On the Democratic side, Clinton was stopped cold — but still has yet to be finished off by Obama. Now we can expect months more of infighting. As the Democrats raise tens of millions to destroy themselves, McCain can only sit back and smile. With Obama the likely nominee, we can also expect to hear more from, and about, his former pastor, Jeremiah Wright. Reporters no doubt are scanning Rev. Wright’s massive corpus of texts and DVDs for more hate speech. Even before the Wright controversy, the Democratic vote had been split heavily along racial lines — whites for Clinton, blacks for Obama — in certain states, including the all-important Ohio. That’s not a good sign for a party that’s supposed to be a model of racial transcendence.Clinton will weaken Obama for months to come. There is no reason to believe the former front-runner will quit the Democratic race soon, even though Obama has an all-but-insurmountable delegate lead.
Clinton has momentum and should win sizably in Pennsylvania later this month. Millions want to vote for her in the remaining primaries. By convention time, she could even end up with a slight lead in the aggregate popular vote.
Clinton has also so far won all the big states that will be in play in the general election. She knows the superdelegates were created precisely for a year like this, and so will argue that these Democratic pros are there to check the exuberance of a liberal electorate that might actually nominate someone untested like Obama. Had Clinton run under Republican primary rules, her wins would have already sealed for her the nomination.
April 3, 2008, 9:13 am at 9:13 am
A good argument. Yet I’ve had ‘white’ Americans over here sing his praises, too. And that goes for Korean Americans who are over here, also. Yet a black American mate of mine supports McCain. He’s a registered Republican. It’s not an issue of simply just black and white, so to speak.
Like any good election, it should come down to, and is coming down to, POLICY (yet, sorry, that didn’t occur in Australia). Policy, of which Obama is lacking of and/or misguided in and of which the Democrats are as a whole stubbing their own toes in because of.
BTW As for the super delegates; I may be wrong but I mentioned on Bolt’s the Clinton Machine.
Let the media (of which we are a part of nowadays) play tiddlywinks if they wish, but know that Hillary will win the primary and McCain will win the race.
A compromise, perhaps?
April 3, 2008, 11:04 am at 11:04 am
I believe there would be more racial trouble if Obama lost the nomination to Hillary Clinton than if he lost the general election to John McCain. That’s not to say there’d be none, because there’s still a lot of racial anger in America, which this Democratic primary campaign has made infinitely worse. But maybe, if we’re lucky, it will turn out to have been the lancing of a boil, and we really can start getting past it.