Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Be Careful What You Wish For

Clinton or Obama? That is the other question (the first being the identity of our nominee) for the Republican Party. Who do we want to face in November? The conservative talking heads are giddy at the thought of a Clinton loss—and it’s these folks who have been predicting the Clinton demise ever since Iowa. These predictions are based less in fact and more in wishful thinking. And I think Clinton’s continued strength proves this.

But can Obama finally take out the Clinton machine? Can he do something that the GOP has been trying to do since the 90’s? More importantly, do we really want him to?

I get the feeling, and other Republicans have it as well, that if Obama gets the Democratic nomination, he may very well be the next President of the United States. He will be the only “change candidate” in a change year. The GOP doesn’t really have a true change candidate--except maybe Ron Paul.

I feel much better about our chances against Hillary. We can beat her. She is the establishment candidate. She has negatives approaching 50%; numbers that make Jim Gilmore look good. Hillary will inherit her husband’s dirty laundry. Bill Clinton is no longer the rock star he was before he began his smear campaign against Obama. This primary has tarnished the Clinton brand. If she wins, she will be much weaker than anyone ever expected.

I know Republicans love the idea of a Clinton loss—payback for all the times they beat us. But her defeat of Obama may be the best thing for our party. We better be careful of what we wish for. And start worrying if these two stop beating each other up and join forces.

1 comment:

CJBarnard said...

I completely agree. If Obama can get the support of the Democratic Party (including their money) he will be nearly unstoppable. He’s charismatic and can rill the masses without even having a message other than “Change.” America hasn’t seen a candidate such as this in a long time. I am hoping that his campaign starts to feel the wear and tear of this primary season, but I only see them growing stronger. That scares the hell out of me. Yes the GOP can beat Hillary, I believe almost easily. And if she does win the Presidency we know that the GOP can take it back shortly after. So as much as it pains me to say, I hope that Sen. Clinton gets the nomination, because in the big picture it is better for the Republican Party. Time will only tell…