So, we wait and hope she doesn’t continue to try to undercut our standard bearer anymore than she already has. And yet she then goes and does exactly that, following him to Florida to do nothing but rub salt in the wounds of voters there. It was fine that she wanted to prove to the world again and again how much Appalachians won’t vote for this guy. We all had to tolerate that because Kentucky and West Virginia actually had primaries there to contest. We had to watch her take to the stage in faux-triumph in those States, with all those really hard working folks, to see her claim again that she’s the most electable and is really the best choice for president, even as the (I guess) less hard working voters in 30 other states/provinces have said otherwise. The Party had to suck that up, and if it means West Virginia is even more unwinnable for us now then we just have to live with that unfortunate reality (and the fact is, she wasn’t sure to win there either).
But, this Florida visit yesterday was nothing more than me-tooism and narcissism and hubris, nothing more than sticking it in the eye of the very Party and rules that her own people dominated and approved again and again until she blew Iowa and all of a sudden realized that Florida and Michigan mattered. It was sore loserism. It really starts making me wonder about her motives here – either she is in such an advanced stage of denial about her prospects that she can’t stop campaigning or she just does not know what else do with her life and needs to follow the media scrum wherever it goes in a painful quest for relevance. I don’t know. Losing no doubt sucks. Losing a race you really should have won (and she probably should have if she and her campaign had actually run like they might not win instead of running like they had it in the bag from the start) must suck even worse. Losing gracefully is an oxymoron I know, but this Florida visit seemed deliberately intended to do damage.
But look Hillary its fine for you to go ahead on to Puerto Rico (and Montana and South Dakota where she likely will lose) and take your last winning bow in that sun-drenched Commonwealth. Go out with a big win in San Juan and thank the millions of people from the Rio Grande to the Poconos who punched your ticket. Just stop pointing fingers and blaming everyone other than yourself and your campaign for how this played out. Stop feeding the misguided conspiracies of your base. Sexism is a real enough problem without you using it as an excuse for the tactical failings of your campaign. Stop blaming the refs and the crowd when you owned the refs and the crowd never even heard of your opponent when the game began.
Hillary, I know you think that Obama can’t win, but don’t go out of your way to try and prove the point. There is too much at stake for our country, all those issues you say you care about and all those people you say you fight for. The Senate awaits your return where you can do so much more for both. You blew the race, now exit with some grace.