Helen Thomas nailed it in a column in the Seattle PI on Friday, saying “Hillary Clinton should hang in there and run a good race. And she has vowed to do so.”
Thomas goes on to note, “Among those who want her to throw in the towel are, of course, Obama’s supporters,” however “many other Democrats are trying to push her out of the contest on the ground that a contentious race can hurt the party and could help their Republican opponent, Sen. John McCain of Arizona.”
Here’s where Helen Thomas is on the money (emphasis mine):
Although Obama has racked up more delegates, neither candidate has nailed the 2,024 delegates needed to secure the nomination.
Obama has captivated the enthusiastic support of America’s youth and ignited their interest in presidential politics. His eloquent speeches are designed for the bully pulpit. But does a good speech make a good president?
Obama stresses he was against the invasion of Iraq, but he doesn’t say he was not in the Senate when it was initiated. Since become a senator, he has twice voted to fund the war.
I am still trying to find the key that has made Obama a prime candidate for the presidency, and to understand what he has done for the country beyond his middle-of-the-road political moves to make his name known and to steer clear of hot-button issues.
The Rev. Martin Luther King had a dream, too. But he acted on it. He went to jail, he marched, he led.
And here’s where she points out the unbalanced media treatment of the two candidates:
There is no question that the pundits and the news media have been harder on Clinton, perhaps because she has been longer in the public eye and there is more to pick on.
A Feb. 20-24 New York Times-CBS poll found that 48 percent of respondents said the news media were tougher on Clinton compared with 43 percent, who thought the media were tougher on Obama.
You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to see that the major newspaper columnists are giving Obama a free ride, while trashing Clinton. Likeability undoubtedly goes a long way with them, and he has mesmerized the media.
Obama can be forgiven for acting like a front-runner, but not for his patronizing remarks such as: “My attitude is that Senator Clinton can run as long as she wants.”
Even Clinton has the audacity of hope — and why not?
Barack Obama doesn’t own “hope” or having the “audacity” to “hope.” Anyone with dreams and visions can be audacious in their hope, including Hillary Clinton and her supporters. It’s just a fact of being hopeful really. And Helen Thomas is audacious enough to point that out.