I apologize for the lack of posts. Gmail and therefore blogger was causing me problems over the last week. But now I have access back. So a quick thought about the New Hampshire results.
I've been impressed with a number of the candidates on the democratic side. Obama's ability to attract independents, young people, new voters, and to move folks about the prospects of a new America has been exciting to watch. We saw that in Iowa.
But Clinton's victory in New Hampshire ought to remind us that a campaign based on process and reform that doesn't speak to the concerns of those left behind in this society, the poor and the working class who can't pay the bills cannot ultimately win.
I was taken by Clinton's support base: those making under 50,000 a year, high school graduates, women, working class voters who put the economy as their central concern. And she spoke for them when she identified those "invisible Americans"
"I've met families in this state and all over our country who have lost their homes to foreclosures; men and women who work day and night but can't pay the bills and hope they don't get sick because they can't afford health insurance;
Too many -- too many have been invisible for too long. Well, you are not invisible to me...It's time we had a president who stands up for all of you...In the future we will build together. There will be no more invisible Americans." Excerpts from Clinton's speech.
I raise this for a few reasons: I genuinely like Obama and hope he can expand his base. And I believe Clinton tapped into something real, not with tears, but with hitting the economic issues that Edwards has so effectively raised in this campaign.
It looks like Edwards will not be winning any time soon, but I hope his campaign will be remembered for addressing issues that have long been neglected (those left behind in our economy) and that Clinton and Obama will be better candidates for taking these up.