FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
For all those like Mitt Romney who said, when talking about Barack Obama, "The presidency of the United States is not an internship," consider this.
The young guy with not nearly as much political experience is on the verge of toppling one of the most powerful political names of the last 50 years, Hillary Clinton. For all her claims of having more experience, the relative newcomer proved to have a lot more moxie.
She said "experience." He said "change." Voters bought change. He planned beyond Super Tuesday and paid attention to the caucuses. She pretty much ignored the caucuses and assumed she would be the nominee the day after Super Tuesday.
When she wasn't, she was in trouble. Poor planning on the ground and a shortage of money immediately put her at a disadvantage for the rest of the way. She relied on friends and people who were loyal to her. In time, as things began to sour, there was friction and key people left. Her husband hurt her – some say a lot.
As things got worse, she grew more desperate. The kitchen sink strategy appeared. So did demands to count the elections in Michigan and Florida – elections that are invalid. So did false claims about things like her trip to Bosnia.
And all along, she failed to recognize the overriding theme of this election year. The people in this country are sick and tired of their government. They want "change." How could someone with so much "experience" not see that?
Here’s my question to you: How will history view the race between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Kristy (a hard-working white woman) from Iowa writes:
I believe that the world will look back on this election and be ashamed that instead of promoting the success of the first viable African-American candidate, the DNC chose to defer to the "Old Guard" of the Clintons. I also think that people will remember the first viable female candidate became negative, aggressive, and divisive, especially in regards to race. She is a sore loser and Mrs. Clinton has been no role model, at least not for me.
History will view this race as a watershed contest between outdated entitlements and emergent possibilities. I'm a 71-year-old white Jewish woman horrified by ugly calls to divide the American people. We are better than that. We deserve a president who represents all of us, who understands collaborative leadership and the meaning of integrity. Barack Obama makes me proud and hopeful for our country.
Julie from New York writes:
I know how I will remember it, Jack. Years from now, people who are too young now to ever remember this election and people who haven't even been born yet will wonder: It was so obvious that Obama was deceiving the American public. Why were they so naive?
Joe from St. Louis, Missouri writes:
It will be viewed as a hard fought battle between a super-rich elitist political has-been and a new visionary from Chicago.
Curtis from Oxnard, Calif. writes:
Movies will be made about this campaign. Books will be written and everyone will have an opinion. How Hillary Clinton handles herself in the last couple of weeks of this campaign will have the greatest impact. She is now about to determine her place in history. If she decides on a scorched earth policy and fights through the convention, movie-goers will love the film. She will suffer every presidential election when television reruns it.