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Yes, that is the Philadelphia Daily News front cover this morning, which accompanies a very interesting story by John Baer, for on a day where spin is important and determining who receives the most momentum from last night's primary, this piece is pretty unequivocal.

Here are some excerpts from the column:

[...] I know last night's results are muddled and lots can happen between now and the Democratic convention in Denver and the general election in November.

But it's gonna be Barack Obama.

The reasons are multiple:

* His demonstrated ability to attract new voters. I don't see Hillary Clinton getting more or new support.

* His momentum. Hillary has held huge leads. Gallup Poll daily tracking shows she led Obama by 16 points less than two weeks ago, but by just five points this week. And she's already had her comeback.

* The war, the economy, health care, partisanship, politics as usual, Clinton (both of them) fatigue and America's inherent ability to hope for something better.

* And common sense.


And pure experience is over-rated. Who brought more experience to government than Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, and what good did it do the country?


And I like JFK's answer when he ran, younger than Obama: "Experience is like taillights on a boat which illuminate where we have been when we should be focusing on where we should be going."


Against McCain, Obama can win issues such as the economy (not a strong suit for McCain, by his own admission), the war (Obama always opposed it) and health care (assuming Democrats retain Congress, he can get more done).

The argrument on experience is what really gets me, and it is a sure fire winner for Obama.  McCain, like Cheney and Rumsfeld, are so old that they have tons of experience.  But their experience leads them to wrong judgments, with the prime example being the Iraq War.  

Both Hillary and Obama wins on all other issues versus McCain.  But Hillary's nomination will confirm that this election is about who is the most experienced, when there is no way in hell it should be.  It should be who has better judgment and who is ready to really change the status quo in Washington.   If this election is about experience, then questions of judgment are off the table, and McCain gets a pass on his horrible failures of judgment that all his experience led him to.  Indeed, Clinton cannot argue that McCain had the wrong judgment because she did too, with respect to Iraq.

So if this is a Change election, as everyone says it is, our next President will be Obama.

There is just no other choice.

Originally posted to Delaware Dem on Wed Feb 06, 2008 at 07:04 AM PST.

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