Tuesday, April 22, 2008

OK, Hillary, You Won Pennsylvania Alright - Now Please Get Out Of the Way!

Hillary Clinton won as expected, but her win was not enough for her to outdo Barack Obama in the democratic primary campaign.

"The senator from Illinois still leads in the number of pledged delegates and the popular vote. He is almost certain to hold the delegate lead and will probably maintain the popular-vote advantage when the primaries end in early June. Perhaps more important, Clinton's campaign is nearly broke, whereas Obama has an enormous amount of money in the bank to throw into the next two contests and beyond." 

(Washington Post, April 23, 2008, my italics.) 

The best she could do for the Democrats and the country would be to use her PA victory to bow out with dignity. But that's not going to happen. She has no business staying in the race other than helping John McCain's campaign. She feels entitled to have her turn at the wheel, and if that means that the Democrats loose in 2008, there is allways 2012. She's driven, and she's got the money (remember her and Bill's 100 million dollar tax return!), so she can wait for more years for her personal triumph. But if Obama wins in November, there is no way she would ever be president.

Also read Maureen Dowd's sharp comment on the Pennsylvania outcome:

Wilting Over Waffles

"Now that Hillary has won Pennsylvania, it will take a village to help Obama escape from the suffocating embrace of his rival. Certainly Howard Dean will be of no use steering her to the exit. It’s like Micronesia telling Russia to denuke."
(Maureen Dowd in New York Times, my italics.)

Hans Sandberg

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