Wednesday, January 9, 2008
The Clinton comeback numbers
There are clear contrasts in the support for Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, essentially between the materialist and post-materialist left. With Obama ahead among Independents, we now have a Clinton running as 'the Democratic candidate for the Democratic nomination', and seeking to create suspicion among Democrats about why non-Democrats prefer Obama. Remember the third way anyone?
Massive turnout for the Democrats was assumed to be an Obama factor. The overall turnout suggests that that Hillary is mobilising traditional Democrats, Obama is bringing in new people, and that the voters are mobilising themselves too. The Democrats are hyper-mobilised for November's race. Bill Clinton's outburst over the Obama 'fairytale' (video)is a sign of how a close race could get very heated. But the Democrats strike me as much better placed to unite around their nominee.
As the Washington clocks strike twelve on 20th January 2009, listen carefully and you might just hear a swooshing sigh of relief travel around the world. The Bush Presidency will not leave the legacy its architects intended. But a critique of what should have been done differently since 2001 is not enough. This blog is about the new ideas which can create a 'new multilateralism' to tackle the global challenges we face.