I dont believe McCain is doing well campaign wise. We live in a nation where more than half voters put Bush into office, twice so why is this
surprising? Americans give into fearmongering all too easily and to be frank I think its common for people to assume McCains "POW" experience will
amounts to the sercurity of this nation.
On another note what is been asked of america is beyond what she would usually accept. If you were to tell somebody 4years ago that the first black
democratic nominee would be elected in 2008 they would laugh in your face.
Look let me list below the impact of voting Obama:
-He will be the first black president in US history, and the fact it would be 2008, decades earlier than people would usually expect, Im surprised his
been ahead of McCain for some time. Its amazing what the lies and recklessness of one party can push voters to give a black man a chance.
-In a gallup poll 19% of americans either said they wont vote for Obama because of race, they know people who wont vote for him on race or said
america is not ready for a black president. Whether righties here want to continue to deny this and push this off as "playing the race card", race
is a major factor fo many voters regardless of what Obama does.
-He will be the first biracial president of america and of any nation for that matter. Interracial marriage is still seen in some cases as taboo,
especially between black and white americans. If Obama is elected he will bring into question the myths many carry regarding interracial marriages. It
will be exceedingly hard for organisation of the likes of "white christians" and the "KKK" to get their message through.
-Obama will be one of the youngest candidates ever to be elected, only 47years old. In 20years time he'll still be younger than McCain
-Obama has been a virtual unknown up until 2007. The nation tends to vote in favour to those they know already regardless of other factors. They voted
in Bush over Gore in 2000 despite the fact that Gore was expected to win and the favourite.
-He is inexperienced compared to McCain. He has relatively the same experience as Hillary if you compare their timelines. The perception of him being
inexperienced can be increased by the fact McCain is older and has been known for decades.
-Most americans are still ignorant of other cultures, many still believe that your born a muslim forever
The fact that Obamas father was a
non-practicing muslim opened new doors for rightwing myths to be spread into the public. That and the fact that Obamas middle name is "Hussien".
Although if these very people were to see a chinese guy with an english name and surname they would still see him as chinese. It is hypocritical in
sense but this is the thinking process for most americans.
-Obama's unique family has also weighed in. Unlike the presidents and candidates in the past, Bush, McCain, Hillary, Obama does not have political
parents able to get him that the Washington connection he may verywell need in this election. His been on his own for a long time now and the fact he
managed to grow such a great campaign is an achievement on its own.
All of the above listed are factors weighted against Obama. Compare this to McCains old age and his ties to Bush, its either the same or less.
So am I surprised Obama is at McCains level.... no...... 2004 already showed me the willingness of many americans to sweep their ignorance and
deniability under the rug.
I still believe Obama will win, I just believe it will be by a 4-3% margin. For the time being though the polls offer little insight into the
[edit on 20-8-2008 by southern_Guardian]