I am going to write something today that I hope will be proven wrong over the next few months. But it’s where my head is today, and that’s what a journal is for, right?
So yesterday, Hillary Clinton did it. She found a way to bring the momentum and the attention and apparently the support of much of the middle class back to her side.
She’s no closer in delegates to Obama than she was before, but now she’s got it looking like the “important” states all support her, that many of the superdelagates should – and probably will – support her as well.
I think Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic nominee. I don’t think she’ll have the most delegates, but I think she’ll be the nominee. And I think therefore that John McCain will be the next president.
Why? Beyond the fact that she’s a very polarizing figure and is the most hated person in the world in the minds of many Republicans, there is this. She’s now on record saying things in an effort to make Obama look bad that will actually end up biting her in the ass later in the general campaign.
I actually have generally liked Hillary up until recently, and I also used to like Bill a lot. I don’t care about the Lewinsky crap, I loved Bill Clinton.
But I also accepted that the Clintons are going to maintain the Red-Blue divisive status quo, and their second reign in the White House would be hard, bitter, ugly, and exhausting.
So, I fell for Obama, hook line, and sinker. I felt hope, inspiration, optimism, and a reawakened idealism. I also looked beyond that, did my homework, checked the facts and the voting records and the policy positions, and after that fell even harder for Obama than before.
But yesterday, the reality check came crashing down in a wash of confetti over the head of the senator from New York.
Hillary Clinton will get the nomination. I’m not sure how, but she will. And even if not, I think now she’s forced the game to change, and Barack Obama will have to shift his stance to an uglier and more brutal approach.
I don’t want him to do that. I don’t want him to finish the job she started, re-killing my idealism. I don’t want Obama to become what she is daring him to become, what she too easily became.
So this is what I believe now. I believe Barack Obama should concede the race to Clinton, right now. I think he should drop out, use his skills to unify the party and undergird Hillary’s base with his own, and do whatever he can to help get her in the White House. Possibly even including agreeing to be her VP nominee.
If the Democrats don’t unite now, it’s lost. McCain will win. And Hillary won’t step off. So Barack must. I hate it, but I believe it.
That’s how I feel today. I hope I’m proven wrong.