Obama, McCain picking up good vibrations

February 5, 2008 at 6:21 pm Leave a comment

Think positive, the self-help gurus say, and good things will happen. Who has the most positive vibes out there in the Democrat and Republican races on Super Tuesday? Here are my thoughts on the four front-runners …

 The ones with good vibrations are Democratic Sen. Barack Obama and Republican Sen. John McCain. Obama wowed voters at the Meadowlands and at Boston’s World Trade Center the last few days, and will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas and Jesse “Son of Bob” Dylan crafted a video of the Illinois senator that’s drawn thousands of YouTube views. McCain, meanwhile, comes across as a happy warrior in contrast to his grating, angry rival, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. As for Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, her new anti-Iraq War position after her 2002 vote for the Bush Iraq resolution — and her use of RFK Jr. in a campaign ad to counterbalance Caroline Kennedy’s support for Obama — give  her an image of opportunism that taints her campaign.

It would be different if the negative-minded Mitt and Hillary would embrace who they really are. Mitt could simply tell conservatives he was wrong on his 1994 opinions on abortion (in the style of John Edwards, who, to his credit, recanted his 2002 vote for the Iraq War) and be the heir to the social policies of George W. Bush. Hillary could shrug off MoveOn.org and Daily Kos and defend her 2002 Iraq War vote, giving confused Democrats a clearer option between a pro-war candidate (Hillary) and an anti-war one (Obama). The negativity of Mitt and Hillary seems to be a way for them to hide their own unclear stances.

Obama and McCain have had their own unclear moments. Ann Coulter highlighted McCain’s haziness on the Iraq surge in a recent column, while the American Spectator showed that Obama needs work in formulating his health-care policy. But in trying to get things done, a positive attitude is better than a negative one, and at least Obama and McCain have that.

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