There are 7 good reasons why Hillary Clinton should stay in the race… Marc Ambinder outlines them and notes that “Some of these reasons may be unpalatable for Democrats and for Obama, but they are not entirely irrational.” He’s right.
Out of Ambinder’s 7 reasons, I only agree with his first two – Florida and Michigan, and her voters. The third reason for Hillary to stay in the race is because she is the best person running to lead our country as President. Period. The fourth reason is that she is the best person to pit against McCain in the general election and win.
The Republicans have enough ammunition to swiftboat Obama in the general election. Also, the fact remains that a number of us who support Hillary are not sheep cowtowing to the Democratic machine, willing to support for President anyone other than she. We want Hillary as our President and if she isn’t the nominee, we won’t vote for the Democratic candidate just because they are a Democrat and the Party tells us to do so.
I’m an Independent. I know some Republican women who genuinely want Hillary as President because they like and admire her and want to see a strong, intelligent, knowledgable woman in the White House. I know Democrats who feel the exact same way.
This is not just about getting the Republicans out of office for many of us. This is about electing the right leader for our nation. For many of us, if the nominee is not whom we think is the best person for the job, we will withold our vote or, worse case, vote for the opposing side (not I, however. I’ll write Hillary’s name in the ballot. I won’t vote for any Republican on any level, this time.)
Now for many of us, that best leader is Hillary Clinton because of her talents, stamina, strength of character and willingness to get things done for Americans at home, and to repair the damage Bush has done to the reputation of America abroad.
If the Democratic machine wants to win the White House this November, they’d be well advised to look at the breakdown of voters for Hillary in these primaries – where she takes 65 to 70% of the vote of regular, hard working Democrats – look at the electoral college votes and how Hillary’s win in big States translates into nice electoral college wins, see how vetted she already is for withstanding the Republican party attack machine, whereas Obama will be wiped off the map by the Republicans once they lay into him with all of his baggage.
The superdelegates do this, the regular delegates do this (for any delegate can switch their vote), then they will see that the only Democrat running who can and will win the White House against McCain is Hillary Clinton.
Obama is so vulenerable to swiftboating it’s scary.
And has anyone noticed the DEAFENING SILENCE on MSNBC and CNN regarding the pending Rezko trial? Or cocain use in his book that Romney had begun to go after? This not to mention the Europe/NATO subcomittee and associated trouble on the ground on this issue.
Wonder how many 527s are lining up on the Republican side. McCain’s communication director who did Bush said he would step away from McCain if Obama is the nominee.
All this is crazy and I wonder whether superdelegates are even considering these things…not to mention the commander in chief of the military.
i am not only so very Pro-Hillary, because she is a better person and will make a much better President, but am terrified we will lose the White House if Obama is the nominee,
And you can thank Russert/Mathews, rest of Msnbc, CNN, The Nation (which is delusional in thiee belief in the possibility of a Progressive majority) and Republican at Heart Arianna Huffington’s toxic tabloid, with the ugliest snapshots possible and Vitriolic lies about Hillary
Huffington is so no in command of the facts that right now she is doing her own cause problems..
For goddess’ sake! and those are the weak, intellectual reasons why she should stay in the race.
Yes, certainly there’s the major ‘what about us?’ question being asked by her huge chorus of backers. It’s not like she’s acting alone here, which I think she is aware of — we’re all invested, along with her. And Bill. And Chelsea.
And speaking of $$, I’m wondering why more people are not asking the question, “Where DOES Obama get his $$?” Certainly it takes more than a bunch of well-off white wine drinkers to accumulate that level of an election bank account, especially when $2300 is the contribution limit. If the Clintons are low on cash, I’m guessing that they’re playing by the rules and “Mr. Squeekly Clean” may just not be…call me ‘whatever’.
And let’s add Obama’s obnoxious glad-hand tour through Congress today to the list of why we’d rather have someone with a bit less unbridled arrogance in the Oval Office. Please!! They call him ‘brazen’, what would they call her? BAD female pejorative names, I’m betting….
Why would Hillary drop out? That would give O-man the 177 delegates he needs to get the nomination and he already isn’t working hard enough in this, carried along on the shoulders of the adoring press.
