creators.com opinion web
Liberal Opinion Conservative Opinion
Roger Simon
Roger Simon
27 Aug 2014
Hillary's Doomed if She's Obama's Third Term

When Barack Obama was first elected president, he asked David Axelrod to leave Chicago and come to the White … Read More.

20 Aug 2014
Is the Ferguson Nightmare Just Beginning?

Could it be that our long national nightmare is just beginning? Could it be that after decade upon decade of … Read More.

13 Aug 2014
Hillary Not Comfortable in Her Own Skin

Hillary Clinton walks through a paneled doorway and onto the set of "The Colbert Report." A grin splits her face.… Read More.

Tough Road Ahead for Clinton

Comment

Rats don't swim toward sinking ships, and pols don't back no losers — and this is why Hillary Clinton is in such trouble.

In a relatively short amount of time, Clinton has gone from being the inevitable winner to being the underdog to being a dead woman walking.

She needs super-delegates to win the nomination, but what is her argument to super-delegates?

Can she promise them she will win a majority of the pledged delegates that voters have chosen in primaries and caucuses? No.

Can she promise them she can take the lead in the popular vote? No.

Can she promise them she can win a majority of the primary and caucus states? No.

But can she get the super-delegates to overturn the will of the voters, slap African-Americans and young voters in the face, and shatter the party? Well, yeah, she can try for that Death Star option.

Why would super-delegates want to go along with her? Because she would be a much stronger candidate than Barack Obama in November?

The results so far don't suggest that. Look at what Obama accomplished Tuesday night with his overwhelming win in the 10th-largest state in the nation, North Carolina, and his narrow loss in Indiana: Obama spent weeks with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright hanging around his neck, and Obama still did well.

True, he bobbled it at first — Obama threw Wright under the bus only after Wright drove the bus over him — but he managed to get it down to a break-even issue.

Further, Obama opposed lifting a tax on gasoline, and he still won North Carolina. Clinton sold tax relief, Obama sold candor, and Obama won. He said a summer vacation from the gasoline tax was just another Washington-style, promise-them-anything gimmick. And voters bought it.

That is important because tax relief will be one of John McCain's major issues. If Obama can take that away from him, it strengthens Obama as a candidate in the fall.

Obama is also looking like a guy who, even this late in the primary campaign, can learn from his mistakes.

His victory speech in North Carolina on Tuesday night was one of the best speeches he has given in this campaign.

Obama, fighting charges that he is an elitist, didn't talk about how tough life has been for him and his wife — they are Ivy League-educated millionaires, after all — but about how his parents and his wife's parents struggled so their kids could have more opportunities and a better life. Which is the American Dream, after all, and something everyone can respond to.

Obama hit the small notes — the "flag draped over" the coffin of his grandfather — as well as the big notes: how the Republicans were going to come at him by attempting "to play on our fears and exploit our differences, to turn us against each other for pure political gain."

And, contrary to Clinton's assertion that she has been "fully vetted" and he has not, Obama said: "This is what they will do no matter which one of us is the nominee. The question, then, is not what kind of campaign they'll run; it's what kind of campaign we will run."

"I didn't get into this race thinking that I could avoid this kind of politics," he said, "but I am running for president because this is the time to end it."

Which underscored his major theme: He is the candidate of change. Like things the way they are? Vote for Hillary Clinton. Vote for John McCain. Want to do better? Vote for Barack Obama.

As for Clinton, she went back to the kind of campaigning she loves best and is the most comfortable with: issues, issues and more issues. Speaking Wednesday in Shepherdstown, W.V., she said: "This election is about solutions, not speeches."

"High-speed rail!" she said. "Mass transit! Water systems!"

Water systems? Step back! Don't get run over by the water-systems voters stampeding her way!

I am not sure even Clinton herself expects to win anymore.

"No matter what happens," she said, "I will work for the Democratic nominee in November."

Which doesn't sound like somebody preparing for victory. That doesn't make her a loser. Just a realist.

To find out more about Roger Simon, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.

COPYRIGHT 2008, CREATORS SYNDICATE INC.



Comments

0 Comments | Post Comment
Already have an account? Log in.
New Account  
Your Name:
Your E-mail:
Your Password:
Confirm Your Password:

Please allow a few minutes for your comment to be posted.

Enter the numbers to the right:  
Creators.com comments policy
More
Roger Simon
Aug. `14
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
27 28 29 30 31 1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30
31 1 2 3 4 5 6
About the author About the author
Write the author Write the author
Printer friendly format Printer friendly format
Email to friend Email to friend
View by Month
Walter Williams
Walter E. WilliamsUpdated 3 Sep 2014
Froma Harrop
Froma HarropUpdated 2 Sep 2014
Marc Dion
Marc DionUpdated 1 Sep 2014

16 Mar 2011 Why War in Libya?

17 Oct 2012 Obama Snaps Back Hard

27 Feb 2008 Ickes Has New Love for Super-Delegates