Barak Obama: running for President in 2008?
So, I’m going to get all political here, which I don’t usually do on this blog.
Barak Obama is rumored to be considering a Presidential campaign in ’08. My question is: Why? Obama is a first term Senator. Yes, he’s been in the Illinois state Senate before, but Federal is a whole different ballgame. And Obama’s a rookie.
Yes, he seems like a good guy. He’s very charismatic. But what has he done to show he is a leader? What has he done to gain all this popularity? He only just recently sponsored his first major bill, and got it passed by the Senate (still waiting on the House). It’s a great bill, too; but it almost got stopped by some political dirty tricks.
And then there is the question of electability. Even if he gets the Democratic nomination, that’s only part way there. While I tend to dislike all politicians equally, the current administration has moved on to hate. My fear in the 2008 election is that the Democrats will field someone who is popular with the party, but will never get elected, thus securing the election for whomever the Republican/Bush/Cheney machine chooses as their successor. This is my concern with Hillary Clinton – this country simply isn’t ready to elect a woman President. That’s unfortunate, but it’s true.
With Obama, the problem is double: one, his inexperience is going to hurt him. Two, the big elephant in the room no one wants to talk about – in a country where the Republicans can rally the Red Staters with fear of a job-stealing invasion of slightly darker people, do we really think an African-American can get elected President? Another unfortunate thing, but I think the answer is no.
Obama seems pretty good for a politician. And if he proves himself, I’ll vote for him myself. But I just don’t think the 2008 election is far enough away for him to make it.