It sounds like we live in the same place...except that the republicans do not hate Obama.
I do, dear, remember Dukakis. He would be another loser that I have been forced to vote for. People did not hate Dukakis, they just thought he was a loser.
I also remember Jimmy Carter and even though I love the man I will never forget how the "farmer president" embargoed our wheat crop to russia. People did not hate Jimmy, they just thought he wasn't up to the job.
Yes, the "republicans" will slime our democratic candidate- just like they have slimed every democratic candidate in history. Both Hillary and Barack will have slime on them.
I think Barack is worth the slime. I know that he won't be able to accomplish everything he wants to. I know all our hopes and dreams will not be fulfilled.
I don't think Hillary represents the best that our party has to offer and I will not choose her over Barack just because I don't expect her to accomplish anything and therefore I won't be disappointed when she actually does something.
if the party really wants to continue to follow the losing election strategy that they have had for the past 35 years, well, more power to them.
We all know how those elections end.
The Democrats have been given the gift of a politician who speaks well, is respected by the opposition, and can probably move public polling numbers instead of following them. If they want to pass all of that up...well...that really is sad.
but I think she will have a hard time running a 50 state strategy- simply because Democratic representatives in many districts in the midwest and mountain west will not want her to come visit their states.
I have noticed that people from overwhelmingly democratic areas underestimate the negative feelings for the Democratic Party that Hillary tends to bring to Independent and Republican voters.
Hillary will be a tough sell in most areas of missouri.
I think this is the point that Claire McCaskill was making with her endorsement of Obama.
Either her or Obama will need to spend time outside of KC and St. Louis (mostly in River towns) to even dream of winning the state.
I think it is easier for Obama to have the freedon to do this more than Hillary simply because of the strong showing that he has already made in KC and St. Louis. I would expect that Hillary will have to spend an inordinate amount of time in KC and Columbia to shore up the Democratic vote there- they will likely be her democratic weak spots in MO.