>Reflections on this year’s Democratic race

>Now that Sen. Obama has officially secured the Democratic nomination, I thought I should reflect on this (and last) year’s campaign.

I believe I speak for everyone when I say that no one expected this campaign to last this long. Everyone believed that Sen. Obama or Sen. Clinton would have wrapped up the nomination by Super Tuesday. Everyone believed that the later states would blow which way the wind was going and follow the crowd. Boy, were we wrong.

I also must say that both candidates ran exceptional campaigns. While there were blips and bumps, they both were able to hold on with enough support to keep the race razor thin.

While she came under fierce scrutiny, Sen. Clinton continued to fight for what she believe in. Sen. Obama, who continued to face skepticism and doubts, never faltered. As a likely Democratic voter, I feel comfortable saying that I would have been comfortable with either of these two on the Democratic ticket.

Sure, Sen. Clinton make some mistakes. Sure, she continued to disappoint me. However, I can’t deny the fact that she’s a fighter. No matter what you think of her, she has secured women’s place in politics. Due to her campaign, women can now be considered as serious candidates for the highest political office.

As for Sen. Obama, I’m not a die-hard supporter. I’m not an Obamaholic. However, when faced with the alternative, I will support him in November. Despite his age and limited national experience, he’s proven himself to be a serious contender. His campaign has propelled the American public to seriously consider minorities for the Presidency.

So, what’s next for Sen. Obama’s campaign? That’s for him to decide. We all know that he must work to win over Sen. Clinton’s supporters and those swing voters. We all know he must prepare to deal with the slew of right-wing attacks on his character and limited experience.

But what about Sen. Clinton? What should be her role? Should Sen. Obama offer her a spot on the ticket or not? I’ve already expressed my feelings towards that issue, so I won’t go into that.

However, I wouldn’t mind seeing Sen. Clinton in an President Obama administration. She would be perfect as attorney general, an ambassador or secretary of state. I believe she would thrive in those three positions.

What do you think? What’s next for Sen. Clinton? What’s next for Sen. Obama?