Hillary Clinton told reporters that both she and the presumtive Republican nominee John McCain offer the experience to be ready to tackle any crisis facing the country under their watch, but Barack Obama simply offers more rhetoric. “I think you’ll be able to imagine many things Senator McCain will be able to say,” she said. “He’s never been the president, but he will put forth his lifetime of experience. I will put forth my lifetime of experience. Senator Obama will put forth a speech he made in 2002.” Clinton was referring to Obama’s anti-war speech he delivered in Chicago before entering the United States Senate.
This is getting ridiculous. Too many people on the left are interested in tearing down Obama rather than trying to build up Clinton. There are unhinged claims that Obama isn’t liberal, that he’s sexist, and worse. Of course, there are some idiots out there who support Obama and are willing to say some wretched stuff about Clinton – but my impression is that Obama supporters are mostly interested in supporting Obama, and Clinton supporters are mostly interested in attacking Obama (modernesquire being a notable exception).
I am so sick of this internecine bullshit. I like both candidates, but I prefer Obama. That doesn’t make me some kind of sexist right-winger who has bought into a Cult of Personality, and I’m tired of Clinton supporters implying that. It’s condescending, rude, and fails to address the merits of either candidate.
So when I wish Clinton would drop out, it’s not because I’m a sexist bastard who doesn’t want a woman President – or even someone who thinks Clinton would be a bad President. I look at the current delegate counts, and the national polls (which show a strong preference for Obama), and I think an Obama victory looks more likely every day – and the sooner we have a Democratic candidate selected, the sooner we can stop sniping at each other over petty, made-up bullshit, and the sooner we can start concentrating on how to get the Democratic nominee elected in November, whomever it is.
We’ll see how things go today. That’ll play a big role in determining whether or not it’s time for Clinton to concede.
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