Sen. Hillary Clinton at her Indiana Primary rally last night. Click the Play Button to see what Jack and our viewers had to say. (PHOTO CREDIT: AP PHOTO)
FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
"The campaign may go on but the contest is now over: Barack Obama is the Democratic nominee for president."
Democratic strategist Bob Shrum tells The New York Times that now the only decision left for Hillary Clinton is how she wants to end this.
New York Daily News columnist Michael Goodwin puts it this way: "Unless Obama falls off a cliff, or the Reverend Jeremiah Wright pushes him," he will be the nominee. Another paper calls Clinton "toast."
All this points to a pretty grim scenario for Hillary Clinton. Her 14-point loss to Obama in North Carolina coupled with one of the narrowest wins of the primary season in Indiana mean Obama woke up this morning with a larger lead in both pledged delegates and the popular vote.
Plus she's out of money. In the past month, Clinton was forced to loan her campaign $6.4 million out of her own pocket.
Then there are the superdelegates, who could now start to move in larger numbers to Obama. Or even superdelegates who currently support Clinton and could switch to Obama. Finally, The New York Times suggests that senior Democrats who support Clinton – like Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell or New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine – could now ask her to consider quitting.
On all of this, Hillary Clinton is absolutely tone deaf. Last night she told supporters, "it's full-speed on to the White House." This is denial in full bloom.
Here’s my question to you: What will Hillary Clinton do now?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Emily from Swansboro, North Carolina writes:
Jack, The most telling thing to me was watching Bill and Chelsea as Hillary gave her "victory" speech last night. It was written all over their faces that she had lost the nomination. She needs to get out of the race, gracefully, now before she loses all credibility.
Fight on and on. Keep fighting until she completely embarrasses herself in front of the whole nation and the whole world. She has destroyed the Clinton brand among Democrats.
Deb from Pennsylvania writes:
Jack, Like putting an elderly relative into a home when they don't want to go, but need to, the superdelegates need to do the right and responsible thing by announcing their support for Obama in large numbers. They need to do this now, as the Clintons can't see that it's time to go.
I hope she stays in the race because I am one of those Democrats who will not vote for Obama.
Vicki from Pensacola, Florida writes:
See a psychologist.
Kim from Dodge City, Kansas writes:
What Hillary will do now is whine and moan about Michigan and Florida because she can't stand it when things don't go her way. If that doesn't work, she and Bill will twist the superdelegates' arms until she gets her way. The DNC could put an end to this by sticking to their guns. This is the main reason people are wary of the Democratic Party. They can't seem to follow through on anything or cooperate with each other.
Ken from Pinon Hills, California writes:
Go home and learn how to make cookies.
Travis from Los Angeles writes:
You heard her, Jack. It's full speed on to the White House, where she'll be part of history when she meets our first black president.
Hillary should go and home and get some much needed botox on her left chick. After all she can afford it, who in the world have $11.4 million to lend to their campaign? An elitist!
She will show her true colors and whine and cry and do what she can to further damage her party. What would you expect from a Clinton.
She'll continue to run, continue being destructive, and continue to pray she can run against McCain in 4 years.
The fat lady has sung Hillary. Its done, if you care anything for the party you will gracefully drop out and give your support to Sen. Obama
Her goal now is the vice-presidency. And when Obama wins in november her argument in 2011 will be: now it is time for a woman.
We need a president who is not a quitter, is smart, experienced, and knows all the ins and outs, someone just like Hillary!!! Obama may be a good man but he is an unknown quantity and can have his time later, NOT NOW!!! Bush/Cheney has gotten us into too big a mess & McClain is nothing but a clone. NOW is NOT the time for a NOVICE!
GO HILLARY GO! Straight into OUR White House, Please!!!
Shame on McGovern & the others that are sissy-pants & quitters!!!!!
Hillary should continue. Remember when John McCain's staff left and he was out of money? I will NOT vote for Obama...reasons...too much unknown and he has proven he is no different than any other politician. If he hasn't listened to Rev. Wright's sermons in the last 20 years, what makes you think he will listen to the American public if he becomes president. I hope Hillary is the Dem pick. If not, I will have to take a hard look at McCain (ugh!)
Continue on! She is not going to quit. Hillary is going to show everyone that a woman can be tough and fight for what is her right to fight for. If men don't like it,tough!
I don't know Jack. If history is any guidance, the more she's cornered, the more she scours like a cat. Problem is, a cat has an irritating set of sharp nails, but not much punch.
I suppose it would be too much to ask Hillary to step aside gracefully and allow the inevidable to occur.
Jenny ROme GA
Since she cannot mathematically win the nomination with these races she will tear a hole in the party over MI and FL.
I cannot believe that the Clinton's don't see what that will do.
A BLCK man wins the lead and then white people try to rewrite the rules and steal it from him even though they lost? Do they want to be responsible for Rodney King style riots? Have they lost their minds?
She talks about good judgement, what about the good judgement to end the primaries and bat for the team and not yourself?
Whatever she does next, she better think it through and try to take herself out of the equation and put America first.
She's going to keep competing, Jack. What else does she do?
She'll keep slinging mud, kitchen sinks, and unfounded accusations at Obama, and keep arguing that she's the better candidate because even though she has only won half as many contests, less of the popular vote, has less delegates, and is sitting on top of an evaporating superdelegate lead, that she's somehow the "more electable candidate in the fall".
It's a good thing she doesn't teach math.
If Sen. Clinton is truly staying in to the finish I have to believe that "we ain't seen nothing yet'. Even if there should be a "re-do" in Michigan and Florida, the numbers just don't work. Since she has already thrown not only the kitchen sink, but the entire house, whatever is left to throw won't be pretty, but the Clinton machine doesn't seem to care about anything at this point other than themselves. Isn't it time for Lou Dobbs to declare???
