Election 2008

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Change Is the Watchword, but Can Obama or Clinton Deliver?

January 08, 2008 02:15 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Voters and commentators are starting to wonder whether, with a woman and a black man competing in the primaries, minority status is too readily equated with political transformation.

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The Iowa caucus showed that voters were interested in a political shift: Sen. Barack Obama triumphed among Democrats with the slogan “Obama for Change.”

To many voters, his ethnic background and short career as a congressman distinguish him from more traditional and established candidates.

Sen. Hillary Clinton also stands out from the male-dominated Washington establishment as the sole female candidate. And yet she failed to appeal to youth and female voters in the Iowa caucus.

Possibly, progressive voters longing for a shift in leadership identify Clinton too closely with the current Washington landscape.

The chant of  “change” clearly pushes the right buttons at the moment. But the question remains as to what kind of transformation the electorate wants and who—if anyone—can provide it.

Not Obama, says German magazine Der Spiegel. In that publication, Obama’s victory in Iowa is depicted as a “modern fairytale” that will be cut short before the candidate has any real chance to become president. Whether U.S. readers will recognize the America described in Der Spiegel is a matter for debate.

On the other hand, at The Baltimore Sun one writer has concluded that the game may already be over for Hillary Clinton. “It is, ahem, too late to change to be the candidate of change,” Michael Tackett writes.

Headline: Obama’s Iowa win

Key Players: Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton

Barack Obama (1961– )
Hillary Clinton (1947– )

Opinion and Analysis: Got any change?

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