The US election is attracting a lot of interest in the UK. It seems to me to have gripped the interest almost as much as the National Assembly for Wales elections last May. I'm sure it won't be a decisive factor, but its time to think about where this blog is going to place its support. So far, there has been only prediction, half of which has already gone down the pan, and half of which is hovering on the edge. When it started, I thought that Hillary Clinton would beat Mike Huckabee in the final.
On the Republican side, I am for John McCain - and I both think and hope that he will go on to win. But what about the Democrats. I wasn't fussed about this, but some of the dirty stuff that we've been reading about from the South Carolina primary has tipped me over into the Obama camp. Mind you, reading about the endorsement from Senator Teddy Kennedy is enough to make anyone think twice. And I really would not like to call the result of a McCain-Obama final in November. I think McCain would beat Clinton.
My concerns about Obama have been that he seems such a lightweight. His speeches could be delivered by almost anyone. Question is "Does it matter?" Well I don't think it matters over everything else. I've never thought a leader needed to be a policy wonk or a great brain. A leader needs to connect, have an instinct for the mind of the people and the ability to inspire. There's been some discussion of the Gipper on this blog over recent days and nobody fitted the bill better than him - and I think Obama may have it as well.
And then there's the Clintons, packed with experience and oratorical brilliance and a great intellect (in Bill's case anyway). They leave me cold. I have to admit that I always thought Bill Clinton was a brilliant sleazeball - and Hillary is damaged by association as far as I'm concerned. The resort to ever so subtle 'racism' is typical of them - not so much the racism, which was heavily disguised, but the willingness to stoop to whatever it takes to win, no matter how dirty. The attempt to turn the election into a black and white election is what really finished off my preparedness to at least consider backing Mrs Clinton. John McCain simply would never stoop that low. Roll on super-duper Tuesday.