A record-setting four million Pennsylvania Democratic voters are poised to make their voices heard in the April 22 primary. They have an unprecedented opportunity to save their party from defeat in November by voting for Barack Obama.
Most political observers have concluded that, mathematically, Hillary Clinton has virtually no chance of winning the nomination. Yet she insists on dragging out the fight, apparently more concerned for herself than for the party she represents. While the two Democrats are engaged in a steel cage death match, John McCain is using the time to organize and get his act together, merrily recording all the negative things beings said on the Democratic side for use in future campaign commercials. Every day that passes with Obama and Clinton going at each other is another gift-wrapped present for McCain.
I entered this campaign torn between support for Obama or Clinton. I thought they were both strong candidates. But Hillary has shown time and again that the Republicans were right about her. She really will do anything to win. She will use any deception, twist the truth beyond all recognition, if it will further her apparently preordained God-given right to be president. If she needs to impugn Obama's patriotism or play the race card, she doesn't give it a second thought. And now we learn that she "misspoke" about her 1996 trip to Bosnia. Just made a little mistake when she said she was under sniper fire. And let's go to the video…
Obama, on the other hand, has tried to keep his campaign on the high road, while not allowing Clinton to get away with her low-road attacks. With the Rev. Wright matter, he has shown he can take a punch and bounce right back up. Instead of hemming and hawing, he faced the cameras and spoke honestly and compassionately about his relationship, appealed to "the better angels of our nature," and asked Americans to engage in a constructive dialogue about race.
My point is this - Barack Obama has proven himself to be a charismatic, forward-thinking, incredibly appealing and inspirational candidate, the sort of candidate who just doesn't come along very often. He is bringing in millions of new voters (especially young voters), and appeals both to independents and even many Republicans. Clinton. on the other hand, has proven that although she may be capable, she is too divisive and polarizing to represent the party in November. It appears that she has concluded that the only way she can win is by "kneecapping" Obama (aka the "Tonya Harding" option); if that is her strategy, things are going to get really ugly and we can all look forward to a third Bush term.
So here's where you come in, Pennsylvania voters. The conventional wisdom says that Hillary will win the primary on April 22. If, however, Obama were to win, it would almost certainly be considered a death blow to the Clinton campaign. Pressure would rapidly build for her to drop out of the race. Superdelegates would throw their support to Obama, and she would finally be forced (probably kicking and screaming) off the stage. If, on the other hand, she wins the primary, the race will go on…and on…and on, while McCain starts to measure the curtains for the Oval Office.
Come on, Pennsylvania, save your party and save the nation! Stop the madness now! Tell Obama that he's our guy and let's start the real campaign against John McCain. If you want a Democrat to move into the White House on January 20, vote for Obama. If you want to have a progressive Supreme Court, vote for Obama. If you want to get our soldiers out of Iraq before 2108, vote for Obama. It's up to you, the great state of Pennsylvania! (Do Obama this one little favor and I bet he'll become a Phillies fan!)
(I'm Doug DeLong and I approve this message!)