Well, she can continue to pay herself to stay on! She can delude herself that she still has a chance. She can wax quixotic, if she likes. She can entertain thoughts of just beating out Obama at the finish line. She can imagine wrangling with backroom politicos about switching to her side. She can pretend that she is already in the Oval Office. She can do all of these things but what she will probably not do is to save the democratic party from a continued onslaught of personal intent, to anger party members, and not get out of the race! One can be amazed by her Don Quixote-style "to the very end" desires but the eventuality is staring her in the face! Delegate numbers do matter and Obama has the edge! As Russert attests, he has the nomination!
Hillary will go on until there is a nomination. Exactly what she should do. I back Hillary! She would win the presidental election over McCain. She has experience that is needed in these trying times. It's time for a woman president to take the helm into the future and bring us out of this unsuccessful Bush era. Give me a break, I support Hillary and the numbers don't give Obama the nomination.
She will continue to slug it out because she cannot accept the fact that she cannot win the nomination. Everyone should be ready for more dirt being thrown and anything she can think up to sway the voters, like the gas tax holiday. I personally think she should consider joining the Republican Party with all her talk about "obliterating" Iraq–sounds just like the Republicans.
I'm for peace and hope and Barack Obama!
She should bow out gracefully.
The only reason Hilliary Clinton is staying in the race is because of her stubbornness and the fact that she can't admit defeat. The facts are there 'SHE CANNOT WIN'.
Also taking into account that she is strapped for cash, how can she expect to raise the kind of money she needs after last night's results.
Can't understand why there is a direct link to donate to Hilliary Clinton's campaign on CNN.com ?????? although iIt has becaome apparent that most of CNN's reporting of late favored Clinton.
What Hillary will do is a lot different than what she SHOULD do. While it is quickly becoming a mathematical absurdity that she will win the nomination fairly on pledged delegates, she will continue to push for the possibility of a superdelegate driven win whilst simultaneously downplaying the significance of these superdelegates overturning the outcome of the popular vote.
When the superdelegates flock away from her, she will then shift focus to stealing all of the delegates from Michigan and Florida under the delusion that 100% of the constituency in both of those states are crying for her nomination.
What she needs to do is quit, she's starting to tear the democratic party apart. Please Hillary do us all a favor and just go away.
Clinton will move on. When more comes out on Obama she will win (& there is alot more folks).
We all know what she needs to do.....GET OUT!!! But we know what she's going to do......try and destroy Barack before she gets out. She knows she can't win, but she's going to try and do everything in her power to make sure Barack doesn't win in the general election. It's a shame that someone can be so evil and malicious. Hillary's true colors have come out, but some people are too colorblind to notice or even care.
At this point she is probably going to lend her campaign some more money and keep right on going. The fact that she is spending millions of her own money on a job that pays $400,000 a year should tell us how her mind works when it comes to monetary issues. Apparently the deficiency in mathematical ability also includes a problem with simple math, even is he only manages to convince a third of the remaining delagates that he is the man she loses, and the races have been way closer than that for him even when he loses. It was nice to see Senator McGovern make the first major move toward Obama, and Mrs. Clinton should prepare to see many more as the week progresses.
As an aside, Michigan and Florida do need to be resolved, but leaving the votes as they stand would be a bad move for the Democrats as he was not on the ballot in Michigan, and many democrats in both states stayed home thinking that the votes were beauty contests anyway.
Hillary Clinton has said she will continue to campaign, but she should at least make it clear she is doing so to keep the Democrat's issues in the spotligyht and to include every voter in every state. If she continues to state that she will be the nominee, she is signaling to the world that she plans on derailing the Democrat's choice by hook or by crook. Her rhetoric in the next few weeks will be very telling.
Hillary will do what she does best. Change the rules, change her "slogan", tell the people that whatever their concerns are will in the state she is in as it will be her first agenda as President, and bash Obama to try to prove her point. This gas tax is a complete joke. As Obama said, here in Illinois, they had the gas tax holiday, and the prices did not drop, they stayed the same as the oil companies pocketed more profits.
jack, if hillary had won as many contests as obama and won last nights primaries, people would have been yelling for obama to get out, with hillary i find a double standard in the press and media at large, its about time she stop thinking about her self and support obama and the democrats, she needs to please just drop out to save her legacy!
Now that we've found out that Hillary has again loaned herself money...We also have discovered that she is a liar. After Pennsylvania we were told that she raised ten million overnight. Now we know that she loaned the money to herself to make it look like she had all this new money coming in. Like the song says "Oh, how I used to love her... but it's all over now"
A faithful viewer
Jack, you would think she got the hint last night that it was time to call it quicks. She told the media she's staying in looks like until the convention. I never seen such denial. No true democrate act like that. Even Gore left with dignity even though the elections was stolen from him. And Bush is a good example of what happens when you fight too hard to win an election that wasn't yours for the taking. Just look at the results of our economy. "God help us all."
Despite narrowly winning Indiana, and losing North Carolina, Senator Hillary Clinton did not fundamentally improve her chances of securing the Democratic presidential nomination. If anything, Mrs. Clinton’s hopes for overtaking Obama dwindled further. It hardly seems enough to sway uncommitted super delegates to rally around her. She is back to loaning herself almost 7 million dollars to continue her campaign so her money and supporters are drying up and fast.
Clinton would have to win close to 70 percent of the remaining pledged delegates and super delegates to win the nomination and that just isn't going to happen. The best she can hope for is to raise enough funds in Virginia to pay herself back and to pull the ejection seat handles and yell mayday and bail out. Hopefully she won't smack her head on the canopy on the way out.
She will not go gracefully. She will keep running and continuing to say anything to get votes while falling further behind. There is no doubt that the Florida and Michigan "delegates" will be strenuously fought over despite the DNC "rules". Hey Super Delegates. Get ready for romance. The farce is about to begin.
