In the modern western world most everyone is concerned with what they can get now: today, tomorrow, maybe next month, but that's about as far ahead as most people think. In the political news cycle, the time seems to be compressed even more.
If Barack Obama wants to become President of the United States then he needs to step down this time around. The reasons are obvious. Should he continue on and become the Democrat nominee he will absolutely lose to John McCain. Just imagine months and months of Jeremiah Wright cursing America on ad after ad after ad. It will completely consume the television and radio airwaves. Obama will lose and he'll be forever tarred as "that black guy with the crazy pastor".
But if he were to drag out the process until the convention in late August and then politely step down, he will:
- Have made it exceedingly difficult for Hillary Clinton to pick up the ball and move forward with a winning campaign.
- Make himself look like the good guy, the loyal party member, and the patient young politician who conceded he still had some things to learn.
- Prove that he is truly someone who can reach across the aisle and work with his Republican colleagues in the Senate.
- Take a few steps to lessen his ultra-Liberal image so he can no longer be tarred as "the most liberal of all senators".
- Get someone to help out his wife, Michelle, to soften up her public image. Right now, the perception amongst any objective voter is that she is bitter and always angry; not an appealing visage for the spouse of the President.
Only time will tell if Obama follows this sage advice. He's clearly a smart guy. We'll now see which wins out: his brains or his ego.