But it remains that Obama is inexperienced and his speeches however amusing and inspiring are mere rhetoric. The Obama presidency may either go Arnie's California way or turn farcical like Dubayya's. Hillary even under siege right now, seems more abreast of issues. But her coldness and last name are real liabilities. I guess this country has had enough of Cowboys and Clintons.
On the Republican side, its dire straits when a senile Vietnam Vet (McCain) remains the only sensible choice. The table leader Romney is a disaster in the making. Not because he is Morman (?!!) but because he is Kerry, act II. Guiliani ofcourse is a joke. But the man catching up right now is the eloquent and humorous former baptist preacher Mike Huckabee. He wants to abolish IRS and impose a flat consumption tax!
People who underestimate the dangers of 'creationism' to the world, need to look no further than Huckabee. It will not be amusing to have a world leader talking 'my God created Earth'. With the likes of Bobby Jindal of "no abortion, no evolution" vintage as Governor in Lousiana and "Ram built Sethu" kinda politics resurfacing in India, rational minds are headed for troubled times.
But the US primaries are indeed the epitome of democracy which we sorely miss in India. With a prime minister who refuses to get elected, a ruling party hell bent on sucking upto a family and a media which flames hatred on the party which still retains a semblance of inner party democracy and transparency, we in India live upto our reputation of a flawed democracy.
I wish bloggers take the initiative to get the following in Indian elections. a) Parties must declare prime ministerial and chief ministerial candidates ahead of elections, b) They should announce thier coalitions and tickets for all seats well ahead of the first round of polling. c) Exit polls of all hues must be banned between multiple polling dates. d) candidtates must face the media and the voters in public debates at the constituency level.