So Kay over at Kay’s Blue Racine shared her thoughts on the South Carolina Democratic presidential debate, and after reading her entry, I got to thinking about the direction of the Democratic presidential primaries. After the recent squabbling over race between Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, it became obvious the race between the Democrats had taken a turn into negative territory, but what I didn’t expect – and maybe I’m just a little naive – is just how negative things would become.
As I watched the South Carolina debate, I couldn’t help but think that in attacking each other, Clinton and Obama were making things a heck of a lot easier for the eventual Republican presidential nominee, who with each passing day seems more and more likely to be John McCain. I know the Republican presidential field seems to still be pretty wide open, but in my opinion McCain seems to be the one candidate gaining the most momentum, and if he wins the Florida Republican primaries, I have to believe he becomes the obvious front runner and eventually the nominee for the Republican Party.
It’s long been a joke that the Democratic Party finds a way to lose elections that seemed to be in the bag, and I can’t help but think that now’s not the time for our Presidential candidates to form a circular firing squad and start taking each other out in hopes of becoming the nominee. No good can come from a nasty primary full of personal attacks and mudslinging, even in an election year that seems very favorable to whichever of the Democratic candidates ends up as the nominee.