A shoo in means that one is expected to win easily. It’s derivation, as I understand it, is that a horse, under less than honorable circumstances, is essentially counted the winner before the race is even run. The horse is “shooed in” to the winner’s circle. This is the case with Hillary Clinton in the primaries. She was early considered a shoo in (under what sort of circumstances I’m not in any position to say). Which is all well and good…except that there is a general election in November. She needed psych-out power over McCain and Joe Lunch Bucket. She needs to actually look like a runner. And she needs someone to beat to pull this off. And Mr. Obama is doing his part at just the Wright time.
Even though John McCain isn’t much of a challenge, it isn’t likely that he’ll just roll over. And anti-Hillary sentiment isn’t isolated to a small town in southern Alabama. So in order to really show well in November, she needs mo — and I’m talkin’ come-from-behind, Yo-Adriane-I did-it mo. She needs to show that she has, um, guts enough to stay in there and duke it out and win. And in so doing she earns formidablility cred, she gets media hoo-ha, and, having impressed the American people, she wins in November. Easy-peasy-Mac-and-cheesy.
In the end, everybody wins.
- Hillary Clinton wins the White House.
- Obama gets to look like he missed the White House by “that much”, and, before getting ushered off to Palookaville, gets an extra fifteen minutes wherein he gets to look gracious.
- McCain gets to look like he missed the White House by “that much”, and, before getting ushered off to Palookaville, gets to suck the life out of a few more rooms in which people are chanting his name.
- America gets yet another World Wrestling Federationesque presidential election (which we love!), and (at least) four more years to moan about how horrible the president is.
Cue Lee Greenwood.