What will Clinton do now? That's easy... Hillary will continue to campaign until it is beyond embarrassing. Then Hillary will pay herself back the loans she made to the campaign with significant interest. At that point she will convince (pay) some network (I think we all know which one) to host her early A.M. talk show. And of course write another book and make even more money all the while saying she was in the campaign for the "people". But, WOW, the cash is nice too!
It would be far too easy for Clinton's to just go away. But as we have experienced some stains just can't be removed!
Since she is still deluding herself into thinking she can convince the super delegates to back her, she will keep on going. Based on how the splits in primary races have gone, Clinton cannot even get enough super delegates to win if she got them all. The longer she stays, the more the party splits and she has done a really good job of splitting the party. But it is apparent, she won't stop. She is like the Energizer Bunny. She just keeps going. No intelligence or reason to keep going. Yet she keeps going. For the sake of the democrats, I hope her battery runs down soon.
She should go ahead and drop out and give her undivided support to Obama. It make take a minute to realize he won it fair and square. Obama, for his part, must make sure he and his staff are gracious so as to not alienate the women and the people who appreciate what the Clinton's have done for this country. I wonder what the Republican Party would do if people talked about Laura Bush or Nancy Regan the way some folks have talked about Hillary. She fought hard, very hard, but she lost. Lets all give her the respect she desrves and let the healing begin. We must not lose sight of the fact that it is going to take all democrats to beat the Republicans in november.
Rick in Henderson NV
Jack, I am a white middle aged, middle class female and I am just so sick of hearing Hililary Clinton go on and on about the Michigan vote being valid. I live in Michigan and half of the people I have talked to did not bother to vote this primary since we were told it would not count, by our local party and our news. Guess who most of those people are now supporting, including myself – Senator Obama. He has a huge grass roots campaign going on here now that keeps growing every day and I don't think Senator Clinton really wants that re vote. Our Democratic party and deciding members including our Governor have a lot to answer for in taking away our vote but for Hillary Clinton to attempt to paint it as Senator Obama's fault is laughable. Almost as funny as trying to buy votes for a gas tax holiday that will never happen!
sounds like a loser to me ! its about time
Last night she said (to my surprise) "no matter what happens (whether I win or Obama) I will support the nominee". Obviously she does assume that she won't be that person???? Kind of strange to say you will support your own candidacy...
Hillary will "keep on keeping on" waiting for the Obama "implosion miracle" and continue to "dirty up" Obama so he will lose the general election to John McCain.
then she can run again in 2012 IF there is still a United States of America to run in after four more years of "President Bomb-Bomb's" Bush style foreign and economic policies.
Jack, I'm from Florida and will vote for the democrate in the fall, but I don't think our votes should count until the second round if needed. The primaries are dangling the carrot in front of hillary and causing her to keep pulling the primary wagon one more mile... I'm supprised she's not smart enough to know she'll never get to the carrot which now makes me think that I'm not so sure I want her answering the phone at 3 AM.
There is no way to tell what she is going to do. There are a bunch of us out here very upset with the Stupid Dems. How they can continue to shoot themselves is beyond believe. There must be a death wish.
Hillary Clinton should run the race until the end of May. If she leaves in a bad note- that might turn to be bad for Obama in Fall. She needs to leave in a good note. That will benefit Obama plus that will benefit her own political career as well.
sounds like she is D-E-R-A-N-G-E-D !
I am just wondering, If the roles had been REVERSED, the Clinton campaign and the MSM would be SCREAMING for Obama to GIVE UP !
Ah, what SWEET JUSTICE it is GOOD LORD, that You have WHACKED, WALLOPED and STRUCK DOWN the ARROGANT, P-H-O-N-Y Clintons, like the mighty waters of Niagra falls – – –
Jack , the former first lady doest want to quit she believe she will be the best president but the voters don't believe it.She said before smal state don't matter now from nowhere she thinks they count.
She'll rush out to by a conductor's hat and overalls because she's invited us all to come play on her imaginary "train to the White House." Sounds like fun – you in Jack?
Hillary claims that she is on the road to the White House. Does that mean that she is planning to visit Obama?
She needs to gather up her husband and daughter and act like a real family.......starting with cooking classes.
She will keep going and going.If the Democrats lose it will be her fault,she does not seem to care About us working class people it's all about her SELF!.We need her to quit so we the people will have a chance to win and take back the White House and end this WAR! I could keep going and going but I think everyone see's her selfishness she would say and do anything to win.
What Hillary will do now is continue to fight a losing battle.
Spend money she doesn't have, talk about things she won't change.
Hillary please stop your embarrassing yourself, you are in complete denial ................ AGAIN.
Step down gracefully and support Obama for the good of the democratic party that you say you love so much. Please !
She will keep pushing because she only cares about herself and not the democratic party. She will push the MI and FL delegates to be counted even though she agreed they wouldn't at first. If she has any dignity or care for the people of this country, she will bow out gracefully and support the candidate whom the majority of Democrats in America have voted for – and that candidate is Barack Obama.
Hillary's campaign will carry on to the convention. She doesn't have to worry about her campaign funds drying up because all she has to do is loan herself $5,000,000 here, $425,000 there and whatever else it will take her to be competitive in the remaining primaries. Aw...the smell of a blue collar worker
Or...she could put the party before her own ambitions and graciously fade into the background. She could start hitting the Republicans with a barrage of negative ads.
Unfortunately, her handlers won't happen let this. She wants to be president no matter what the cost...as in dollars and negativism.
She will continue as I expect, but will she raise money in order to compete? No. Will the American public pick up on her empty promises and populist posturing, no. Will she get votes and win contests, yes. Will she win the popular vote, super delegate vote, pledge delegate vote, total delegate count, no. Will her supports move towards Obama, yes.
obama gained four superdelgates today! ya!!!
