Clinton’s Last Stand
This primary season has gone on for over a year now and we still have more than half a year to go before the general election. It goes on too long. Something is wrong with this system! I speak not just about the primary process but the entire electoral process here in America. That includes the Electoral College, the primaries, caucuses and the Democratic superdelegates system. You may say, “Well, but it has worked for almost 300 years,” but I say, “There have been times that we found ourselves in seriously precarious situations.”
The election of 1876 actually allowed for legalized segregation. And then there is the death of Alexander Hamilton which was really tied into the Electoral College mess of 1804. And, lest we ever forget, the election of 2000.
The Democrats are really in a quandary. Neither Hillary Clinton nor Barack Obama will get enough regular delegates to win the required 2025 delegates. Obama has a slim lead over Clinton, but she must win Ohio and Texas. I say again: “As Ohio goes, so goes the country.”
What the Dems don’t want to happen is for their superdelegates to be responsible for choosing the candidate. Not this time! Sen. Clinton has lost in Wisconsin, Hawaii, and Washington. Although she is more than qualified, prepared, experienced and ready to be president; it might be time for her to consider, if she does not win March 4, graciously bowing out. It might just be Obama’s time!
Although I have written extensively about Sen. Obama I am still at a loss to explain what is the enormous appeal he has on voters of all genders, ethnicities, ages and classes. What I do know is that he is more than just a mere candidate. We have not seen this effect on the American imagination since JFK, MLK and RFK.
He has created a movement with cult-like components. His rallies and public gathering exceed at times upwards of 30,000 people. They have the element of a revival mixed with an air of a political rally. They have a salvational fervor, full of pure euphoria. But he is a black man who possesses a distinct African brand of oratory, spiced with emotional elements of the fast cadence of repetitions and soaring rhetoric that generally comes with black sermons and worship services.
What has many concerned is the ravenous enthusiasm he generates and the language of evangelical Christianity and the born-again like experience exhibited at an Obama rally. “He is not Jesus,” one conservative blogger writes. But the message he preaches is exactly that. The audacity of hope he preaches is a classical Jesus message. His hope-mongering message is in a truth the rallying cry given to a generation and a country in serious need of some kind of spiritual renewal.
The senator has caught the spirit and the need of his times. He sees and feels the nihilism of the people and by articulating our angst and paranoia, he has been able to set loose social forces in this country which cry for change! It’s not whether he is ready to be president