An Open Letter To George McGovern and the Democratic Party:
Please, please, please! You must STOP telling Hillary Clinton to drop out of the primary race! The situation is not exactly the same as it was in 1972—how could it be? We’re living in a whole different era, with different rules, different people and a completely altered political landscape.
One of Senator Clinton’s reasons for continuing is profoundly correct: she has brought in voters who will not vote for Barack Obama in November; they will vote for John McCain. To put it most bluntly, the majority of people who voted for Obama in the primary will vote for Clinton over McCain, but those who voted for Clinton will not vote for Obama in the general election. It’s that simple.
I don’t believe Obama can win the general election—but that isn’t the only reason I want Clinton to stay. I want her to stay because I’m still smarting from the last two elections, when the Democrats did not stand up and fight for themselves or their constituents (me). The 2000 election was stolen, and I’m not sure the Democrats and Al Gore did everything they could to prevent it. In the 2004 election, John Kerry promised during the campaign that he’d fight to the bitter end—and then he conceded well before the votes were counted! I felt utterly betrayed, and I lost all respect for Kerry.
Hillary Clinton is proving her loyalty and her strength (as if she hadn’t already proved that through her trials as First Lady, when she was stalked and maligned by the right wing). I respect her for refusing to cave into pressure, from George McGovern or anybody else. I’m with her all the way. I wish her party would have a little faith in themselves. Even though bad blood has been shed during the primary, the wounds can be healed in the interests of success in November. The voters know how important it is; why don’t the Democratic leaders?
Whether Clinton wins or not, her refusal to leave before she actually loses is admirable. As the first viable female Presidential candidate, she’s setting a powerful example for little girls.
Go, Hillary! We’re with ya!