I don’t see the Democratic presidential nomination being decided before the Democratic Convention in Denver. The Democrats who are voting in the primaries and caucuses seem to be split enough as to not allow either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama to get the required number of delegates to win the nomination. I don’t see either of them dropping out before that happens.

Clinton and Obama are both determined to get the nomination to run for president against John McCain. While McCain is sitting pretty in how he can divert his attention to attracting Independents to his side, and appeasing his conservative base without dealing with more primaries, the two Dems keep on fighting like Ali and Foreman, not holding back a lot on the criticisms of the other’s positions and ideas. It’s been “shame on you,” “no, shame on you” for the last two weeks. The GOP is loving that because they don’t have to worry about that kind of conflict within their party’s candidates anymore.

I don’t see how either nominee is going to get the magic number of delegates. Clinton has gotten a bit of momentum after Obama had been steamrolling through primaries with ease. Many states have almost evenly divided their delegates between the two candidates. The Dems need to focus on this issue because many people would surely only vote for one of them in the November election. The one thing the Democrats can count on is that their primaries and caucuses have had extraordinary turnout, much more than for the Republicans. Their message of change will also carry them after their infighting is called off.

It’s finally over. The Republican presidential nomination has concluded, with John McCain taking home the gold. McCain has been the front-runner since a third of the way through the process, and has not had his lead shrink. First, Thompson and Giuliani. Then Romney. Now Huckabee. McCain has taken all of them down.

I don’t see how McCain is going to beat either of the Democratic candidates still trying to be nominated in their party. His stance of continuing the war in Iraq is very unpopular, and the Democrats both want to end up pulling out at some point. Even in his own party, McCain has issues. The conservative base don’t see him as electable or the right choice for the party to be president.

On another topic, let’s bring up Mike Huckabee. He’s the likable loser of the contest. He was in it to the bitter end. I don’t buy it at all. The truth of this is, he was in this to the end to get a better image for himself. Someone who’s persistent, determined, and someone who never quits or backs down from a challenge. You’re not fooling ME, Mike. You stayed in the race for publicity, and that’s all. No problem staying in the race when you still have a chance at winning, but when you’re in the race after it’s been decided is like hammering a nail that’s already as far in the wall or wherever as it can go. Come on, dude. The best thing for your party would’ve been to drop out, be a good sport in congratulating McCain, and offering him your support.

McCain surely has some work to do to make a good showing in the general election on November 4. Obama and Clinton bring about the message of change. People like change. Voters see McCain kind of as a third Bush in the White House. That’s gonna get you nowhere since Bush’s approval is lower than my grade in rocket science (I’m not really taking rocket science classes.).