After the final two contests in the Democratic primary, Senator Barack Obama has scored more than enough delegates to clinch the nomination of the Democratic Party. It looks like that the fight is going to be between Obama and the presumed GOP nominee Senator John McCain of Arizona. As the Democratic primary comes to a close, McCain did not hesitate to start attacking Obama.
It seemed that the Obama vs. McCain fight has been destined for quite some time. Back in 2007, it was unknown of McCain’s campaign would make it. McCain’s campaign was twitching back in 2007. But now, McCain ended up as the presumptive GOP nominee. Before the last two Democratic contests, Obama and McCain have focused their attacks on each other.
McCain and the RNC pretty much ignored Clinton. Instead, they focused their attacks on Obama.
Now, it looks like that Obama has clinched the nomination. While this is a historical night, the contest was historical in its own right. There was a female candidate and an African-American candidate competing as frontrunners for the Democratic Party’s nomination. Tonight, it seems to be historical for the Democratic Party.
“Tonight we mark the end of one historic journey with the beginning of another – a journey that will bring a new and better day to American,” Obama said.
This is also a contest that had gone all the way to the end. The Democratic primary had gone through the entire season.
Strategically, Obama’s campaign played the right cards. It had prepared for the long run. However, Clinton’s campaign has not planned for the long run. Clinton was seeking a quick victory. But, it is impossible because of the DNC rules.
McCain got a quick victory via the RNC delegate rules which are winner take all. In McCain’s case, his campaign played the cards right. In regards to the GOP contest, McCain’s biggest threat was former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney. Romney dropped out after the Super Tuesday contests on February 5.
Then, it was only between McCain and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee. If the RNC rules were like the DNC rules, perhaps McCain would not be standing as the presumed GOP nominee.
However, Clinton did not saying anything about conceding yet. So far, many of Clinton’s supporters are ready to get behind Obama. But, there have been talks that Clinton’s interested in being VP.
Several people have said that an Obama-Clinton ticket is not going to happen.
In preparation of Obama being the presumptive Democratic nominee, McCain pulled no punches. McCain called himself the candidate of “right change” and Obama the candidate of “wrong change.”