Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Obama files for Vice President

It is not of course possible to file to run for Vice President in the US system but when a one term or more precisely one Congress Senator files papers to run for President that is what they are in effect doing. Although Kennedy was technically a one term Senator in 1960 he had six years experience in the House before running for the Senate.

As such it is a risky move unless the idea is to put down a marker for 2012 or even 2016. The only notable success Obama has achieved so far is to get himself elected in what was otherwise a bad year for Democratic candidates.

The Obama candidacy is really a demonstration of the power of the media. A black man running for election is a good story for them so they build up his chances and overlook his lack of qualifications, at least until either he is nominated or he drops out of the race when they will gleefully seize upon the statement of the obvious.

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