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Trepidation On The Verge Of Electing Barack Obama President.

Posted by mrsmart on November 4, 2008

Except for some die-hard Senator John McCain (R-AZ) supporters, in denial, voters from all political persuations have concluded that Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) will be elected 44th president of the United States of America. Let’s see.

Polls after polls, beginning about September 20, 2008, have shown an electoral college number between 273 and mid 300’s for the Obama/Biden Ticket. It takes 270 to win the presidency.

In response, I wrote on October 13, 2008, on this blog, suggesting that McCain should quit and just walk way. I thought then, as I still do, that it was just not meant to be. Plus, it would save the GOP brand from further damage.

As I write this post, this Nov 4, the Obama/Biden ticket has maintained its lead nationally, even expanding on some battleground state polls. Electoral College counts have remained at or above 300.

Congressional contests have greatly expanded. Some hitherto safe GOP congressional seats have become vulnerable, forcing the GOP to spend money in states they usually take for granted, a testament to the precariousness of the GOP brand. Why then are Democrats apprehensive? Fear of Success? Here are my five possible reasons. I’m sure readers may have more.

  1. The country has never been here before.
  2. Democrats have come so close to winning the presidency before, and somehow lose.
  3. The country has never been asked to vote for a non-white candidate before.
  4. The country has never stood so precariously at the threshold of earth-shattering choice for change or status quo.
  5. African Americans’ participation has never been so valuable to the outcome of a presidential contest. 

In spite this trepidation, though, this country will find the courage to elect Barack Obama 44th president of the United States of America.


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