It's election day in,"The Keystone Sate" and man o' man is there some news!! Hillary Clinton is more and more sounding like John McCain. She's now talking about "totally obliterating" Iran if they should attack Israel with a nuke. This statement sounds a lot like McCain's, "Bomb, bomb, bomb. Bomb bomb Iran" comments in perverting a great Beach Boy's song. Is that the kind of language that is going to help our relations with Iran? Absolutely not.
It's the same kind of "cowboy diplomacy" that Bush has been using over the last 8 years. We need a leader who has more tact, restraint and statesmanship than is represented by this kind of talk. She talks and talks about the importance of using diplomacy instead of saber rattling and intimidation yet she is engaging in the exact kind of rhetoric that she has previously condemned!! She has spun her positions and "misspoken" so many times now that doesn't know if she's coming or going. In order to receive positive results from diplomacy there has to be at least some level of respect and trust between the two parties and talking of obliterating Iran doesn't foster that type of relationship.
That is not to say that I don't believe in punishing Iran for such an attack and doing it severely but it is irresponsible to speak as she did. Those were pretty inflammatory remarks and there are ways to make it clear to Iran that we wouldn't put up with such an action without talking like a school-yard bully.
It appears that Barack Obama isn't going to win tonight but many project that he will be within 5-6 points. The Clinton camp is dancing around asking why Obama (the national leader amongst Democrats) couldn't win in PA despite outspending them. However, what they won't tell you is that he use to be behind by TWENTY POINTS!!! So his campaign HAS worked, it has gotten him out of a deep hole and positioned him to be within striking distance to her in the state. They also think that an Obama loss would show that he's a weak candidate there and show that he might lose it to McCain.
First of all, a Hillary Clinton win doesn't translate to predicting a general election match-up with McCain because the primary is pitting two Dem's against each other and the majority of Dem voters would most likely back which ever Democrat wins the nomination. Plus, large numbers of voters in Pennsylvania recently switched registration or newly registered to Democrat so that is also something to consider with the general. And finally, any poll numbers this far out from the general aren't that reliable since the match-up isn't final yet, not to mention there haven't been an general election debates. So there is just too many variables to absolutely say that Obama would lose PA in the general.
Even though I think Barack will not win out-right tonight, I think he still has a chance to do so. Especially since polls are so unpredictable these days with many only using cell phones now instead of regular landlines. Plus, a Hillary win of only 6 points wouldn't net her enough delegates or increase her popular vote totals enough to do much damage to Obama. So I would say that if Obama keeps it under double digits the headline is, "Hillary still trails despite win." And say Obama has a bad night and loses by more, he'll still be ahead overall unless he somehow gets trounced by a 20 point margin which is VERY unlikely.
And to my Pennsylvania Obama supporting readers who might not have voted yet, get going!!!! Do whatever it takes to get out and vote for Obama, even if it means springing for a babysitter and sacrificing a movie night to do so. Or going out of your way to drive someone to the polls. We're counting on you to help us bring change to this country and the world. This is too important of an election to sit out.
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