Let Hillary Finish

Another Tuesday, another primary or two. I’ve got to tell you that I’m really sick of it all, since we’ve been hearing commercials and political commentary since last summer. There’s nothing like starting 18 months before the election to grab our attention.

What’s really making me mad right now is the insistence by the news media and pundits (which is a pretty silly word when you think about it) that Hillary Clinton withdraw from the race and throw her support to Obama. I voted for him but I think she should have the right to decide for herself when is the right time to withdraw.

Hillary is not a stupid woman; she knows that she’s not going to win. But she has amassed a big chunk of votes and support and by telling her to cave now, it tells those folks that they were stupid to endorse her.

I’ve talked with several friends in different parts of the country.  All of us voted for Obama and all of us feel the same way: pissed off that Hillary is being pushed to not finish the primaries. The states that vote at the end of the process almost never have a voice in anything; the decision is usually in the bag by Super Tuesday. This year they do have a chance to vote and have that vote be heard and counted. Why shouldn’t they do it? Why should she have to cave in now just because some stupid talking head person on TV says she should?

There will be time after the end of the primary season for Hillary to make her decision about what next. I don’t expect that it will go to the convention. But I want the talking heads to shut up, let the people vote, and then let Hillary sort out what happens next – on her timetable. Democrats can’t afford to piss off her supporters and if they keep this up, that’s exactly what will happen.