In just a few short hours, Hillary Clinton will speak at the Democratic National Convention. While it’s not exactly the scenario she had planned, she still holds a pivotal role in the election. With a flock of angry supporters behind her, Clinton needs to address the latest tactic by John McCain to misdirect her flock.
McCain’s recent batch of television ads are trying to reach out to the disgruntled Clinton camp. Using sound bytes of the New York Senator calling Obama inexperienced, in one McCain concedes, “She was right.”
Like McCain has ever thought Hillary was right about anything.
What we have here is a classic case of Washington manipulation at the hands of a 72-year-old seasoned veteran. McCain could no more agree with Clinton than he could stay up past 10 p.m.
It’s an act, and a poor one at that.
In perhaps the most transparent campaign charade yet, McCain is shamelessly pining for votes with the most unlikely of supporters—fiercely dedicated democrats. The problem may be, however, that Clinton’s supporters are more devoted to her than the principles of the Democratic Party.
Like a spoiled child, Clinton supporters who defect to McCain are clearly acting out of spite. How else can you justify not voting for Obama—whose policies are 95 percent the same as Clinton’s—and thus denying a democrat the white house for another four years? It must have been the pants suits—and not the policies—that Clinton supporters were so ardently in favor of. Otherwise, the transition to Obama would have been seamless.
What I’ve found more disappointing than McCain’s manipulation (not a real surprise), is Clinton’s less-than-passionate disapproval of the ads. Only when prompted did Clinton respond to the ads by saying, “I am Hillary Clinton, and I did not approve this message.” A clever play on words, but far from the serious, impassioned defense of Obama and attack on McCain’s cheap tactics one would expect of a die-hard democrat in an election season.
McCain may butter up to Clinton and her supporters now, but rest assured that if he takes office there will be no place for Clinton at the table. Obama represents the same ideals as Clinton, and more importantly, the same party. Clinton’s political career may not reach the office of “Madame President,” but there is still room for a high position in the Obama administration. If Clinton supporters really want the best for their candidate—and their country—they will vote for Obama.