Wednesday 15 Aug 2018 | 20:53 | SYDNEY
Wednesday 15 Aug 2018 | 20:53 | SYDNEY

And then there were two


Michael Fullilove


4 June 2008 11:37

With the results expected to come out of South Dakota and Montana tonight and endorsements from a series of superdelegates, CNN has just projected that Senator Barack Obama has won the Democratic Party’s nomination for the office of President of the United States. If the broadcaster is correct, he will meet Senator John McCain in the general election in the northern autumn, in a match-up that was anticipated by very few experts.

It is common to hear criticisms of the American political system: that it’s dominated by money, that it lacks substance, and the like. In fact, the result that appears to have been achieved this evening demonstrates the remarkable openness of the system and its receptiveness to talent. Neither of the successful candidates are insiders: Obama is a newcomer to the national scene who has bested a dynasty which has dominated Democratic politics for nearly two decades; an African-American who has prevailed despite predictions from armies of pundits (both here and in Australia) that Americans would never vote for a black man. McCain is a maverick who is cordially hated by many Republicans on Capitol Hill and K Street. Each is the best possible candidate his party could offer to the American people. Either would, as president, present a strikingly new American face to the world.

There is plenty of time between now and November to tease out the differences between the two candidates. However, it’s worth stopping for a minute to consider that, together, the nominations of Obama and McCain say something very positive about the United States. After seven long years of the Bush Administration, here is some good news for the country’s friends and allies.