2.08.2008

Obama Tougher for GOP to Beat?

According to Peggy Noonan ("Can Mrs. Clinton Lose?"), Hillary Clinton is much more vulnerable in the fall against the GOP than is Barack Obama. I've heard this suggested now from a number of conservative Republicans, including Bill Bennett, Newt Gingrich and even Rush Limbaugh.

The Democrats have it exactly wrong. Hillary is the easier candidate, Mr. Obama the tougher. Hillary brings negative; it's fair to hit her back with negative. Mr. Obama brings hope, and speaks of a better way. He's not Bambi, he's bulletproof.
Do these Republicans really believe that Barack Obama would be tougher for them to beat than Hillary? Are they just causing mischief? Is Obama really bulletproof against the rightwing smear machine? And is Hillary Clinton really as easy to take down as the rightwing radio screechers suggest?

I'm not so sure. The Clintons are pretty good at that game--and even conservatives seem to be tuning out rightwing radio/tv screechers.

However, the polls still show that a majority of American voters will never vote for Hillary. If she's the Democratic nominee, a right-of-center or Libertarian 3rd party candidate may be needed to help her win a plurality. Ron Paul?

Other polls also show Barack Obama beating--and Hillary Clinton losing--in head-to-head comparisons with the GOP's presumptive nominee John McCain.

It's a leap of faith to believe that a majority of voters in America are ready to pull the lever for a Black man for president in 2008. Of course, it's a leap of faith that I and millions of others are happy to take.

Yes, We Can! Si, Se Puede!