The magical mystery tour.
Roll up, roll up for the mystery tour.
Roll up, roll up for the mystery tour.
Roll up (and) that’s an invitation, roll up for the mystery tour.
Roll up to make a reservation, roll up for the mystery tour.
The magical mystery tour is coming to take you away,
Coming to take you away.
The magical mystery tour is dying to take you away,
Dying to take you away, take you today.

The Beatles.

As I sit on my perch above the 49th Parallel, and look down upon the U.S. Democratic Presidential primary campaign, I am amazed but not surprised at how well Barack Obama is doing. I predict that he will beat Hillary Clinton for the nomination. I read a quote by a political commentator recently who stated that “experience does not beat excitement…” True enough.

Now there may be some truth to the ideas that Barack Obama is more or less a (liberal) media creation. That he is an establishment candidate just like Hillary Clinton (well more so than John Edwards). That the Democratic Party establishment, embodied in the Super Delegates and union leaders, are now abandoning Hillary and flocking to support him primarily because he is seen as more “electable” in a contest against McCain. That he is garnering most of the Black votes because of the colour of his skin… plus which Black person will want to admit that they were on the wrong side of history, especially if he wins the big one (especially Black politicians like Rep. John Lewis from Georgia, who today switched his support from Clinton to Obama). That the various constituents of white men, white women, Latinos, young people, the old, the poor etc., have jumped on the Obama “magical mystery tour” bandwagon, because they have been dazzled more by his oratory skills and inspired by his message of hope and change, than by any substantial policy platforms. 

However it is true… an undeniable fact… that when it comes to political campaigns, the one with the better organization and planning will in most cases win the contest. There is no mystery why Obama will beat Clinton. He has had a superior strategy and a more efficient campaign organization than Clinton. “The Obama Strategy” was to make the race a marathon while Hillary and her campaign team felt in their arrogance, that it would be all over by Super Tuesday on February 5th… it would therefore be a sprint that they had already won! Obama and his strategists knew that if they could at least be close with Clinton in the number of delegates they had after Super Tuesday, then he could march to victory because it was unlikely that the Clinton camp had contingency plans to effectively carry on the fight. So after February 5th, the Obama campaign already had the people and resources in place on the ground and plans to continue their fundraising efforts to win the States with primaries after Super Tuesday. Therefore, there is nothing magical about the result: 11 straight loses for Clinton… more like azzzzz kickings!

Clinton claims that Obama doesn’t have the experience to lead. That he doesn’t have the political capital and resume that she has. This may be true and it is preferable to have a leader of a nation with experience, political capital and a proven resume. But at this stage of the political process, this contest is like an interview for a job. It is no mystery that those who are better prepared and organized due to superior planning, will “interview well” and more often than not get the job.