Even as these words are being read, voters are in polling booths all over the states of Ohio and Texas helping to decide the future Democratic candidate for president. Senator Hillary Clinton has been blasting away at Senator Barack Obama for several weeks insisting he lacks experience and is a double dealing politician. She has picked up on reports that an Obama aide let Canadian officials know campaign rhetoric was one thing, but, in the end, Obama would support basic principles of free trade. Both candidates have been scrapping over NAFTA which for many people in Ohio has been a source of losing jobs. To complicate the situation today in Ohio, a major snow storm will hamper efforts to vote.
On one hand, Senator Hillary Clinton insists she has experience since she worked closely with her husband when he was president. On the other hand, President Clinton helped push NAFTA through Congress. Senator Clinton insists she is on the side of those opposing NAFTA. There apparently is also a belief gap on this issue stemming as much from Clinton as for Obama.
The central issue to be decided today is whether Senator Clinton continues her campaign untl the bitter end of the convention. Many leaders of the Democratic party will be furious if she pursues this quest, particularly if the votes simply are not there for her. Governor Richardson spoke for many in saying whoever emerges today with the most delegates should be supported for the nomination. Unfortunately, for Clinton, a narrow victory margin will not suffice to overcome the delegate lead of Obama.
The Ides of March are upon us and Senator Clinton should avoid murdering chances for a Democratic victory in November. Her husband did enough to aid Republicans in 2000 by his pursuit of females and hopefully the future will not be casting blame on Hillary Clinton for not knowning when to stop.
P.S. Vermont will probably go for Obama and Rhode Island for Clinton.