By all rational accounts, May 7th should have
been the end of the Hillary “Point to One Person Wave and
Smile” for President Campaign.
In a perfect world, Clinton would have gracefully and graciously conceded
to her opponent Senator Barack Obama, thanked her supporters
while steering them toward barackobama.com, apologized to
all of the people she and her husband offended along the way,
and prepared to do her part to make sure the Democratic Party
beat Sen. John McCain in November. And then I woke up.
Clinton is just determined to be “The Little Engine that
Instead of the Democratic Party beginning the
healing the process so that we can move forward to November,
making sure that President Bush doesn't see a third term via
McCain, we have to waste even more time on party in-fighting.
Add to that, faced with the reality that the
HRC for President campaign is about to be removed from
life support, some of her supporters have gone ballistic,
vowing that if Hillary doesn't get the nomination, they're
either going to skip the polls in November or even worse -
vote for McCain.
Let me be clear.
Obama is my candidate and believe it or not,
he has said and done some things that have upset me, like
disavowing the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright, but never once did
I consider skipping the election or supporting the enemy.
Was I disappointed - yes. A bit pissed off - you betcha. But,
crazy enough to vote for McCain - hell no!
- the Clinton campaign could very well strong-arm their way
into getting the Florida and Michigan delegates counted in
their favor and into the Democratic Convention, where in a
“backroom,” her most loyal supporters (MP3 file) could take it to the mat and duke
it out, resulting in her coming out as the nominee. As mad
I would be, it wouldn't provoke me to put aside common sense,
cross the aisle, and put the nail in the coffin on any chance
of turning around this economy, getting out of Iraq, and improving the lives
of those living in poverty.
In my opinion, the only thing that Clinton
and McCain have in common is their race. So I hope that race
isn't the reason for the threats of insanity from loyal Clinton supporters. If you're a Dem, you're a Dem, and so whoever gets
the nomination is who we fall in line behind to support. It's
called the bigger picture or for me, the lesser of two evils.
As a Black female, I can attest to the excitement
at having the first Black or female President. But it is
time for Clinton
to quit the theatrics and put the Party first by exiting stage
Clinton's superdelegates need to get in line too. Obama
has more pledged delegates, states won and popular vote. The
will of the people shouldn't be tampered with. 2012 isn't
that far off and we're making a list and checking it twice.
The bottom line is that Clinton has overstayed her welcome and should be
using her experience as a leader to aide in
the reconciliation of the Party before the convention. After
all, that would be the Democratic thing to do.
Jasmyne Cannick, is a critic and commentator based in Los Angeles who writes about the worlds of pop
culture, race, class, and politics as it relates to the African-American
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