You makes excellent points. Part of the problem is that so many people hate the current president so much that it would not really matter who the Dems put up for nomination. That is obviously why they chose their weakest contenders. Look at all the experience they had to choose from: Chris Dodd, Joe Biden. Bill Richardon is even a governor, and the voters like to elect governors because they have executive experience.
But no, the Democrats chose novelty over substance and experience. Does any Democrat really believe that Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama can raise taxes and expand government any better than any other Democrat candidate?
If Dodd, Biden, or Richardson were their candidate now, he would be clobbering McCain in the polls, instead of the dead heat we have now.
Obama seems like such a "breath of fresh air" to those who do not look at what he actually says, what he is for, and what he says he will do. He is na�ve in some ways and an obfuscating ordinary politician in many others.
But as many pundits keep saying, it is the Dems' year, and so there is every possibility that Obama will win. It has little to do with the candidate, and everything to do with false impressions so many people have been indoctrinated to believe about the current Republican administration.
Thomas Sowell has an article that also address this Obama thing:
As the hypnotic mantra of �change� is repeated endlessly, few people even raise the question of whether what few specifics we hear represent any real change, much less a change for the better.
Raising taxes, increasing government spending, and demonizing business? That is straight out of the New Deal of the 1930s.
The New Deal was new then but it is not new now. Moreover, increasing numbers of economists and historians have concluded that New Deal policies are what prolonged the Great Depression.
Putting new restrictions of international trade, in order to save American jobs? That was done by Herbert Hoover, when he signed the Hawley-Smoot tariff when the unemployment rate was 9 percent. The next year the unemployment rate was 16 percent and, before the Great Depression was over, unemployment hit 25 percent.
For the rest of the article: Are facts obsolete?