by Emmett R Smith
The widely-reported statement yesterday by Mrs Senator Bill Clinton, before her Tee Vee encounter with Mr Senator Obama in the evening, revealed the essential behind-the-scenes story now unfolding inside the Democrat Party:
She called on Democrat Party senior leaders — yet again — to remember her CV, above all in making The Democracy’s final nomination-decision.
In poll-terms now the New York senator is said to have an Ohio-edge, whereas the race in Texas is “deadlocked.” And as to last night’s “debate” and her technical skills, it is certainly clear that Mrs Clinton took the points — mostly — while Mr Obama nonetheless won on ovation.
So it all makes perfect sense in the matter of this persistent embarrassment of Democrat “superdelegates,” that Mrs Clinton should remind — often — this same upper crust of party professionals of her undoubted expertise. Mr Obama’s supporters at apparently a slightly further remove are left appealing to these same party overmen and -women, that they “should” remember the demonstrated preferences of masses of Democrat caucus-voters.
Nevertheless, a complex demographic process is unfolding statistically among Democrats across the land:
The statistical finding — that the professionalist Clinton finds a larger following among the lower classes especially of white females who more likely have experienced some clientization and in nervous times are glad enough to have it available for what little it is worth — very possibly fuels that same professionalistic message, of the overall Clinton nomination-drive:
“We are the experts,” and “Hi! I have a master’s degree…glad you met me!”
But experience hath its pitfalls, and Mr Senator Obama last night perhaps scored his best point when he took on Mrs Senator Clinton’s claimed previous legislative-effort on behalf of healthcare reform.
Mr Obama said about the 1993-4 healthcare floundering:
“Senator Clinton and the administration went behind closed doors, excluded the participation even of Democratic [sic] members of Congress who had slightly different ideas than the ones that Senator Clinton had put forward,” he said. “And, as a consequence, it was much more difficult to get Congress to cooperate. . . . I’m going to do things differently.”
Such a remark is a two-edged sword of course, as it reprises the whole ongoing DNC closed-door nomination problem and can very possibly arouse resentments among the guilty.
Mr Obama’s task right now is to make clear that his rhetorical skills are real and that he will use his undoubted charisma to bring the national legislature and experts together, on a common legislative agenda to serve the demonstrated needs and desires of what are actually now many Americans.
Of course, should the Illinois senator be nominated and elected to the Presidency, his claimed intent “to do things differently” remains to be seen — and we should be mistaken to suppose that Mr Senator John McCain would now be very wise to keep resting on his laurels with tented fingers and a psoriatic beaming grin, while Democrats continue struggling with the disgusting circumstance of “looking like” elitist nincompoops.
However, the Arizona senator has other fish to keep a certain other persistent contender from frying for himself:
“I refuse to allow the establishment or the party bosses in Washington or anywhere else to tell us this is over,” said Mr Governor Huckabee yesterday. “For me to pull out of the election before Texas gets to vote would not only be unacceptable, it would be inexcusable,” he said. “It’s not Republican, and it’s not American.”
This is good stuff, it at once draws a line between the Democrat Party’s hypercredentialist corruption-style and at the same time suggests that ordinary Republicans may not always have to sit still for their essentially-criminal leadership’s corporatist hostile-takeover metaphor, of “winner take all!”
It only helped of course that Mr Hucakbee said it all in front of the Alamo.
“People sometimes think of the Alamo as a defeat, but it actually was the springboard to Texas’s victory and independence,” Huckabee added.
What he did not additionally bring up of course is that the Alamo was a defeat, that the Anglo filibusters self-marooned there died to a man in 1836, that they stayed and died out of emotional stubborness — and, that they did so against the orders of Sam Houston. The same Sam Houston who later made the insubordinate “remember the Alamo!” an emotional battle and electoral rallying cry of his own. So, it all remains now to be seen what sort of cards Mr Huckabee will be in a position to deal in the runup to the Republican convention. For a fact Mr McCain is going to have make something or other of Mr Huckabee’s his, of that gentleman’s real pride and self-confidence and moral dignity.
In view of the hideous embarrassment of his endorsement earlier by The Two Perverts, Mr McCain simply has no choice and as matters stand now, were the November poll to be taken today it would be (on the persistence of corruption):
Mrs Senator William Jefferson Clinton, by one-half of one percent of the popular vote, over Mr Senator Cindy McCain.
[Emmett R Smith all rights reserved 22 February 2008]