ohio and texas.

I really wish I could say that I was surprised to wake up this morning (eh. afternoon) and see that Hilary had broken Obama’s 12 primary winning streak by taking the two most important states at this point, Texas and Ohio; but sadly, no surprise at all. Throughout this election I’ve really wanted Obama to spring ahead, but a lingering pessimism inside of me has known all along how this will turn out. I’ve been an American long enough to know that the general public can’t smell bullshit when it’s getting crammed up their nostrils, and for this reason alone I can (sadly) say for sure that we will end up having a McCain/Clinton election this year; and because Hilary will alienate independents, who will then vote for McCain, our country will at best improve ever so slightly over the next four years.

I’m not sure if I’m just a realist, or a pessimist, but I just really can’t see a way Obama can pull this off. Sad.

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11 thoughts on “ohio and texas.

  1. This makes it fascinating to watch US doing democracy and they want to export the same to the rest of the world. Mind you, our own UK does not smell of roses either.

  2. travelers says:

    “I really wish I could say that I was surprised to wake up this morning (eh. afternoon) and see that Hilary had broken Obama’s 12 primary winning streak by taking the two most important states at this point, Texas and Ohio; but sadly, no surprise at all. Throughout this election I’ve really wanted Obama to spring ahead, but a lingering pessimism inside of me has known all along how this will turn out.”

    It’s really no wonder at all with the “Dirty Pool Tactic’s” of the Clintons…. It’s just a matter of time and how far they will go. They will do anything and pull anything in order to win.

  3. Alex says:

    I put some of it down to the rather sinister idea of a “crossover” vote – Republicans voting in the primaries for Clinton as they know Obama is the stronger candidate. At the end of the day, I think Obama somewhat tarnishing himself with his dodgy land deals and aggressive poster campaign could not have helped. Still some way to go mind you, and Obama seems to consistently overturn predictions even by well respected pundits.

  4. Keith Giles says:

    Mike,

    Don’t lose the faith. Obama has the same delegate lead he had before last night’s elections…even losing Ohio and Texas.

    I still think our next Prez is Obama.

    kg

  5. Grant says:

    I voted for Obama in the primary, but now wish I wouldn’t have. The guys speeches irritate the shit out of me. He never really offers positions about anything. Say what you want about Hillary’s triangulation – she’s brilliant, honest, and forthright. At least she has the balls to say she’s going to do some unpopular things. Obama just talks about “change” all the time. The guy isn’t a decision maker – he’s a public opinion courter. If he ever said or wrote something that actually dealt with the nuances of any situation, I’d shit my pants.

  6. Grant,

    That’s a very good Clinton talking point, but it has about as much basis in reality as her Iraq war vote.

    Clinton’s far from honest. Even when she’s trying to act fake, like on SNL, she comes across as trying to fake acting fake. And the unpopular things – forcing people to buy insurance? Really? That deserves laudatory praise? I know you are under the erroneous opinion that socialized health care ‘doesn’t work’, whatever you would mean by that, but it does and it is the only answer to the health care crisis in America. Forcing everyone to buy insurance will just create the same problems surrounding car insurance in States like Illinois.

    As to Obama’s lack of nuance – his website provides more detailed plans than his speeches do. His political speeches have a different goal and all this talk about how it says nothing just misses the point. It speaks to the desire for change, more so than just changing what his position is for the sake of public opinion (actually, there is a far deeper and documented history of Clinton doing this far more).

    I don’t think Obama is Jesus Christ and many of his policies are not radical enough for me. However, his presidency would re-energize a failing Left in America and that is more important than having another fucking dynasty President. Even subtracting the issues, there is something obviously fucked up and undemocratic about a line of Presidents that would read ‘Bush, Clinton, Clinton, Bush, Bush, Clinton’. That’s 24 years of two families. That is bullshit.

  7. Alex says:

    Socialised healthcare works pretty well from where I am standing, both in the NHS and in mainland Europe. It isn’t perfect, could per, but it is a hell of a lot better than forcing everyone to buy insurance and excluding the very poor, again, from the possiblity of obtaining health care, a move that in the end only plays into the hands of corporate interests and the corruption that stems from this form of care – you want that operation, well your plan doesn’t cover it, you aren’t sick enough, the plan won’t pay out etc etc. See the front of Clinton’s website for conformation of where her interest lie.

    All politicians during the course of a political campaign are “public opinion courter”s, to think otherwise is woefully naive. All politician utilise rhetoric devices and hand waving about change, its simply that Obama’s script writers are better. Placed side by side are their rhetorics really that different, other than Obama has the shock of the new? Elections are hardly about the nuances of the policies are they?

    Everybody who has ever been counted out and refused to be knocked out, for everyone who has stumbled and stood right back up and for everybody who works hard and never gives up — this one’s for you

    We’ve got to get back to being the innovation nation.

    As for practical hands on things, Clinton’s work as governer is surely comparable to Obama’s and his further work as a organiser at the local level.

  8. Alex says:

    should be could perhaps need more money, and would get it if it wasn’t for the corporate vultures circling…

  9. “We’ve got to get back to being the innovation nation.”
    Thanks (whoever said it),I do agree that is what Americans are good at!
    However you have a window of opportunity in Obama which may never happen again.

    Hey, just an UK perspective!

  10. michaeloneillburns says:

    Winslie,
    Very good point, we may never have this opportunity again, which is why this election is so very important. I’m not even sure if Obama will really bring that much ‘radical’ change; but I think he has the potential to really get the ball rolling in bringing some very significant long term change to the whole ‘American way’.

    Regardless of his over emphasis on rhetoric and speeches; Obama spent a significant portion of his adult life doing community development work in the south side of Chicago; I doubt Hilary knows a poor person. On this ground alone I have more trust that Obama will actually make things happen.

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