Sunday, 11 May 2008

Democratic race 'over' - Rasmussen

. Rasmussen, the polling organisation that has been tracking the race to be the Democratic presidential nominee for 19 months, has announced it will stop tracking Sen. Hillary Clinton. It's website said that while Clinton "has remained close and competitive in every meaningful measure" it was now "become clear that Barack Obama will be the Democratic nominee. "

A commentary by Scott Rasmussen argued that the Clinton teams efforts to portray it's candidate as more electable were futile:

"Clinton and Obama represent different types of general election
candidates and it’s impossible to know who would end up as the stronger
candidate come November. "

It also highlighted the dangers of a Clinton candidacy;

"conventional wisdom is that handing the nomination to Clinton would create a
Democratic civil war."

In other words her egotistical grandstanding and determination to win the nomination at all costs is damaging the party she claims to want to represent. This would no doubt be especially true if she took the 'nuclear option' of challenging the decision not to seat the delegates fromMichigan and Florida;

"If Obama is denied the nomination, the collateral damage could reduce the number of House and Senate races that Democrats win this year. "

For those of us who would like to see a Democratic win in 08, especially after the last 8 years of Bush. Clinton's candidacy is directly damaging the prospects of that happening and it is time she stood aside.