A political hit was applied today. In a perverse way it was a thing of beauty. Looking at from a distance one could almost admire the clinical savagery of the event. In the staring role of Luca Brazi (or was it Tessio?) was John Prince Edwards. Simply put Hillary Clinton got politically whacked today.
While some may disagree it was, for all intents, a mercy killing.
had been riding on fumes for quite a long time. She got gut-shot by her own man Mark Penn in February and was never quite the same. She managed a victory of sorts in Clinton Texas and pulled two successive rabbits out of her hat in Ohio and . But all the while she could not recoup the losses of her cruelest month; Barack ran away with all the chocolates on Valentines Month. Pennsylvania
Trooper that she was, she rallied onward to
and even looked like a contender. Then the sky fell on her and she got crushed in the Tar Heal state. Worse yet, her Hoosier victory was much less than meets the eye. In the final results she did not even manage a percentage point of separation between her and Obama. Not a standout performance for a woman who was polling 5% more just the day before. Still she soldiered on. She went to North Carolina and embarrassed the golden child by a huge margin. Party Elders and others tried to suggest she toss in the towel by May 20. She ignored them. West Virginia
Team Obama tried some gentle persuasion with a few Super Delegates defections. To give an extra nudge, some were her former Super Delegates. She ignored them too. Finally Team Obama pulled out the Mother of All Super Delegates, former Senator and former candidate John Prince Edwards.
Make no mistake about it Edwards was the proper hitman for the job. First, his endorsement only added fuel to an already raging Hillary-go-home fire. The chattering classes will be going absolutely bananas over this. They were already digging Hillary’s grave- Edwards’ endorsement provided them with a backhoe. Second, Edwards’ was a dagger in
’s blue-collar heart. Hillary, the blue-collar mama got trumped by the real working-class hero in the race. As good a Hillary got with her working class mantra, she was still a pale copy of Edwards’ message. Edwards’ was the man who first gave voice to working-class concerns. Edwards was the most progressive of the top tier Democrats; it was his populism that both Clinton and Obama reacted to and finally co-opted. Clinton
But Barry changed all that on May 14, 2008. He snatched the only strong pillar supporting the house of
. Clintonistas have been hammering away about the lunch bucket set; they have been hammering away about Barry’s weakness with Regan Democrats. The message has been sent- we have Edwards now; we might not need the Clinton at all to get the lunch bucket set. Clintons
The threat to
is undeniable. The political math is inescapable. There is neither hope nor joy in Clintonville tonight. With Clinton Oregon in the bag and Kentucky now rendered moot, has no message to sway the Super Delegates. With Edwards in the Obama camp no Super Delegate is going to pay Clinton any mind. They will be polite and nod their heads to her; but the message is going to go in one ear and out the other. Clinton
Now we understand why Barack was talking past
in last week. Now we understand why Barack was concentrating on McCain whist Hillary was concentrating on Clinton . The contract on Hillary was already out. John Edwards was already set up to do the deed. The only question was timing. The hit was done in a respectful interval after the West Virginia vote. This was nothing short of brilliant. If Edwards had endorsed before the North Carolina North Carolina vote there could have been blow-back from supporters and undecideds. Hillary had always done better when people think she is getting a raw deal. It is important to pile on her in way that does not actually look like piling on. Team Obama played the gap perfectly. They took any air that was left out of the Clinton win. They also totally queered the West Virginia polls and made May 20th a hard and fast deadline. Kentucky
Michigan, forget , forget vote totals; team Clinton has no justification of running past the 20th – none at all. She can no longer win the nomination; all she can do now is ensure that Barack looses. She will either concede to Obama or hand the nomination over to Al Gore. If you thought her negatives were high in 2008, just think of what they would be after spiking the nomination for the first black candidate in Florida history. If she does that; she will never be able to run for president again; she might not even get reelected Senator of New York. U.S.
This is no longer about who is the “real” best candidate in November. Like it or not Barack Obama has now closed the sale. Obama is the nominee. It was an operation that Michael Corleone would be proud of.