After Pennsylvania’s primary I got nervous. What if Hillary Clinton continued to beat Barack Obama in the remaining primaries? She might gather enough momentum to get the super-delegates to run to her corner.
This is the problem with Democrats; they pay too much attention to the polls and need to have every thought scored before they eventually act. Then came Obama’s win in North Carolina and his razor thin loss in Indiana, and I sighed a bit of relief because this contest was over.
For the same reasons that the winning team doesn’t go to bat at the bottom of the ninth inning in baseball, the remaining superdelegates should all select their candidate (be it Obama or Clinton) and end this highly divisive political in-fight.
Granted, this year’s contest has done a lot for the Democratic Party including getting young people involved and out-registering Republicans 2-1. But for Hillary to continue with her argument that she can win is for personal political gain only, not for the betterment of the country.
Hillary is a 20th-century politician in a 21st-century world.
Her tactics are not virtuous, they are viral. Recently, Hillary pulled out the race card in an attempt to seduce the “good-old-boy” votes in states like West Virginia. Hillary’s end game is revealing her true intentions. She doesn’t care about you or me, she cares about winning, and she will get down in the mud and play just as dirty as anyone else to get what she wants. Frankly, it is pitiful.
I used to admire Hillary’s cunning, her political prowess and her well-scripted likability. She was the perfect foil to the neo-conservative movement that has had a stranglehold on this country since she and her husband left the White House. Hillary has an entire bag of dirty tricks she has been saving up since she first met and married a young man in Hope, Ark., who would one day be president. And yet in this election, Hillary is hopelessly lost. It is not that she is a woman; it is that she is the wrong person at the wrong time.
So what is Hillary hoping to get from staying in this race? Well she’s deeply in debt, the further the contest goes on, the more Hillary falls into the red. So far the Clintons have donated millions of their own capital to fund her campaign and it has been widely reported Hillary owes millions more.
Not that the Clintons can’t write a check to absolve the debt, but nothing makes a Clinton happier than having someone else – potentially wealthy donors or the public at large – picking up their tab.
Hillary could be maneuvering for a spot on the bottom of Obama’s ticket. Obama, however, is the embodiment of the politics of change and the future, and Hillary represents the status quo. Furthermore, there may be a challenge to who really is leader of the free world with such a well-known, strong vice president who also happens to be married to a former president.
Not wanting to play second fiddle in an Obama administration, Hillary may just forget the vice presidency and turn her attention toward the governorship of New York and the executive experience it offers, or she may decide to remain in the Senate and try to usurp the politically weak Harry Reid as Senate Majority Leader.
Some have attributed Hillary’s motives to more sinister objectives, staying in the race for the Democratic nomination to weaken Obama to the point where he can’t win in November, allowing her to run in 2012. This is an unlikely scenario however, as politically, this move is seen as suicidal, but never doubt the ability of the Clintons to spin shit into shine.
Hillary needs to bow out, out of respect for herself, as well as obedience to the will of the voters, the process of the Democratic Party and the needs of the country. Legacy control is Hillary’s best bet. Does she want to be remembered as a candidate who needlessly and recklessly beat up a fellow Democrat who the Republicans fodder, even after, for all intents and purposes, the race was over? Or, does she want to be remembered as a fierce and competitive politician who knew when to bow out and make a gracious exit?
There is a difference between a strong opponent and a sore loser. How history remembers Hillary Clinton’s role in this election is completely up to her.