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Will the Clinton Campaign Bring Down the Democratic Party?
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"Somebody forgot to tell Hillary Clinton the Democratic presidential race is over and Barack Obama won."
So began Reuters political correspondent John Whitesides' analysis of the presidential campaign this morning.
Ever since Super Tuesday, when Obama won the majority of states but lost key states like New York, California, and New Jersey, it's seemed as if no political doublespeak or even MSM pandering could stem the Obama tide. Even "progressive" California, in which Clinton virtually swept the Southland and ceded only 3 of Los Angeles County's 18 districts to Obama, didn't work out so well for Clinton in the grand scheme of things. And, wouldn't you know, turns out Clinton didn't even win Texas, as originally claimed.
The Clinton's want the 90's back so badly that they are apparently enlisting the villainous, knee-shattering tactics of Tonya Harding, as ABC's Jake Tapper discovered.
The polls (meaningless as they may be) indicate that Clinton's continued attack on Obama regarding statements made by his pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright have served to hurt her campaign more than his. Clinton received a bounce in the polls a couple weeks ago after the mashup of controversial statements by Rev. Wright were repeated as 30-second soundbytes seemingly nonstop on the 24-hour news networks. But it has been all but erased.
As this campaign drags on for way-too-long, the Democratic party is at a serious disadvantage. While the MSM seems to love playing as if there is still a legitimate contest underway for the Democratic candidacy, as the bickering continues, anything "democrat" only becomes more annoying to the public. Not to mention, there will be less time to kiss, make up, AND expose the utter unelectability (not to mention controversiality) of Sen. John McCain before the November 4 election.
But a Gallup survey published yesterday revealed that nearly 30 percent of Clinton supporters would vote for McCain should Obama be the Democratic nominee. Similarly disturbing, nearly 20 percent of Obama supporters said they would defect from the party too. Likely even more would elect to sit on the sidelines alltogether or vote for a late-entering 3rd-party candidate.
The fact of the matter is that it is virtually impossible for Hillary Clinton to win the majority of pledged delegates (if she wins 60% of the vote in each remaining primary, she still loses by a couple dozen delegates) and even Clinton's own super-deleagates, such as Nancy Pelosi, are determined to not rock the boat of public opinion.
But when will it end? And how will the Democrats rebuild the momentum to defeat McCain?