So here we are, the day after the Pennsylvania primary. For the past six weeks, and even for weeks before that, we heard from the pundits that this was going to be crucial. This primary was supposed to be as big and as decisive as Iowa’s or New Hampshire’s. Well, I guess it was because it has, like those two, decided absolutely nothing.
We had six weeks of a campaign that ended up being waged in the gutters of the political world. Once upon a time the Democrats argued about who will cover more Americans with their healthcare proposals, who has the best plan to end the war in Iraq, or who has the best ideas for stabilizing a teetering economy. But the good folks of Pennsylvania were instead subjected to, boilermakers, bowling scores, and fantasy bullets. Policy was replaced with nonsense, and all at the cost of millions. Even the debate, an event that usually brings a pause to the silliness, was a disgrace.
And what is worse is that after weeks of hypocrisy and hyperbole, the results bring nearly nothing. Both candidates did about what we would have expected six weeks ago. Sure, Obama cut into Clinton’s lead, but everyone expected he would do that. And perhaps he forced her into a tenuous financial situation moving forward, but does anyone really believe that will stop the Clintons? She is still behind in delegates and popular vote and he still has not closed the deal. But they have managed to damage each other quite a bit. Congratulations Senators, millions spent in Pennsylvania and all you have achieved is a big “thank you” from John McCain.
The only good news is that it is finally behind us. The next six weeks will feature the final ten contests. Will they give us the closure we all desperately crave? The chances are just as likely they will as they won’t. As much as the cable media loves this stuff, it is driving the rest of us absolutely insane!
Posted by: David McBride, Marketing Director – American Public House Review