I put Middle Earth Journal in hiatus in May of 2008 and moved to Newshoggers.
I temporarily reopened Middle Earth Journal when Newshoggers shut it's doors but I was invited to Participate at The Moderate Voice so Middle Earth Journal is once again in hiatus.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Is this a flip or a flop

In spite of what I wrote the other night - Jazz is right, Obama is now inevitable and he can beat John McCain. The most obvious thing about last night's debate in the Hillary firewall state of Texas. Hillary Clinton was not the combative Hillary we have seen up to this point. Dick Polman saw it:
I'll begin at the end, because somehow it seems most pertinent. At the close of last night's Democratic debate, Hillary Clinton conveyed the impression that she is preparing herself for defeat.

Some of this was communicated in her words: "And, you know, no matter what happens in this contest - and I am honored, I am honored to be here with Barack Obama. I am absolutely honored. Whatever happens, we're going to be fine. You know, we have strong support from our families and our friends." More importantly, it was communicated in the way she spoke those words. She sounded wistful, as if resigned to her political fate.
I have thought from the beginning that Hillary would be better equipped to go up against the Republican slime machine. We have seen that he campaign was ambushed by the Obama campaign so now I'm not so sure. Iraq has almost become a non issue but 70% of the American people still blame the current economic woes on the war and two thirds of the voters want us out sooner rather than latter. Obama is right when he says he is in a better position to take on McCain:
And I think that, when we're having a debate with John McCain, it is going to be much easier for the candidate who was opposed to the concept of invading Iraq in the first place to have a debate about the wisdom of that decision...


... than having to argue about the tactics subsequent to the decision.
So it now seems inevitable that Barack Obama will be the Democratic nominee. If Hillary Clinton does not win BIG in both Texas and Ohio, which seems increasingly unlikely, she should withdraw from the race so that we can get on to the important business of beating McCain and the Republicans in November. Mr Obama needs to make some changes in his campaign and start running a a Democrat and recognize that you can't unite with a Republican party that thinks compromise means doing exactly what they want all the time.