Many people spend time scratching their head as to whether or not Sen. Hillary Clinton should gracefully bow out to allow Sen. Barack Obama the opportunity to pull together a strategy for his General Election bid or continue to battle on.
In other words, the Fat Lady has been singing her song….indicating it is time to leave and the end of the show. However, we see Sen. Hillary Clinton staying for a 5th encore.
Having given it her best shot, (i.e. indicating Sen. Obama was naive for indicating he would talk with both “Friends and Foes”, Insinuating that Sen. Obama believed in Pres. Reagan’s policies and philosophies, former Pres. Bill Clinton’s attempts to make this contest about race and his use of the “Dog Whistle” race card, Questioning Sen. Obama’s ability to be president while indicating she and Sen. McCain alone were the only candidates who passed the “Presidential Qualification test”, characterizing the monumental movement of “Hope” as just speeches and words and minimizing the following as cafe drinking egg-heads, insinuating Sen. Obama was a Muslim, the “3 a.m. attack ad”, continuously running the video loop of Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright, publicizing Sen. Obama’s “Bitter” comment about rural PA.., the spin on the “Gas Tax Holiday” in an attempt to further paint Sen. Obama as an elitist, and her attempt to portray herself as a combat vet under sniper fire), we still find Sen. Barack Obama standing and positioned to secure the Democratic nomination.
These actions and behavior have caused a lot of controversy and harsh feelings toward and for Sen. Clinton. Many have said she has irreparably divided the party along racial, gender, and age lines with no hope of winning the nomination, i.e. the Tonya Harding strategy – if you can’t win, knee cap your opponent so that a win for them is impossibility. This would allegedly allow Sen. McCain the opportunity to obtain a win in the Presidential Election, allowing for Sen. Clinton to pursue a Presidential bid in the fall of 2012.
All to which I say, “Thank you Hillary….for all you have done.” (Genesis 50: 20 (NIV): You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.)
Had it not been for Billary, the most formidable political machine in the world of U.S. Politics, we would have never gotten the opportunity to truly test Sen. Obama in a way that leaves the GOP with nothing more that can be thrown or done but to watch as the first African-American Democratic Presidential nominee passes by on his way to the Presidency.
He has survived the Rev. Wright attack. A recent election in a southern state showed when the Republican candidate brought up the Religion Rantings of the Democratic Candidate’s pastor, it had little to no impact and the Democratic candidate won.
He has reconnected with the middle class white voter, 41% voted for Sen. Obama in both Indiana and North Carolina, while maintaining his connection with the African American community, 90+% voted for Sen. Obama in both Indiana and North Carolina. This in addition to making significant in-roads with Union Households, i.e. “Blue-collar” voters.
There is little to nothing the GOP can throw at Sen. Obama, especially since his opponent is Sen. John McCain, A key contributor to the Savings and Loan debacle of the early 90’s, where More than 1,000 savings and loan institutions (S&Ls) failed in what economist John Kenneth Galbraith called “the largest and costliest venture in public misfeasance, malfeasance and larceny of all time.” The ultimate cost of the crisis is estimated to have totaled around USD$160.1 billion, about $124.6 billion of which was directly paid for by the U.S. government — that is, the U.S. taxpayer, either directly or through charges on their savings and loan accounts– , which contributed to the large budget deficits of the early 1990’s
All that being said, why is no one forcing Sen. Clinton out of this race?
In short, Hillary Clinton’s exit should be as powerful and graceful as her entrance.
She brings 60% of the white vote, 70+% of the White Female vote and people of 65+ years of age vote, in addition to having a strong Catholic and Hispanic base. A contingent that can easily be turned off or turned the other way if they are made to feel their candidate had the nomination unfairly taken away.
With all the emotions that have been generated there must be the grace and sensitivity to allow both sides of the party in this race the opportunity to “Cool Off”.
For Sen. Clinton supporters, this would mean a seating of Michigan and Florida delegates in some form or fashion (while at the same time giving them a sharp smack on the back of the hand for not following the DNC rules), assistance with the amount of Debt she has incurred during her campaign and a Win on a high note from both West Virginia and Kentucky, which she is projected to Win, at which time she can gracefully exit her campaign on a high-note.
The campaign is already sending out its “Dog Whistle” signs that it is accepting defeat.
Watch and stand-by, we will have a UNITED Democratic Party come the November elections….wait and see