If the race to the 2008 Democratic Presidential nomination was a movie franchise, it’d be “Friday the 13th” — just when you think it’s over, it lurches back out of the cultural darkness with another installment. It won’t stay dead.
Taking that analogy to its logical end, Hillary Clinton’s victory last night in the Pennsylvania primary would be “Part V: A New Beginning” — the one that asks the audience to ignore virtually everything that’s been established in the series and tries to start the whole damn thing over again.
See, even with this victory, there’s no almost way Clinton can win the nomination — as Slate’s John Dickerson explains, she’s so far behind on pledged delegates that she’d need to win all the remaining primaries by an overwhelming margin just to pull even with Barack Obama. (She took Pennsylvania by a hair.)
So now Clinton’s strategy is to convince the “superdelegates” — key Democratic players who don’t necessarily have to support their state’s chosen candidate — to vote for her, and push her over the top.
Sure, it’s a total long shot, but it’s the only shot she has, so what the hell, right? Game the system, ignore the stated will of the people — hey, it’s nothing the current administration isn’t doing — and grab that mantle. It’s all about the win. It doesn’t matter how you get there, or what you do to the party along the way.
Obama’s message of putting the old ways behind us and finding a new way to have the political conversation just sounds better and better … and ever more necessary.