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Obama victory gives him everything to lose

Both McCain and Obama praised Hillary effusively in their efforts to win over her supporters. Clinton's diehard fans have given us quite a spectacle of bitterness in defeat, going so far as to shout "McCain in '08" when the Democratic Party Rules Committee finally reached a compromise last weekend on seating the Michigan and Florida delegations at the National Convention with half-votes.

McCain has nothing to lose and everything to gain by courting Hillary Democrats, because many of them are the same "Reagan Democrats" who voted for George Bush in 2004. He knows that the Republican base which has given him so little support thus far will either vote for him or stay home, and so his best hope of victory is winning over disgruntled Hillary supporters, independents, and playing the wild card, that unknown percentage of voters who have great difficulty bringing themselves to vote for a black man because he is black. Don't discount this disgrace in America. Already in the first hours after Obama went over the top in delegates, there was such a deluge of hate posts on blogs that some major media outlets announced their refusal to post them.

Obama started this campaign with nothing to lose, but now he has everything to lose. This is a year of America's discontent. The Republicans are saddled with a Presidency widely regarded as one of worst in U.S. history, but those who predicted a Democratic landslide in the fall presidential contest aren't doing so any more. Obama, as presumptive Democratic nominee, faces the daunting task of uniting a party that Hillary has been enormously successful in splitting. Obama must put that Humpty-Dumpty back together again if he is to become the President of the United States.

Goldsmith is a former director of the American Institute in Taiwan's Kaohsiung Office, and author of "Jade Phoenix," a prize-winning novel of 1970s Taiwan that is offered in a Far East edition by Bookman Books Ltd. in Taipei.

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