6:13 AM

Substantial Victory for Obama

A substantial victory for Barack Obama is now predicted by most pollsters with less than a week to go in the US election campaign. Obama coat-tails would also ensure that the Democratic Party would increase its majorities in both Houses of Congress, possibly obtaining the 60-40 margin in the Senate required to end filibusters and force a floor vote on legislative proposals. A double digit lead is assured in the House of Representatives. John McCain is pinning his hopes trying to win Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New Hampshire. Such an upset is considered a remote possibility.

The McCain camp seemed a little disoriented judging by some of the contradictory statements made by campaign people. Meanwhile, Democratic leaders are already trying to down play any contingencies of a less than great victory, if that were to occur.

Analysts have pointed out that the implications of a sizeable Democratic victory meant that popular expectations of immediate action on health care, home foreclosures, jobs and other social issues “could be difficult to meet even with enhanced numbers in the Senate as well as the House.” That is a hint that Obama presidency would be saddled with a huge expectations bubble which entails delivering a host of goodies like Healthcare, economic prosperity and educational reform within a short time.

Some warned against overreaching and urged a cautious legislative agenda. According to one Democratic legislator, Steny Hoyer of Maryland, “We are going to get new members with a clear understanding that the reason they won is appealing to independents and disaffected Republicans, and they are going to want to continue to do that.” Because the entire the entire campaign had been overtaken by an economic crisis, the outcome may have dwarfed all other issues.

How could the multi-trillion-dollar bailout of the banks be carried out with unemployment at its highest in years, was one major concern. Could Obama’s message of “hope” and “change” and the “fierce urgency of now” be the guiding lights of the new administration? Americans confront an administration that promised relentlessly to pursue a course of revival unprecedented in American history. It will be crystal clear that what remains to be seen as the chief difference between Obama and Bush is not the character of their policies, but the skill with which these policies are carried out by the Obama administration