If Barack takes Ohio, and I think he will, Hillary may still try to stay in the race with a Texas win. And that’s ok. Here’s why.
We can actually take a page from right-wing blowhard Rush Limbaugh:
“I want Hillary to stay in this…this is too good a soap opera,” Limbaugh told fellow conservative talk-show host Laura Ingraham on Fox News Friday. He reiterated the comments on his Monday show and replayed the exchange with Ingram.
He also said Clinton is more willing than the Republican National Committee and John McCain’s campaign to criticize Barack Obama.
“We need Barack Obama bloodied up politically. It’s obvious that the Republicans are not going to do it, they don’t have the stomach for it,” Limbaugh continued. “As you probably know we’re getting all kinds of memos from the RNC saying we’re not going to be critical. Mark McKinnon of McCain’s campaign said he’ll quit if they get critical over Obama. This is the presidency of the United States we’re talking about. I want our party to win I want the Democrats to lose.”
Its not obvious that the Republicans are going to do it. They’ve been engaging in a whisper campaign about race and religion since before Obama began looking like a serious front-runner. But he is right that Clinton will go after Obama. The problem he can’t see is that Hillary Clinton is not as rhetorically skilled as Obama, and she’s using the right’s cards against him. Hillary is attacking from their side of the aisle, and her attacks are failing. She’s relying on iocane powder, and by the time McCain steps up with a mild dosage at the ready, Obama is going to be immune(and devastatingly witty).
Hillary Clinton’s attacks revolve around fear, security, and experience. Not only are these attacks failing to put her over the top, she is losing. Her cold pragmatism fails next to Obama’s inviting optimism. John McCain is going to run a very similiar campaign against the Illinois Senator. He’s going to claim experience, he’s going to use fear, and he’s going to play the cranky old man to Obama’s youthful optimist. The longer the primary campaign drags on, the more the Clintons are going to dip in McCain’s bag of tricks. By the time the general election roles around, Obama will be battle tested and prepared, and McCain will be out of ammo.