posted on Aug, 6 2008 @ 02:34 PM
I know there are a lot of threads about these two on ATS. I am not interested in starting a debate about who is the better candidate, why I should or
should not vote for one or the other.
What I would like to discuss is this idea of the "Underdog". In an article on CNN.com today, they raise the question as to why Obama is not leading
by more than he currently is, which this article says is 5 points. click here
for a link to the article. Additionally, McCain has promoted himself as the underdog for quite some time now. click
for an article that quotes
him saying that.
So, my question is: Who really is the underdog?
The definition of "underdog" is: A competitor thought unlikely to win; Somebody at a disadvantage
Based on that definition, which candidate came into this race at a disadvantage, or was more unlikely to win?
Clearly Obama was the underdog of the democratic primary. McCain was never an underdog on the republican side, while not a clear cut winner,
certainly right in there with the pack. Does this matter now in the general election? Does either candidate have a genuine claim to the underdog
title? What factors do you think play into this? Is race an automatic qualifier? Or is it irrelavent? Experience, age, etc? What goes into
determining which candidate has the clear advantage here?
I would really like a mature, intelligent discussion here, so please try to refrain from injecting rude comments about the candidates, and try to
stick to the subject of the thread...thanks in advance!