Tonight are primaries in Texas, Vermont, Ohio and Rhode Island. Those of us watching closely have noticed the ever shifting narrative.
Note: After Super Tuesday, it was plainly declared that Clinton had drawn with/lost to Obama overall. He was expected to have a string of victories (he had all those, by large margins) and Hillary was expected to have to come up strong...today. She was always expected to win both Texas and Ohio, but the question became numbers: it was said that if she didn't win both by more than 16 points... she would never catch up to him in pledged delegates. Suffice to say: even a victory by a few points for her in Ohio doesn't add up to victory for Hillary Clinton.
Then came the few days of bad press for Obama (Rezko being on trail; the NAFTA-Canada controversy), Saturday Night Live comes out for Clinton, and Clinton makes big waves about media bias. So what do we have now? The narrative has become about the possible scenarios that keep Hillary Clinton in the race. Including narrow victories in Texas and Ohio, or splitting the states.
Now who's complaining about the power of words versus action? If you look at all logical scenarios, the chances of Hillary Clinton winning more delegates than Obama is slim-to-none. And, of course, he's won all over the country, and she's been winning (and is expected to continue to win) traditional democratic strongholds by thin margins. The race hasn't changed, only the narrative.
So what if Hillary Clinton does force a big fumble for Obama, changes the rules to get Michigan and Florida's delegates to count, moves all the superdelegates into her camp, and wins a long, bloody race to the convention. What do we get?
Senator Clinton versus Senator McCain. Thank God. The Democratic Party wouldn't want to win. It would take away our street cred.
We shall see. Personally, I'm hoping for an end to the race tonight.
- Matthew Freeman is a Brooklyn based playwright with a BFA from Emerson College. His plays include THE DEATH OF KING ARTHUR, REASONS FOR MOVING, THE GREAT ESCAPE, THE AMERICANS, THE WHITE SWALLOW, AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR, THE MOST WONDERFUL LOVE, WHEN IS A CLOCK, GLEE CLUB, THAT OLD SOFT SHOE and BRANDYWINE DISTILLERY FIRE. He served as Assistant Producer and Senior Writer for the live webcast from Times Square on New Year's Eve 2010-2012. As a freelance writer, he has contributed to Gamespy, Premiere, Complex Magazine, Maxim Online, and MTV Magazine. His plays have been published by Playscripts, Inc., New York Theatre Experience, and Samuel French.