My computer is down for an entirely stupid and preventable reason. (Hello? Why haven’t I bought a power cord for both my office and my home office, especially since I live 34 miles from work? Pretty stupid!) Historiann reader ej is on the case, and will courier it to me tomorrow.
But, about last night: Yay, Hillary Clinton won South Dakota! (South Dakota is taking orders from no one at the DNC apparently.) Congratulations to Barack Obama for his well-run campaign, and good luck to him as he works on a strategy to unite the party. As she has said throughout the campaign, Clinton will support the party’s nominee, and she will argue very strongly against any of her supporters who threaten to defect to John McCain. And as Historiann has said all along, if you don’t vote for the party’s nominee in November, you’re not a Democrat, you’re a cultist. (But, Democrats don’t take orders happily–they need to be convinced, not ordered around. Please see the results in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, Indiana, Puerto Rico, and South Dakota, lest we forget.)
For the record, see Melissa McEwan’s “For the Record.” (And, then read the sad follow-up she had to post when Obamaniac trolls decided that they couldn’t let feminists have a decent conversation about misogyny in this campaign without showing yet again what’s been wrong all along in this primary season! Nice work, boys. Good luck if that’s your strategy for uniting the party!)
The Clinton people need to recognize that it is not coincidence that Obama’s vote was more efficient. I have discussed this before. Part of this had to do with the fact that the delegate allocation system contains biases that happened to favor Obama. However, part of it had to do with the fact that the Obama campaign had a better understanding of the system. It found the possibilities and made the most of them. What’s more, the Clinton campaign let it do this. Simply put, Obama out-maneuvered Clinton. Clinton supporters need to respect this.
Meanwhile, Obama supporters need to recognize that their candidate is the victor not because he put together a majority coalition, but because he out-maneuvered Clinton. This was a highly intelligent strategy, but it was not a grand feat of majority building. Obama supporters need to recognize that their candidate won not because “the people had their say,” but because his campaign out-smarted her campaign. Accordingly, they need to respect the candidate whom they could not beat in a straight-up fight for votes.
Clintonistas were outmaneuvered by a campaign with a better strategy. Obamaniacs, don’t act like you won this in a walk. Don’t act like George W. Bush in 2004 and claim a “mandate” that isn’t yours.