Americans appreciate humble politicians. We want to like them, to trust them, to believe that they're human. We're sick of the showboating, and the empty promises.
I'm not planning to vote for any Democrat in 2008, but I'll predict right here and now that the Democratic ticket will be Barack Obama/John Edwards. If the 2008 election will center on the war (and I have some doubts that it will), Obama is the only presidential candidate who has consistently and truthfully opposed it all along. John Edwards is more than obliging to the Democratic base by apologizing for his turnaround.
And ultimately, too many people despise a woman like Hillary Clinton who is such a transparent political opportunist. Obama represents that fresh-faced outsider who looks good, sounds good, seems so comfortable in his own skin and sings the hits that Democrats love to hear.
I never pretend to be the smartest person in the room. And I'm no political insider. But I'll bet doughnuts to dollars that Obama beats Clinton for the nomination.
Clinton isn't nearly as smart as they say she is.
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