On Hillary Clinton

The Long Defeat – New York Times

David Brooks has an interesting editorial on Hillary Clinton this morning over at the New York Times. Brooks suggests that by continuing to run, with only a 5% chance of winning the Democratic nomination, that the damage caused by Hillary over the course of the next 3 months will do more to hurt Obama against McCain than hurt Obama against herself. He says that Hillary possesses the audacity of hopelessness.

“For the sake of that 5 percent, this will be the sourest spring. About a fifth of Clinton and Obama supporters now say they wouldn’t vote for the other candidate in the general election. Meanwhile, on the other side, voters get an unobstructed view of the Republican nominee. John McCain’s approval ratings have soared 11 points. He is now viewed positively by 67 percent of Americans. A month ago, McCain was losing to Obama among independents by double digits in a general election matchup. Now McCain has a lead among this group.

For three more months, Clinton is likely to hurt Obama even more against McCain, without hurting him against herself. And all this is happening so she can preserve that 5 percent chance.”

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  1. William Beem says:

    The Democrats are simply moving ahead with their most powerful tactic – a circular firing squad.

  2. M Miller says:

    Obama has an equal chance..5%…you should be asking about his background and studying his Illinois State Legislative records..whoops??? What records.
    Any and all damage Obama, Rezko and the numerous other Obama ‘folks do to themselves is what makes this race interesting. It is apparent that a large divide exists amoung Democrats..The ‘folks’ whose votes Obama counts and the others..Florida and Michigan. It is apperent that a divide exists racially now as well. The African American voters Obama appeals to when he needs votes and ..whoops..the ‘typical white people’ he tries to reach.
    So, I think the question remains, that should be asked..When is Obama going to resign from the race to the democratic nomination?
    I guess when we can answer as soon as all the democrats are heard.

  3. Ram BahadurKC says:

    The editorial”The Long Defeat” by David Brooks i read. It looks quite biased towards Madame Clinton.The reasons for sacrifice by Mr. Obama could be as under : Male only have become the President of USA.How un fair that female which constitutes 50% till now in the land of mother of democracy/ liberty has not produced a female president while many other countries including developing countries have done so. As reagrds moral position look at the Rezko ,Pastor,Muslim etc controversy of the candidate which on day one of the election process promised to be different & an agent of positive change.Now with all the above can we believe it totally ? So he gentlemanly this time sahould give the space to a lady who has come so far with courage & the determination in the male monopolised presidency election.The fact that afro american community voting en block certainly can not be justified by all voters on merit basis rather it smells of color racism.I want Dem. party to win the presidency & wish whoever ultimately becomes the nominee all the best. Engineer Ram Bahadur K.C. Email : kcengg@hotmail.com Posted March 26,2008. Kathmandu, Nepal/ The Land of Mt. Everest & Lord Buddha.

  4. dale says:

    As screwed up as the republican party is, it’s seems the democrats are the best thing for them to succeed.

    I guess we know what we’ll get with Clinton or McCain, it scares the crud out of me how many people support Obama though as if he’s any different. This guy is a politician through and through.

    Hopefully we’ll get a viable 3rd party some day. Of course, neither party would ever let that happen.