Today’s Must Read for Anyone Still Mired in the Democratic Primary Race

Post Pennsylvanian predictability turned out to be flawless. Hillary Clinton did win, but she didn’t win by as large a margin as she started off with. She failed to make much of a dent in the math, but she still managed to describe this moment as the tide turning. And the media was totally complicit in the whole thing.

Delegates? What delegates? Democrats choose their nominee based on delegates? Get outta here.

So it continues on, with Hillary Clinton making the claim that she’s the one that Super Delegates should flock to and ultimately make the Democratic party’s nominee.

In fact, it’s important to understand that for most of the arguments that are being put out there, these arguments aren’t for you or me. They’re packaged for mass consumption, of course, especially arguments that would run contrary to the winner of the most pledged delegates and the popular vote being the nominee, but this has nothing to do with our opinions mattering when it comes to selecting the nominee, and everything to do with creating an argument that wouldn’t result in a good chunk of the party revolting.

That’s what all these goal post shifting electability arguments are all about, not convincing us that Clinton should be the nominee, but convincing Super Delegates that she should be. But if you’re still mired in who is the more electable candidate in this race, John Avlon’s piece in the New York Post is pretty much the must read of the day.

The short of it, though, is simply that, for all the fight she has in her, and indeed, she has a lot of fight, that fight is allowing her to cling on in the Democratic primary but will serve her poorly in the General Election. Funnily enough, her problems now in the General Election aren’t far removed from what they have always been; she has little independent (read: swing voter) appeal, she’s not particularly well liked, and she has incredibly high negatives that only seem to be increasing as the race carries on.

The longer the Democratic primary continues, the higher her negatives are likely to get amongst her own party. That’s nothing to say about the independent voters she’ll need, and eventually cede to McCain, and the Republicans who absolutely hate her guts.

That’s not to say that she still couldn’t beat John McCain. I think both Democratic candidates have their own challenges, and have their own paths to victory. But for Hillary Clinton to make any claims of being more electable than Barack Obama is really kind of silly when you sit down and look at the fact that the only people who seem to like her are Democrats.

And she can’t even manage to win over a majority of them.

I’m just saying.

More at Memeorandum: The Moderate Voice, Middle Earth Journal and Liberal Values

(edited by DrGail)

One Response to “Today’s Must Read for Anyone Still Mired in the Democratic Primary Race”

  1. DrGail says:

    You just put your finger on (or near to, at least) something that’s been bothering me for a while. I see Hillary in front of audiences of potential voters and I see her talking about how she understands them, relates to them, wants to be president so she can help them, etc. etc.

    Yet there’s a cynical undertone to the whole thing, because those very voters to whom she is speaking are really little more than pawns. Their votes are not the payoff for her, they are merely a means to an end. The end being, of course, convincing the superdelegates that she is the horse to back.

    I guess this is true of both candidates, and maybe her actions only bother me because she’s behind (and falling further behind with each primary) and therefore has to be more brazen in her approach.

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