When Obama was in the Illinois Senate (from a Chicago Machine controlled district elected with no opposition) we was a very popular person that every one assumed he was a moderate Democrat. His voting record was one of the furthest to the left in recent history. His US Senate experience is similar.
His other election experience was running for congress without machine endorsement and losing. In his run for US Senate both the primary and general election candidates were mired in scandal.
Iowa is his first victory against solid opposition and he fully deserves the congratulations. But the cynic in me asks is this also perhaps a sign of Clinton electoral weakness.
Having a very hard left voting record does not hurt in a Democratic primary, if he gets the nomination it will be interesting to see if the Republican candidate can portray to independents that he is too far on the left.
Huckabee’s win, no matter who gets the nomination is a positive thing for the Republican Party. The Social Conservative wing provides too many votes to be excluded from the process if the Republican Party wants to win in November.
No, they won’t hold their nose and vote for Clinton but might stay home or vote for a protest candidate. More importantly the Social Conserative's provide a major portion of the people power that just doesn’t just vote but takes the message out on the street and convinces the marginal voter. If Social Conservatives only vote the Republicans lose the election.
They have shown that they can deliver, the rest of the party needs to reach out to them and support their issues if it wants to win. Huckabee‘s victory provides a good starting point. Huckabee on the other hand has shown virtually no comprehension of the fiscal and defense concerns of the rest of the party. He needs to reach out and get on board with other wings if he wants to be nominated.
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