Two primary concerns about Obama have been circulating since his name was mentioned as a possible candidate. First is his ability to defeat the most well known and recognized Democratic figure, Hillary Clinton. Despite his meteoric rise to fame, including an appearance on the cover of Time magazine, Obama still remains several points behind Clinton in most polls. Here is where Obama's ideologies will provide the foundations. Obama appeals to many liberals because of his progressive tactics including support of Congressional ethical reform. Clinton's actions have often revealed her as Liebermanesque, a term coined to refer to Democrats who are truly closet Republicans. Being a resident of New York State, I have seen first hand her ability to undermine liberal ideals, while claiming their support. It is here where Obama should be able to garner the greatest support among the Democratic base. His record, while not extensive nor outstanding shows a consistency that Clinton has been unable to mimic.
The second concern and perhaps the more important one is Obama's lack of congressional experience. This problem is more likely to cause discontent if he makes it to the general election. John Edwards, the other strong Democratic candidate also has little experience. Republicans like all politicians are quick to attack any apparent weakness, even ones that may not exist. They will most certainly attempt to frame Obama's minute term in congress as a flaw that our enemies will seize upon. He will not have the experience necessary to garner respect in an ever growing global community.
Yet Bush only served as governor of Texas for half a decade before winning the presidency. Before that he was a businessman whose successes could and should be debated. If Obama and his advisors realize that his inexperience could be turned to advantage.
They should seize upon the ethical quandaries that have arisen in the past few months. Obama has not spent enough time to fall into the debt of lobbyists who are pursuing interests contrary to public wellbeing. In essence, he is in no one's "pocket." Therefore the only concerns of importance will be those of the people. As it should have been but has not for some time.
Perhaps it is time for someone new, someone who has not been bought out. Maybe that will be his campaign slogan, it is certainly a powerful one.