Last night's democratic Debate in Ohio changed few, if any, minds -- and did nothing to change mine.
Mrs. Clinton couldn't resist pointing out the media bias in favor of Obama that is so common in the race so far, and of course that's what the media picked up on and trumpeted this morning - assessing whether the blow was "glancing" or a "direct hit." It seems to me as if the nation is choosing our next President as if it was an American Idol competition, and the media as forgotten how to report on issues and just resorts to mindless, poll-quoting cheerleading instead.
There was one point in last night's debate where in the middle of a complex answer it became obvious that Obama was repeating his stump speech word-for-word, strengthening my impression that the fellow sometimes has difficulty staying focused. Does he not realize that he's repeating a speech verbatim? Or is he just unable to stop himself -- and in either case what does that say about his expressed willingness to run off and engage every despot and rogue leader in a dialog of Kumbaya Obama-goodness? I'm not sure he'd do more good than harm in that regards.
And while last night's debate was the last Democratic debate scheduled it's obvious that Obama remains unable to convince Democrats like me that he's really ready for the Oval office, and with conservatives chomping at the bit to dig their teeth into him he's not going to have an easy road of it anyway between here and November's election.
So the question turns to Clinton and what she should do going forward. Should she continue to pursue Obama all the way to the convention floor in Denver this August? Or should she back off the attack, lighten up on the assault, and let Obama wear the crown the media has been desperately trying to place on his head ever since the Iowa caucus.
I say let the Democratic debate continue. While Obama has the lead, Hillary Clinton has a huge bloc of support behind her. She needs to continue the fight all the way through the nominating process, and represent those Democrats like myself who remain unconvinced of Obama's ability to lead this nation.
I plan to get behind whichever of them emerges as the Democratic nominee and support their candidacy for President, but I'm not ready to fall into step behind Obama just yet.
Note: Wizbang Blue is now closed and our authors have moved on. Paul Hooson can now be found at Wizbang Pop!. Please come see him there!