Okay, I've had about enough...I've started this blog again because I need to vent.
I'm a Democrat, but I don't believe that Obama can win the general election NOR do I believe he's the right person for the job. I am a Clinton supporter for the simple fact that she's tried and true and is the best person to right the economy and get our soldiers safely out of Iraq while protecting the overseas economic interests of our country.
I hear people talk about Obama and its like they took some kind of crazy pill. He's not the second coming, he's just a really smart, really eloquent politician - with strong ties to the left, left, liberal wing of the democratic party. He's running on rhetoric about being a uniter - but he's got nothing behind that - NO history of proving that.
In fact, he's got a history of being sorta anti-establishment....
"GOOD!" (Most of the Obama supporters I know would say...that's what I want) -- But against a majority that is centrist - that philosophy won't fly in a general election. So whenever I want to really get fired up - I go and read Juan's blog - at https://boozhy.typepad.com/
Juan filters his posts through a lens of half truths without context and an astonishing lack of strategic foresight or big-picture thinking. IF we Democrats really want to WIN the whitehouse - then we need to look beyond the "new-ness" of Obama and deal with the reality of a centrist nation. Juan suggests Obama is our best chance to win the Whitehouse in 10 years...well, no - he's just the first candidate to win Oprah's endorsement.
Juan wrote a post about Evan Bayh's comments asking us to consider who is winning in the states where the electoral college will have the biggest impact. Juan suggests that those states will vote Democratic anyway - but Bayh's point isn't about the loyal blue states (that Hillary won) his point wasn't about MA, CA and NY - its about Ohio, Florida, Michigan and Pennsylvania - the ever waffling purple states.
Those are the states that are going to cost the election for the Dems if and when Obama gets the nod.
Now for the general venting....
I really don't get how people can drone on about Obama winning the popular vote, delegates and more states...(Um, minus Florida and Michigan - which will likely be red this year thanks to Obama's team's blocks of a re-vote)...
He won't necessarily have the popular vote when all is said an done and if Florida (where Obama WAS on the ballot and where neither candidate campaigned)was considered a valid primary - he likely wouldn't have a significant lead in the delegate count. Its just shitty that the one state that has had SUCH a critical impact on the making or breaking of presidents is one of two that is being disenfranchized by the Democratic party.
AND if there was a revote in Michigan, chances are Obama'd lose there too...(since they usually vote like Ohio) --AND THEY KNOW IT... that's why his camp has done everything in their power to block a re-vote.
Sure, he will have won more states - but he's winning the states where the Dems are in the minority and are more polarized. Um...hello...Obama had a sweeping caucus victory in Idaho...WHOO HOO!
Even worse, now, the republicans have enough fodder to truly shred him in the general election. Between Rev. Wright, the fact he doesn't wear a flag lapel in protest (and his lame ass reasoning), to the youtube video (go to you tube - type in "Is Obama Wright") of him being the only candidate out of all the original candidates to not respect the national anthem by putting his hand over his heart. Whether intentional or not. The republicans are salivating over Obama. It'll be a landslide for McCain.
People supporting him are so blinded by having a shiny, new candidate that they're neglecting to realize he's not electable - I wish that weren't the case, but it is...
This will be worse than all those idealistic weenies who voted for Nader because they didn't want Gore - that ultimately cost the Dems the election.
Hillary's not perfect, but at least she gives our party a fighting chance...
If Obama could pull off a decisive victory in a purple state - maybe I'd even chime in to have Hillary drop out. But because he can't do that ANYWHERE in the U.S. -- then I hope Hillary pulls out every trick she ever learned in Washington to make the point SO clear that the Super delegates have no choice but to give it to her.
And for everyone who says she has to win 60 percent of the remaining contests...GOOD. 60 percent is not insurmountable - if she doesn't do it - then she doesn't deserve the presidency. But I sure as shit don't want her to stop fighting for what's right.
The sad part is - after this primary battle - I'm not sure either of them could win. That said, I do believe the best chance rests with a second President Clinton.