Earlier in the US Presidential race, I mentioned briefly that if I were an American, I would definitely support Barack Obama. I’m not going to get into the liberalism versus conservatism thing here, because I will most definitely talk about that later on. But, my belief in the necessity of Obama winning the White House will be what I’m going to be getting into.
At the beginning of the race, I’d believed that as long as the Republicans don’t win, the States should be set. Both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were very strong candidates and both should have been able to beat McCain. I’d chosen Obama for his commitment to open governance, his goal to unify the nation, and his belief in rising above the same old crapflinging in politics.
My point of view began to change when Obama started overtaking Clinton in the primaries and Clinton’s campaign began becoming increasingly negative. And as Obama began winning more and more and her victory slipped away, in her desperation, she revealed her true nature. In the last few weeks she has definitely differentiated herself with Obama.
The last few weeks of her campaign have been nothing but lying and flinging crap at Obama. This is exactly the kind of politics that Obama has been campaigning against. This is the reason why Hillary Clinton cannot be allowed to win. This is the reason why, at this point, I would not be able to bring myself to support her if she won. While they may be almost identical in policy, their character is obviously completely different.
And the reason why Obama needs to win is because he’s been taking all of this crap and not doing the same in return. He isn’t lying about his experience. He isn’t bringing up Clinton’s slipups. All he has been doing in response to these attacks is refuting them one right after another and demonstrating his ability and commitment to not get entangled in that crap, while trying to focus the contest on the issues.
And at this point, it is impossible for Clinton to win without the Democratic superdelegates overturning the popular vote and pledged delegate count. Should this happen, it would deal two fairly significant blows to democracy in the States. Party officials overturning the will of the people is not something that is a good sign, and in doing so, it would signal a rejection of change in the way American politics is conducted. I’m sure that after eight years of George W. Bush, more of the same is the last thing the United States needs.