Indiana Voters Have "Monumental Opportunity" in Tuesday's Primary: Prof. Ken Bode

Indiana Voters Have "Monumental Opportunity" in Tuesday's Primary: Prof. Ken Bode

May 2, 2008

bode may 16 2005 hardball.jpgMay 2, 2008, Greencastle, Ind. - "Today, 80 percent of Americans think our country is on the wrong track," writes Ken Bode, Eugene S. Pulliam Distinguished Visiting Professor of Journalism at DePauw University, in today's Indianapolis Star. "With a cratering economy, an endless war in Iraq and an uncomprehending president, that is understandable. Rarely has there been a moment when clarity of choice and opportunity for change has been so clear. On Tuesday, Indiana voters have a monumental opportunity to help set our country on a new course."

Declaring his support for Sen. Barack Obama in his op-ed, Dr. Bode asserts, "In the Democratic primary, the choice is between experience and judgment. For all the experience she extols, Hillary Clinton still carries the albatross of her opportunistic vote favoring the Iraq war. She explains lamely that she Clinton Obama Debate.jpgdidn't realize President Bush would take her blank check and cash it. Obama rightly opposed the war from the start. Both candidates say they would get out of Iraq, but Obama would approach the necessary regional security arrangements in the Middle East by opening a dialogue with states like Syria and Iran, abandoning the stubborn silence of the Bush policies. Clinton approaches the problem with threats to obliterate Iran with 'massive retaliation.' Her rhetoric is drawn from the Cold War past, revealing the 'bring-them-on' mentality of Bush."

The professor also notes, "Clinton has more experience in Washington, but that has not helped her to understand its problems. She solicits money from special interests and picked a major lobbyist to run her campaign. Judging by their different policies, Obama's shorter time in Washington is more an asset than a handicap."

Obama, declares Bode, "represents America's greatest opportunity to pivot away from the past. While Clinton talks about change, Obama embodies it. He radiates a sense of possibility and hasWhite House Flowers.jpg a proven ability to engage and inspire young people to public service like no candidate since John F. Kennedy. He has produced a nationwide surge of new voters, in itself an expression of the nation's hunger for change."

A former political correspondent for NBC and CNN, Bode reminds readers that the Rev. Jeremiah Wright is not the first pastor to generate campaign controversy. "Bush supporter Rev. Jerry Falwell claimed the 9/11 attacks occurred because American secularism had forfeited God's protection. Rudy Giuliani backer Pat Robertson claimed that accepting homosexuality could result in earthquakes, tornados and a possible meteor. And John McCain's supporter, televangelist John Hagee, said Hurricane Katrina was God's punishment for a New Orleans gay rights parade. Politicians cannot be held responsible for the crazy rantings of preachers."

In conclusion, Bode asserts, "the Clintons represent a partnership of endless uncertainty. Bill Clinton squandered the last two years of his presidency by recklessly dallying with Monica Lewinsky, producing impeachment, and jeopardizing the election of Al Gore. Had that not happened, America would not be in Iraq today. In our choice on Tuesday, Hillary and Bill Clinton clearly represent the past, a page turned backward, and Barack Obama represents the future."

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Last Friday, Ken Bode wrote of the "missed opportunity" the Pennsylvania primary represented.  Read more in this story.

Source: Indianapolis Star