I just finished watching the speeches of Sen. Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton. Although Sen. Clinton is a very good, fiery speaker, she cannot hold a candle to her husband. He simply lights up a room simply with his presence.
After listening to his speech, his enthusiasm for America and his backhanded way of promoting Democrats while "gently" slamming Republicans, I am convinced that, despite all of his personal problems, if he could run for president again, he would certainly be elected.
He struck on a theme that I think will be important in this campaign: the issue of unity. He made a statement that I thought was very profound. He struck on the stark difference between the Democrats and the Republicans. While Democrats seek to prevail by unifying all Americans, Republicans seek to prevail by promoting the differences. And, in times of trouble, Americans seek unity.
The tone of the campaign to date is a prime example of this. While the Democrats are taking the "high road" in promoting what is good about America and good about Kerry/Edwards, the Republicans are spending the vast majority of their time trying to tear them down.
In my opinion, a campaign of divisiveness and attack is frought with danger, particularly when it comes from a sitting president who should be able to run on his record. Running on the defensive is not a good strategy for a sitting president.
Once again, I predict that the election will not even be close. Kerry will win handily.