In her Louisville victory speech tonight, Hillary Clinton continued to claim that she is winning the popular vote. She is counting Michigan and Florida. Back before the Michigan primary happened, she said it didn’t count. Nobody on the Clinton campaign will address this conflict. When asked, they change the subject. The only member of the Clinton entourage with any integrity left at this point is Lisa Caputo.
Clinton and her supporters are screaming, “Sexism!” Everyone, allegedly, is telling her to get out because this country is sexist. Well, very few people are telling her to get out. Not even me. It might not be a bad thing for her to wait until the last primary. What concerns me is her endgame. She claims she’s fighting on for the little people. I think she’s fighting on for her ego and for political power. And what is she going to want with that political capital she is accumulating?
I am trying to come to terms with a possible Clinton VP in the general election even though I think it would be a mistake. What worries me more is Clinton as VP after the election. Will it be a constant struggle for power in the White House between Obama, her and Bill? Will that be all we hear about for four or eight years?
Anyway, people (Obama superdelegates, for instance) are going out of their way to not tell her she needs to get out. The pundits aren’t telling her to get out, this race is great for ratings. The pundits are saying it’s over, that only Obama can win because he has the pledged delegates. The superdelegates cannot overturn the pledged delegates. That would destroy the party. There is not sexism at work here, there is winning and losing. And CLINTON HAS LOST!
But Clinton supporters claim sexism is more pervasive than racism in this country and the course of this nomination race, they claim, proves this. It couldn’t be the Iraq war vote, the lying, the shameless spin, the shameless playing of the gender card, Mark Penn not knowing how pledged delegates were allocated — no, it must be sexism.
Let’s assume Clinton supporters are right. That sexism is keeping her down. That sexism is more pervasive in this country than racism. In that case, wouldn’t Obama be the stronger general election candidate? But I don’t believe sexism is more pervasive than racism in this country. Both are bad, both hurt the country, but neither determined this race. Obama simply ran a better campaign and, incidentally, that suggests he would run a better Presidency.
For now, we can thank Clinton for continuing the storyline that Obama cannot win white working class voters. (Yes, Obama is partly to blame; e.g., his bitter comment, his limited effort in West Virginia and Kentucky.) But all Democrats must ask whether Hillary is helping the Democratic Party. Or is she ultimately hurting — by weakening our candidate — the very people she claims to champion?