I do have to admit a certain amount—okay, a great amoumt—of schadenfreude over the results of last night’s Son of Super Tuesday primaries. Hillary Clinton managed to come back and beat Barack Obama in two major contests, which still puts Obama in the lead, but only narrowly. Effectively, this race is tied, and if Hillary wins the key state of Pennsylvania in a few weeks, it will remain tied right through to the convention.
At the same time, that schadenfreude only goes so far. For one, I still maintain that Hillary Clinton is the bigger threat to McCain than Obama is. If Obama gets the nomination, it will produce a split in the Democratic Party with some rather far-reaching consequences. (More on that subject later…) If Hillary wins, those people who say that they won’t vote for her probably will. Granted, Hillary Clinton would be preferable to Obama, but only in the sense that being torn apart by wild dogs is preferable to being gnawed to death by rabid badgers.
It would also be exceedingly nice to purge this country of Clintonism. The “campaign war room,” the ravenous and reflexive partisanship, the self-adulation of the Clinton tribe have all diminished American politics. Draining that festering boil would be a welcome relief for the nation. However, to replace it with an Obama cult of personality would hardly be much better.
I doubt there will be a resolution of this race until at least Pennsylvania, and I’m not sure that even that will end it. Neither candidate has enough delegates to win, and while Hillary is behind, she’s not far enough behind to make it logical for her to drop out any time soon.
Meanwhile, John McCain can consolidate his base and prepare for the general election. His biggest problem will be figuring out who he should be running against.