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US Presidential primaries: West Wing « Previous | |Next »
February 28, 2008

An interesting look at the uncanny coincidences or similarities between the current Democratic Presidential race and that represented on the Aron Sorkin created West Wing (in Season Six). That series gives great depth to the political process of a presidential campaign in the US.

Mike Thompson's cartoon shows the difficulty that Clinton, trailing in the delegate count, is facing as the official candidate:

ThompsonMObama.jpg The decaying industrial towns of north-eastern Ohio form the backdrop for the final shootout.

A decade ago, General Motors was Ohio's largest employer, with well-paying unionised jobs. Today it is Wal-Mart, the union-busting retail chain.

Clinton needs to convince these voters that she can create jobs in these dying steel towns, protect people from a terrifying rise in home repossessions, and somehow make amends for the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) signed into law by her husband in 1993.

It's a tough ask.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 5:29 PM | | Comments (5)


a tough ask made harder by a hostile media. Clinton really needs a big win Ohio and Texas on March 4th, and probably won't get it. We already knew that sometime ago.

The 'decaying industrial towns' would suggest that someone with an intimate familiarity with the kind of political outlook shown in The Wire is going to be several leaps ahead of someone relying on the endlessly condescending, father-knows-best representation of politics in The West Wing.

What the West Wing highlights is the media Obama swoon. He is the media's darling.

Something happened about six weeks ago that was akin to a light switch turning off, or on: All of a sudden, Hilary became "the Clintons," and every resentment of her and her husband came to the surface among the media, liberals, everybody.


So we have a once-high-flying presidential contender glimpsing the spectre of their defeat.With her lead in the polls shrinking, particularly in Texas, Clinton has moved to the edge of night. So much for the inevitability strategy. Obama is much better organized at a grass roots level.

Clinton is in the battle of her life and the odds are against her. And it is not only a fight to be the next occupant of the White House. It is also about the legacy that Clinton and her husband, Bill, have left America and whether they still have a role to play. Clinton needs to win Texas and Ohio. Anything less could force her from the race. However, the Clintons are battling an opponent and a fully fledged movement.