I'm tremendously happy to see Clinton take the New Hampshire primary. Every day I'm hoping more and more that she's the Democratic candidate. Because she honestly stands the best chance of winning the presidential election (that probably has something to do with the fact that she'd do the best job out of all the Democrats).
Sure, Obama is shiny and new and kind of exciting in a let's-ignore-reality sort of way. But I seriously doubt that he'd be an effective national leader. Plus, there's a very good chance he'd never get elected.
Yeah, sure, he could beat Romney or Guiliani in a national election. But so could __________ (insert joke here)(I was going to write 'Ralph Wiggum', but The Simpsons preempted the line I had planned for this post. Seriously.).
I seriously doubt Obama's ability to beat either Huckabee or McCain. McCain has legislated circles around Obama in Congress, and he'd do so in the run up to the election too. If Clinton's experience card is worth playing against Obama, then McCain is sitting on the whole trump suit. No way the country picks blind youthful exuberance over Vietnamese-prison-camp fortitude.
And though Obama is a likable fella, he'd be out charmed by Huckabee any day. Sure, some people aren't sold on Huckabee's down-home, old fashioned, laid-back, Christian summer camp style, but those folks aren't voting Republican anyway. The middle of the road people - and there's a ton of them - are going to like the guy who seems most like them. And without a doubt, that's Mike. See? You know a dozen guys named Mike. See how normal he is? Ain't no way Obama can compete with that. Oh, and Chuck Norris helps neutralize the Oprah edge.
So all in all, if you want the Democrats to have a shot in '08 (which I do), then plain and simple, Clinton's your candidate.
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