Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Is the fat lady warming up?

Yup, this about sums up my thoughts on why the Democrats are now "seeing" what the Republicans have seen for years. Hillary is just not likable, feels entitled, and is not reliable. Her "pledge" to now seat the Florida and Michigan delegates is just another example of a Clinton disregarding the previous agreed upon rules when they no longer fit their desired outcome.

Regardless who wins in November, and I am leaning for Senator McCain, please show Hillary the exit on stage left, and let Obama and McCain have the stage to themselves and let America begin to put aside the nastiness and divisiveness of the Clintons once and for all.

Unfortunately, I almost feel like she is the Terminator, never dying, and will not give up and will drag this all out in the courts eventually.

Ruben Navarrette: Clinton camp sporting an unflattering lack of grace
Washington Post Writers Group

Defeat has a way of unmasking Hillary Clinton. It's when she suffers setbacks that the real Hillary comes out.

And it's not a kinder and gentler version of the original. There are those political observers and pundits who insist that after Clinton lost Iowa, she demonstrated a personal vulnerability that helped her triumph in New Hampshire.

That is — to borrow a phrase — a fairy tale. When Hillary loses, she gets angry and condescending and terribly unappealing.

The same goes for her supporters. Former President Bill Clinton's "bubba eruptions" came after Hillary Clinton had lost key contests. It was after Hillary's loss in Iowa that her husband Bill ripped into the media for allegedly going soft on Obama. And it was after Hillary lost South Carolina that Bill tried to cut Obama down to size by comparing him to Jesse Jackson.

That seems to have backfired and made Hillary appear as unlikable to some Democrats as she has long been to many Republicans. It's part of the reason Obama has argued that he has a better chance of winning over her supporters than she does in making peace with his.
African-Americans, in particular, seem to be voting for Obama with a vengeance. And if this bright star were to be extinguished through methods that any reasonable person would consider unfair or racist, then we might get to a point where there is no voting — only vengeance. Michelle Obama set the example when she said in a recent interview that she wasn't sure if she could support Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee and that it would depend on the candidate's tone.

Then days before the Virginia primary, former Gov. Doug Wilder blasted Bill Clinton for speaking in racial code to scare up support from white voters and never atoning for it.
Camp Clinton would say that the former president did atone for his racially tinged comments by apologizing at a black church before Super Tuesday. But that was no apology. All Bill Clinton did was ask for a "second chance" and say that he had been waiting all his life to vote for an African-American for president. Of course, he said, he has also been waiting to vote for a woman for president. And we know which woman he's talking about.

And how did the Clintons use their second chance? They squandered it.

With Hillary trailing Barack Obama in delegates for the first time in this campaign, we've gotten another glimpse into just how petty and unpleasant the former first lady and her followers can be.

After Obama won more states than she did on Super Tuesday, Clinton downplayed his victories as coming in red states that Democrats are unlikely to carry in November. And when she lost a string of state caucuses, Clinton insisted that caucuses were "primarily dominated by activists" and that "they don't represent the electorate."

What's wrong with just saying "congratulations" and going on your way? That's being the bigger person. But apparently Hillary Clinton is not big on being big. Recently, she raised eyebrows when — in a breach of presidential campaign protocol — she neglected to congratulate Obama for his victories in Washington, Louisiana, Maine, Nebraska and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Nor did she congratulate him on the day after he swept the Potomac primaries in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. It wasn't until later, when she began catching flak for her bad manners, that she finally got around to congratulating Obama for winning the last eight nominating contests.

Then there is the resurgence of the race card. Bill Clinton was criticized for insinuating that black voters in South Carolina would vote for Obama just because he's black.

Well, in trying to explain why Obama won the Louisiana primary, Hillary did pretty much the same thing by crediting "a very strong and very proud African-American electorate." They never learn.

And then it got worse. Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, a Clinton supporter, recently told the editorial board of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that some white people in his state "are probably not ready to vote for an African-American candidate." Later, in an interview on MSNBC, the Democrat tried to defend his comments by saying that Hillary Clinton had "the same handicap" since there were men who didn't want to see a woman serve as commander in chief.

And they say all the cavemen are Republicans.

The race for the Democratic nomination for president is still too close to call. But, in the unlikability contest, Hillary and her supporters are winning hands down.