New Jersey’s call bought the house down.”Madam Chairman, the great state of New Jersey with 127 votes casts all 127 votes for the next President of the United States, Senator Barack Obama! The place exploded. Thousands of “Yes we cans” drowned out the speakers. When things settled, New Mexico followed and after the earlier stuff up in the NM Primaries when three ballot boxes went missing for two days, I was keen to hear their vote. It didn’t happen.
If the American people ever wanted or needed further proof or confirmation of the judgement skills of Senator Barack Obama, it arrived impressively, on the twenty third day of August 2008, in Springfield Illinois. Perhaps within metres of where Abraham Lincoln stood. One thing we did learn during the campaign, is that whenever Obama is involved, substance is always supported with just the right balance of imagery. American voters have much to look forward to as his policy decisions unfold and bear fruit with the same sense of surety as his campaign.
Giving Bill Clinton a speaking role has provided him with an ideal platform from which to damn Obama with faint praise. In effect to do a Mark Antony. Clinton with his gift for words (truth never gets in the way) could undermine Obama so surgically in the eyes of near recovering Hillary supporters and superdelegates as to suggest that having her name placed on the roll is evidence that the nomination process remains open.
Meanwhile on the other side of the ledger it was just the opposite. Democrats were becoming very excited indeed. Barack Obama the “Yes we can man” was breaking all sorts of new fundraising records and gathering crowds never seen before in American politics.The former Republican Senator, Bob Dole interviewed on MSNBC snidely called them,”A cult led by some sort of a Pied Piper”.”It won’t go anywhere” he predicted.
Two Clinton supporter group’s convention plans are now well and truly out there and alive and well. To remain involved in the Obama campaign and be credible, Hillary Clinton must now do a number of things quickly or risk destroying any chance Senator Obama has of regaining the White House for the Democratic Party in 2009. Is this her 2008 goal?
What does the future hold for Hillary Clinton? It’s the number one question on her supporter’s lips and a subject which attracts the interest of people everywhere. It’s also sells a lot of newspapers and magazines and lifts the TV ratings. As a result of the Democratic Primaries, Hillary Clinton is even more famous, just for being Hillary Clinton.
This places Barack Obama and the Democratic Party in an intolerable position. Yet one simple step may resolve the problem. It involves the Obama campaign inviting their delegates and superdelegates to forward their Obama endorsement via a statutory declaration valid to November 30th 2008. A copy of the document to be lodged at the Party’s National HQ within 7 days. A statutory declaration carrying the endorsement would not be subject to change during its currency.
Hillary and Bill Clinton need to appreciate that their game of bully boy and bluff is up. It was a good try, but the time to choose the Party nominee has run out. As has any excuses for the Superdelegates to further delay announcing their judgement. Hillary Clinton’s nomination goose is cooked – whether she accepts it or not, is her problem – Senator Obama has much bigger fish to fry and in everybody’s interests he needs to be allowed to get on with the job.
Clinton’s remarks about Bobby Kennedy suggested that staying in the contest left open the opportunity to take advantage of a possible mishap or tragedy. She denies this, as she does everything else, but this clearly says that her inner thoughts are so focused on how to remove this detested nomination obstacle, namely Obama, she has inadvertently allowed the world an unmistakeable and disturbing insight into the workings of her machievellian mind.
A Telling Thoughts Opinion
My comments on one segment of an article in The New Republic titled - “What Went Wrong?” by Michelle Cottle. May 16th 2008/
Quote: The New Republic article - Introduction
The exclusive story of Hillary’s fall, as told by the high-level advisors, staffers, fundraisers, and on-the-ground organizers who lived it. So it is that we asked (begged, really) [...]