, by David Brooks goes over the possible consequences of Senator Clinton continuing her campaign when she has only a slim chance of winning the nomination.
Here's what I think. I can understand Senator Clinton's frustration to a point. She believed, and quite rightly prior to the start of the Primaries, that she was going to be virtually unopposed and would take the Presidency easily, riding a wave of anti-neocon sentiment. Neither she, nor her advisers were prepared for the grassroots phenomenon of Senator Obama. Since the beginning of the Primary season, Senator Clinton's campaign has progressively turned more negative and become far more concerned with why Senator Obama should not be President, rather than why she should be the Democrat nominee. At this point, her campaign seems so determined to hang on to the bitter end. Which may end up radically dividing the Democrat party, giving Senator McCain an enormous opportunity to win in November.
Earlier in the campaign season, I posted in this blog that I would most likely vote for Senator McCain rather than Senator Clinton, if she were to win the Democrat nomination. I don't for a moment think either would be a good President. Senator McCain, despite his experiences as a POW, sounds far too much like a Neocon Hawk, and Senator Clinton when not attacking Senator Obama, spends too much time praising Senator McCain or padding her qualifications to be President with highly exaggerated versions of her experiences as First Lady. I don't want more war, and I don't want another
President who uses FUD as easily as Senator Clinton has lately.
Politics is often referred to as the Art of the Possible. It's all based on compromises. However, for several Presidential elections now, we've had to put up with choosing between the lesser of two evils. Or, as I like to put it, figuring out which one will be worse and voting for the opponent. I'm tired of that.
My grandfather always said that you should vote at every election. As he put it, "Too many people have died so you can." I agree with that sentiment. But, if Senator Obama doesn't win the nomination, I am seriously considering not voting at all.