Let me preface by stating that I did not vote for either Clinton or Obama in the primaries, and I think that there are faults with both of them in terms of who should be President of the United States (but their faults, from my perspective, are far less than those of McCain).
This primary season has killed all joy and hope in terms of a great political race for me. I’m exhausted by it (and I can only imagine how the candidates feel). The racial and misogynistic outcries from people in and out of the campaigns have really made this a difficult race to support.
All of this being said, I was dismayed by the responses of so many people last night, including candidates.
As the countdown of the primaries concluded yesterday evening, Obama’s campaign was counting down how many super delegates had pledged their support. I watched the countdown via both Twitter and FriendFeed. I watched people cheer Obama on. I watched as it got closer and closer to the final number of delegates needed (this was really counted down, one by one).
I’m all for cheering your candidate on. I think it’s great that so many people are so passionate about this race, and that so many people are interested in politics. All I have to say to that is that it’s about time. Where have you all been?
Ahem. Anyway…what bothered me were the comments about Clinton during this. These same people could not resist making digs at Clinton. Fine, that might be the fun of politics for them. But some of them were personal and misogynistic and were troubling. Then, I was confused by the vehemence of responses when Clinton didn’t concede the race immediately.
There are a few things that bother me about this. First, just because delegates have pledged their vote, doesn’t mean they *will* vote that way. Second, Obama declared himself the winner when the race has been so close, a bit presumptuous I think. Third, Obama and McCain have pretty much excluded Clinton for a few months, battling one another (smacks of a boy’s club). Fourth, if another candidate had decided that it was prudent to wait a few hours to make a decision, I’m sure that some latitude would be given to that person.
Frankly, that Clinton said that she didn’t want to make any snap decisions, that she wanted to think about this, made me respect her more. It tells me that she’s thoughtful, careful, and considerate about her actions. We know she can make snap decisions because she has. But she has now shown us that she is also a very considerate person in her actions.
And what is that old cliche? Actions speak louder than words. In this case, it really was a good decision.
Whatever she chooses to do, that one statement made me respect her. It would be our loss to not have her as an advocate for the citizens of the US in one capacity or another.