Between Graciousness and Bitterness

9 05 2008

Dan Balz of the WaPo accurately captured the Obama’s campaign essential dilemma regarding how to handle Senator Clinton’s eventual exit from the race.

Obama advisers are watching and waiting. They are concerned that Clinton appears ready to continue challenging his strength against McCain. Inside the Obama camp, there is consensus that she should be given time to ease down from the intensity of recent months and to make a transition to more positive campaigning.

They do not want to do anything to antagonize her by calling for her to get out or by questioning her motives for staying in. But they are reluctant to sit back in the face of attacks, and they are not happy with some of the things she has said in the past few days.

So as settled as the outcome of the Democratic race may seem by the delegate math, it is far from over in the potential consequences for the candidates and the party.

I wholeheartedly agree. I really don’t want to hear Clinton say that there is “a pattern emerging” of her getting more “working, hard-working Americans, white Americans” than Obama in recent contests, especially given that an organization she and her top advisers are align with tried to suppressed black vote in North Carolina and elsewhere.

Needless to say, it just sends the wrong message to voters and engenders more bad blood.

More negative campaigning could fracture the Democratic party in ways that only serve to highlight the worst of so-called identity politics.




2 responses

9 05 2008

As pundits such as Michelle Bernard and Rachel Maddow have alluded to, or outright stated, Clinton might be deliberately trying to fracture the democratic party to the point where Obama will so lose so that she can come back in 2012 running on a “I told you so” platform.

When I first heard this theory, I thought it was a joke, but… As the “race” continues, that being her desired outcome seems more and more plausible.

10 05 2008

Man, I hope that isn’t true. Maybe she should just run for governor of New York, though of course she would have to knock out a black guy out of that position too.


And even if Obama did lose, by 2012 we would all be way too tired of the Clintons to really give them a second look.

I mean just look at how quickly a lot of people got over Bill Clinton. And he was actually a fairly popular president.

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