A horrible truth
“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.”