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2.05.2008

Live: From the Battlefield of the Democratic Presidential Campaign

"Disclaimer: I am currently a neutral, undecided voter. This is simply a statement of my observations and opinions."

As the Democratic Campaign Trail goes into "overtime and overload", the Battle of Words between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton becomes increasingly heightened and the Democratic citizens forget the War on Terrorism and focus on the "Trail of Tears Campaigner" and the "Senator for Change". The biggest issue that I currenlty have with the presidential campaign on the Democratic turf has nothing to do with race or gender but the pull that influential supporters of each candidate have on the democratic voter.
It's clear to see that this year holds the most promise for the possibility of breaking the long-standing "White Male President Syndrome" that America has been victim to for many decades past, hence making this the most interesting campaign year ever due to the diversity of the candidates. (I mean, its definitely a breath of fresh air versus the "Lesser of two evils" candidates last term....we see where that led to: George W.) But CNN, home of the '08 Presidential Campaign, has been following the polls closely and it seems that the interest that voters have for the diverse candidates and their respective messages doesn't translate in the votes. In my opinion, I wouldn't be surprised if we still ended up with another white male president, meaning that America's fear for difference and change would cause the Republicans to win the presidential seat anyway. And we all know that there's no diversity in their candidates.

Nevertheless, off my digression and back on track, I must say: again my problem is not with the race or gender of the democratic candidates but with their supporters. The two main supporters are Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey. Now their choices of who to back seem rather understandable, yet I can't help but wonder if the candidates differed a little would the supporter sway. In retrospect, some say that the Bill Clinton that America has grown to love would choose a candidate like Barack Obama any day, if it wasn't for the fact that his own wife was running. Whereas, some people suggest that if Obama were a white male even with the same views, Oprah would default to Hillary Clinton, the woman's woman. In my opinion, these statements could very well be true, but in reality we'll never know. All we know is that former president Bill Clinton supports his wife as the future 1st man. (As he should, she stood by him through the Monica dilemma.) The Clintons have the potential to make history almost 3 times over: Hillary as the 1st Female President, Bill as the 1st Man of the white house and the Clintons as the 1st Family to dominate the white house for a total of 3 Presidential Terms; now who wouldn't want that power, respect and recognition? On the other hand, we also know that Oprah Winfrey continues to reign as the most influential (not to mention wealthiest) women of our time, and coincidentally, she backs Barack Obama. What does this mean? This means that over 1/2 of the female population (no, this is not an exaggeration), young and old, regardless of sexual preference or political conscientiousness, will be swayed towards voting for Oprah's new right hand man. (Move over Stedman!)

At the end of the day, it is true that in the Presidential Campaign, your supporters and backers make your campaign more successful , hence "they help win votes," but lets continue to stay focused on the response of the candidates to "the issues" and not be distracted by their billionaire backers and "influential" supporters....vote for the candidate, that's who's running, that's who you're electing, that's who will be in office.

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