From the beginning of the five-month campaign, it has been obvious that history would be made regardless of the people’s choice to head the Democratic ticket in the November elections against Republican John McCain.
Now that his name is on the ballot, Obama still has his work cut out for him — to mend the rift that has been flowing through the crowds of Democratic voters for months. Unfortunately for him, that mending might take an awfully big Band-Aid.
The debates between the two candidates have been less than cordial, to say the least. And from most voters’ viewpoint, there was no need to be wishy-washy. The majority were firm supporters of either one or the other.
Support was so strong on both sides that the primary brought voters literally out of the woodwork. Registered voters who had not been to the polls in years made their way to cast a vote. Others who had never even signed up to mark a ballot in previous races did so before this primary election.
However, Obama does have a few week points that McCain, in his years of political experience, can pick like a wound. The Democratic candidate would benefit greatly from earning the support of his former rival Clinton, since many of her supporters late in the game were the type Obama didn’t seem to win over — the older, working-class Democrats.
He also didn’t win Bladen County — or this region or state, for that matter.
So though the battle with Clinton is now over, the fight for the office has only just begun for Obama. He still has to face a more experienced competitor in November, and also make the decision of who to choose as a strong running mate to help him get an upper hand.
Now it’s time to sit back and watch what takes precedence — the fighting or the mending. We’re thinking it could take a little of both if he expects to make even more history by becoming this country’s first black president.