It’s generally acknowledged that these are the top three Democratic candidates. Accordingly, I took a few minutes yesterday to sort through my thoughts on the front runners.
John Edwards rode the coattails of John Kerry as far as they could carry him. As a result he went into this primary season as a very widely known commodity. And in spite of that it’s now clearly that he just has not been wildly successful at developing a buzz any place other with than a certain limited subset of party regulars. Would he make a decent President? Sure, they all would. Will he get the chance to run? It just seems unlikely, and, like most folks, that doesn’t really bother me.
Hillary largely disappoints. As a team, the Senator and her Mister would be a Presidential super bonanza. The current shape of things, though, seems to be Bill largely sitting on the bench, and Hillary calling the plays. There should have been a real opportunity here to do some amazingly creative campaigning, but what has materialized has, to my eyes, been pretty mundane. I mean it’s possible that even GWB has made more effective use of the Prez than his own wife has to date, and I never would have believed that Little Georgie would be better than The Big Woman at anything. Without really getting the full package, the Clinton candidacy just doesn’t move me to the degree that I was prepared to be moved.
So that leaves the wonder kid. Precocious, ambitious, and error prone! But I get the feel from him that he’s going to have the best Teflon covering against right wing sludge of any of the bunch. I understand that that’s not a huge endorsement, but the importance of this can’t be overlooked. I see Obama doing better than his competitors on the same stage with any of the Republicans, and that is enough to swing me into his column. He has the ability to smile and abstractly inspire his way to the Whitehouse, and that looks like as good as we’re going to get this time around.