The media is telling her to get out of the race . . . yet she is running a great campaign and one of the closest races in history. The party bosses are telling her to get out of the race . . . that she, single handedly, is destroying the unity of the Democratic Party, a party that is supposed to stand for democracy.
Since when was the Democratic Party unified? Certainly not in my lifetime. The media has called the election and the pundits have too, with Barack Obama’s face on the cover of Time Magazine, proclaiming him the winner . . . with four states and Puerto Rico yet to vote and a virtual tie in the popular vote.
Where is the outrage? Where indeed?
Where is the outrage about Michigan? With one candidate deciding that he didn’t want a revote, the idea was scrapped. Since when did the candidate have the power to decide whether a revote is necessary? Last time I checked, every person over the age of 18, regardless of race, creed, or gender, is supposed to have a vote.
And Florida . . . where the Republican controlled senate slapped the early election date into a measure on election reform that Democrats had been working on for a very long time. Why should the Florida voters be penalized for trying to clean up a mess with their outdated voting machines. . . a mess that has caused untold damage during past elections? And why doesn’t the public even know about the origin of this fiasco? Why has no reporter brought it to the attention of the public?
Where is the outrage? And where is the outrage against the caucus system, which favors well-educated people with a gift for gab and the flexibility of time to attend a time-specific event?
There are no absentee ballots available for those that are home-bound or who can’t attend a caucus.
At this very moment, Hillary Clinton is in a virtual tie in the popular vote (with Michigan and Florida of course). Yet she is discounted at every turn. With the results in West Virginia . . . results that should embarrass her opponent, the racial issue comes up. Surely, the people must have been voting against the black candidate. Surely the results must be racially motivated. Yet, the gender issue, the elephant in the room, never gets mentioned.
The historic nature of Hillary Clinton’s candidacy goes deliberately unnoticed by the media. Hillary has begun to mention it herself. She doesn’t have to worry about being called a whiner any more. Now she’s the lady that eats babies for breakfast.
I visited friends and family in Michigan last week for Mother’s day. These topics never came up. In fact, the topic of the election barely came up . . . and only when I mentioned it. It was like it wasn’t even happening. Was I in a time warp or something? Why are the people of Michigan taking this sitting down? Why are they not marching in the streets? Whatever happened to no taxation without representation?
I also visited friends in Canada last week and found little interest. My sampling was very small, and the purpose of the event was a Mother’s day celebration, so there may have been a purposeful exclusion of politics. Mom’s not very interested. And she only has access to mainstream media. Yet, the fate of Canada is so intrinsically tied to that of the United States, you would think there would be some interest.
I met friends for dinner this week . . . well-educated, feminist friends. Hillary supporters. Again, the topic didn’t come up . . . except once when one of my friends asked me what I have been doing lately. “Workin for Hillary” was my response. The conversation didn’t go there. I would not force it. And we hadn’t seen each other in a long time. So maybe that was the reason. We had lots to talk about. But our topics didn’t include the election.
And here’s another one. Why do people believe the rhetoric that the media throws at them? People believe that Hillary Clinton will say anything to get elected and Barack Obama is the savior in the wings waiting to bring unity to the Democratic Party, to the deeply divided country . . . to the world for that matter. Never mind that he gets Iraq and Afghanistan mixed up and that he hasn’t had much experience at anything except running for office every three or so years. With good advisors, he can learn on the job. Huh? Are you kidding?
Hillary Clinton is the time-tested politician who cares deeply about this country and it’s people. She’s not in it for the glory. I know the media just can’t believe that she’s still in because she believes there’s a chance she can win and she’s not a quitter, and, besides, she’d be the best president. They want to find a zillion other reasons.
Why are we not outraged?