Is Obama Fighting without Fighting?

30 03 2008

Recent poll numbers suggest a real stalemate among Obama and Clinton supporters, if their respective candidate does not win the Democratic nomination. A recent Gallup poll says 28 percent of Clinton supports will vote for McCain if Madame Inevitable does not get the nomination, compared to 19 percent of Obama supporters who would do the same if the Hope Peddler is not at the top of the Democratic ticket.


Worried that bitterness between the two camps may endanger hopes of capturing the White House in the fall, Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, an Obama supporter, has urged Hillary Clinton to drop out.

Leahy implied that the sheer unlikelihood of catching Obama in the popular vote and number of pledged delegates along with the impossibility of actual states won makes it all real long shot for Senator Clinton. Discouraged by the tone of the campaign Leahy added, ““I think [Clinton’s] criticism is hurting him more than anything John McCain has said.” Senator Chris Dodd of Connecticut, another Obama supporter, also recommended that Hillary step aside too.

The Clinton campaign then retorted that she and her supporters will not be bullied by “the big boys” in the party to drop out. Hillary Clinton herself told the Associated Press, “Nobody’s talking about wrecking the party. Everywhere I go, all these working people say: ‘Don’t you dare let her drop out. Don’t listen to those people in Washington, they don’t represent us.”

Fair enough.

On Saturday, Obama himself was asked about whether or not Hillary Clinton should stay in or drop out and he said:

“You know, there’s no doubt that among some of my supporters or some of her supporters, there’s probably been some irritation created,” he said. “You can’t tell me that some of my supporters are going to say, well, we’d rather have the guy who may want to stay in Iraq for a hundred years because we’re mad that Senator Clinton ran a negative ad against Senator Obama. And I think the converse is true as well.”

This might just be the smartest response to the question so far. After all, if he says she should drop out, her supporters will see him as another male bully trying to illegitimately secure the nomination. But if she says she should stay in for as long as she wants it gives people the impression that he is not intimated by a protracted bitterly fought campaign. It also gives Clinton an excuse to bow out gracefully if she choose to do so after say an unexpected loss in Pennslyvania.

In this regard, Obama is emulating Bruce Lee’s technique of Fighting without Fighting. What is the art of Fighting without Fighting?

Well, check out the following clip from Enter the Dragon, and you’ll find out.




One response

30 03 2008

“And the notion that somehow it’s cute or amusing, or a useful diversion, I think, is something that all of us have to recognize is just not the case. We all have First Amendment rights. And I am a constitutional lawyer and strongly believe in free speech, but as a culture, we really have to do some soul-searching to think about what kind of toxic information are we feeding our kids,”

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