[Marxism] Mumia Abu-Jamal: Hillary's Homecoming

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Mon Jun 23 19:57:09 MDT 2008


Hillary's Homecoming
[col. writ. 6/8/08] (c) '08 Mumia Abu-Jamal

The concession speech recently rendered by Senator Hillary R. Clinton
(D.NY), was not, truth be told, a concession speech.

For she did not end her campaign; she suspended it.

Some may say that this is splitting hairs, but she's a lawyer, and
obviously knows the difference. To concede would've meant the
relinquishing of her delegates; to suspend is to hold her delegates
in suspension, in the event, say, of a floor fight at the convention
when they may be needed.

That said, she did endorse her opponent (Sen. Barack Obama (D.IL),
and she urged her supporters to do likewise.

And she did so in a manner, and in a speech that may've been her best
of the presidential campaign (If not in her political career). 
For she spoke of grand themes, broad visions and the surging sweep of
history.

If this had been the face of her candidacy it is quite likely that
she would today be the nominee, rather than the runner-up.

For, on the advice of experts, she muted her feminist roots, and
indeed deprecated the political value of speechifying.

Inspiration is an invaluable political tool, as many presidents have
used this to achieve their ends.

Yet, experts advised her to play it down.

Like old generals, experienced political experts often fight past
battles - not current ones.

They become creatures of habit, unable to adapt to new conditions.

During this campaign, her generals failed her, and gave her advice
that failed her during the long war to the nomination.

What was once thought to be her greatest asset, former President Bill
Clinton, instead became her greatest liability, especially among
Black voters. For Clinton had a genuine (if inexplicable) base of
support among Black voters, who defended and supported him throughout
his impeachment, when many of his fair-weather friends flew the coop.
He squandered that base.

Sen. Obama's Black votes weren't inevitable.

Two years ago most Black voters didn't know his name.

And in any race, the known always trumps the unknown.

At the beginning of the primaries, Sen. Hillary Clinton was the
inevitable candidate, and even her staunchest opponents all but
conceded her victory in November, given the Clinton name, the aura of
an ex-president, a wealth of funding, and a ready organization at the
highest levels of the Democratic Party.

Yet, as we've learned in politics as in life, ain't nothing
inevitable.

--(c) '08 maj


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     WALTER LIPPMANN
     Los Angeles, California
     Editor-in-Chief, CubaNews
     http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CubaNews/
     "Cuba - Un Paraíso bajo el bloqueo"
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