiders, but he has also energized and captivated the imagination of the masses of young Americans in a big way, and has registered more new voters than all of the other candidates combined. It is ironic that one of the failed candidates, who tops the list of Obama critics, was described as running the worst presidential campaign in history – Rudy Giuliani, who never made it to first base in the presidential “sweeps.”
The American public would gain an insightful look at Obama’s vision for the country if they study his words at the Democratic National Convention in 2004. He said, “Now even as we speak, there are those who are preparing to divide us … Well, I say to them tonight, there is not a liberal America and a conservative America … there is the United States of America …”
Senator John McCain is fond of saying that Obama is one of the most liberal senators in the Senate. The fact is McCain is one of the most conservative senators in the Senate. But the reality is what is wrong with being a liberal or for that matter a conservative? They are just ideological labels of people’s choices and preferences; it’s how one sees the world.
In looking at the battleground states on the election map, Colorado, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia, all voted Republican in the 2004 election, except Pennsylvania. Obama is trying to make them all Democratic states in 2008 including Nevada and Arizona.