She will stubbornly stay in.
She's not in it for the goodness of the Democrats and the US, she's in it for the distance and the irritation.
The Clinton family has lost a lot because of her, she thinks she's hurting Obama, but in the end she only hurts herself.
It's time to move on. The difference in speeches last night was incredible. She seemed like she didn't want to be there. He was full of energy, enthusiasm, integrity, and vision. It's not a contest anymore. Time for Hillary to say good night, and good luck.
It is over. She should exit gracefully for the good of her party.
i hope she stays in. obama groupies keep blabbering about how she should get out, but they dont want to allow the voters of FL or Mich to have their say. i say to the obama zealots, stop trying to appoint this guy as the nominee, and let the voters have their say!
What will Hillary do now? Forget what she does now, she'll still be campaigning when President Obama is sworn into office in January.
Jack, I would like to see Hillary be gracious and concede. However as your article states, she is in denial, therfore, she will continue on.
My question is to Hillary, " Why?"
What will she do? Or what should she do? What she will probably do is stay like a guest that has worn out their welcome. What she should do is show some class and bow out, for the good of the Democratic party
Although all indicators say she should bow out gracefully, the inevitable truth is that she said last night she is going the distance and from what her campaign is saying, the see the light at the end of the tunnel. Problem is that the light does not shine for her.
Jack, it is obvious that Hillary will continue her campaign. The burden now rests squarely with the party leaders, many of whom are super delegates. It is time for them to lead the party. Maybe that is why they are called "party leaders"? They need to show some backbone and commit themselves. Do they truly believe that they need to wait until Montana votes before they make up their mind?
Hillary Clinton, asked who will we hire for the job of president? She is a 60 year old woman with a solid history in American Politics. However, she is not what we really want. She knows how to bamboozle the populous in gas breaks. She can't be trusted. She will say anything, do anything and try to make the populous belive her. We all fell for sniper fire that she dismissed once the truth was told. She said Mr. Obama, has no electability. Mr. Obama is 46, and he is the candidate that the future of this country can share some idenity. He is winning and is electable over Mr. McCain. We the people don't need another political dynasty ruling on the Potamac. Hilliary needs to go back to Arkansas, Indiana, Pennsylvannia, New York, or whereever she claimes as her roots and settle down prepare for her retirement just like all other 60 year old Americans that have given their all. Her job is done.
What will Clinton do now?
someone please tell her ENOUGH ALREADY get out of the race. It's time to put her Ego and her life long ambition to be president at rest and let the party move towards uniting and get ready for GOP
Senator Clinton will continue to borrow money from her husband to fund a desperate stumble toward an inevitable loss. It's really sad to witness the unraveling of the Clinton legacy. But as an Obama supporter, I hope his campaign doesn't agree to repay her debts. Something about my contributions financing her next phase of Democratic Party destruction would be insult to injury.
Who really cares?? Perhaps her family and closest friends. It is embarrassing to see a former first lady and second term senator engage in such blatant political pandering with the gas tax holiday proposal, ( not even an original idea )and act in such a dishonest and unsportsmanlike fashion with reference to previously agreed on rules. It really leaves one disillusioned about the state of politics in the US. Kudos to r any one who is attempting to bring change to this chaos.
Jack, You gotta know when to hold 'em and know when to fold 'em. Few would doubt the Clinton may go on, because reality is often a bitter pill to swallow, but swallowing a little pill now is easier than swallowing the monster pill she's gonna have to swallow later.
Hillary will stay in the race and try to destroy Barack. It's in her blood, she can't help herself, and it's now become her mission in life. In her speech last night, you could tell that she just wanted to "rip him one".
If she wants to come close to the White House [the vice-presidency], she needs to cool it. If the situation was reversed, she would be calling for Obama to drop out already. It's the Democrats never ending nightmare that you can't wake up from.
Clinton will continue to try to steal the nomination by insisting that the Michigan and Florida primaries were ‘legitimate’ even though she agreed beforehand that they would not count. She will continue to argue that the will of the people should be ignored and try to get the super-delegate elite to support her instead. She does not care about the people or the Democratic Party. She only cares about extending the Clinton dynasty.
Hillary needs to drop out. The democratic party needs to gather around Barack Obama. For Hillary, this is a huge blow to her ego. At this point last year she had the nomination in her grasp, but since february that idea has become a distant memory. If Hillary stays in, it will only ruin her reputation; she needs to heal the wounds she has created. For her, it would be very noble to bow out and rally support for Obama.
sen, Clinton should drop out of the race with respect now or it will turn disgrace later
Clintonian doctrine decrees that Hillary won't concede the nomination until the last lawsuit is settled.
After all, in her mind she has "earned" the right to be the first female president – what's wrong with all of you voters?
Get ready for some "superdelegate-sized" tears and appeals for money in order to continue her "fight" for the White House.
Boo Hoo! It's not fair – I'm not supposed to come in 2nd place! (Does that mean I don't get the nomination?) :)
Hillary needs to pack up her mables, be gracious and share them with Obama so together they can win the game against their opponent on the other side of the street.
What Hillary SHOULD do is bow out gracefully and look and act like someone who isn't on Risperdal in perpetuity.
What Hillary WILL do is continue to beg for money to pay off her debts, race bait, spin, and send the hounds from hell Carville and Lanni Davis to do her bidding, and run a scorched earth campaign all the way to Obama's inauguration.
Someone is driving a an old car. The gas needle is on E, but they ignore it. Minutes later, the gas light comes on, but they put tape over the light and smash the gas pedal. Minutes later, the car's engine explodes, and engulfs everything in flames. The fibers, the gears, the transmission; everything is in flames and the driver will surely die if she stays in the vehicle. Instead of getting out, she keeps her foot firmly planted on the gas pedal.
