Wednesday, March 5, 2008

What's going on?

Yesterday, Hillary Clinton won the primaries in Ohio, Texas and Rhode Island. Shortly following the news, a great hue and cry went up from the pundits and bloggers.

On the one hand, there are those (mostly Obama supporters, it seems) who claim that Clinton's dogged insistence on staying in the race and use of negative tactics against Obama will have dire consequences for whichever Democrat ends up running in the general election (although, the maths suggest it won't be Clinton).

On the other hand, there are those (mostly Clinton supporters, it seems) who claim that Clinton's comeback in yesterday's primaries was a case of the voters having their say despite what the pundits were trying to tell us to do. Much like what happened with McCain's campaign after it had been pronounced dead at the end of last year.

Or maybe it's all part of the right-wing talk radio pundit conspiracy.

So which is it? Is Clinton sabotaging the Democrat's chance of re-taking the White House come November, or is she simply fighting the good fight?

Me, I suspect the truth lies somewhere in the middle. I am not a fan of the underhanded tactics that the Clinton campaign has employed, nor am I a fan of the media trying to tell us who's had it and who we're likely to vote for. I enjoy the fact that this primary contest has been so fierce and not decided by the first few states to vote, but I do worry that, if it goes on much longer, it will eat into the Dem's time to formulate a strong campaign against the Republicans, whose nominee is now decided (even if a lot of them don't like him).

And of course, there's also the specter of a Clinton-Obama or Obama-Clinton ticket, to which Hillary herself has now given some credence. If that is to be the case, is all of the heavy-handed bashing such a good idea after all?

I'm curious to hear opinions on this, so please feel free to have your say in the comments.


Katie said...

I actually think its an interesting tactic of Hilary's to immediately put Obama in the role of her running mate. As inferior. Even though she's losing still in all the delegate counts. Again, just a bit underhanded in my eyes...

Kenneth said...

Politics ain't beanbag.

jen x said...

I have mixed feelings. On one hand, I don't like seeing Democrats do the Republicans' dirty work for them. On the other hand, this unpleasant and protracted primary fight probably strengthens the eventual nominee for what ever gets thrown at him/her in the general. My overall concern with a nasty primary is the "loser"'s supporters becoming so disillusioned by the time this is over that they sit out the general election. I worry about this with my students, who are voting for the first time and currently claim they won't vote at all if the other guy/gal is on the ticket. If the race goes all the way to the convention, there's not much time to try to win back the other candidate's supporters.

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