However it turns out, the politics of the ’08 election in America will decide the power profile in Washington for both parties, probably for the next two decades.
So let us look at some of these forks in the road of history.
By this summer the Democrats will have either selected the inspirational young black hope of his race and the guilty liberal elite or the political expediency and professionalism of the new old guardians of politics as conflict.
Depending on this philosophical choice, the election process will go forward and yet another fork in the road presents itself.
If Obama gets the nomination the question becomes one of whether the racist past of much if the interior states of this nation will deliver victory to the Republicans, led by a near geriatric militarist promising another century of Middle East war. Unfortunately, a very real possibility, particularly in view of the recent surge of Republicans contributing to and voting in cross over states in support of Obama. Unless these folks have suffered a wave of political epiphanies, a cynic might assume they were setting up a racial confrontation that might win them the red states despite the war, economy and a collapsing dollar.
Whichever way the election goes it is certain that Democrats on Capitol Hill will need to get their act together, whether they win the veto and filibuster-proof majorities needed to rule or to defend against a resistant conservative White House. Which is where Hillary re-emerges with the highly organized Clinton organization behind her to staff committees and coordinate party positions on major issues. The lack of solidarity in Democratic ranks has been as much to blame for the first-year failures to back down the Iraq war or extend child health care coverage. If the ladies of the new progressive wing, Hillary, Nancy and Barbaras Boxer and Lee, can pull their cohort into line the prospect for success are promising.
If the presidential election goes to the GOP it will be even more important to unify the Democrats, so whatever the November outcome is the key to the future may lie with a properly prepared fallback position under the Capitol dome. Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst, for it will surely come sooner or later.
“Travus T. Hipp” is a 40-year veteran radio commentator with six stations in California carrying his daily version of the news and opinions. "The Poor Hippy’s Paul Harvey,” Travus is a member of the Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame, but unemployable in the Silver State due to his eclectic political views.