Now that the race for president is down to just a few candidates, it's important to look at the critical weaknesses of the remaining few:
Hillary Clinton: Certainly she still looks the most likely to win the Democratic nomination at this point and end up winning most of the contests on Super Tuesday. But as a new poll from Rasmussen illustrates, she is now running eight points behind John McCain, and serious questions remain whether so many voters do not like her that she could potentially drag the entire Democratic Party down to defeat in November despite all that George Bush has done to stink up the Republican Party image with the Iraq War and the economy. The Clintons may have also hurt any potential African-American and young voter general election turnout with their tag team attacks on Obama as well that really crossed the line for many voters, further depressing any real hopes for victory in November.
Barack Obama: He once looked like a decent alternative to Hillary Clinton, but in a desperate attempt to win, the Clintons managed to somehow bring the race card into the campaign and recast Obama as the "Black" candidate, rather than the broadly appealing image he had in states with all voters up until South Carolina. Now that the Clinton hack machine has hurt Obama's chances despite a new wave of endorsements and support from the Kennedys and others, he has an uphill climb in most Super Tuesday states and could well suffer from the same racial nonsense in a general election match-up with a Republican, again being cast as the "Black" candidate rather than a highly qualified contender. All of this makes it very difficult for Obama to win either the Democratic nomination or the general election and speaks poorly for lagging racial advancement in the U.S. as well.
Mike Gravel: Your crazy relative is still in the race, but no one notices.
John McCain: John McCain certainly looks the most likely to win both the Republican nomination and general election at this point. However, you can expect the Clinton hack machine to make a major issue of the hawkish pro-war militaristic views of McCain and the ease of which he would likely get the United States involved in a major new war with Iran that would make Korea, Vietnam or Iraq all look like minor events by comparison. It is also possible that many Republican conservatives could sit out the general election or put up some right wing third party candidate and drain many votes from McCain, possibly giving Clinton a slight chance. Like Ronald Reagan and Bob Dole, McCain is another real old Republican guy who gets his turn if just waits around long enough in the party. It's the American version of the old Soviet Politburo system, where ancient figures eventually grab the party power long after their most productive days have passed.
Mitt Romney: This guy has several problems that have kept many conservatives in the Republican Party from really embracing him. He looks like a president straight out of "central casting", but his Mormon faith has remained a tough issue for many right wing Christian Evangelicals to stomach as well as his major flip-flops on one issue after another. And his basic honesty has been called into question with a long series of pandering statements on the campaign trail such as telling the voters of Michigan that the state was in his "DNA" one day, and voters in South Carolina that he hasn't lived in Michigan since he was "five years old" only a few hours later. This type of nonsense as well as his controversial faith has only made many Republican conservatives very wary of him and left him as the odd man out in states where there are few Mormon voters or where Romney has few political roots to exploit. All of Romney's money just cannot buy happiness with many Republican conservatives for this guy.
Mike Huckabee: This guy sure isn't going to win the nomination, but his smaller army of Christian conservatives are probably hoping to put some tough antiabortion and anti-Gay rights language in the Republican platform and work to turn the Republican Party into as much of a branch of the Trinity Broadcasting Network as humanly possible.
Ron Paul: Why is this guy still in the race? There's little room for libertarians in a party increasingly dominated by the political right who believe in more government involvement in the private lives of the individual and more controls on their freedoms and on the culture.
There you have it kids, all the flaws of the remaining few and good reasons why none is really that great of a candidate to run with. Voters starting out really wanting "change" only a few weeks ago, but now look all but ready to embrace two real establishment political figures with perennially candidate John McCain and the Hillary Clinton political family dynasty that has ruled almost as long as that of the Ottoman Empire or the Caesar's once did.
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