Wednesday, November 7, 2007

2 Parties, 2 Turning Points

During a campaign season, there are moments when a candidate will rise to the occasion or fall by the side of the road. Rarely will those moments happen to both parties on the same day, but today it did.

For Democrats, the turning point happened with Barack Obama. In an interview with Fox News, Obama noted that Baby Boomers (like Hillary Clinton and most of the other candidates running for the Democrat nomination) are not equipped to handle the problems of today:

There's no doubt that we represent the kind of change Senator Clinton can't deliver on. And part of it's generational. Senator Clinton and others have been fighting some of the same fights since the '60s. It makes it very difficult for them to bring the country together to get things done. And I think that's what people hunger for.

By Jove, I think he's got it!

Obama's sentiments have the potential to change Democrat politics for years to come if people are willing to take a hard look at the makeup of the party right now. The people who hold most of the power within the Democrats are Boomers. And under their leadership, the party has experienced a combination of highs and lows, with most of the experiences being lows over the past few years. Democrats need a fresh start, and for better or worse Obama represents that fresh start. And he is right about the Boomers and their inability to address the problems of today. Heck, a good number of them caused the problems in the first place. I hope Democrats take Obama's message to heart.

For the Republicans, the turning point happened with Rudy Giuliani. For the longest time, we've heard how Rudy won't ever win the votes of evangelicals and the Christian right due to his divorces and position on abortion. That changed today when Pat Robertson came out to support Giuliani. Granted, my opinion of Robertson isn't that high to begin with, but the fact that he would come out to support someone who is seen as being morally flawed. What this does is not only destroy the myth that Rudy can't get evangelical votes, but it shows his ability to draw in people from all walks of Republican life. Democrats who thought it would be a cakewalk if Rudy were the GOP nominee now have reason to be concerned.

Two parties, two turning points. And two parties whose worlds may be shaken to their foundations if they realize just how major these turning points are.

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BAGHDAD - Three bodies were found across Baghdad on Monday, police said. [Four were found on Sunday.]

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BAGHDAD - Gunmen shot dead a senior Baghdad civil servant in the Ghadeer neighbourhood of eastern Baghdad, police said.

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BAGHDAD - One person was killed and three wounded when a roadside bomb exploded near a car in eastern Baghdad's Baladiyat district, police said.

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DIYALA - Monday morning , a roadside bomb targeted a police patrol at Jalwla of Khanaqeen (north of Baquba) injuring one policeman.

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