A hor­ri­ble truth

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“A dark cloud of anx­i­ety” hov­ers over the Demo­cratic Party con­ven­tion, Gideon Rach­man writes in the Fi­nan­cial Times.

“A hor­ri­ble truth is beginning to dawn on the Democrats. Barack Obama is not the ‘once in a gen­er­a­tion’ po­lit­i­cal ge­nius they thought they had dis­cov­ered. On the con­trary, he is a weak can­di­date for the pres­i­dency,” Mr. Rach­man said.

“With a fee­ble econ­omy, an un­pop­u­lar war and the Repub­li­cans in dis­ar­ray, the Democrats should win the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion in a can­ter. But Mr. Obama, the Demo­cratic nom­i­nee, is neck and neck with John McCain, his Repub­li­can ri­val. For sure, Mr. Obama has some real as­sets — in­tel­li­gence, grace, good looks, star qual­ity. But his­tory sug­gests that he is a very risky can­di­date.

“Since 1968, the Democrats have won just three out of 10 pres­i­den­tial races. Their two suc­cess­ful candidates — Jimmy Carter and Bill Clin­ton — were both white, cen­trist gov­er­nors from the south­ern U.S. When­ever the Democrats nom­i­nated a lib­eral from out­side the South — Ge­orge McGovern, Wal­ter Mon­dale, Michael Dukakis, John Kerry — they lost.

“Mr. Obama is a north­erner. He is a lib­eral. He is a for­mer col­lege pro­fes­sor. And he is black. A bold choice, un­der the cir­cum­stances.”

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