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Home arrow Op-Ed Columnists arrow Kitchen Sink Strategy trumped Obama juggernaut
Kitchen Sink Strategy trumped Obama juggernaut PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michael K. Oladimeji, Op-Ed Column   
Mar 05, 2008 at 04:03 PM

I have a lifetime of experience, Senator McCain has a lifetime of experience, and Senator Obama has a speech that he did in 2002. This is Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton speaking and not Sen. John McCain, and this is the mildest form of her Kitchen Sink Strategy; the strategy which mimics or echoes Machiavelli

This week, the Kitchen Sink Strategy trumped the Obama juggernaut. Hillary Clinton won in Rhode Island, Ohio and Texas primaries The caucuses in Texas even after 3 days  of its conclusion, the final result is not out yet with charges that a Hillary supporter hijacked some 27 lists of Obama votes at a caucus until the Police stepped-in to retrieve the lists. (Yes, hijacked, and if that sounds familiar to a Nigerian, it is because if not for the enforcement of the rules of law, all humans are the same wild animals!)

You may think 3 wins out of 4, no matter what the method, should be enough to take Hillary near or on top of Obama's pledged delegates. These nauseatingly achieved wins however have not achieved their intended purpose. As a matter of fact, Obama is still comfortably ahead of Hillary in both pledged delegates and popular votes, and he probably will remain so until the convention in Denver, Colorado. The Denver convention will be a make or break for the Democrats. The result below by RealClearpolitics.com should be a beginning pointer;

DemocratsObamaClinton
Total Delegates15461449
Pledged Delegates13441208
Popular Vote12,946,61512,363,897
Popular Vote (w/FL)13,522,82913,234,883
National RCP Average46.4%44.2%
                                                                                                                     (RealClearPolitics)

The fourth row in the above table is a row of shame. Hillary claims a win in Florida and Michigan where the party had said as far as it was concerned, there were no elections, and Hillary agreed until she ran out of votes. So that is the reason for the fourth row, and as you can see, she is still behind Obama in popular vote in that row with the addition of Florida. The Florida and Michigan case should be further studied by those who seek to know the true face of Hillary.

And the Slate.com Electoral Votes Calculator (Mathematical impossibility for Clinton http://www.slate.com/features/delegatecounter/) clearly spells the doom of Hillary's desperate presidential aspiration. ConscienceDaily.com has used the Slate.com calculator employing all sorts of scenarios skewed to help Hillary realize her ambition, but all these scenarios failed to add up.

Perhaps realizing the futility of her cause using the Slate Calculator, and in desperation, in the last Tuesday's election, Hillary employed the Kitchen Sink Strategy of;

  1. A red telephone ringing at 3 Am in the morning to scare off the would-be Obama voters in Ohio and Texas in particular to win both States at the eleventh hour.

  2. Unfounded and unverifiable Rezko accusation by a lady who carried the baggage of Whitewater, Travelgate, Monica Lewinsky etc

  3. Still to be determined source of the destabilizing role of Canadian Consulate in Chicago on NAFTA issue. (This effectively ended Obama's surge in Ohio and even Texas where he was highly favored)

  4. Hillary surrogates' unrelenting and untruthful allegation that Barack is a Muslim and not politically correct where the national security is concerned.

In the words of a guy who confided with ConscienceDaily.com, this may be the time to open the Pandora's box, so that we can all get to know for once what IS is; an allusion to Bill Clinton's evasive answer to Ken Starr during the Lewinsky investigation. First let us look at the success of the Kitchen Sink Strategy as depicted in the tables below:

This first table shows the net effect or failure of the Kitchen Sink Strategy according to CNN


50%
 

49%
 

1%

 

Obama
Pledged:              1404
Superdelegates:  206
Total                    1,610
Clinton
Pledged:            1243
Superdelegates: 238
Total                   1,481
Edwards
Pledged:             26
Superdelegates: 0
Total                    26

The total delegates reflecting pledged and Superdelegates (Source CNN)

The state of the primary in Vermont is as follows - a failure of the Kitchen Sink Strategy:

Race
Status
Candidate
Votes
Vote %
Del*
Precincts
Vermont
91,829
59%
9
99%
reporting
 
59,854
39%
6
       

The state of the primary in Rhode Island is as follows - a triumph of the Kitchen Sink Strategy:

Race
Status
Candidate
Votes
Vote %
Del*
Precincts
Rhode Island
Updated 3 minutes ago
 
108,750
58%
13
100%
reporting
 
75,115
40%
8
 
Uncommitted
1,039
1%
 

The state of the primary in Ohio is as follow - a triumph of the Kitchen Sink Strategy:

Race
Status
Candidate
Votes
Vote %
Del*
Precincts
Ohio
County: Table | Map
1,207,806
54%
71
100%
reporting
 
979,025
44%
59
     

The state of the primary in Texas is as follows - a triumph of the Kitchen Sink Strategy:
 126 pledged delegates tied to March 4 primary

Race
Status
Candidate
Votes
Vote %
Del*
Precincts
Texas
1,459,814
51%
65
100%
reporting
 
1,358,785
47%
61
      

The state of the Caucuses in Texas is as follows - an unfolding failure of the Kitchen Sink Strategy:  67 pledged delegates tied to March 4 caucuses and Obama is leading and the outcome seems to be a story out of the Nigerian INEC play book, 3 days later! Obama eventually won this caucus and perhaps we can also say he is the overrall winner in Texas with more pledged delegates than Hillary. So, Kitchen Sink Strategy failed in Texas.