This is the Clinton campaign. She is basically Mike Huckabee to the media at this point. It was mathematically impossible for her to win after Wisconsin, but her last name is Clinton, so she did not get out then, she will not get out now, and she will probably try to take the mic when Obama walks on stage to accept the nomination.
She's a fighter.
She will stay in and continue to divide the party so that Obama can't win in Nov and that way she can run against McCain in 2012.
This lady keeps on saying I am going to the White House to do what take a walk around the Rose Garden with Michelle and the kids.
Hllary face it your last day in the White House was in JAn. of 2000
Jack, I think she needs to see a doctor. This is just a power hungry wounded person who wants to take the party down with her. I hope the super delegates all come out for Obama and send he on her way....She is crazy!
This lady is very delusional. It reminds me of when Hitler was moving phantom division across a huge map while the Russians were knocking on his bunker door.
She starts campaigning for 2012.
she will continue to pull down the democratic party. she will be campaigning when barack and machelle and their lovely two daughters move in to the white house.
maybe she could be mcsames running mate?
mcsame and hilary could join up as doubles and maybe between the two of them they could manage to get enough money to pay back there loans,
I do not presume to know what is going on in Hillary's mind right now. I can tell you what I hope she will do. I hope she will continue to run until the last vote is in on June 3rd with a message of commonality between herself and Senator Obama. Speaking a message of unification but still giving people a choice between them to preserve voter's emotions. Finishing with an honorable run out of the rest of the contests conceding to Senator Obama by June 15th. She could bring an olive branch to a Democratic party that cries out with a common voice. Win in November!
I am convinced Clinton is evil! She just held a news conference where she willingly accepted the racial divide in this primary election and indicated that she would be able to get back the black vote in the general election but Obama would not be able to get the white blue collar vote. Is this woman smoking something? Blacks are not that loyal to the Dems and neither are the Independents, Youth, and Educated supporting Obama. Someone better stop this woman’s scorched earth policy. She is destroying the Democratics bit by bit.
Senator McGovern of South Dakota, former presidential candidate should certainly know first hand the signs of a lossing campaign, so Hillary should listen, but she is too egoistical and in too much denial that she will stay to the end and twist all the super delegates arms that get near her. What a disgrace! She could have held her head high and gone on to be governor of NY.
from Iowa, but lived in SD for over 20 years
Last night, by the end of her speech last night I was feeling rather solomn. I was happy Obama regained his momentum, but at the same time I thought she fought a good fight and represented that women have come a long way in this country. Today, I believe she is teetering on a nervous breakdown. This has gone from spin to bizarre.
She should try to get the Vice-Presidential slot...or she could also be Secretary of State (a cool job in these times) or maybe Attorney General-
Or she could sit back and enjoy her 109 million dollars she has in her bank account. She won't have to pretend to be an ordinary person anymore and hang out in small-town diners eating greasy food.
Hillary reasoning is increasingly sounding like late-Huckabee reasoning.
I can only hope she does concede. As it stands now, all she can do if she stays in is hurt the Democratic Party, Obama, and every supporter of herself and Obama. It is very sad to watch anyone behave in such a desperate, selfish, and destructive way.
What she should do is either drop out or stay in but stop the negative attacks and not ask anyone to donate more of their hard earned money to her lost cause. If she hopes to maintain any respect in the party, she should bow out gracefully and support Obama fully. Will she do that? When the cow flies over the moon.
I would hope that she would run the rest of this race, try to raise money to pay herself back, and not do any more damage to the nominee. She and Bill know politics and they know it is over but she has to be able to finish with what dignity she feels she has left....that and as much money as she can raise to pay herself back. I mean this Hillary we are talking about.
After losing two primaries in a row you would think she would get the picture. Guam and NC
Hopefully she will try to be Vice President to Obama and give him good, sound advice when it comes to foreign policy matters. If she doesn't, hopefully she will tell her supporters to support Obama and do anything to keep senile, old, John McCain away from the White House.
What is with this urgency? Just relax. If she is to get out, I believe she will and will do so gracefully. However, she has earned the right to stay in the race. She has brought the Health Care debate front and center. She has also permanently changed the landscape for women in presidential politics and I think that is an extraordinary achievement. She is a historic candidate and lets just show her some respect for a change.
Jack, I only wish that one could say that Hillary would " ride off into the sunset ", but that aint gonna happen. The Clinton's are great admirers of Royalty and consider themselves no less ( talk of Grandeur ), and how many time in history has a monarch walked away from his throne ? Besides, there is the mean,selfish and vengeful streak of the Clinton family which will dictate to them to ruin the chances of Obama to win against McCain. Guess what though, he he will still beat the Republican nominee hands down, Clinton's sniping included in the obstacles.
I think Hillary will keep campaigning through West Virginia and Kentucky, which are tailor-made for her to win.
She will then wait it out until decisions are made regarding Michigan & Florida on 5/31/08.
Depending on the results of that, she will either cry foul and say Obama "cheated" by not counting those votes, or else move the goal posts again to try to get the outcome she wants.
I hope my prediction is not true, and she bows out gracefully and unites behind the democratic party rather than herself. This ridiculous talk about voting for McCain if the other one gets the nomination is not getting us anywhere.
Jack, it's one thing to be ambitious and aggressive. It's a whole other thing to act like a 2yr. old - "Mine, mine, mine!" A vote for Hillary is a vote for a tantrum-throwing, object-snatching, spoiled little brat. I still don't understand why the democrats don't end this. They can't possibly want this "hysterical woman" at the reigns. She doesn't know when to quit. That's a dangerous character flaw for a President. She's willing to hold an entire nation back to get what she wants.
I think that she will bow out after Kentucky. She has already committed to staying in at least until that point last night.
