We live in an age where not only does everyone have an opinion but they now have the ability to register it on a blog, an e-mail, on talk radio or at a bus stop. We have become a nation of 300 million columnists.
And this might be one aspect of the Democrat’s Thursday night debate that the pros, the pols, the pundits, consultants and all those who sit ringside during the build-up to the primaries simply don’t pay enough attention to; it won’t be a smile, a pleasant demeanor, appealing personality or a drop-dead one-liner that will separate one candidate from another.
It will be simpler than that because this country aches to be led. Add the weight of the disaster that is Iraq, the deceits and incompetence of the Bush administration, the insane level of partisanship and the sense, held by many, that this president and too many in both parties simply do not hear the coast-to-coast cry for truth and direction and the ultimate winner will be the candidate who plants the flag and says “follow me because I have beliefs.”