Wouldn't you like to see a record turnout in the Nov. 6 presidential election?
The following statement should be enough to run every Republican in Southwest Georgia to the polls -- and plenty of Democrats, too:
If President Obama is re-elected, he will be succeeded in the Oval Office four years later by -- drum roll, please -- Hillary Clinton.
The Republicans will be left so lame by the re-election of Mr. Obama -- if it happens -- that they will, in effect, have tossed in the proverbial towel and will not be able in 2016 to pose enough of a formidable challenge to defeat Clinton.
Just think how many times this year you have heard either a friend or a television pundit say, "If the Republicans cannot defeat Barack Obama, they will no longer be able to beat any Democrat for the foreseeable future."
This is clearly the best chance Republicans' will have for years to come to regain the White House.
Secretary of State Clinton will be 69 at the next election, well above the 55-year-old average age for new presidents. But, I don't see another potential Democratic candidate of the stature she holds, both here and abroad. Surely no one believes current Vice President Joe Biden will be elected to the top office four years from now. (Mitt Romney, for the record, turned 65 earlier this year.)
Because several people who read this column might want to know, I actually favored Clinton four years ago in her primary campaign against Obama.
I thought then that she was the more experienced, more thoughtful candidate. She seemed more "presidential" to me than Obama, despite the fact that this country has never elected a woman as president.
I will be shocked next week if Obama doesn't carry the nationwide female electorate by a margin of at least 20 percent. The recent Romney gaffe about surveying "binders full of women" as candidates for high-ranking jobs in his administration as the governor of Massachusetts and as chief executive of the private Bain Capital proved to me that he does not hold women in the same regard as men.
For all of her experiences as the First Lady of Arkansas and of the United States during the reigns of her husband Bill Clinton, and her roles as a member of the U.S. Senate and then as Obama's Secretary of State, the one moment that many Americans will recall -- and admire -- about Clinton is what she basically told country music star Tammy Wynette she could do with her most famous song.
"I'm not like Tammy Wynette standing by her man," Clinton said in 1992 about one of her husband's famed excursions outside their marriage.
The statement stamped Hillary as a fiercely independent person who could manage on her own if necessary. She proved it again when she was elected senator of New York, despite a fairly flimsy record of residency there.
Clinton showed her grit and loyalty to Obama recently when she attempted to fend off criticism of the president over the act of terrorism in Benghazi that killed Ambassador Chris Stephens and three other American diplomats.
All of these life experiences will stand her in good stead four years from now.
Mac Gordon is a retired reporter who lives near Blakely and writes an occasional opinion column for The Albany Herald. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.