As an Obama supporter, for the first time since this race began I actually felt bad for her. You could see the anguish on Bill and Chelsea's face. The Clinton's have been such a dynamic family within the party that I think we owe her alot of respect.
It troubles me to think that half of Hillary Clinton supporters will not vote for Senator Obama. True Democrats should do what is best for the party. Think of what John McCain represents and then think about what is in your best interest. I say let's stop the bickering and unite as Democrats.
...also alot of pundits are wondering why AA are not supporting Senator Clinton. It's not racial the fact is she has not courted our votes. When her husband ran for president he came into the Black communities and sat in our churches. He earned our vote. I wish she had done the same, with the Clinton name alone she could have done much better. Most in the AA community benefited tremendously during his presidency. I wish her the best of luck in the upcoming contest.
Finally, I think that Senator Obama should seriously consider choosing a female vice-president. I don't think that it will be Senator Clinton, but an AA and a woman would still make for a "dream ticket". DEMOCRATS UNITE AGAINST JOHN MCCAIN.
It is a mystery why a person of Hillary's stature would like to make a caricature of herself. While her resilience is her strength but excess of most things is bad. At this point she is looking more stubborn than resilient. Hillary should exit but she will not as she continues to march on (to her exit).
Congratulations to Obama on becoming the Nominee even if Hillary does not want to acknowledge it!
What she can do is come up with a new strategy, a new issue about Obama not winning his own household. What else is she waiting for to get out of the race jack? May be a call from Monica will finally wake her up.
I'm Zim from Garwood, Nj. Thanks Jack for doing what you do.
Obama won't be sworn into office because Democrats such as myself will not vote for him. It's either vote for McCain or a No-Vote!
To predict Hillary's response one only needs to recognize 2 things- First. She is a pathological politician.
Second. She has allowed her politcal ambitions to cloud her view of reality and truth.
With these in mind, she will stay in the race until she is dragged kicking and screaming out of it.
Maybe she should go back to do dodgin sniper fire with Bill and Chelsea..oh sweet justice!!
Come on Hillary, IT'S TIME TO QUIT. For the good of the party, Hillary owes it to us to let Obama catch his breath before the general election. She is delaying the inevitable, and burning bridges with democratic supporters along the way (myself included!!!). If she really wanted what was best for the party, she would bow out gracefully...
Los Angeles, CA
sarah, Indiana...pay attention. It has already been determined that even if they count in Florida AND Michigan, Obama will retain about a 100 delegate lead. Her own campaign acknowledged this fact today. That is no longer a valid argument.
Mr Cafferty as a voter who supported Bill Clinto, as a white 66year old female, I am deeply troubled by the delusion and disconnect I am seeing in Senator Clinton's behavior. Surely if the Clintons truely care about our party and defeating Senator McCain. She should throw her support behind Senator Obama and end the very troubling Parallel Universe behavior. A very concerned voter from Carlsbad California. Thank You for your excellent ongoing discussion.
I don't think Hillary really believes she has a solid chance now to win, however she is a part of history and may feel a sense of obligation to women, not the Democratic Party or what's best for it, to see her campaign through to the end.
I think she is looking at her legacy and the impact she has made for the women's movement. Bill doesn't like to lose, but at the the way he hugged her at the end of her victory speech in IN seemed more consoling than congratulatory.
Jack, this ought to make you behave like the SNL reporters. Obama Lovers Unite. Your going to need it in the General Election. I hope your bias reporting makes you happy. I am a Reagan Democrat who will never vote for the ultra-liberal Obama.
Hillary will do exactly what she has done for the past 15 months, she'll keep ignoring the voice of the majority of Americans and keep campaigning. She won't listen to McGovern, she won't listen to the economists and she certainly won't listen to us! There is a difference between being a fighter and being downright stubborn. We don't need another stubborn person in the White House.
Jack, I believe Hillary will fabricate yet another scenario to try to seed questionability of Barack. Through all of the storm, Obama has maintained his dignity and only defended himself without resorting to the destructive tactics the Clintons have used. He is the ONLY candidate thus far who has acted presidential. He is the ONLY candidate who can be trusted.
Hillary should quit, but I REEALY don't see that happening.
Hillary wants to be president. She will now begin to try and destroy Obama and what is left of the Democratic Party so that it will be next to impossible for Obama to win in the fall. She will then be able to "come to our rescue" in 2012 and save us all. Her delusions are growing as her support (and bank account) shrinks.
Iowa City, Iowa
Jack – what she should do is gracefully back out...what its looking like she will do is run up her campaign debt, forcing Obama to pay it off for her as apart of a deal of her getting out – thus putting a dent in his funds for the General Election....and furthermore, adding to the theory that she's on a mission to make him unelectable in order for her to run again in 2012...
Well hillary being as hard headed as her husband will most like stay in the race and hurt the party further. This just goes to show her real motive for being in this race was never for the interest of people, but for personal historic reasons. DROP OUT
Clinton believes she can still pull a rabbit out of the hat and unfortunately the ambiguity of the super-delegates and her lead in many of the remaining primaries allow this as a possibitly–however unlikely it may be.
The question her advisory team really needs to ask is "at what cost?".
The animosity towards her (and there's plenty of it) will only intensify and the republicans will laugh all the way to the white house.
I think Hillary will respectfully drop out. The real question is when. If she decides to continue until the end of all the contests, I hope that she stays positive. The message right now needs to be on unity, and defeating John McCain in November.
My only concern is that she keeps going, and decides to keep fighting to seat the MI and FL delegates, dividing the party even more.
I'm telling you... She knows she is out, but the Dem strategy is for her to stay in as long as possible. This will allow the Dems to discuss all of Obama's issues in house until they are old news. At that point the issues impact during the general election will be minimized.
