After the drubbing Hillary got in North Carolina (while not being able to win in Indiana without the help of Rush Limbaugh's Dittoheads), one would think that she would be smart enough to hear The Fat Lady singing. So far, even with the faithful Rep. Rahm Emanuel admitting it's over, Hillary refuses to get real.
The idea that Hillary won't quit kept echoing in my head, until it formed into a satirical song lyric based on Little Willie, by Sweet (who is more familiar to most of you as the performers of The Ballroom Blitz). Due to the editorial standards of Blogcritics, I can't reproduce it here, but you can read it either on my home page or here.
One has to wonder why Hillary doesn't give in to the inevitable, and certainly one does. Mark Karlin, Editor and Publisher of BuzzFlash.com, expresses surprise at the large feminist bloc still supporting Hillary when her behavior is so "male". Karlin adds insult to the injury by naming that male – George Wallace.
There is evidence to support the contention that Hillary has been playing up the racial fears, and that it has been working. CNN reported on May 8, 2008 that exit polls from the most recent elections in Indiana and North Carolina show Hillary winning 60 percent of the white vote in both states; slightly down from the 65 percent of the white vote who supported her in the Ohio primary and the 63 percent of the Pennsylvania white vote.
Kate Phillips, of The New York Times, feels that Hillary herself seems to be proud that her tactic is working, despite the longer-term costs coming out of the racial harmony budget. She told USA Today about an article by The Associated Press which “found how Senator Obama’s support among working, hard-working Americans, white Americans, is weakening again, and how whites in both states who had not completed college were supporting me.”
African-American Blogger Oliver Willis, in a post titled Hillary White Power Clinton, excoriated Hillary's methods and awarded her the prize for the first Democratic Bigot Eruption. John Aravosis of Americablog, responded with a "what did you expect" post, observing that
…every time Hillary moves into a new state, she picks the one right-wing issue to embrace that she thinks will help with that state. I think this speaks volumes to what Hillary sees when she sees rural America, southern America,and the Midwest.
"Floating like a butterfly and stinging like a bee" may well have worked to make Muhammad Ali the heavyweight boxing champion, but that sort of inconsistency causes people to wonder about what Hillary really stands for. Katrina van den Heuvel, of The Nation, complains that the Clintons aren't living up to the standard that "People who work hard and play by the rules can get ahead" in her article "A Change is Gonna Come," and reminds her readers about Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson's observation that "the Clinton campaign has moved the goalposts so often… they're somewhere out in the parking lot." One has to lead where people are willing to go, and thanks to George W. Bush, all the Clintons have managed is to join the voters who are already outside the GOP stadium, where continuing the rigged game is all that is promised to them by GOP selectman John McCain.
Adam Nagourney, of The New York Times, sees signs that the people are more interested in playing the game themselves, rather than being played by conservative ploys for four more years, "After 16 years, the Clinton era may be coming to an end … Mr. Obama … positioned his candidacy as a repudiation of the kind of politics the Clintons practiced …" and "drew thousands of new voters and donors into his fold".
So, despite an Obama-acknowledged 'insurmountable' lead in West Virginia and Kentucky, Mike Lupica, of The New York Daily News, thinks that Hillary Clinton needs to know when to fold 'em, because no one is riding to her rescue. Derrick Z. Jackson, of The Boston Globe, notes that "[I]f Hillary Clinton was hoping for more disturbed white working class voters [living in North Carolina and Indiana] to flee to her side to change the momentum of the Democratic presidential primaries, it did not happen." Joan Vennochi, also of The Globe, attributes this lack of White Voting Power to "a desire to elect someone whose last name isn't Bush or Clinton."
Lynn Sweet, of The Chicago Sun-Times, not only gets the parting shot, but also brings us back to where we began in a sugary sort of way. Her advice to Hillary is, "it's time to call it quits."
Please do so, Mrs. Clinton. It's what a rational human who cares about her reputation would do when it's clear the end has arrived. It wouldn't do to make a scene, would it?
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