All Obama, All the Time
Well, this seems to be the week that everybody decides
that Barack Obama has the right stuff.Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) opened the door to a 2008 presidential campaign yesterday, saying he has begun to weigh a possible candidacy and will make a decision after the November elections.
"Given the responses that I've been getting over the last several months, I have thought about the possibility, but I have not thought about it with the seriousness and depth that I think is required," Obama said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "After November 7th, I'll sit down and consider it, and if at some point, I change my mind, I will make a public announcement and everybody will be able to go at me."
I suspect that if indeed Obama runs in 2008 that it will be just a "get acquainted" outing. Although the Democrats are notorious for falling in love with the new face, I suspect that the Democratic nomination in 2008 is Hillary's to lose. If a challenge is to succeed against her, it's going to have to come from the antiwar wing of the party, which Barack does not represent.
Obama's only 45, which means he's got plenty of time to lay the groundwork for a serious national run. Yes, 2008 is very tempting to any Democrat with presidential aspirations, because there will be no "heir apparent" on the Republican side, and thus it's a complete tossup.
I remain firm in my belief that the first black president (and Hispanic president and woman president) will come from the Republican Party.