Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Pennsylvania: The Morning After

The Low Road to Victory: The New York Times had some choice words today about yesterday's Pennsylvania Democratic Primary. Hillary began "Tuesday morning by declaring in an interview on ABC News that if Iran attacked Israel while she were president: “We would be able to totally obliterate them.” ....

From Maureen Dowd's column this morning: “The time has come. The time has come. The time is now. Just go. ... I don’t care how. You can go by foot. You can go by cow. Hillary R. Clinton, will you please go now! You can go on skates. You can go on skis. ... You can go in an old blue shoe.
Just go, go, GO!”

From Steve Benen, The Carpetbagger Report: "She wins by 9.4% -- a number Clinton supporters round up to call it a double-digit win, and Obama supporters round down for the opposite reason...."

From Elrod on The Moderate Voice: "I’m just annoyed that the race is continuing on in the same fashion as before: no momentum, no game changers, no resolution."

My 2 cents: I know a lot of Obama supporters would like to see Hillary drop out of the race, and I'm no fan of the Clinton Machine. But I do think the more people throughout the country who are engaged by this primary, the more independents who go to the polls and try to vote even when they're not allowed to, the better off the country is. After all, it's not just about this primary. It's not about saving the Democratic Party from itself. It's about what kind of nation we're going to be. This primary is as good a time as any to begin to decide that. There are still lots of ordinary people who want to weigh in on this!

Still crazy:
And here's one more thought --- several mornings after: The Accidental Rebel by Paul Auster: By the night of April 30, the Columbia administration had had enough, and the police were called in. A bloody riot ensued. Along with more than 700 other people, I was arrested — pulled by my hair to the police van by one officer as another officer stomped on my hand with his boot. But no regrets. I was proud to have done my bit for the cause. Both crazy and proud. What did we accomplish? Not much of anything. It’s true that the gymnasium project was scrapped, but the real issue was Vietnam, and the war dragged on for seven more horrible years. You can’t change government policy by attacking a private institution.....

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