Obama forces Hillary’s hand

Is anyone at all surprised by Hillary’s decision to run for president? She’s been running since before she and Bill moved to New York.

She’s definitely the toughest candidate to declare in the early going, although I think Evan Bayh of Indiana will give her a run if he decides to go for the gold. He’s handsome, well-spoken, and a moderate Midwestern Democrat who can draw support from independents and some disgruntled Republicans. He may also draw Democrats who publicly support Hillary but have doubts about the ability of a woman to serve as president.

Sorry. 21st century or no, there are still a lot of Americans that aren’t ready for Madam President.

Now, what’s up with Barack Obama? Why has he become the golden boy of the national media? I mean, even Rick Warren invited him out to Saddleback Church, a move that ticked off some evangelicals but doesn’t seem to have hurt Warren’s credibility at all. Remarkable, considering that Obama supports partial-birth abortion. (If you don’t know who Rick Warren is, just glance at the religion section at Borders and see how many books have “purpose driven” in the title.)

Barack Obama has served six years in the Illinois State Senate and all of two years as the junior senator from Illinois. What, exactly, qualifies him to serve as the chief executive of the United States? What is it about Obama that sends Democrats into paroxysms of anticipatory glee? Is it that he’s just so darned cute?

No doubt he’s a very intelligent man. Obama was elected president of the Harvard Law Review and he graduated magna cum laude. Still I ask: What qualifies him to run the country? The answer to that question hasn’t come from his supporters yet. If nothing else, though, his apparent intent to run for president is worth watching if only because he’s forced Hillary to show her hand sooner than she wanted.

I wonder: Did the voters who sent Hillary back to the U.S. Senate by a landslide margin really expect her to serve the good people of New York for another six years? She’s going to be too busy running to do anything for her adopted home state for the next two years. Another example of how we get the government we deserve.

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