[Personally I think Hillary Clinton is the better qualified of our two leading Democratic candidates to pick up the pieces from the disasters of the Bush administration — criminally over committed military in the Middle East, domestic financial disasters allowed to percolate for 7 years, and tremendous loss of respect for the U.S. this Bush decade.

However, having indicated my preference, I am delighted that Obama is a strong contender in this race., And McCain looks to be the best of a bad lot of Republican candidates — see the NY Times endorsements of McCain and Clinton:

http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5jiDeR4zJqX_RapRtwvu50a2WpEsQ

McCain has strongly condemned the extreme Bush administration abuses of persons (torture, etc.) and his first instinct was to try to figure a way to accommodate our millions of undocumented doing much of the dirty work for the nation.

The contest, itself, whatever the outcome, looks to be clearing some of the stain per this composite article from many parts of the world — see the contributors listed at the end.

Let us hope for better days and no more disasters before Bush is out of there.

Ed Kent]

U.S. Race Captures World’s Eye, and Holds It
By ALAN COWELL
>From Berlin to London to Jakarta, the presidential
candidates’ destinies have become hometown news in a way
that commentators cannot recall.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/26/world/26abroad.html?th&emc=th


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