With all due respect to her supporters...I wish it was over and done, and Barack had the nomination sewn up.
Well, here's the conversation I got to listen to this morning, courtesy of my ultra-conservative co-workers (I'm the token liberal around here--yes, it's every bit as fun as it sounds):
"Just think how entertaining it's going to be for the next few weeks, watching them tear each other apart."
"Yeah, Obama was campaigning like a gentleman, but now that she's gone negative, he'll have to, too."
And, sadly, I AGREE. Now that she's gone and played the "fear card," the gloves will be off. (Why, oh WHY, Hillary? I was hoping we'd lost that tactic when Giuliani dropped out, tail between his legs.) It's going to get ugly, and it's playing right into John McCain's hands. ARRRGHH! Great idea--let's give them all the ammunition they need! Why make 'em work for it?
Bah. And Hillary had the nerve to say on the Daily Show earlier this week that the competition "would be healthy for the Democratic party." Bah again.
Mind you, I have nothing against Hillary as a person, and until those "it's 3 in the morning" commercials, nothing really against her as a candidate. BUT SHE'S DIVISIVE. And I think those people lucky enough not to live and work in the middle of a hotbed of conservatives don't quite get how very much they HATE her. It's completely irrational, their hatred, but it's very real. And I worry, if she's the candidate, that Hillary-haters will come out in droves to vote AGAINST her. Not FOR McCain--they're lukewarm at best about him, but AGAINST her.
And let's talk about that "3 in the morning" bullshit. Come on--can anyone in the world say with certainty how they would react to "that" call? Certainly no amount of "experience" can train you for that. I'm sure all the candidates think they would react appropriately, but how can you know that with certainty unless or until "that" call comes? I mean, do you think even Dubya really thought he'd go catatonic for 7 minutes, holding an upside-down book about a pet goat, then disappear into AirForce One for several hours?
I think the best we can do is vote for someone who seems both to have a level head, and to not easily panic. I would have thought that either Hillary or Barack would have fit the bill on that score. Now I'm not so sure. One of them seemed pretty panicked the last few days. We'll see how the other one fares now. Sigh.