Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Pennsylvania

Its been a busy week so I haven't had time to post much. Tuesday saw the Pennsylvania primary, with Clinton beating Obama by ten percent and gaining a dozen more delegates than he did. Its actually one of her better performances, but its far from enough to give her any chance of winning. Of course, the thing about the Clintons is they never quit. That can be inspirational in some contexts, but she is running for her own benefit and the consequences of her actions aren't important if she eventually comes out on top. For her the low point was a fear-mongering ad in which she promised to annihalate Iran if it nuked Israel. Of course, America's own intelligence community reports that Iran has no nuclear weapons program. This is a page from George W.'s playbook. So, once again, you get an actual Republican or a Democrat that pretends to be one. No wonder the Republicans keep winning.

Obama is still in the lead, of course, and he was never expected to actually win in the state. The long race has seen attention on his former Pastor, on his own misteps in trying to empathize with working class America, and the results of Tuesday have some openly wondering if America is ready for a black President:

But just when it seemed that the Democratic Party was close to anointing Mr. Obama as its nominee, he lost yet again in a big general election state, dragged down by his weakness among blue-collar voters, older voters and white voters. The composition of Mrs. Clinton’s support — or, looked at another way, the makeup of voters who have proved reluctant to embrace Mr. Obama — has Democrats wondering, if not worrying, about what role race may be playing...

“Race is intertwined with a broader notion that he is not one of us,” said Andrew Kohut, director of the Pew Research Center, which did an extensive examination of voter attitudes, particularly among Democrats who have an unfavorable view of Mr. Obama. “They react negatively to people who are seen as different.”

This is an election that could leave scars on the Democrats for a generation. The remaining superdelegates need to get off the fence and show some leadership.

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