If she's smart, she'll resign her candidacy after her win in West Virginia by thanking the West Virginians for their support, but realizing this is an uphill battle she can't win. The rest of this week will be subdued, without the usual negative campaigning and attacks from her side, while Obama focuses on his bigger issues: Picking a Vice Presidential candidate, and showing the rest of the country why he should be the president over McCain. If Hillary wants to keep her reputation intact, she simply CAN'T go on bashing Obama when he is obviously going to be the nominee. Not only would this destroy the Clinton brand (something she should be very concerned about already) irreparably, but should Obama lose, she may become the scapegoat, which could cost her a reelection into the Senate or her coveted Governors spot. She has to hope Obama will consider her for VP, if she's even interested. Its possible the Clinton ego is too large to be second to anyone – hence why she continued campaigning after it was apparent she'd lost anyway. The Clintons still believe she is "more electable", despite the fact that her own party didnt' even elect her. As democrats, we can only hope she takes her head out of the clouds and comes back down to Earth – for the good of the country and the rest of the world!
"I fought a hard battle. I threw everything I had at Sen Obama. Unfortunately I came up short. But this is not a loss for the Democratic Party or America. Both Sen Obama and I are worlds better candidates than Sen McCain. So I urge all my supporters to give Sen Obama their full support. He is an honest and decent man who the voters have chosen to carry our banner. I understand that you, my supporters, wanted me to win. Please understand this is not about Hillary Clinton. It is not personal. No one who supported my vision can in good conscience vote for John McCain for ANY reason. If you support me, then heed my call to work as tirelessly for Sen Obama's general election campaign as I will. Take time to rest from the exhausting primary campaign, and put any resentments aside. We are all Democrats, we are all Americans, and none of us can afford for John McCain to be in the White House come January.
Jack – She should stay in and fight all the way to the convention floor. Because she has the experience, strength and hope to be our President. For example, Sen. Obama has the same people in his corner that George McGovern had in his in 1972 – African Americans, college students, and ulta liberal democrats. We know what happened to the democratic party in that election when they made him the nominee – the crook Richard Nixon won a 2nd term with a landslide, even when we knew about the Watergate break-in. Wake up Democrats & Super Delegates! When you hand this to His Majesty Obama, you might as well cast your vote for McCain in November!
Hillary will stay in the race until May 20th. She is expected to win West Virginia and Kentucky so her campaign will revel in those wins, but the money will dry up as more big donors leave her campaign. Also undeclared superdelegates will filter to Obama a lot more with Hillary only securing a few die-hard Clinton undeclared superdelegates. Especially if Obama wins Oregon by double-digits, Hillary will end her presidential campaign between May 20th and May 31st.
The only option Hillary has right now is to hang-on until Mike Huckabee tells her the right time to go.
It would be nice if she would drop out of the race today, but if she doesn't
the remaining superdelegates need to endorse Obama and force her out of the race by the end of the week.
Hillary will continue to campaign and when Michigan and Florida are seated, there will be a big lawsuit from the Obama Campaign. Those of us with any age on us know that you can't put someone in the white house with no experience just because the speech for change has caught on. The Obama supporters seem spiteful if Hillary wins anything or the media reports something good on her. At this point there is no good of the party. The comments on here from the Obama supporters are nasty, immature, and downright mean.
Jack – Albert Einstein once said “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results". HRC will continue on to every other State, expecting to win, but by now I think we all know that she's TOAST.
Rev. Wright is a longtime support of the Clintons. Why is Hillary not being vilified over that association? Bill would not be my husband, just like Rev. Wright would not be her pastor (but he was their spiritual adviser during the Monica scandal).
How many Catholics are still Catholic after finding out that their priests have been molesting theirs sons? How many have left their churches over incidents like that? We don't leave our church families over not agreeing with pastors.
Her chances of being the nominee is "TOAST" She should bow down graciously and unify the Democratic party against McCain rightaway.
Jack., . . . its anybody's guess what she will do now. But the
Craker Jack man. . . Oops, I mean Lanny Davis, is going to throw a
full hissyfit if Hillary isn't handed the nomination according to his
brilliant(wink wink) and undisputable calculations.
Obama supporters not wanting to count FL & MI? LOL Your joking right? Obama supporters want the people who made the decision to come up with a fair split. YOUR candidate and her head money man agreed to not count them. Don't bother trying to make it look like Obama is now the problem LOL
I am really curious as to why HRC is continuing with this race. She must know that the SDs will not overturn the will of the voters even if it would gaurantee a victory in NOV... They still have to worry about the lifespan of the Dem party, which would become like the green party once all the people who voted for the REAL winner create a party that actullay follows the will of the people.
HRC should be positioning herself for a position in the administration.
HRC supporters. Recognize that both sides were kinda of negative when dealing with each other. If you think it was dirty between BHO and HRC, just imagine what McCain would have done to your candidate! What exactly do HRC and McCain have in common... other than the obvious.
Just think of the POLICIES he would implement if you switch your vote from the Dems!
What will she do? What she has for the last couple of months... pretend she has a chance, continue to do the Republican's work for them, and cry out against "media bias" and unfair voting blocs.
What should she do? Bow out. She should have done so after Texas.
I hope she stays in the race because I am one of those Democrats who will not vote for Obama.
I think what she sould do is to run the remaining campaign without negative attacks,admit that she made a mistake supporting the gas relief program,and concentrate on fighting John Mccain instead of her family member Senator Obama.She will win Kentucky and west virginia,that's certain.
Well, you know honey, us folks here in West Virginia think that you gotta know when to hold 'em and know when to fold 'em. We know that she may win here but we have only 28 delegates which ain't gonna change the card game a bit. Right now she needs to maybe face reality, which is that the fat lady is on the second verse–as far as we know!
