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KaptBunnyPants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-30-07 06:54 PM
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33. Any of our candidates should win the general election.
It shouldn't be too hard in this political climate to get people to vote against the Republican candidate. Even if Obama was an empty suit, which is not true, exactly how would that hurt him? Who of the Republicans running is not an empty suit? Why do you think Americans won't vote for someone for superficial reasons anyway? Noone has ever accused us of being a politically mature and sensible people. Obama is handsome, charasmatic, and running as a change candidate, which sounds exactly like the formula that elected Bill in the first place. Edwards has "flip-flopped" on one issue, which is Iraq, and thank God for that. No sensible person would run in support of that travesty, which is why even Clinton has rhetorically divorced herself ("flip-flopped", if you will) from that war. I doubt Americans will care what our candidates positions were on that war 5 years ago, which is lucky for us as only two of our candidates got it right, and only one of them stands a chance of actually being the candidate. People want the war over now, and the Republican candidate will be forced to run on the idea of sustaining our commitment there. Any Democratic candidate should be able to find a clear political advantage on that issue, flip flop or not.

As far as Clinton goes, I believe she could win the general. I doubt she'd have an easier time of it than any other candidate, but she clearly has Big Business on her side and all of the old Clinton team. They've always been good at pushing the candidate at the expense of the cause, so I'm sure she'd find a way to triangulate herself past the finish line. But there's more to this than who could win the election. If Hillary wins, it will be due to the support of her wealthy backers. She's already promised them that she's not going to "rock the boat", and I'd expect her to deliver. Obama seems to believe that he's such a nice guy that Republicans will suddenly reform their ways and act in good faith to help the country, an idea I don't buy for a second. Edwards is the only leading candidate who's running on the promise of actively combating the Republicans on populist grounds. This is the best strategy for political success and a necessary strategy to reform the corruption imposed on the system by the sustained aristocratic influence peddling that's occurred over the last 40 years. I hope we choose well.
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