I’m going to be out of town tomorrow as I head to the Oregon coast for a meeting. So I’m sad that I will miss the coverage of the Pennsylvania primary. Watching election coverage is one of my vices. So maybe this is God’s way of telling me that I need to take a step back.
So here are my parting thoughts before I leave town. As I have been watching the media coverage the last few weeks, it’s interesting how so much of the media wants Hillary Clinton to drop out. They decry that she has no chance and she has the audacity to beat up the chosen one named Barack Obama. To me, this primary has been fairly civil compared to what happened in 2000 between George W Bush and John McCain or Al Gore and Bill Bradley. Yet, the media and intellectual elite decry Clinton as some kind of bully. I mean if Obama can’t handle the soft blows that Hillary Clinton has been throwing, then how is he gonna handle the Republican attack machine in the general election? It makes me wonder if Obama is tough enough to handle the Republicans in the fall. Sometimes he tries to be too much of a philosophy professor and not enough of a fighter. Obama needs to stop complaining about how ABC decided to ask him a couple of tough questions. How dare they! Didn’t get the memo that they are supposed to swoon over Barack Obama? I mean he’s running for the most important job in the world. You bet you’re gonna asked tough questions. The questions will get tougher in the general election. Obama better get used to it. Instead of whining, he should answer the questions.
Anyways, I think it’s always interesting that all these men are calling for Hillary Clinton to get out of the race. “Hey little girl, can you move out the way to let our man win?” It’s interesting how a woman who has played by the rules and has had a lifetime of experience is being told to get out of the way for the new young guy on the block. It’s interesting as I talk to female Hillary Clinton supporters and how they explain that that scenario is the story of their lives also. That’s why they relate so much to Hillary Clinton. It’d be nice if Obama’s male surrogates and his male cheerleaders in the media (especially Chris Matthews and Keith Olberman on the Misogyny Network aka MSNBC) would allow Hillary Clinton herself to make the choice of whether to stay in or drop out. If there’s a perception that she’s been pushed out of the race prematurely by the men of the party, the Democrats will have a problem on their hands in November.
I have a feeling, no matter what the margin is of Hillary Clinton’s win in Pennsylvania, Obama’s biggest advocate, the media, will tell Hillary Clinton to get out of the race. It’ll be interesting to see what happens. It’s been six weeks since Hillary Clinton’s victory in Ohio and Texas. So it’s about time to finally get Pennsylvania over with. Hopefully after Pennsylvania, it’s on to Indiana and North Carolina.