About last night… (and this afternoon)

Last night was a good night to be an Obama supporter. After a couple of disappointing Tuesday nights and that whole Wright mess, it was nice to have a good night. It seems now that, barring disaster, Obama has a lock on the nomination.

The question is now is where do we go from here? How do will get all of the Democratic Party to rally around our nominee?

The first thing is not to alienate Clinton supporters any further. You’re not going to hear from me that Clinton should drop out or that her supporters are fools. (Bacially there will be no sexist “Clinton should take her boobs and go home” arguments from me) Sen. Clinton clearly appeals to a large segment of the Party and their voices should be heard. The process should continue until its done in late May and early June. But when the votes are counted it seems clear at this point that Obama will have a clear lead in the delegate count and the popular vote. At that point I think it will be clear that Clinton has only one option: to drop out and endorse Obama.

After that we Obama supporters should embrace Clinton supporters with open arms. Because none of us want a McCain presidency.

As Obama put it last night:

This has been one of the longest, most closely fought contests in history. And that’s partly because we have such a formidable opponent in Sen. Hillary Clinton. Tonight, many of the pundits have suggested that this party is inalterably divided — that Senator Clinton’s supporters will not support me, and that my supporters will not support her.
Well I’m here tonight to tell you that I don’t believe it. Yes, there have been bruised feelings on both sides. Yes, each side desperately wants their candidate to win. But ultimately, this race is not about Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama or John McCain. This election is about you — the American people — and whether we will have a president and a party that can lead us toward a brighter future.

This primary season may not be over, but when it is, we will have to remember who we are as Democrats — that we are the party of Jefferson and Jackson; of Roosevelt and Kennedy; and that we are at our best when we lead with principle; when we lead with conviction; when we summon an entire nation around a common purpose — a higher purpose. This fall, we intend to march forward as one Democratic Party, united by a common vision for this country. Because we all agree that at this defining moment in history — a moment when we’re facing two wars, an economy in turmoil, a planet in peril — we can’t afford to give John McCain the chance to serve out George Bush’s third term. We need change in America.

Related to this, Hilary and Chelsea Clinton were in my town today. I had an exam and thus was only able to check the tail end of the speech. From what people in the crowd told me the speech was very short, 15-25 minutes, and started late. There were a remarkable amount of Obama supporters at the rally, at least a third of the total attendance (and some of our local Ron Paul crazys… hi Doug!). And a lot of students who weren’t at the rally were wearing Obama stuff.

his isn’t a surprise, since Shepherdstown is Obama country. And odd choice for her first rally post-last night’s setbacks.

The part of the rally I caught seemed to lack energy and just kind of broke up without much fanfare. It was the most low excitement political rally I’d ever been too, this side of a county fair. Honestly, I’m really surprised they didn’t pick a place more friend to her, somewhere in the central or southern part of the state.

But I guess Shepherdstown is just a hop-skip-and-a-jump from DC.

UPDATE: Shepherdstown mentioned on CNN Political ticker.


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