Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Obama's Pitchfork
Presidential Campaign

The most impressive fact of the Democratic presidential nomination campaign isn't Barack Obama's surge into the delegate count lead. It's the way he's done it that proves to be especially noteworthy. During eight consecutive victories, senator Obama has posted vote margins of two and three to one over his rival, Hillary Clinton. Furthermore, senator Clinton's vote totals often eclipsed same-state numbers by all the Republican candidates combined. This odd alignment may be unprecedented in modern American campaign history. So, at this juncture, it appears Barack's momentum is virtually insurmountable.

The media have done everything possible in its crass attempt to trivialize Obama's strong effort to capture the Democratic nomination. They allege he's too young, too inexperienced and a rock star. He's been demeaned for giving thoughtful responses and he's been decried for his youthful exuberance. Yet, despite every lewd attempt to sidetrack the Obama Tsunami, Barack has patiently maintained his focus. This unique leader has steadfastly kept his eye on the prize.

Obama's vast victory margins over Clinton and the paltry Republican turnouts indicate the voters want change and they really want it now. They're clearly in no mood for compromise. If the numbers continue to favor Obama this heavily through Election Day, this may be one of the biggest landslide wipeouts ever recorded. Already, there are signs the Democrats may gain a substantial number of congressional seats as Barack's coattails lengthen.

The media still want to shape these incredible results into a horse race because they have important ratings to conserve. However, the Obama stallion is leaving the field in the dust while the McCain mule wheezes to the finish line. There's not much of a horse race to be had here. Since the trivialization approach didn't work against Obama and the pseudo-racist flap in South Carolina failed, this means McCain and the media are left with only one arrow in their quiver: mud wrestling.

Surely, the Swift Boaters and other sordid types are sharpening their knives. They probably think senator Obama will be an easy kill. Nevertheless, the young candidate said he might be skinny, but he's wiry strong and mighty tough. His record to date proves he's a man of his word. With only an 18% disapproval rating, it would be very difficult to Swift Boat him. The unconstitutional super-delegate issue could slow the Obama Tsunami a bit. But, it's unlikely the Democratic leadership will snatch defeat from the jaws of victory and deny him the nomination. If he wins the regular delegate race and the full support of the voters, he'll get the super-delegates necessary to prevail at the convention.

Barack Obama's mantra, "yes, we can," has stirred the hearts of Americans like no other. The last person to ask our citizens to do anything was Jack Kennedy. That was almost 50 years ago and three generations. All this time, we've suffered under the tyranny of arrogant and incompetent leadership. All this time, the creative energies of our citizens have been frozen into rigid conformity. Sadly, we were once a can-do nation. Now, we've become a can't-do nation. The cruel, hyper-criminal Bush regime has tested the patience of our people to its limit. Barack Obama simply tapped into this stupendous reservoir of hope, aspiration and desperation. The African American poet/song writer, Gil Scott-Heron, once famously quipped: "The revolution won't be televised." Well, times -- they are a-changing. McCain and the media may not know it yet, the people, the pitchforks and the torches are well on their way. America is going to have a second revolution this year. And it won't make any difference whether the media turn on the cameras or not.

Franklin L. Johnson


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