Barack Obama is a dynamic figure and a wonderful orator. He inspires people and can work a crowd much the same way Bill Clinton did – and maybe better. But I feel there is something people are overlooking as Hillary fades away, and that is the general health of the party for the next twenty years.
Obama has brought in new recruits like no other candidate since John F. Kennedy, particularly young ones. During this primary cycle, more Democrats, in fact, more people have voted than ever before. This is also the first time young Americans have come out in record numbers – all to the Democratic side. Gone are the days of Al Gore, and John Kerry. These people were about as exciting as a tree stump, and the elections proved that out. Intelligence aside, if you can’t excite the crowd, chances are you’ll lose. How do you think Bush won twice?
It is my opinion that Obama has indeed saved the party.
But what Democrats need to realize now is that Hillary is a saving force as well. She has managed to possibly net the most votes of any female candidate of all time in a primary. She has also galvanized the female vote nationwide. The Obama vs. Hillary bickering really must stop.
It would be wrong for Obama supporters to reject Hillary and equally wrong for Hillary supporters to punish Obama by voting for McCain this Fall. This is no time for foolish games. We Democrats must consider what we have as a party, and work to sweep away the incompetence, as well those who endorse that incompetence, in the name of a better future for everyone.