By Paul Edward Hamilton
With the political horse race moving on from New Hampshire, it would seem as though Illinois Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee (R-AK) are reaping the benefits of many American's general mood of discontent throughout the country. With the political horse race moving on from New Hampshire, it would seem as though Illinois Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee (R-AK) are reaping the benefits of many Americans' general mood of discontent throughout the country.
In terms of the volatility of the stock market, the gutting of the sub prime loan industry, the devaluation of the majority of the U.S. housing stock and the greenback, in addition to a marked sluggishness of both job growth and the overall economy, it would seem that the uncertainty of the times has caught both liberal and conservative voters in a reflective mood and giving serious consideration to the prospect of change from the beltway war profiteers and the political status quo.
"I am asking you to believe, not just in my ability to bring about real change in Washington . . . I am asking you to believe in yours," says current democratic front-runner Senator Barack Obama, who was feeling confident moving into the New Hampshire Primaries. "The time has come to move past the bitterness, the pettiness, and anger that have consumed Washington; to end the political strategy that has been all about division and instead make it about addition."
But Obama's message of change was not the only one which had traction in Iowa. Former North Carolina Senator John Edwards connected as well, focusing on the plight of low income and middle class Americans as he noted on Iowa Caucus night: "Change won, the status quo lost, and the fight is on to see if we are going to have the kind of change we need to save the middle class."
On the Republican side of the coin, Mike Huckabee had already been surging to the top of the Iowa opinion polls, and eventually ended up being able to put together enough of a make-shift organization to win.
His prospects didn't look as good in New Hampshire, where John McCain and Mitt Romney battled it out for that title, nevertheless, Huckabee came in a distant third and it remains to be seen if after New Hampshire he will have enough in his coffers for him to succeed nationally. But as far as his message, he seems to be on point when he states, "Pray a little more, work a little harder, save, wait, be patient and most of all live within our means. That is the American way. It's not spending or taxing ourselves into prosperity."
However, in a recent bi-partisan meeting held at the University of Okalahoma, some current elected officials and former Democratic and Republican Administration officials and the current Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg expressed disapproval of the current stock of candidates and may seek to back Bloomberg in a last minute independent Presidential bid, which would mainly have the effect of taking votes away from the likes of Democratic Candidates Obama, Clinton and Edwards if all three make it to the national election.
With Nevada and South Carolina up next, it may be a good strategy for the Republicans to get Mayor Bloomberg out there so he can start to draw independent votes from the Democrats. He is probably too liberal for the conservative Republicans, but he may entice a few.
But in a three-way contest Bloomberg hurts Obama the most, and could if he runs make history by thwarting the first potentially viable and winning campaign for President of the United States by a native son of African-American origin.
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