All the eyes of the world have been turned to 2008
This year’s primary election is already of the rare political campaign which many observers in politics have not seen over several decades. Before it got started, many political critics and pundits worried that the 2008 election would be one of the most divisive and fiercest factional strife, not much different from 2004 Bush-Kerry showdown. The 2008 election occurs within a political environment sharply divided and filled with mutual and incompatible hatred between liberals and conservatives. The military occupation in , the war on terror, and a host of other domestic and international economic and social issues have divided Democrats and Republicans, the Bush Administration and Democratic Congress, and the and much of international community seriously. Though the failure of Bush administration in domestic and foreign relations is one of the mostly discussed issues during the campaign, factional interests hardly serves as an important factor in the 2008 version. Top three presidential contenders, John McCain, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton, whoever gets elected, are hardly the one whose profiles and policy visions distance themselves from their party’s factional interests by and large.
The Republican nominee, John McCain, has long been viewed as an ‘uncontrollable’ maverick from its party insiders and its core conservatives. Senator McCain’s significant legislative achievement, campaign finance reform is anathema to many conservatives, as was his push for somewhat liberal immigration legislation. Many conservative leaders find McCain’s legislative careers and history distracting and unfaithful, citing that McCain has often leaned to the Democrats’ side on major conflicts and even brokered the bipartisan compromise between two parties. Jim Dobson, an influential conservative leader (and a key figure during the President Bush’s electoral races in 2000 and 2004), promised that he would not support McCain as the Republican nominee under any circumstances.
Democrats have two wildly popular choices: Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton. politics has never allowed either black or female candidate to pose a serious run for
Barrack Obama is already a political phenomenon. In the 2004 democratic presidential convention, his powerful speech mesmerized the nation and helped him to rise to the instant stardom. Obama’s life somewhat reflects American dream itself. Born from interracial couple and nurtured from parentless circumstances at the early childhood under grandparents, became master of his circumstances, went to Harvard Law School, and stood himself a leading presidential candidate in the end. His presidential campaign is all about ‘Hope’ and ‘Change’ full of excitement, inspiration, and a clear message of change. Facing the
Once invincible, Hillary Clinton is an underdog and her campaign is in turmoil at this moment. Senator Clinton’s strength is her confident command of policy details and mastery over day-to-day politics. That is from her long political career experience as the First Lady during the
The democratic race has not come to the end yet while Obama leads over
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