Monday, April 21, 2008

New York grad students assemble in Philly for Obama

CAPTION: A photo of the crypt for Gen. Ulysses Grant and his wife, Julia, at Grant's Tomb, in Manhattan. Much like the former U.S. president, Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign should give up the ghost and call it a day.

I received an e-mail from a Manhattan group that was working for Sen. Barack Obama in Philadelphia over the weekend. The group, comprised of graduate students in seminary, canvassed 15 churches in Philadelphia, with a goal of Sen. Obama taking Philly 3-to-1 over Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The level of organization that was stated was simply immense. It is easy to be enthusiastic, and harder to get down to logistics. This group organized more than 30 students from one institution, arranged for mass transportation and had a strong agenda throughout the day on Saturday. There was synergy with the Philadelphia campaign for Obama. Basically, there was the kind of organization that can bring in a winner. This is especially true when it comes down to transporting campaign workers from one city to another.

I would not be surprised if Sen. Obama wins Pennsylvania, despite the predictions of a Clinton win. Even if Sen. Clinton does win Pa., she'll be very far behind in the delegate count for the overall nomination. If she somehow steals the election from Sen. Obama through the super delegates then it will essentially, in my opinion, open the door for a very one-sided General Election, with the odds-on edge going to Sen. John McCain, the Republican candidate for president. Sen. Hillary Clinton lost the nomination. There's a time to pack up the pride and call it what it is. Taking the Democratic Party down the tubes with her campaign isn't the right thing to do, in my view.

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