You know, win or lose, I think either Senator Obama or Senator Clinton is a lot better than Senator John McCain. In my lifetime, I hope to see a black president or a woman run the office. But what’s more important is the issues at sake here. So, let’s all remember… that no matter who wins the Democratic party, we should all unify to make sure that whoever we want in the office wins. We want a better solution to the current problems facing the world today. And the more energy that person has, the better they will get into office…
… so with this in mind, I am not all that thrilled about the supporters of Senator Clinton. I read in the New York AM today that two of Clinton’s supporters will not vote for Obama if Clinton loses the primary. Now, I am a strong supporter of who will get the job done best and I feel that Obama is the better candidate. And as time goes on, Senator Clinton and her team have been doing some rather… questionable stuff.
First, Obama raised $36 million via supporters in January. Then reports after that showed the Hillary loaned $5 million to her own campaign to keep up with Obama. Considering that the President’s salary is about way lower per year, one would have to consider why she would spend $5 million of her own money to play catch up. When advertising did not work, Clinton then went as far as copying some of Obama’s sayings into her own campaign with her own spin. Instead of a "Yes, We Can" like Obama, she says "Yes, We Will!". Then when copying doesn’t work and Obama keeps winning, then one of her aides accused Obama of plagiarism. And with that, she (along with McCain) is now pushing experience over words. Sadly, instead of playing a calm and collected person, she’s playing cards that are making her look somewhat childish while Obama speaks with confidence.
As we wait to see what the other states will say, we have to wonder… do we really want someone like this running the country? A leader have to perform well under any and many trying circumstances and Clinton failed some tests of conviction. What I’m even a bit more concern about is her supporters. Some of them wanting a female president so much that if she fails to get nominated, the Democratic party may lose their votes. I want a black president as much as any other black person, but I think if Obama failed and we had Clinton and whoever, then we want the best person for the job. The Black/White issues shouldn’t be a concern… not at this important stage.
However, I think after all is said and done, I feel that Clinton supporters should think about what you want to experience in the next four years… and if you rather think "fair taxes" or "resolving Iraq’s problem" or "restoring America’s trust" or any topic you think of is less important than a "First Female President"… then I think you better remix your way of thinking before it’s too late.
In the meantime… Go Obama! (Sorry… gotta do it)
Edit 2/22/08: Edited the last paragraph just to clarify what I meant.