May 13 2008
Hillary Clinton is going to clean Barack Obama’s clock in West Virginia today, so what will that bring us? If I were Hillary I would stay in at least until the last primaries to show respect for the voters – something the Democrats panicking over the primary battle are afraid to do. It would give her full clout in negotiating whatever she can going into the convention. I would also stay in because once Obama is the presumed nominee not only will buyers remorse set in, the liberal media will be airing all Obama’s dirty laundry in order to clear the road to November – something Obama may not survive politically.
Obama’s past is really a wild card. He was born into a Muslim family and by all accounts was a Muslim of some nature until he heard the acidic and anti-American calling of Reverend Wright. There is no way for Obama to separate himself from his past. And let’s be honest here, if America was concerned about a Muslim owned company taking control of some of America’s docks, as they were in the Dubai Port deal a few years back, even a converted Muslim who has joined a radical Chicago Church is not going to give Americans the warm fuzzy feeling that Obama is looking out for them. This may not be fair or accurate, but it is reality. The Dubai Ports reaction showed that much. Race is the least of Obama’s problems.
Obama may be such a unique American story he cannot create ties to enough of the American population to win. Americans are more than aware we live in a complex world which is constantly being misrepresented and spun by political and media elites towards their won agendas. They do not trust the image being portrayed by the liberal media. Obama is still too much of a cypher with too many unanswered questions, hampered by too many questionable choices regarding who he decided to associate with over the years, to create a connection with America. This nagging question is driving the vote in West Virginia, which is not as backwards as many think it is, and is much more representative of ‘fly over’ Main Street USA than not.
Obama is going to get pummeled by more dirty laundry, his facade has been shattered after the Rev Wright and Bill Ayers scandals, and Tony Revko is waiting in the wings (as is a Rev Wright book) to cast further doubts and increase the wave of buyer’s remorse heading Obama’s way. For all these reasons (not to mention the wild card stumbles and missteps sure to come) that Clinton should hang on into the convention. Honestly I have no idea what will happen, but the Clinton’s are power hungry enough, and have sound enough reasons, to go all the way with this race. I would too.