Stay if You Must, but Don't Campaign?
by anna shane, Sat May 10, 2008 at 11:26:16 AM EDT
I've been unsurprised to find that Senator Obama and his supporters are 'giving' Hillary their 'permission' to stay in the race, as long as she doesn't 'further diminish' Barack. Some months back I wrote a diary about his strategy for winning the nomination that nullifies his reason to run in the first place - that he's a brand new kind of guy who represents change that is unifying and not divisive, but his strategy it to drive up Hillary's negatives through sarcastic and sexist character assassination. He's said he plays "Chicago Smack Down," and so he does. Much of the media is now, and without apparent irony, blaming Barack's problems with the electorate on Hillary. I think that he's positioned himself to blame a GE loss on her, should he win the nomination and go down in flames.
Outside the obvious conclusion, which is that he knows he hasn't won and his only real chance is to bully her out of the race before the voters have had their say and before the super delegates indicate which one they think will have the best chance of winning in November, it's clear that he's doing his best to shut the contest down, and anoint himself the 'winner,' so that he can claim to the super delegates that she'll never win the African American vote if she's seen as someone who has denied him his rightful destiny. (Divide much lately?)
But he has another plan as well, to keep Hillary from campaigning. His supporters are warning her (is it a threat, no, it's a warning?) to keep quiet on the campaign trail or risk being branded as the castrating woman who cost Barack his manly image. I don't think there is much chance of that, he may be seen as elitist and effete, but he sure can be tough on girls and old people, as long as it's not face to face, and if that isn't manly I don't know manly. I'm very tired of this media bashing and Obama supporter bashing of Hillary, since I admire her and more than half registered Democrats also admire her. It now seems that he may 'give' us some token woman (we're all replaceable, right?) to appease us. Perhaps Nancy Pelosi, who comes from a politically connected family, will be 'chosen' for us by him, to appease us?
I say to Hillary, keep on talking. Keep campaigning, for us. It's not over when the media tell us it is, it's not over when Barack crowns himself in his first (of many?) mission accomplished moments, it's over when all the votes are cast, when the super's have endorsed, and when one or the other gives up. If neither gives up, it won't be over until the convention. Democracy doesn't have a 'keep out the girls' sign on the door and voters get to chose their own girl, we don't need 'a man' to chose a girl for us, thank you, but no thanks.