Hillary had some tearful moments today as she answered a question while campaigning in New Hampshire. Click through to the Huffington Post to check it out.
For any other candidate, getting all misty-eyed over a simple question might spell the end of that candidate's campaign. Hillary might get a pass, but it's clear that the pressure of the campaign is getting to her. Her performance in Saturday's debate was erratic and the most recent polling data has to be depressing. The Rassmussen and Iowa electronic markets are now pointing to an Obama victory as well.
It's probably not going to get any better for Hillary in South Carolina either. Drudge is reporting some new polling data from Rasmussen about South Carolina.
RASMUSSEN South Carolina: Obama 42% Clinton 30%...
One aspect of the Obama surge that I think has been unrecognized is the "Clinton fatigue" of the American electorate. Many voters who believe that Bill Clinton was a great president may not be all that eager to relive the bitterness and acrimony that we all know will begin again in earnest the instant that Hillary is sworn in. We certainly can't expect right-wing attack dogs like Rush Limbaugh to give Obama a free pass, but at least we wouldn't have to start from the point that we left off at in 2000 when Bill Clinton made his exit.
Obama offers the choice of a fresh beginning without all of the baggage of the Clinton years. His ability to sway independents and a few Republicans is also something that everyone who is committed to putting a Democrat in the White House should take note of. In my opinion, all three of our top candidates (Obama, Clinton and Edwards) would make great presidents. We have an embarrassment in riches when it comes to presidential candidates on the Democratic side while the Republicans are struggling to find even one good candidate.
The question we face is to decide which one of our candidates will be more effective at leading the country as a whole once he or she takes office. I haven't made up my mind yet (and won't have to for another month), but I do hope that the candidates refrain from tearing each other down at the critical juncture in the campaign. Ultimately, we need to keep our eyes on the prize: the White House.
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