Is it just me, or does anyone else find it annoying that the press keeps giving space to Obama people saying Hillary should just quit now for the health of the party.
Seems to be that the numbers aren't there yet for either of them.
I understand the implied argument that we then all join hands and wander off into the sunset with no further divisive wrangling.
(But, hey, maybe he should quit struggling too….)
But why is it assumed it is so terrible for the party for the primary actually to remain open, possibly all the way to the convention?
A couple of points to consider:
First, it seems to me that the press is only really beginning to scrutinize Obama.
And, sorry if it is your candidate getting criticized, but isn't it better that it happen now, rather than in October.
If there are weaknesses, they need to be revealed and dealt with sooner rather than later.
Surely no one thinks the handling Obama is getting now even approaches what he will see coming from McCain.
Excuse me, but is there anyone here who remembers trying to watch all the convention coverage for a national election?
It's deadly, stultifying, television.
The institution was set up in a previous age, and was always intended to be a circus-like amusement for those participating.
And when the candidate has already been determined, there isn't anything really happening.
Coronations are, frankly, boring.
Gee, there's a chance this one would be riveting.
While the Republicans will be waking McCain up from nap time to read off his acceptance, the Democrats could be dueling down to the wire.
People might actually watch it, and feel involved.
At the moment we have two attractive, vital candidates vying actively with each other, while the Republican candidate is off by himself in a boring vacuum.
Who do you think will be getting the press coverage for the rest of the primary season?
People are actually looking at and caring about the candidates' positions on complicated issues.
There is plenty of time to settle on a candidate to oppose McCain.
Let's get us settled first, there's no rush, since it is utterly clear what the difference between McCain and either candidate is.
And if the primary numbers are any clue, that choice shouldn't be too hard.*
I hear you ask.
A close race according to the polls?
You mean like the one that showed Obama beating Hillary in California by 13%?
Polls are, shall we say, an inexact science….