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April 22, 2008

How The Clintons Have Framed The Race

Filed under: Commentary — Tags: , , , — Wayne A. Schneider @ 11:44 PM

Here in Washington, D.C., the home office of political self-promotion…prevailing Conventional Wisdom has now moved beyond popular consensus over the suddenly “inevitable” presidential nomination of New York senator and Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton to pretentious speculation about her choice of a vice presidential running mate (either Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland or former Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Jones).

We’ll get to when that was written a little later. My point is that there was a time when Sen Hillary Rodham Clinton was hands-down going to be the first woman nominated from a major political party to be President of the United States of America. Now, to hear her campaign talk about it, they are arguing that you should still pick her as the nominee because Senator Obama hasn’t knocked her out yet! What the f^&%? She was supposed to be the “inevitable” candidate, and now she’s squeaking by in Pennsylvania with, as I write this, a single-digit victory (possibly a bare two-digit victory, it’s not final yet). Most political pundits agreed seven weeks ago that she needed to win with two-thirds of the remaining states if she wanted to win eneough pledged delegates to win the nomination. Single-digits doesn’t cut it. This is nothing but pure bullshit spin, designed to convince the superdelegates to ignore the will of the people and give her all of their votes to put her over the top.

But what they fail to point out is that, as of this moment, she is still losing the primary race for her party’s nomination. She is not winning by the large margin an “inevitable” candidate would be expected to win by. She is losing, and yet she still thinks that she should be her party’s nominee? By what insane reasoning does she come to this conclusion?

Notice how the Clintons have re-framed the entire race. Before, she was the candidate to beat, the “inevitable” one. Now, they are arguing that even though she is losing, she hasn’t been knocked out yet. So you should still go with her. She’s losing, but she hasn’t lost yet. And somehow this means that she can be a winner? I don’t get it.

To further complicate matters, they keep bringing up comparisons between her victories in the primaries, against other Democratic opponents, with most of the races being decided by Democrats (though I can’t understand for the life of me the purpose of Open Primaries – if you want to help decide one party’s nominee, then join the fucking party!), to how well she would do in a general election against the Republican nominee. That is a pure Apples & Oranges comparison. There is no rationale available that could extract any meaning between how people choosing one party’s nominee would vote in the general election if the other nominee won. Besides, Both Senator Clinton and Senator Obama received more votes than many of the republicans, as far as I can recall. So it sounds like either one would win against Senator McCain. So why keep fighting, Senator Clinton? You are going to lose. Why prolong the “inevitable”?

Oh, and that quote above? It was from a column written by Mark Shields, and published Saturday, October 6, 2007. How insightful. (snort)


  1. Lordy, she hasn’t gotten any better since 10/07, that’s for sure.

    Comment by Zooey — April 23, 2008 @ 12:04 AM

  2. If she gets the nomination, there will be a great sucking sound in the African American community of disenfranchised voters staying home in November. And the Republicans that I met that requested Obama information for the general election, will vote McCain.

    I’m really tired and disappointed today. The hostility that I experienced from some Clinton supporters, even people that are my friends, surprised me. I thought only Republicans were nasty. Yesterday I found out that Democrats are just as nasty. This really surprised me.

    Comment by Cats r Flyfishn — April 23, 2008 @ 7:06 AM

  3. Great post Wayne…I was kucky yesterday, the weather was good and spent over an hour talking to a couple of 70 year old vet’s..Voter’s to boot…We spoke of many thing’s concerning this race and every thing since the maniac has been in office..We also agreed we weren’t happy with the two left standing but hoped Obama would get the nod…One was a Kucenech fan like me the other Edward’s…It’s almost impossible to fix the mess our country is in when so much is broken…How do we make sure our vote’s count when the machine’s many are using have no paper trail and are being monatered by the bush bunch…We are loosing the war our government has against us and I don’t know how to fix it…..Blessings

    Comment by witch1 — April 23, 2008 @ 10:48 AM

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