Barack Obama is running one of the most impressive primary campaigns in American history by most quantifiable performance indicators. He has raised more money, from more people than in any other primary campaign ever. His website is superior to any other politician's; Barackobama.com features the most powerful social networking tools and demographic information database available in politics. He has mobilized America's youth to turn the lever for him at an unprecedented rate. Perhaps as importantly, Obama's team has mastered the arcane art of the caucus, trouncing his opponents in nearly every single state caucus beginning with Iowa. Most strikingly, he has accomplished all of this as a half-black Washington newcomer, beginning his national campaign just two years after stepping into the Senate for the first time as a guy that most Americans knew little to nothing about.
US presidential candidate Barack Obama is the only person in the race who has the right ideas when it comes to foreign policy. Obama has taken several controversial positions that have carried huge political risk early on in the game, and he has held his positions. Far from being irresponsible and naïve, or someone who tells "fairy tales" as the nervous Clintons have branded him, Obama has an intricate knowledge of international politics and is beginning to flex his policy muscles.
Relax, Democrats. Yes, the race has gotten exceedingly nasty. Here I'll present why there's no reason to worry.
Let's not pretend that running for president is a game of canasta. It’s a largely mindless political decathlon of events spanning over 24 months in this particularly silly 2007-08 season, where the issues and platforms come a distant second to the soul-crushing horse race aspects of the campaign, and half-lies are the closest we will ever get to the truth about what the candidates really feel in their hearts. As far as the never-ending horror story of this un-Democratic party primary season goes, the only thing worse than the nominee being decided by a pile of 800 party hacks, instead of the uninformed masses of primary voters they may or may not have been elected to represent, is the prospect of having the decision come down to a protracted legal battle at the convention in August.
In the decades to come, historians will continue analyzing what happened in the 2008 election, especially how a young African-American inexperienced in national politics beyond a half-term in the Senate with a funny Kenyan name came to dominate the White House bid in a field of formidable political veterans such as McCain, Clinton, Edwards, and Giuliani. Yes I said it: there is no doubt in my mind that Senator Barack Obama will easily win the election in November, simply because he understands the electorate better than any of the candidates do, and along the victory lap to Washington he will carry on his shoulders a plethora of Democratic nominees picking up House seats and Senate seats, and some of them even might be picked from Clinton's own superdelegate pocket.
Obama is dominating the American political scene not just because of who he is, but also because of what America has become. I like to call our current situation "The Perfect Storm:" a highly unlikely combination of historic factors that have come together at exactly the same time that Obama has come of age politically.