Oprah endorses Obama, which is huge, do you realize how many women (and a few weird men)watch her show daily? Turnout rates for women voters are usually lower then men, I will bet Oprah cancels her show on primary election dates so the ladies can get out and vote for Obama! Just today Jesse Jackson announced support for Obama. Despite his overall decline in popularity, Jackson still holds a certain amount of sway in the African American community. Jackson's voicing support for Obama in light of his long time friendship with the Clinton's might signal a belief that Hillary can't win the presidency. Add a few other celebrities to Obama's support list, like Stephen Spielberg, George Clooney, Eddie Murphy, and David Geffen, there's lots of fund-raising sources ready to open their wallets for Mr. Obama's cause. On top of all this, Obama has the ability to tout his "consistent" anti- Iraq War position. No other viable candidate can do that, in either party. Never mind that he was not in office when the vote to go to war happened. It's not that difficult, as a state senator back in Illinois, to speak out against something you have no influence over. Who really knows how he would have voted had he actually been in the U.S. Senate at the time of the vote. Frankly, his timing was lucky (humanly speaking, of course) on the Iraq War issue, still, he's cashing in on his perceived "consistency"and "good" judgment because of it. His supposed clear plan to get us out also bolsters his stock.
Many of you have cautioned- "Do not count out the Clinton's", "Wait till the Clinton's turn their pit bulls loose on Obama", etc. I have to admit, I might be naive here regarding who will win, I'm not the smartest guy on such matters. I still remember being utterly shocked I was in a country that elected Bill Clinton to be president in 1992. Seriously, I was watching a T.V. monitor at Moody firmly believing I was witnessing the end of noble statesmen being elected to the most powerful office in the world. So, I suppose I could be totally misreading this developing campaign season and dramatically underestimating Hillary's chances.