It turns out that I was prescient when I predicted over two years ago that Barack Obama would win the Democratic nomination for President. Here’s what I wrote in October 2006:
“…But Obama’s answer also speaks to a different style of politics than we’ve seen from the Karl Roves and James Carville’s of our generation–it’s a politics of statesmanship that transcends partisanship…
Folks, this man WILL be the President, should he seek that office in the future. The only question is, how long will he wait to make the run.”
As it turned out, Obama decided to run for President sooner rather than later, and is nine delegates away from clinching the nomination. Today was a historic and dramatic day as over thirty superdelegates, some former Clinton supporters like Maxine Waters, announced their support for Obama. Given that South Dakota’s polls close in less than hour, we should know whether that state will put him over the top very soon, or Montana one hour later. Of course, within the next two hours, expect a flood of additional superdelegates to announce their support for Obama.
To answer my own question from 2006–Barack Obama is indeed the real deal. June 3, 2008 will forever be remembered as the day that the United States crossed a critical threshold–nominating the first African-American presidential candidate of a major party. Today is a day to be celebrated and cherished, and it is hard to overstate its historic significance. Of course, November 7, 2008 will arguably be that much more important.
Two key issues will dominate the election coverage in the coming weeks, who will Obama pick as a running mate, and how will Obama defeat McCain in the general election?
There is rampant speculation that the Obama campaign is considering Hillary Clinton as a running mate, and although she wouldn’t be my first choice, I’d be willing to consider it on the merits if it really was THE only way to defeat McCain in the general.