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article imageOp-Ed: Huffington Post Says It's Bill Clinton's Fault if Obama Loses U.S. Election

By Susan Duclos     Sep 24, 2008 in Politics
There are two themes of going around the Internet of what the reason will be, preemptively, if Barack Obama loses the election for presidency in November 2008 despite his lead in polls. Racism or the fall back of "It is all the Clinton's fault."
In August of 2008, Slate magazine declared the only reason Barack Obama could lose the election was because of racism and because the majority of Americans are racists.
If it makes you feel better, you can rationalize Obama's missing 10-point lead on the basis of Clintonite sulkiness, his slowness in responding to attacks, or the concern that Obama may be too handsome, brilliant, and cool to be elected. But let's be honest: If you break the numbers down, the reason Obama isn't ahead right now is that he trails badly among one group, older white voters. He does so for a simple reason: the color of his skin.
Today we see there is another reason why Barack Obama could lose and if he does, according to Huffington Post, it will all be Bill Clinton's fault.
Bill Clinton has come out in support of Barack Obama and lately has made the rounds with talk shows and interviews, in doing so, he is being accused of not showing "enough" support for Barack Obama and also being criticized for speaking well of John McCain and "lavishing praise" on Sarah Palin by saying she should not be underestimated.
Popular opinion among Obama supporters is that Bill Clinton's support for Obama is "tepid", his heart isn't in it and some think he is deliberately trying to sabotage Barack Obama is a stealthy manner.
Yesterday Barbara Sowell pointed out Clinton's appearance on The View, with video, as well as a New York Times' Caucus piece stating Clinton was "waxed folksy" about Palin.
Huffington Post writer Paul Slansky declared yesterday that if Barack Obama loses it will all be Bill Clinton's fault.
If Obama loses a close election -- one in which even one state where you could have made a difference goes for McCain because you sat home and pouted -- it will be on you. We will remember that you couldn't be bothered to rise above your petty resentments for something as trivial as saving your country from the enemies of everything you profess to believe in. We forgave you for Monica, Bill, but we won't forgive you for this.
The presidential debates are schedule to start Friday, September 26, 2008, yet some are wondering why Slate and Huffington Post as well as many others are already coming up with excuses of why Barack Obama "might" lose despite the fact that he holds a two percentage point lead in today's Rasmussen poll, bringing the poll numbers back to the pre-convention figures.
This makes me wonder why Obama supporters assume if Barack Obama wins, it will be based on policy issues, economy, public stances on a variety of topics, yet if Obama loses to John McCain in November, it is Bill Clinton's fault or America is a nation of racists in the minds of Obama supporters?
For some race might be an issue, just as for others McCain's age might be an issue, some may vote for McCain because they like his choice of Sarah Palin and some might vote for Obama because of his choice for Joe Biden, but those issues aside, one would hope the majority of voters would simply vote for the person they think will do a better job, best represents them and who they feel can run the U.S. best, and casting blame on something or someone "preemptively" is no more than creating "excuses" ahead of time to fall back on if the election doesn't go how they think it should.
They should quit making excuses and understand that neither candidate has been able to grab a double digit lead against the other since the primaries ended and barring some massive mistake on either candidate's part during the debates, we are likely to go into election day with a neck-and-neck race with no one knowing for a fact who will be the president elect the following day.
I have said it before and I will say it again, the day after the November 4, 2008 election, no matter who wins or who loses, I am popping the champagne to toast the end of this particularly grueling campaign season but the one thing I will not be doing is blaming McCain's age, Obama's race or either of the Clintons for the person who loses in November.
The candidates stand or fall on their own records, stances and campaigns and those who cannot admit that are the ones that will be whining for the next four years after the election about how it was all so unfair.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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