Hillary Rodham Clinton walked on stage in Texas Tuesday night and delivered yet another overlong, overwrought stump speech, ignoring the butt-kicking she received yet again in primaries back East.
This time she couldn’t claim these were meaningless caucuses which her husband lost in 1992. These were the Potomac primaries: Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia – the National Capital Region where she and her husband lived as squatters for eight years at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Hillary has run out of excuses for losing and some wonder if she is running out of time as well. Her campaign manager is gone, replaced by a longtime aide with questionable political experience. The deputy campaign manager is out too. In true Clinton style, she is scapegoating others for her failures.
A shrill Hill strutted on stage Tuesday night, feigning confidence in the face of humiliating defeat. Barack Obama didn’t just win the three primaries: He kicked butt, tallying over 60 percent and capturing enough delegates to overcome Clinton’s onetime lead — even when unelected super delegates are included.
This doesn’t mean Hillary is finished. The political landscape is littered with the corpses of those who wrote the Clintons off too early. The race for the Democratic nomination is far from over and Hillary, like any cornered animal, has her claws out.
But voters have a choice and they aren’t ready to hand Washington back over to the Clintons. Her husband’s despicable performance as the campaign bad cop backfired and reminded voters that any deal with the Clintons is a two-for-one package and that price may be too high.
Hillary’s laughable claims that she has the experience for the job have fallen flat with voters, along with her shrill attempts to act feminine one second and emasculating the next fall on deaf ears.
Hillary Clinton, like her former President husband, is the past and voters have had enough of the past. The thousands upon thousands of first-time voters who have joined the cause for the future are more willing to take a chance on an unknown.
Barack Obama brings an excitement sorely needed to our political system, a surge of hope that status quo stalwarts like Hillary Clinton and John McCain can promise but never deliver.
The past is prologue and the future lies ahead. This nation’s future is best served if neither Hillary Clinton nor her husband is part of it.