Thursday, May 08, 2008

The Difference Between Hillary, Ron Paul

Poor Hillary Clinton. It’s bad enough that she lost the South Carolina primary to her political opponent Barack Obama and her win of the Indiana primary only resulted in meek delegate votes, but her former supporter is calling for her to drop out of the race.

“Hillary, of course, will make the decision as to if and when she ends her campaign. But I hope that she reaches that decision soon so that we can concentrate on a unified party capable of winning the White House next November,” former Sen. George McGovern said, as reported by the Associated Press.

A former 1972 presidential nominee himself, McGovern has decided to jump on the Democratic Illinois senator’s bandwagon. And it would appear that the Rev. Wright controversy did not slow the Obama Express too much.

So, should New York’s Democratic senator leave the race? During the campaign, a lot of people have echoed McGovern’s words. There are certainly a lot of reasons for her to leave and chiefly among them is to unify the Democratic Party. For years, there has been a great divide in the once great party.

However, Hillary Clinton may still have a chance of winning this race. Yes, this is very different from what was written here before in regards to deserter-of-the-Democrats Mike Gravel (who is now seeking to be a Libertarian candidate), independent Ralph Nader and certainly Republican Congressman Ron Paul.

But unlike Paul, who admitted in a recent FOX News interview that he believes that GOP juggernaut and presumptive nominee John McCain will get the nomination but he himself will keep campaigning, Clinton is literally at the heels of her rival, while Paul will need to borrow Speed Racer’s Mach 5 to catch up to the Arizona senator.

After all, Hillary Clinton is short 159 delegates of tying with Obama’s 1,845. And with 2,025 needed to get their party’s nomination, you really can’t write the former First Lady off just yet.

“I landed in New Hampshire on a Thursday night down 9 points, and I won on Tuesday,” Clinton said, as reported by FOX News and the Associated Press. “You can turn elections in a day. You can turn them in a week if you know what it takes to actually win. I believe I know with your help, that is exactly what we’re going to do.”

And while Paul’s new book “The Revolution: A Manifesto” is doing well, and still has a lot of supporters, he still has not won a single state, or even a close second place. Clinton, on the other hand, has been doing extremely well and is head and shoulders above the good Texas doctor.

Since the New York senator still has a chance to pull a rabbit out of her hat, and it’s always wise to expect the unexpected in politics, she just might win her party’s nomination. She might rip it to shreds in the process, who knows, but her odds of winning it are far better than Ron Paul’s chances of winning the White House in November.

But then again, expect the unexpected.