June 3, 2008

Friends say Hillary won't quit tonight, but she'll "take a few days to think about her next move."

Writes Marc Ambinder. Next move. How exciting!

UPDATE: WaPo reports under the headline "Clinton to Concede Delegate Race When Obama Clinches":
Hillary Rodham Clinton will concede Tuesday night that Barack Obama has the delegates to secure the Democratic nomination, campaign officials said, effectively ending her bid to be the nation's first female president.
Oh, she'll concede that he has the delegates? That is not the same thing as conceding, meaning I agree that you have won. He has the delegates now, but the superdelegates can change their position — as some have already committed to her and then shifted to him. They can recommit to her. It's all in flux until the vote that counts, at the convention.
The former first lady will stop short of formally suspending or ending her race in her speech in New York City.
See? She's staying in.
She will pledge to continue to speak out on issues like health care. But for all intents and purposes, the two senior officials said, the campaign is over.
So the campaign goes on and she will speak out on issues. Then what is new? This may be only a necessary acknowledgment of the reality that Obama will have the necessary votes in his column.

I think she will make every effort to look like what she believes she is: the stronger candidate against McCain. Perhaps she is hoping that the GOP will begin its full-scale attack on Obama and scare the superdelegates back to her side. Obama will be the exposed one, and she'll be waiting in the wings, secure in the knowledge belief that everyone knows she is the better candidate, hoping that the cards play out in her favor.

17 comments:

JSF said...

There was a chance to get rid of the Clinton's...back in late '98 and early '99. However, the Dems did not take the chance, so Senator Clinton is disbursing her political staff to allow Ickes and her partisans to fight at the Convention.

Well done Dems, well done! You hate the GOP so much, you allowed the Clintons free reign over your party!

Pogo said...

Well, King takes Queen, checkmate for Hillary.
Beyond that, she is left only with throwing the chessboard into the air.

MadisonMan said...

I hope her next move wasn't going to be apply for a job at the GM Plant in Janesville. Sad that it's closing after 90 years.

SteveR said...

While she's thinking, her minions will be scouring the weeds for an opening. No need to quit now, that's what everyone else, wants her to do. She's got the cookie.

BTW, glad that Showtime program finally aired. I was worried that ad on the right side was going to get me busted for viewing pornography.

P. Rich said...

We'll see, of course. Meanwhile, an Obama-Clinton (v) ticket would pretty much scare the crap out of everyone to the right of Marx and Lenin. But hey, it would effectively resurrect the New Party, wouldn't it? What a progressive idea...

JDAXC said...

I find it amusing that everyone is still talking about Hillary as VP. Why would she do it?
Why would Barak and Michelle Obama want her in the administration?
She has more power as a NY Senator waiting for 2012.

rhhardin said...

Meanwhile the turned-off-by theatrics crowd is not speculating on anything, recognizing it as a play for media audience.

bill said...

Joshua: A strange game. The only winning move is not to play. How about a nice game of chess?

Summer Anne said...

This just in: CNN says she'll concede tonight... well, kind of

garage mahal said...

No sure why she would concede the race. She has nothing to lose and everything to gain by staying in and taking it to the convention. She will probably never get this close to the Presidency, and they obviously haven't given her what she wants yet. I'd tell Pelosi to bring some warm clothes and see you in November. Beotch.

PatCA said...

There's still the rumor a bad Michelle O tape...but it seems to clumsy for Hillary to be waiting for that, and then to suddenly after the tape surfaces to volunteer to take over for the damaged frontrunner. Even Beckel is Talking About It

Roger J. said...

Obama and his media enablers are pitching the "inevitable Obama;" even heard on NPR this AM that Obama is looking a potential VEEP! Obama is taking a page from the old Clinton playbook--go forward looking like you have won.

I still contend that Hillary should stay in this until the final roll call vote--and as noted above, conceding that Obama has the delegates (unstated: AT THIS POINT IN TIME) keeps her in the race until the convention.

She should most definitely not concede the nomination until the delegates at Denver actually gives it to Obama--so far, Obama and his media-bots have given it to him. And that isn't the vote that counts.

former law student said...

Obama is taking a page from the old McCain playbook -- "presumptive" nominee my Aunt Fanny. Ron Paul can still take the nom on the second ballot, yet McCain invited a flock of VP candidates to his home weeks ago.

Signed, Delusional in DC

Michael_H said...

she'll "take a few days to think about her next move."

That's what happens after the 3 AM call ends.

OldGrouchy said...

So, when are more "Anvils" dropped onto BHO? Do "they" wait until near Convention time or do "they" drop them soon? My bet is that it's all a matter of timing, which "they" along will determine.

Regardless, it's going to remain interesting, perhaps!

sydney said...

Hmmm... "next move." Could she be contemplating a run as an independent like Leiberman?

Roger J. said...

Sydney--that thought has crossed my mind as well. Given this troupe of clowns--oops, Senators--running seems to me she might have a pretty good shot at it. Sure would be a fun three way election.