I don't think it's because he's black so much as because he's someone other than a far-right Republican headed for the White House - every single
Democrat in the past 12 years has had to deal with an incredibly well-oiled GOP attack machine bent on portraying anyone slightly to the left of
Benito Mussolini as a "radical leftist"
The race thing is just an added bonus, as they can play on racial fears and spin him as Malcolm X reincarnated
Not to mention an army of shamelessly robotic Hannity/Limbaugh-fed drones who can be counted on to parrot the latest far right "talking points"
endlessly and in unison anywhere they can spam them.
As to why Obama is the best candidate?
Simple, he's the guy running for President who's not
promising four years of "Bush Lite"
McCain, decent enough guy though he may be, is
There are other reasons I like the guy, but frankly, that's number one, number two, number three and... well you get the picture.
[edit on 5/31/08 by xmotex]