by Joe Shea
American Reporter Correspondent
February 13, 2008
AMERICA TO HILLARY: GET OUT!
BRADENTON, Fla., Feb. 13, 2008 -- Sen. Hillary Clinton has adopted the Rudy Giuliani strategy, and it's working - for Sen. Barack Obama. It turns out to be the strategy all Democrats are seeking - an exit strategy. But it's not for Iraq. It's for her exit from the race for the 2008 Democratic Presidential nomination.
America has been had. The New York senator from Chicago via Arkansas is being run by the greatest con man of all time, the Hon. Bill Clinton, whose very existence is an amorphous verb, like whatever is is.
The man who pipped an alleged Mossad agent with his cigar as Yasir Arafat cooled his heels for 20 minutes outside the Oval Office is now trying to convince the American public not that he didn't have sex with that woman but that his wife is still winning, still ahead, still viable, after eight straight primary losses.
The man who claims to be America's first black President - but not its first interracial marriage partner, we would note - claims that it doesn't matter how many states Barack Obama wins because at the end of the day, he's still going to be black and harder to elect than Hillary.
Okay, he's not claiming that, and all these inflammatory remarks are probably off the wall or over the top or something. But so is the idea that Rudy Giuliani doesn't need to be competitive in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina, and the idea that after winning only half as many states and half as many votes (okay, that's an exaggeration, too). Hillary is electable. She's not, and maybe she never was.
But that won't stop Bill. Our former beloved President has become the aging lech whose inside ball is aimed at the knees and scraping the plate. Ignore all these lopsided victories, he advises us, at least thematically. Don't worry about Virginia, or Maryland, or Missouri. Don't worry about anything except Hillary's top-heavy, no-delegate triumph in Florida, and her utterly meaningful victories in New York and California.
They are so meaningful because they came with the overwhelming support of Latino voters who will also propel her victories in the March 4 Texas and Ohio primaries. It won't matter by then how many more states (and it's probably six, including the same-day primaries of Rhode Island and Vermont) he will win between now and the Pennsylvania primary on April 22; what will matter, again according to Bill, is that she has energized the Hispanic vote and the soccer mom vote, and that's what will really count when she has to accuse Sen. John McCain of treason or something to upset him in November, since the polls show she would lose the White House, too.
But in my estimate the media that matter in this country - including the New York Times, Washington Times, Los Angeles Times, CNN,. NBC and CBS - are buying Bill's theme. They aren't treating Hillary like they treated Joe Biden and Bill Richardson and Chris Dodd and all the rest of those who lost race after race. And Hillary does have one thing they didn't have - about 1,185 delegates, depending on which of the big media do the counting.
Instead of telling her to get out of the race now so that Obama can build the massive and polished organization he'll need to overcome every slippery fish the Republicans will throw at him in November, they are lulling her contributors into not believing she's essentially broke and losing badly everywhere. The way you can tell a popular politician is that he wins, and while she does win some big ones, she is getting trampled by massive margins in a great many states.
Her only real chance of winning is to get Bill to bribe all those superdelegates with night in the Lincoln Bedroom and afternoon soirees on the Potomac, and a few choice contracts here and there. But it's like putting her up against Michael Jordan in a one-on-one game of H-O-R-S-E. People don't like her, don't want her back in the White House, don't trust or believe her, and don't think she's right on Iraq or health care or much of anything.
And that will be a beautiful thing. There's nice, clean, soft-spoken John McCain, the author of bipartisan legislation on immigration and election reform, the man too liberal for Republicans and not too conservative for Democrats, and here's Hillary Clinton, stealing the nomination in Denver from Barack Obama by somehow getting her unseated Florida delegates to vote for her and getting the superdelegates - the inside pols - to sweep her to the general election ballot over the majority of Barack's elected delegates. You couldn't even walk for the sliming she would get.
So, get out, Hillary. You can still hope Barack loses and you get the nod the next time, and that would probably be fair. But for now, yes, Americans do want something in Washington to change. And they do want the new energy and vision of leadership of a young and vital black man. And they don't want you. Not this time. Get out.
Go home, wherever that is, lick your wounds and go back to work.
AR Correspondent Joe Shea is Editor-in-Chief of the world's first Internet daily newspaper, founded on April 10, 1995.