I wanted to do a little dance when I woke up this morning to discover that the last of Senator Clinton’s hopes is dead. Here is a summary of the delegate split decision:
Obama - 33.5
Clinton - 53.5
Obama - 29.5
Clinton - 34.5
This effectively gave Senator Clinton a net increase of 24 delegates which is just a drop in the ocean when there are only three primaries left. After I declared Senator Obama the democratic nominee over a week ago, I must admit I was hesitant in doing so given the unpredictable nature of politics but I am quite thankful to be right. There are still many problems with the decision; the first possibility being that the Clinton camp might appeal the decision at the Democratic convention which is something that the party leaders are trying to avoid. The second possibility revolves around the “significant” number of Clinton supporters that might defect to the Republicans or simply not vote.
I believe the second possibility has been played up in the media for the purpose of ratings and sales; I do not have any facts to prove this but can make a generalization based on the current political climate. Every democrat is aware of the current state of the United States from the economy to the “progress” in Iraq. This awareness would make it illogical to vote for Senator McCain given his views towards Iraq and on the Bush Tax Cuts. I believe and hope that the Democratic Party will unite but the first step has to start with Senator Clinton this week.
“We’ve got to tell those people, ‘You’ve been in a fight, the fight is over. Which side are you on?’ “said Lawrence Guyot, 68, a former civil rights activist who headed the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party in 1964. “Do you support McCain, or do you support Obama?”
Guyot said it is up to Clinton to start that dialogue and bring her supporters to heel.