Wednesday, May 14, 2008

What are we to make of West Virginia?

While the Obama camp spent the evening with their fingers in their ears and humming to drown out the noise, West Virginia voters rejected him resoundingly. Hillary took 67% of the votes, and John Edwards, who dropped out of the race months ago, took 7%! 74% of WV voters don't want Obama as their candidate. Wow...

This, and other ominous signs emerging from polls, blogs, and columns, are signaling undeniable problems for Obama. The tag "unelectable" dogs his heels and even the media who love him have had to utter the word...

What is so interesting to me is that Hillary was treated horribly for months as the media, and even debate moderators, fawned over Obama and savaged her. Reports made comments about her hair, looks, clothing, and bashed her for showing genuine emotion. She got the "little missy" treatment, but if anyone dared to call it sexism, they were dismissed harshly as whiners.

Now, Obama performs poorly among voters (including the young, and college educated in WV - his base group), and the cry goes out that the voters are racist, and the media lines right up to indignantly say" yes by god, they are!" Ah denial...

It couldn't possibly be that the spate of negatives some of us saw months ago, that were obscured by the stardust in so many other people's eyes, are now changing the course of Obama's campaign and his future. And these negatives were not created by Hillary Clinton. They come from Obama's life, his choices, actions and his own mouth.

It's a curious race. In many ways, it is like watching a train wreck. I said months ago that the Democratic party will have only itself to blame at how this plays out. This silly system of delegate splitting, tossing out the results from two key states, and now leaving the decision with the superdelegates, who get to vote TWICE - once as private citizens and another as a superdelegate, is poisonous for party unity.

At least all the voters in every state will get a chance to speak at the ballot box. It will then be in the hands of the Democratic party to interpret those results and make a choice. Democratic bigwigs keep saying that the supporters of whoever is not chosen will "come home" to the party.

I wouldn't put money on that. They are discounting the annoyance Democrats feel at the Party itself. It may be "message" time at the ballot box come November.

1 comment:

Willow said...

Incredulously, John Edwards turned around 24 hours later and endorsed Obama! How clueless can you be? And he did so in Michigan, the state whose ballot Obama withdrew his name from, and then when Hillary won it, he has pulled out all the stops to prevent those votes from being counted. Unbelievable!