Commentary

Face It, Hillary–It’s Over

Although primary season has yet to conclude, it’s about time that Hillary throw in the towel. This year’s campaign for the Democratic ticket has been, if nothing else, a series of ups and downs. At times, it has seemed like one candidate would inevitably win, and at others, like the race would be so tight that it would never be decided. However, as we enter the final stretch of the campaign, with only a few small primaries remaining, the truth is clear: Hillary just doesn’t stand a chance anymore. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not against having a woman president or anything like that. I just fail to see how she has any wisp of hope of winning the Democratic nomination. Her campaign is near bankruptcy; she has lost the lead in superdelegates in addition to trailing in regular delegates. And by continuing to combat Barack Obama, she is ultimately hurting her own party. Additionally, the tenets of her campaign are now in shambles. Americans are now starting to doubt her claims of experience and see her inconsistency on numerous political issues. To become president of the United States, you need money. A lot of money. And as Clinton’s numbers decline in the polls, so does her cash flow. According to the BBC, even though Obama is spending at a rate three times higher than hers, the once deep treasure chest of the Clinton campaign is quickly drying up. In order to stay in the race, she will have to dig deeper into her own pockets, even though she has already loaned her campaign $11 million. And unfortunately, according to campaign-finance law, if she loses the race and her campaign cannot pay her back by the time Obama is announced the official candidate at the Democratic National Convention in August, she loses all of it but $250,000. Nonetheless, without enough revenue currently flowing through her campaign, she won’t be able to keep up with the flow of advertising delivered by Obama. Also, Clinton’s initial plan to rally the support of superdelegates is long gone. The BBC states that roughly a week ago about 30 superdelegates shifted their support to Obama, even though some of them were originally planning to back Clinton. This gives Obama a sizeable lead in superdelegates, which is a good boost to his already sizeable lead in regular delegates. While polls show an increasing number of Democrats shifting their support to Obama, the senator from Illinois already holds a 166-delegate lead that does not seem to be faltering, as of May 15. Unless Obama commits some sort of monumental error in the coming weeks, an event that does not seem likely considering his recent success, Clinton won’t be able to recover the delegate lead. In addition, Clinton is gravely harming the Democratic Party’s chances this November by remaining in the race. For example, her insistence on quarreling with Obama has diverted attention away from McCain, who is the true opponenet of the two Democrats. Without direct Democratic opposition, McCain has been able to rally an enormous support base, wooing both Republican and Independent voters with war stories and campaign promises. Therefore, her remaining in the race has split the Democrats into two factions, which have prevented them from fighting the Republican nominee as one. If she remains in the race, she reduces the chance of her beloved Democrats winning the election. Finally, some of Clinton’s fundamental stances have been on issues on which she has been inconsistent. For example, from the beginning of the campaign she has firmly spoken against NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement), and supports U.S withdrawal from the treaty. However, three years ago she supported it, claiming that it was working just fine. In addition, after voting for and supporting the Iraq War, she has drastically changed her position. Thus, Clinton’s constant contradictory statements have led voters to question the strength of her opinions, as they seem to change every time public opinion shifts. Also, her biggest point has been her experience, but Obama’s increasing success indicates that voters have stareted to reconsider whether or not that even matters in the first place. No amount of experience can prepare you to become, arguably, the most powerful person on the face of the earth. Plus, Clinton has lost a great deal of support from prominent political figures. For example, Obama supporter George McGovern, a former strong advocate for the New York senator, has called for her to drop out. Finally, according to Newsweek, senior politicians on both sides, such as Republican James Clyburn and Democrat Ted Kennedy, are calling for her husband to stop doing her dirty work for her. Therefore, it is obvious that both the ideals and support that founded Clinton Clinton’s campaign are gone. Hillary is finished. It’s as simple as that. She has no revenue, not enough delegates; her support is dwindling and she is ultimately harming the Democratic Party. I’m not going to tell you where to stand or how to vote on Election Day. I’m just saying that it is becoming increasingly apparent that Hillary remaining days as a contender are few. Chris Meyer is a Junior. cmeyer@andover.edu