Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Nomination night: history made

And so Barack Obama continues his Taoist path to the presidency, delivering a speech tonight that failed to note the obvious: for the first time, an African-American has clinched a major-party nomination.

After Hillary Clinton refused to graciously concede -- delivering a speech that sought to hang her 18 million voters as a sword over the head of Barack -- Obama could, perhaps, be forgiven for beginning his valedictory with a sourpuss. Nonetheless, his response of praise for the former first lady only advanced his own cause.

I do think that all the hysteria among pundits and journalists about the fact that she did not concede tonight is just that: hysteria. They're all frantic over the fact that she used that opportunity to ask her supporters to write to her via her Web site to tell her whether or not to quit.

Oh, come on, people. What do campaign Web sites primarily exist for? The collection of dough. Her campaign is in debt. She needs more, and luring in her most dedicated supporters to say, "stay the course," gives her the opportunity to ask for more.

As for the veep, your blogstress just doesn't see it. She would be fine, but her husband would wreck it.

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1 comment:

S.W. Anderson said...

Legacy wise, Clinton is playing with matches in an explosives factory by not conceding graciously and promptly. It's exactly the kind of thing that confirms for people who find her hard to trust and believe that she's an overambitious schemer.

Agreed that she could be a fine v.p. As for Bill, I'm sure if Obama picks Hillary he'll set serious ground rules, both for the campaign and for later on. And then go forward nervously looking over his shoulder for quite some time.

Such is politics.