Polls abound with dire “my-candidate-or-defect” predictions of party faithfuls leaping into the jaws of the J”GWB”McC camp if either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama are selected contrary to the popular vote by the Supers emulating the Supremes who selected George W. Bush.
The popular vote should rule and all the delegate, super delegate, Electoral College ga'bage should be scrapped and relegated to the dumpster bin of bad ideas.
Always worth mentioning, but that's a discussion for another time.
So far Hillary is trailing Obama in the popular vote, which shouldn’t come as a surprise to even the most ardent Hill supporter. Clinton has had negative ratings in every poll since long before she formally declared her candidacy.
Her reputation as a polarizing personality is no secret…people either love her or hate her, and her antics of late, beginning with the 3 a.m. ad haven’t helped her cause. In fact, her tactics reflect a desperation to win and she's been her own worst enemy.
Hubby Bill hasn't help her cause either. Someone should remind him that he's not running, although in his mind he might be, she's running. Their combined scorched-Earth and kitchen sink politics are bad, bad ideas.
Yesterday, the light dawned! Hopefully that light will be that of a long-lasting energy-saver and not a flash bulb.
Also yesterday, the senator from New York earned her Brownie point. At a campaign rally she call for party unity no matter who the ultimate Democratic candidate is. She soundly admonished any and all who are considering defecting to McCain if their candidate doesn’t make the final cut.
Saying No! No! No! it would be a grave mistake to hand the presidency to McCain, because they were disappointed or angered that their candidate didn’t make the final cut.
While stressing that there are “significant” differences between Obama and her, she said, “those differences pale to the differences between us and Sen. McCain.”
Her soft-spoken, emphatic plea continued, “Please think through this decision. It is not a wise decision for yourself or your country.”
Clinton concluded by saying that this is a “vigorous contest,” and both she and Obama have “intense support.
“I intend to do everything I can to make sure we have a unified Democratic party. When this contest is over and we have a nominee, we're going to close ranks, we're going to be united," she said.
Finally, Hillary said something we can hang our hopes and hat on: A unified party no matter what.
How long her new-found sanity will prevail is the unknown. For all I know, while I’ve been absorbed in writing this, Hillary or someone in her campaign has said or done something that negated all her positive words of yore.
Yore being yesterday, because that’s how quickly things happen in do-or-die in political campaigns; a day can be a lifetime or an eternity in the world of politics.
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