Originally Posted by javyn
McCain is going to clinch it. It's already out of the bag that Hillary's "camp" is going to release some racially charged bombshells against Barak in the general election...I read they really dug up some dirt on him.
Then there's the fact that Barak is going to have to figure out a way to get white people to vote for him, and although the whole Reverend deal didn't really hurt him in the primaries...it's going to kill him in the general.
Clinton has quite a bit invested now in Obama's success. If she associates with him and gets either on the ticker or in the cabinet or some other political advantage than there will be some pay off for her for all that she's invested. She is, if anything a very smart woman and a survivor. She has the opportunity now to be a savior by helping Obama with his weaknesses in his own party and she'll play that role. It lets her stay very relevant, because she is. She won't be sabotaging anything.
There is no doubt that there is racism, but there is sexism too and there is ageism and a host of other isms. For Obama to get this far says quite a lot about how far the country has come. There aren't enough racists to hold him back this time. Also, Bush has damaged the Republican party for this cycle and that plays to Obama's advantage. Obama has a way, when he speaks of converting people to his side--it works for republicans too. So yes, he will lose some democrats who are racist but he will also gain lots of independents and republicans that are anti-Bush/war and by extension, anti-McCain. Obama is positioned well. He could never have defeated Clinton, who was more of a sure thing than McCain ever was if he wasn't something extraordinary.