I sure hope the results of today’s voting in Pennsylvania will give some closure to the Democratic ticket. I doubt that it will, but I could be wrong. It is no secret that I am an Obama supporter, but at this point the desire to see a Democrat in office is starting to take charge. If the debate we saw last week is any indication of what will happen if the contest between Obama and Clinton goes on much longer, we run the risk of throwing the election.
Every snipe back and forth between Obama and Clinton only gives ammunition to the Republicans. In addition, Obama has run as the candidate of hope and change. Those are the main reasons I and many others are behind him. But as this contest drags on and gets more bitter he is drawn in to the old ways of mudslinging and nitpicking. And it is perfect for John McCain, because he is not the one doing it. So come the general election if Obama is the Democratic candidate then the Republicans can point out these actions as proof that there is no hope for change.
Hillary Clinton has shown that she wants to win at all costs. If Barack Obama slips into that same sentiment then we are finished. First he must hold on to those values of hope and change. If he lets go of them for the “win at all costs attitude”, then he and we are lost already.
A lot of people like Hillary Clinton. My wife is one of them. But, I think that what you saw in the debates last night is a key insight into her character. She went on a mean spirited attack, and I think that is really what she is like. You, and I, may agree with many of her viewpoints and policies, but it is the nature of her personality that cause you pause. She is just not an agreeable person and it gives us pause to questions the real nature of her motivations.
Also, she said that you need to have experience to make the change that the US people want. But it was Albert Einstein who said, “Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.” So, how can someone who has been in the system for over 35 years, who makes her living in the system, and who lives and dies by the system really be the instrument of that system’s change. I for one would rather give a try to someone with less experience. That also translates into less baggage, less favors owed, and less ties to special interest.
The Republicans, as might be expected, spent the evening mainly attacking Mitt Romney. No real surprises there or new revelations. The only striking thing is that they started talking about how they would campaign against Barack Obama instead of Hillary Clinton. Maybe they, like many others, are starting to see that she isn’t the shoe-in people thought she was.