The morning after

5 Mar

After yesterday’s primaries and caucuses in Ohio and Texas (plus Rhode Island and Vermont), I’m a little unhappy. A couple of reasons lurk behind my disgruntledness with the results. One, it appears that even though the math shows that Hillary Clinton can’t get enough delegates to win the nomination, she will be moving forward–apparently hoping the super-delegates will go to her side.

If this happens, then I foresee several problems–all of which benefit John McCain in November. For one, we will have a convention fight. Those are never healthy for a candidate’s chances in the general election. Another problem is that we will continue to have weeks and months of negative campaigning–Clinton’s ads or Obama’s ads that attack the other can become fodder for McCain to use. That’s not going to be healthy for our chances in November. (Did anyone else want to open a vein [not necessarily one’s own] when Hillary Clinton said the other day that John McCain has more experience than Barack Obama? Talk about an endorsement of the opponent!]

My third worry is that if we do end up with a convention fight, whoever comes out with the nomination will not be seen as legitimately chosen by the voters. There will always be a stigma–and that won’t help us. So many new people have become involved in politics thanks to Senator Obama, and I worry that an ugly convention will turn them off.

Of course, I’m merely echoing what plenty of pundits have already said, but these things do worry me.


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