24 April 2008

At least it wasn't a war metaphor

This is time to measure things by their impact on the final score, like the way we measure a drive at the end of a football game. If Clinton's down 22 points with 4 minutes to go and she kicks a 50-yard field goal, that's not a successful drive. It doesn't matter that a 50-yard field goal is an impressive achievement. She needs touchdowns and two-point conversions (not to mention an onside kick or two) to win the game, and that's not what she got on that drive.
Of course, to complete the metaphor you need to have the Team Clinton players lobbying the officials to make a field goal worth 10 points in the fourth quarter.

This is a point that needs to be hammered home to the blogs and media trying to stay neutral here. It's not a 50-50 toss-up race, it's not a "pick one of them and get on with it." Obama has an insurmountable lead in pledge delegates, and will also very likely win the cumulative popular vote excluding the MI/FL straw polls. Barring an overrule of popular opinion by the party elders--the superdelegates--he's the nominee, and I'm worried that the talk of indifferent neutrality is priming the pump for just such an occurrence by presenting a rosier picture of Clinton's current state than she deserves.