The level of ugly in the Democratic primary is reaching unbearable heights. In a time of excitement and hope for what this election cycle means, there is a collective sigh coming from the population over the way that the primaries are playing out.
This weekend Bill Richardson drove another nail into the Clinton political coffin. It was Hillary’s nail, but Bill Richardson used the hammer. Here is a qoute from this morning’s Washington Post:
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (D) said that the people around Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) practice “gutter” politics and that they feel entitled to the presidency, a day after an informal adviser to her campaign compared Richardson to Judas for endorsing Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.).
James Carville told the New York Times that Richardson, who was in Bill Clinton’s Cabinet, had committed “an act of betrayal,” adding that it “came right around the anniversary of the day when Judas sold out [Jesus] for 30 pieces of silver, so I think the timing is appropriate, if ironic.”
Richardson responded on “Fox News Sunday.”
“I’m not going to get in the gutter like that,” he said. “And you know, that’s typical of many of the people around Senator Clinton. They think they have a sense of entitlement to the presidency.”
“I am very loyal to the Clintons,” said Richardson, but he wanted something beyond “Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton.” “You know, what about the rest of us?” he asked.
He called for “a new generation of leadership” and added: “I think Obama represents this new change of not just bipartisanship, but bringing people together, bringing races together, bringing America’s role in the world to be respected again.”
“I just feel the time has come to come together behind a candidate,” Richardson added
Hillary Clinton is in a tough spot. The kind of tough spot that one is in when it becomes clear that she is not going to be picked on the playground and she is trying to figure out how to manipulate the good team to pick her. The Democratic race is not over, though it seems as though Hillary will not be able to pull of a convention win. She is likely all but out of the race, but she still has a remote chance. Well, at the convention, that is.
Hillary is in the camp of the ruling party politicians. She is associated in the public mindset as a typical politician. That is because she is…well, a typical politician. It is a series of bad choices that usually land you in a state of despair, and desperation breeds poor decisions. Hillary is caught in this cycle. She is clawing for votes, fighting for her political life, and it shows. She plays the political game, and she knows how to win. So, she could still pull it off, but then she would end up in the general election. Then what?
Then she is in the real game, and there is a reason that in professional sports there are leagues and divisions. It wouldn’t be fair to have a middle weight boxer fighting for the heavyweight belt now, would it? Of course, the general election is not a boxing match. No. It is more of an Ultimate Fighting Championship. Little guys can get in the ring, but they have to bring something that will beat the big guy. John McCain is coming to the ring with a pretty strong advantage. If Hillary nudges her way into the ring, she will find herself face to face with an opponent that she is not ready to take on. Granted, they are the same. They are typical politicians. But John McCain is better.
So, it is possible that Hillary could take the nomination. Not probable, or even likely, but its possible. But she will not be the President. She can’t duck and move enough to compete at that level. She is showing her true colors in the last days of this primary, and they are not the colors of the people.