The World Is Watching

Among the must reads of the day, is a post from Steve Clemons on the HuffPo: “The World is Watching and Wants More: Clinton-Obama Race Should Go All the Way.”

Clemons says:

Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton struggling against each other for every superdelegate, every pending state primary, every vote is the best thing America has had going for it in some time on the “global public diplomacy” front.

John McCain’s subtle flirtation with vice presidential possibilities ranging from his former rival Mitt Romney to Mike Huckabee to Michael Bloomberg to Condoleezza Rice — among others — has caught the attention of people in Mumbai, Jakarta, Rio, Riyadh, Beijing, Damascus, and far more.

The world is seeing Americans struggle about who U.S. citizens want in the White House. There is no stacked deck, no automatic succession, no heir apparent — and this political experience of dramatic uncertainty and the pairing of an elder pro-Iraq War POW torture-victim turned leading Senator vs. either the first African-American or female candidate has the feel of a presidential election of a life-time — the kind that won’t be forgotten for a century.

Anyone remember Mondale-Reagan? I didn’t think so. . .

Neither Hillary Clinton nor Barack Obama can win the Democratic primary through pledged delegates. Now, superdelegates and the candidate’s nuanced strengths and weaknesses in the eyes of party elders could show those around the world another dimension of America’s electoral system that few — even in America — get to see.

The race should go all the way to the Convention.

Furthermore Clemons notes that Democratic leaders should butt the F*** out:

Dem leaders like Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Howard Dean should stop trying to end the process. Let it go to its conclusion — and let’s turn the process into something really magnificent to see in its fullest. . . kind of like a total solar eclipse. Totality.

Do the entire thing.

The world is watching, learning. And American popularity in the eyes of global citizens watching us is surging because of the excitement and uncertainty of this fascinating election.

Steve Clemons is right and Obama surrogates need to stop the chatter including telling Superdelegates what to do.

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5 Responses to The World Is Watching

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  2. Pamela: I read the whole thing because what this guy says feels right, and I hope that it is, but I wanted to see what he cites to support his argument. There isn’t anything.

    In any event, assuming it’s true, it supports the one thing that I think Obama has going for him. He is making nosies like he views himself as being a new kind of player on the world stage, and I just never see anything from Clinton saying that she wants to compete with him in this regard.

  3. Darrell

    “He is making nosies like he views himself as being a new kind of player on the world stage”

    Yep, Obama has made all sorts of noises and he doesn’t have the experience to back them up. He claimed he wasn’t playing politics as usual but it has been shown over and over again that he is.

    Likewise he made a claim that the Kennedy’s were responsible for his father coming to the US – oops — look what happened with that.

    Steve Clemons FYI is a bit of the foreign policy expert.

    Also the WaPo had an editorial today saying this race needs to play out.

  4. Pamela: I suppose that my optimism (and I fully understand that it can also be called “unreasonable optimism”) is based on the fact that breaking new ground is often more a matter of talent than of experiemce.

  5. Darrell

    I don’t know why you don’t see the politics as usual with Obama. Oh well… We can’t all agree all of the time.