The last thing to do is hand it to him after all this. Nothing has changed. He continues to be unable to distinguish himself as a clear winner, so why should she??
Sorry boys, the girl stays!
It’s just simple math.
~ Ms. SpinC
1. I just looked at the numbers of the three primaries that have been held since the Reverend Wright, Bill Ayers, ‘bitter’ comments, etc. have come out. I call this Primary II since Obama has finally come under some scrutiny. For PA, Guam, NC and IN both candidates have earned 171 pledged delegates. Hillary is ahead by about 250 popular votes. To me, this is like coming out at halftime tied, and it’s the rest of the game that counts. I don’t think Hillary should have to catch up in pledged delegates. I think the superdelegates should be looking at this as a new primary since the dirty laundry finally got some airing, and see what happens from here on in. From what I am seeing and hearing, there is more dirty laundry to come. Shutting down the primary now before all the facts are known could cause us to have a totally unviable candidate in the fall.
2. The current apportioning of delegates was put in place when Jesse Jackson ran for president when it was determined that a candidate could not win a single state based on black votes. It essentially gives black voters MORE of a vote than anyone else. I don’t see a similar situation in place to help a female candidate. How is this fair? In an all or nothing delegate victory, Hillary Clinton would have already won. She is being penalized for not being black. She has won all of the states a democrat needs to win to win the general election, and has enough electoral votes to win. Superdelegates should be mindful of this as they cast their votes.
3. When Obama won Guam by 7 votes, none of the headlines said he eked out a victory. However that’s exactly what is being said about Clinton’s come from behind victory in Indiana. A week ago, she was 8 points behind. She won by 2. That’s a ten-point swing, and I think that’s pretty powerful. This is just another example of a long list of continual media bias that is painting her Indiana victory as a loss. This should have been Obama’s state, but he could not hold it.
4. Obama’s base is shrinking. While black voters are consistently for him, he is losing ground in almost every other demographic. His North Carolina victory came primarily from early voters. Late deciders who heard more of the Rev. Wright controversy went overwhelmingly for Clinton.
5. Without counting Florida and Michigan, any victory is tainted. Since when do we elect candidates based 48 states? The alienation of voters from these states will hurt the party every bit as much as the potential loss of black votes if Obama does not win the nomination. Obama promised to go along with any plan the DNC could come up with for a revote in these states, but when they did, he refused to cooperate. He is trying to run out the clock. Additionally, Obama was never sanctioned for running ads or holding a press conference in Florida or for encouraging voters in Michigan to vote ‘uncommitted’ when he chose to remove his name from the ballot.
6. Because of the delegate apportioning system, and because she was deprived of the momentum her Florida and Michigan victories should have legitimately given her, Hillary Clinton has been harshly penalized by the nominating system itself. Yet she still remains incredibly close, and most see her as the strongest candidate to take on John McCain.
7. Obama has irreparably damaged his relationship with white female voters. His dismissive remarks about Hillary, crude gestures when talking about her, and his flirtatious and demeaning manner on the campaign trail have caused the party’s largest bloc of voters—women—to vote against him in large numbers. I do not think he can win these voters back in November.
8. I get really offended when I hear pundits and party leaders say Hillary has run a negative campaign. Barack Obama has been every bit as offensive and dirty. I recall during the PA debate (an event that surely showed he is NOT ready to lead this country) he said he had not criticized Hillary for her Bosnia remark. When called on that, he admitted his campaign had used that against her. The very next day, he used her erroneous remarks as part of his stump speech. He has called Hillary Clinton disingenuous, divisive, dishonest, and has said she will do anything to win. I call that negative campaigning.
I think we need to stop pushing this race as over. There is a lot more to come. I urge you to show support for Hillary Clinton, or at the very least, to allow this process to play out without pressure on Hillary to drop out of the race. We can surely wait 28 more days to allow Hillary Clinton to campaign to try to make up for the many disadvantages she has had to face from this system. I truly believe that if her opponent was a charismatic white male, no one who be asking her to drop out. The truth is the DNC is more worried about disenfranchising black voters—even at the expense of alienating lifelong older Democrats—than they are about running a fair election.