Hilary Rodham Clinton’s struggling, long shot campaign for the Presidency turned into no shot Tuesday night. She’s out of cash, out of time and out of excuses. It’s time to fold and head for the wings.
Financial reports scheduled for release today will show a debt-ridden campaign that will need another loan from the candidate to keep the doors open and the thumping from Barack Obama in North Carolina and her narrow win in Indiana will not convince donors to waste any more money on her futile effort.
It’s over. The fat lady sang, collected her fee, and went home. Clinton needs to follow her out the door.
The only question that remains in the long, bitter campaign for the Democratic Presidential nomination is whether or not Clinton recognizes the obvious and finally puts what’s left of her political party ahead of her avarice and personal ambition. If she doesn’t, any chance of ever regaining a prominent position in the party that once revered her and her former President husband is long gone.
Clinton put on a brave face late last night, claiming her hallow victory in Indiana but the distracted, morose face of Bill Clinton told the story. Her campaign sent him into the bowels of North Carolina to try and wake up the uneducated, uninformed white vote that forms the core of her electability and Bubba failed to deliver.
Her brief flirtation with momentum, sparked by the win in Pennsylvania, is gone. The Clinton campaign bus is stalled, mired in a swamp of political mud – mud she threw by the bucketful at Obama and mud that just did not stick.
For a while, it looked like the distractions of Rev. Jeremiah Wright and missteps by Obama might sink his candidacy. He lost focus, stumbled badly, but recovered. The Obama that strode on stage in North Carolina Tuesday night had the old bounce, the old gospel orator style and a renewed message of hope for an America that needs any shred of hope that it can find.
Obama delivered one of his best speeches of the this overlong campaign season, invoking memories of his parents and those of his wife, outlining his vision for the future and cementing his love of country and strength of motivation.
The rhetoric rang true, the style invoked passion and the delivery demanded attention. Obama is back and his twin foes of Clinton and old-style politics are vanquished.
The only thing left is for Clinton to finally do the right thing and start working to bring the fractured Democratic Party back together.
Mrs. Clinton, the stage is yours. Please take your bows and exit, stage left.