Well, tonight, regardless of the results, looks like the inevitable will happen and Hillary Clinton will bow out of the race to be the Democratic nominee against John McCain, Senator Clinton has certainly tried her darnest and employed about every campaign strategy she could, in order to win the Democratic nomination.
The first tv debate began a year ago, in New Hampshire, June 3rd, 2007, when Hillary stressed diplomacy in the foreign policy part of the debate, and did not want to get into hypotheticals, by outlining any possible future actions with Iran ...And then ending with her April 8, 2008 unequivocal "We will totally obliterate Iran", if Iran were to launch an (assumed nuclear) attack against Israel.
The Observer has an excellent article on all the pergrinations of the Clinton candidacy, through the last 16 months culminating in Senator Clinton...
shedding her longtime image of a cultural elitist, she styled herself as a populist. Suddenly Obama was the snooty elitist, and Hillary the tribune of the working-class Americans who had long been suspicious of her. Where she was once the ultimate policy wonk, a paragon of educated expertise, she was now deriding economists who mocked her gimmicky and demagogic proposal for a gas tax holiday as out of touch with working America.
Indeed, in the last 10 weeks or so, fueled by Obama`s "bitter comments" and by the setting of many of the primaries in Appalachia--Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Kentucky, Hillary has emerged as the emblematic white, working-class, heroine. This may have seen strange from someone who was heard at a 1995 Bill Clinton startegy meeting to urge her husband not to mollify the Reagan Democrats but "screw em", her words not mine, but no one can deny her assertive, cultural identity politics with the 2008 Reagan Democrats has been very effective at the ballot box, in those traditional white, blue collar states.
Unfortunately the superdelegates, the great majority of whom hold college degrees or postgraduate degrees, are natural allies to Obama`s 'elitist' appeal, if you will, and so since the Pennsylvania primary, April 12, they have gone, as of tonight, overwhelmingly to Obama by approximately 130 to 25 to Obama.. so in this sense her new popular, demagogic vote strategy did not impress the superdelegates and this proved a insurmountable obstacle to her.
But will the national presidential result in November be similar to the one in the year of Democratic Convention in Miami,--1972, in which 66% of the delegates were postgraduates, (according to Hillary`s New York senate predecessor, Pat Moynihan) and they overwhelmingly nominated McGovern only to lose to Nixon in every state in November, but `don't blame me I 'm from Massachusettes` and in the District of Columbia? That is a big question.
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