Following Barack Obama’s win in Iowa the media around the world went prematurely mad, and I thought let’s wait and see. It isn’t that I think America is not ready for a black President. Rather, I’m not sure the Democrats think it is.
Hence, I was sure Hillary Clinton could not be finished yet. And now, following New Hampshire, we know she isn’t. And as the race begins for Super Tuesday on 5 February, the whole show is wide open.
It is the same with the Republicans.
There seemed no one here of any consequence whatsoever. After all, surely McCain wouldn’t stand a chance now? Well, he does, it seems – or maybe not.
An air of desperation seemed to cling to the Republicans at the moment – at least, that’s how it looks to me in Britain. It is as if they’ve been brow-beaten to such an extent that the one thing I’m certain of is a Democratic victory in the November elections.
So who is it who will take them to victory?
Well, I can see Obama and Clinton racing neck and neck to the finishing line. As to which wins, the only thing we can say is, they will make history.
But then we must ask if either is up to the job. America faces a desperate challenge as it tries to recover from its recent mistakes and gain respect from the world once more. With Obama, I remember we should never trust a politician who is a ‘nice guy’. As for Clinton – well, it could be hypocrisy all the way.
© Anthony North, January 2008
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