GET! OUT! HILLARY!
Politicos ruminate over how much more the Democratic party can “take.” Some voters — the one’s who’ve already cast their ballots — have primary fatigue and want to be done with the process. Some Hillary Clinton supporters have even stopped blogging about their positions because of the unrelenting attacks from those who back Barack.
And an ever-growing number of Obama supporters are demanding that the first viable woman candidate step down for the good of the party.
I’m not the only one wondering why so many feel the need to push out a candidate who has come so far. Is our system so weak? Is the Democratic party so inept that it can’t stand a debate between two qualified candidates? Is that what happens when the Democrats have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to possible candidates?
Former journalist Carole Simpson took Larry King to task last night on this issue, saying, and I paraphrase:
Why are so many people so eager to have the first viable woman candidate for President of the United States get out of the race? She’s smart. She’s qualified. What’s the problem?
The problem is this — Democrats too often cower in the face of conflict. I say this as a lifelong Democrat who has seen it time and time again, especially when it has come to important issues on Capitol Hill.
The war in Iraq. Judicial nominations. Health care for poor children.
And now, many are afraid the party can’t withstand a nomination process that has embraced two incredible candidates.
If we, as a party, can’t handle this, then there really is no point to being in the White House because there’s only more conflict to come, and not from our friends but from our political foes.
If Hillary stays in the race, the drum beat will only grow louder and, undoubtedly, she’ll feel like Horton at the end of Horton Hears a Who when all the other jungle creatures back him into a corner, tie him down and cage him, because he won’t give in to the unruly crowd’s demand that he “admit” what is wrong, even when he knows he is right.
I fear that whichever choice she makes, she will be damned. If Hillary Clinton stays in the race, she’ll be considered a spoiler, even if she wins the nomination. If Clinton accedes to the wishes of people like Senators Chris Dodd and Patrick Leahy, her critics will say, “See, she couldn’t stand the heat of her own party’s primary. Imagine what would have happened if she had become Commander-in-Chief!”
Whether you agree or disagree, hate or love her, at least let’s give Hillary Clinton some points for standing up when so many want her to sit down.