HILLARY VS. THE ELITES
Boy, she's got them running scared. The NY Times printed a despicable, one-sided screed against Hillary's "negativity" and decried her "responsibility" for the "spectacle" of two strong candidates battling for the votes of Democrats. Why does the Times hate democracy?
It is getting to be time for the superdelegates to do what the Democrats had in mind when they created superdelegates: settle a bloody race that cannot be won at the ballot box. Mrs. Clinton once had a big lead among the party elders, but has been steadily losing it, in large part because of her negative campaign. If she is ever to have a hope of persuading these most loyal of Democrats to come back to her side, let alone win over the larger body of voters, she has to call off the dogs.
Last I looked, there were quite a few states who have yet to vote. What's the rush?
And of course, MoDo has to weigh in with her standard sexist flippancy [emphasis mine]:
“Why can’t he close the deal?” Hillary taunted at a polling place on Tuesday.
She’s been running ads about it, suggesting he doesn’t have “what it takes” to run the country. Her message is unapologetically emasculating: If he does not have the gumption to put me in my place, when superdelegates are deserting me, money is drying up, he’s outspending me 2-to-1 on TV ads, my husband’s going crackers and party leaders are sick of me, how can he be trusted to totally obliterate Iran and stop Osama?
The Democrats are eager to move on to an Obama-McCain race. But they can’t because no one seems to be able to show Hillary the door.
She's wrong, of course, as is her paper. Democrats aren't eager to move on, they're eager to vote and have those votes counted. And since the race so far is split almost fifty-fifty in popular vote and delegates, who can fairly claim to speak for "Democrats" -- except the elites, of course?
Hillary knows better than to listen. She's been here before. The elites were astounded and outraged that a hillbilly like Bill Clinton and his too-smart wife occupied "their" White House for eight years, and they never gave the Clintons credit or slack. They are not, and never will be, representative of the party or supportive of populist candidates. They are the Kool Kidz, the most popular clique in town, and they don't like the nerds or the smart kids winning the Student Council election. They'll never grow up, and they despise and resent real grownups such as Hillary. She knows where her support comes from -- ordinary Americans who are worried about their mortgage payments, getting and keeping healthcare insurance for their families, preserving Social Security and Medicare for themselves and future generations, and recognize the global threats, both man-made and natural, that confront us now and may escalate in the near future.
So you go, Hillary! Keep listening to the people who count -- the voters -- and ignore the pundits and plutocrats who are so anxious to push you out of the race so they can turn their attention to getting John McCain elected, just as they did George W. Bush. And we saw how well that turned out.