Monday, July 14, 2008

The Determined Spoilers

By Robert Sandy

The May 31st decision by the Democratic Party's Rules and Bylaws Committee not to fully seat the delegations from Florida and Michigan, followed a week later by Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's formal withdrawal from the race for the Democratic nomination, unleashed an interparty maelstrom the likes of which has not been seen since Pat Buchanan's infamous "soul of America" speech from the floor of the Republican National Convention in 1992—and it is clear how all of that turned out for the Republicans.

This maelstrom is the culmination of a nearly eighteen month struggle between two very similar political philosophies each backed by very different voter coalitions. In very general terms, the presumptive nominee Barack Obama was the choice of the Democratic Party leadership, the mainstream media, affluent whites, young voters, the black community, and the intelligentsia, while Senator Clinton was the choice of working-class families, older Americans, women, Latinos, Asians, and, by and large, gays and lesbians.

In the end, Barack Obama prevailed. His victory, however, was accompanied by a list of caveats long enough to call into question the validity of the entire process. And for those who worked hard and dreamed long for Senator Clinton's candidacy, her loss does not so much represent lost opportunities as it does stolen ones. This is because Barack Obama won not by actually winning, but by being selected. The Democratic Party leadership, the MSM, and far-left activists openly helped to engineer the defeat of a far more experienced, talented, and intelligent female candidate, in favor of a charismatic male neophyte whose own blind arrogance would not allow him to wait his turn. And for many voters, this is simply unforgivable.

Since Senator Obama's ascension much has been made by him and the Democratic Party leadership about the need for unity, but unity will not fully come about, at least not anytime soon. And chiefly because this primary election cycle, which has been tilted by ridiculous methods of delegate allocation and a broken caucus system, has opened wounds that require far more attention than anyone is currently willing to pay them.

The article can be accessed by selecting the Special Report "red circle."

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1 comment:

Pumawhisker said...

This is well done Sandy. Thank you for a right on letter.