Race
Status
Candidate
Votes
Vote %
Del*
Precincts
Texas
23,918
56%
38
41%
reporting
 
18,620
44%
29
 
Uncommitted
38
0%
0
 

As can be seen,  this strategy while irretrievably destructive to the legacy of Bill Clinton, the success of the strategy itself is imperceptible going by the first table. How does this destroy Clinton's legacy? It was reported he was the one who continually asked for the last minute use of this negative strategy after the failure of Obama, dressed in Somali garb, and the persistent urge to refer to him by his middle name Hussein failed to work. Referring to Obama as Hussein  and the Somali garb while not directly tied to the Clintons are in some cases traceable to their surrogates. (Hussein by Former Sen. Kerry of Nebraska and the Drudge Report received the Somali dress picture from yet to be identified Clinton surrogate)

The success of this Strategy in Ohio and Texas has to do with the core of Hillary support. The core of her support can be found in the least educated blue color workers who have no wherewithal to test the veracity of a last minute negative campaign, or those whose minds are susceptible to such methods, and there are many of those in both States

How does this affect those of us who hold the Clintons in high esteem? It makes us to vet their past antecedents, and the findings are not flattering. There are those who are close to the Obama campaign and who know him and his nature, they swear that he will not follow Hillary and her cohorts to this gutter strategy. These people swear to resort to self help, and they promise they have a lot of dirt on the Clintons. Some of them claim to be close to them in the past and may be privy to their past shady deals..

The next weeks promise a nasty turn that can only help McCain. Many of these people seem to be very sure that Hillary, because of the family negative baggage, will never be able to defeat McCain. Obama on the other hand, because of his intellect and calm nature even under the most vicious adversity, can easily defeat McCain on account of his new politics that calls for a much desired change. However, these latest Clinton Nemesis think that Hillary may have destroyed that possibility by providing McCain all those negative talking points embodied in the Kitchen Sink Strategy.

For these new Clinton's adversaries, there is nothing wrong in McCain winning if these will teach a would-be future Kitchen Sink Strategy practitioner a good lesson in an environment crying for a new beginning. Most of these people will never vote for Hillary Clinton.

The Africans we talk to here and who have votes to cast would rather vote for McCain who they claim seem to be honest except for his stance on the Iraq war. The Africans point to the fact that though George Bush is a parriah to an American voter, he has done more than any past American presidents in the fight to stop the spread of AIDS in Africa. Some point to the help Bush has rendered in some countries in East Africa outside of his AIDS commitment. According to them, since McCain represents a Bush 'third term', there is no reason to think he will not continue Bush's help to those areas of Africa.

On the other side of the African divides are those who see Hillary as their ways to their meal tickets, just exactly the way politics is played on the continent of Africa. Their argument has always been; Obama will only allow the Republicans to win the presidency by subterfuge and the Hispanics will substitute the blacks in reaping the reward of victory. They are scared to the point some (and they are few in numbers) are ready to sacrifice friendship in favor of Hillary. That this movement is not a BLACK movement does not faze them. This is a movement that is color blind brewed from the innocent minds of the lily white people of Iowa. At the beginning, no black people was willing to join the movement for the same fear that has followed them through their long History. William Wilberforce will be wondering in his grave and asking when these people are going to change. Martin Luther King and the white coalition of the civil rights era, Mandela and all people of all colors who supported him, and the poor rebellious Maroon people in the secretive forest of Jamaica will sigh and wonder if there is a defective gene in Black African peoples as atested to by a psyche that refuses to lead but always ready to be ruled by its own fear!

Can the Obama juggernaut still prevail, yes if these 2 lines are not crossed:
  1. The Obama movement does not polarize along racial lines
  2. The exuberance of the new black converts does not destabilize the structure of the movement

Hillary is going to work surreptitiously to make sure that this campaign polarizes along racial lines using the stealth method for which the family is well known. Hillary knows that blacks only control 12% of the voting populace which is solid for Obama. She will remind white people of the heavy block votes by the blacks. (Never mind Blacks voted in such block for her husband and even for her senatorial victory in New York)

However, an attempt by some blacks to hijack this movement is capable of helping Hillary to achieve the first point. Some of these blacks have forgotten that 88% is surely a more superior number. The chanting on the street of Cincinnati on the way to an early vote in Ohio is capable of destabilizing the movement. While black people may see this as a mere expression of Black pride, it is not difficult for the non blacks to subliminally start questioning their own involvement in a movement that may only empower the blacks.

So, all we can do in the next few weeks is to keep our fingers crossed.


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