Congratulations, Hillary. Your attack plan on Obama over the previous week and media attention on being the struggling victim has worked in your favor. You won two other big states-Ohio and Texas-in the democratic primaries. But was it worth it?
Sen. Clinton won only a handful more delegates than Sen. Obama did in the climatic elections Tuesday night. It looks as though Obama will win the Texas caucus, cashing in on even more chips. Obama currently has 1, 477 delegates to Clinton’s 1, 391, according to AP projections.
Should Clinton keep fighting in the hopes of barely hanging onto the nomination by two fingers, or should she let the current leader in the democratic race win?
The Clinton campaign will make the obvious case: the senator has won the bigger states: New York, California, Ohio and Texas.
Yet, who said the biggest states hold the best opinion of what we should do for this country as a whole?
Obama might have had more success reaching out to smaller states better where people are less stubborn, more open to new ideas and, it has to be said, perhaps less racist.
Clinton reaches out better to the bigger states that are more likely to hold a wide, general consensus over issues revolving around the democratic campaign.
When I was in school during Bill Clinton’s presidency, I remember everyone commenting on what a good president he was. He had great charisma that outshone his scandals and problems in the White House.
Now that I am older, I am knowledgeable about what he did for this country, as well as what he did not do. Clinton is trying to take credit for most of those good things that happened during his presidency, and run away from those things that did not quite turn out to plan.
Ohio voters ignored the NAFTA agreement that affected hundreds of workers. Instead, many exit polls showed that race and gender were a big factor in the state.
Are people in the big states afraid of a new name to the political game, or a new race?
Clinton may be celebrating her victories by awkwardly clapping in the midst of rainbow confetti before making her same “fighter” speech, but she should keep in mind that she did not win by much. A mere 3% lead (in Texas) shows that she does not have of the majority of the democrats’ backing. What this primary has shown, as has the others since January (minus Obama’s 12-state streak) is that America insindeed divided, or somewhat confused, on who they think is the stronger candidate (which is what they should be casting their vote upon; race, gender, and name recognition should not be a decisive factor).
So what will happen now? America may re-embrace Hillary due to her recent wins in Ohio and Texas, or they may take this opportunity to push her back down and support Obama again. The whole campaign has been impossible to guess. We’ve had Clinton quote SNL in a live debate, and we’ve had Obama been accused of plagiarizing quotes from a friend of his.
If America is divided between the final two democratic contenders, then there may be one opportunity: a shared ticket. This may unite and satisfy democrats. However, if voters are strongly opposed to the candidate that they did not vote for, then it might not succeed. It seems hard to imagine such a bitter fight coming down to a strong bond, but it may be what they have to do to fight the Republican voters in November. After all, President Bush seems to bond well now with his former rival, John McCain.