Thursday, May 08, 2008
I'm for Obama, but why should Clinton quit now?
TUCSON -- I voted for Sen. Barack Obama and have been actively supporting his campaign for President. I'm glad to see him starting to pull away after winning North Carolina and coming very close in Indiana.
I also agree with Obama's classy statements that when and if Hillary Clinton drops out of the race is entirely up to her. She has earned that respect and right.
Imagine if you had worked so hard on the campaign of your life. You wouldn't drop out until the end was certain. Even though it's looking very likely she can't win the nomination, in politics and much of life, 'it ain't over 'til it's over'. We may not be used to long messy primaries, but this is what democracy looks like.
Although I wouldn't be surprised to see her quit soon, as long as the negative campaigning stops, Clinton staying in the race should not hurt Obama.
I do have one concern, it's being reported today that Obama will declare victory May 20. I understand his desire to do so, but if Clinton is still in, rushing to declare victory could be a mistake that would spark a harmful new fight Democrats don't need.
Democrats and Obama supporters, let's follow Obama's lead and focus on beating McCain, not beating up on Hillary Clinton.