Clinton can’t quit now, not with Obama showing certain weaknesses with Democratic voters and near-fatal weaknesses with the general electorate. Keep in mind, voters want change, and voters in economically-distressed Pennsylvania more than most. But with them, Obama was either the wrong kind of change, not enough change — or maybe too much change.
And Clinton was right, earlier today, when she asked why Obama can’t “close the deal.” There are probably only three kinds of Obama voters. The True Believers, the Anybody But Clintons, and the Wary. Reverend Wright and Bittergate — and today’s election — have shown that it’s not that tough to strip the Wary voters off of Obama’s coattails. I mean, even Hillary Clinton can do that.
And the Democratic primaries? Look. The Republican candidates were such a sorry lot, to my tastes anyway, that I couldn’t be bothered to show up for the Colorado caucuses. Even now, you hear more grumbles than praise for John McCain from the reddest of red state voters.
But Republicans settled on McCain, and quickly — because that’s what the Republican primary process is designed to do: Pick a damn candidate already.
The Democrats’ process is designed to give everyone “a voice.” Not a win, not a candidate, but “a voice.” Unless, of course, the unelected and unaccountable “superdelegates” capriciously choose to strip the people of their voice. In which case, you know, too bad. What the Democratic primaries don’t do — what they seemed designed to put off doing — choosing a nominee for the office of the President of the United States of America.