Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Obama and Those "Non-College Types"

Hillary Clinton's victories last night surprised me somewhat but Barack Obama's delegate lead remains intact. As many have pointed out, that lead will be hard for Hillary to overcome, particularly where pledged delegates are concerned. I hope that uncommitted superdelegates get behind whichever candidate has the most pledged delegates because that's the fairest way to decide this closely divided race.

Assuming that Barack comes out on top of the count, though, one thing troubles me - his continued poor showing among voters who haven't completed college degrees. If US Census Bureau statistics are accurate, that's about 70 percent of Americans 25 or older. If John McCain gets the majority of those people (yes, I know not all are registered to vote but neither are all college grads), we will likely have another four years of trickle-down-is-trickled-on economics and imperialistic foreign policy. Barack needs to make a much better effort to attract those "non-college types" or all the lovely speeches in the world won't change the party in the White House on January 20, 2009.

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