Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Clinton and Eight Belles, Two Broken Horses in Two Great Races

It is 11:32 pm here in the Midwest and Indiana is still too close to call. Clinton has 51 percent of the vote with Obama at 49 percent. Even with 92 percent of the vote in, no one is saying anything about the winner of this race. The reason? Lake county, the county closest to Chicago, has only reported 56 percent of their vote. Of that 56 percent, Obama has 65 percent.

So what does this mean. Well, two things. First, Obama could actually still win Indiana, but even if he doesn't, we have a little more clarity as to who the nominee should be for the Democrats.

Obama creamed Clinton in North Carolina by somewhere in the range of 230,000 votes. With a virtual split of Indiana and a big win in North Carolina, he has increased his lead in the popular vote and the pledged delegate vote. Even if he can't get to the magic number of 2,025 needed to secure a first ballot nomination, he will most likely lead Clinton when they walk into Denver.

The time has come for the good of the party for Hillary Clinton to stop campaigning. The math for her is terrible. And this isn't a sport, it is the future of our country. Unlike football or baseball, you shouldn't keeping fighting until the the final whisle for the sake of sportsmanship. Instead, for the good of the party and the good of the country, she needs to step aside.

She was hoping for a miracle, but what she got is what most of us get on a daily basis, a healthy dose of reality.

Like the filly who broke down at the Kentucky Derby, Hillary is going to finish second, but if she rides all the way to the finish line, she'll end up as nothing more than an also ran who ended up more hurt than the race was worth. And like those of us who love the Derby, watching her fail in her effort will do nothing more than leave a sour taste in our mouths.

Sen. Clinton, please don't be the Eight Belles of this campaign season. We're going to need you during the general election and after we take the White House. And in a race this important, a broken horse does us no good.

5 comments:

Phil said...

HILLARY:
None shall pass the commander in chief threshold.
OBAMA:
I have no quarrel with you, good Sen. Clinton, but I plan to win this election.
HILLARY:
Then you shall die.
OBAMA:
I command you, for the good of the party, to stand aside!
HILLARY:
I move for no man.
OBAMA:
So be it!
OBAMA and HILLARY:
Aaah!, hiyaah!, etc.
[OBAMA beats HILLARY in Iowa]
OBAMA:
Now stand aside, worthy adversary.
HILLARY:
'Tis but a caucus.
OBAMA:
A caucus? It still counts!
HILLARY:
No, it doesn’t.
OBAMA:
But I beat you soundly
HILLARY:
I've had worse.
OBAMA:
You liar!
HILLARY:
Come on, you pansy!
[clang]
Huyah!
[clang]
Hiyaah!
[clang]
Aaaaaaaah!
[OBAMA beats HILLARY in South Carolina]
OBAMA:
Victory is mine!
[kneeling]
We thank Thee Lord, that in Thy mer--
HILLARY:
Hah!
[kick]
Come on, then.
OBAMA:
What?
HILLARY:
Have at you!
[kick]
OBAMA:
Eh. You are indeed brave, Sen. Clinton, but the fight is mine.
HILLARY:
Oh, had enough, eh?
OBAMA:
Look, you stupid bitch. You've got no money left.
HILLARY:
Yes, I have.
OBAMA:
Look!
HILLARY:
Just a cash flow problem.
[kick]
OBAMA:
Look, stop that.
HILLARY:
Chicken!
[kick]
Chickennn!
OBAMA:
Look, I'll have your super delegates.
[kick]
Right!
[whop]
[OBAMA beats HILLARY in 10 straight contests]
HILLARY:
Right. I'll do you for that!
OBAMA:
You'll what?
HILLARY:
Come here!
OBAMA:
What are you going to do, bludgeon me with distractions and falsehoods?
HILLARY:
I'm invincible!
OBAMA:
You're a looney.
HILLARY:
Hillary always triumphs! Have at you! Come on, then.
[whop]
[OBAMA beats HILLARY in North Carolina]
HILLARY:
Oh? All right, we'll call it a draw.
OBAMA:
Come, Michelle.
HILLARY:
Oh. Oh, I see. Running away, eh? You yellow bastard! Come back here and take what's coming to you. I'll loan myself more money!

Jane said...

Very well said!

The T-Dude said...

Phil - HA! I will never see the black knight and King Arthur in the same way again.

Jane - Thanks!

TheHMC said...

AAahahaha.. Phil.. too incredibly funny for me first thing in the morning. Thank you for the laugh.

Well, gee T-dude. From listening to her speech the other night, you'd think that she's just won the Democratic nomination AND Mizzz-Freakin-Universe. S and I were watching it the other night, looking at each other like, "okay, she DOES know that he wiped the floor with her in NC, right?"

I think that she thinks it's a game. The more that everyone says she can't win, the more she's going to try and prove everyone wrong. She'll still lose, of course, but she's Hillary Clinton. She has a "point" to make.

EXSENO said...

You're probably right, maybe she should give it up for the good of the party. But then I keep thinking that maybe she is thinking about all those people that haven't voiced their opinion yet and will show up at the polls when it is time to place the real vote. She might be counting on a lot of those people to be voting for her? I doubt it, but it's just a thought.