Continue on .... With each passing week, we see why Obama is a failed candidate–little experience, no Washington infrastructure leverage, no international leverage and a man of small energy [needs a Bush vacation in the middle of his campaign] and a knack for throwing people under the bus - Rev. Wright and his mother ... Wow what a candidate!
Jack, the question is: what will Hillary do now. It should have been: what should Hillary do now. What she will do is continue her nonsensical race while tearing apart the party. She'll continue to cause a rift and pull a N.Hampshire cry if she doesn't get Florida's and Michigan's delegates.
What she should do is bow out gracefully. If she won't listen to common wisdom, won't listen to economists, didn't listen to the populist until it was too late when she finally changed her message, then how can we expect her to listen to us if she would be elected president. She is in a word "un presidential."
Jack, I think she should stay in the race.
She should continue to borrow money from herself, her husband, Chelsea, and every last one of her supporters that haven't maxed out their campaign contribution limits.
And she should spend that money on more attack ads against Barack Obama, so she can win a few more states. In fact, I hope she wins Puerto Rico.
Then, when she's hocked all of her jewelry and pantsuits, and Bill has just enough money left to buy himself a Big Mac and fries, Barack Obama will win the nomination, with money to spare. And then he can teach her how to apply for food stamps, because she's going to need them!
It is very nearly too late for Hillary to bow out gracefully. Though I am an Obama supporter I wish her well. I'd like to see her remain respected and relevant, but to remain so she needs to concede quickly and then launch a spirited campaign to repair the damage she has done to the nominee and the party's prospects in November. And she has to look like she means it. Also, her end game must not include any designs on the Vice Presidency. Such an ill starred venture would go over like a two headed donkey and hopelessly muddle the Obama Presidency.
Jack, I presume her goal over the next month would be to raise enough money to pay back her loans to the campaign. Losing is bad enough, but ending the primary in debt would be unbearable for the Clintons.
Give Clinton her due.
Battleground States: Clinton has won 10 over Obama's 7 with only West Virgina and Oregon left to vote, final tally will be 11 over Obama's 8.
Traditional Blue states: Clinton has WON every one needed for the general election win!
Obama...he has won 13 Republican States that will NOT turn in November....why...the caucas states compare the Democratic turn out vs. the Republican turn out. Republicans came out 3 times the amount!
You have Pelosi saying there will be no joint ticket. These type of "Bitter" contests resulted in Republic wins with ONE exception. John F Kennedy nominated a man he did not like, Lyndon B. Johnson as VP.
If Obama were a true uniter...he would follow in JFK's footsteps. Instead, he is happy with splitting the party...and calling Hillary supporters, untruthful, uneducated, dishonest, not to be trusted, willing to do or say anything....Now THAT is calling the kettle black.
I may be a long time Obama supporter but I have also thought for a long time that there is a very important position in the Democratic party for Hillary Clinton – Majority Leader in the Senate. I strongly believe with a President Obama, Majority Leader Clinton, and Speaker Pelosi we would finally see changes happening in Washington.
Well, she should start by thanking her lucky stars that there is not a large population of black voters in West Virginia. Lord knows we could just go ahead and put all those votes in Obama's column before the first ballot is cast. But its not about race. Its a vote thing.
I wonder what else the American people need, to see the real Obama. None of the candidates are any good anyway but if we are going with the lesser of evils, then Obama is the worst : no experience to start with, and ties to America haters. For me that does it. He can say whatever he wants about his mind poisoner friend Wright. I can't listen to Wright 5 minutes let alone 20 years.....unless I agree with and enjoy his rethoric. Obama is a liar and is full of wind. Plus he and his wife have evolved among black extremists all their life. So, as white male, proud of this country, I will vote Democrat only if Hillary is the nominee. Otherwise McCain gets my vote. I hope the Democratic party leaders open their eyes and ears and have the guts to admit that Obama is less electable than Hillary. They probably will not dare to "offend" the blacks by still electing Hillary as nominee, despite Obama's wins, that is why the next president will be Republican. McCain will have it easy since Obama's wins are Republican states anyway.... and super easy if he takes Romney as VP.
In over 50 years of watching and listening to politicians of all political stripes, i have to admit, Hillary Clinton truly scares me. Blinded by her quest for power, she has re written the book of dirty politics. Now she has turned a deaf ear to the party elders, who are giving her sage advice, to drop out for the good of the party.Perhaps she is bent on self destruction, and that of her opponent, and her party.Her strategists are just as blind, for letting her persist in her futility, or perhaps she is being also deaf to their counsel. Scary lady, with possibly catastrophic consequences for the country, if she somehow were to be elected president.
Well hillary will be hard headed and stay in the race. She will try to fulfil her personal goals of winning the presidency. I think it is a shame she cant see she has lost
Why is Hillary wasting the money of the small doner's during this economic downturn. If she believes in helping the people who are affected by the economic downturn I think she should give back any donations less that $500 to its doner starting today and should drop out of the race. That will be a good first step, to show she is just not pandering but is practicing what she is preaching.
Senator Clinton has fewer delegates, has won fewer states, and is behind in the popular vote. Her campaign is in debt. A convention fight will damage the Democratic Party's ability to win the voters' confidence. She should withdraw from the race, or an honorable has-been, originally put forth by the GOP to bear their standard through an obviously inevitable loss, might actually occupy the White House. “Supreme Court Justice Hillary Clinton” would be a decent consolation prize, right?
Hillary will continue to run until she is forced out, at which point I will start proudly calling myself a Democrat for McCain and start contributing to his campaign until I reach the max just like I did for Hillary, and I will vote for McCain in November. NOTHING will change my mind. I don't care if Barack starts to walk on water. Some people seem to think he already does.
Barack stole my Florida vote for Hillary. He will not get another vote from me. I have no children, can no longer get pregnant, have health insurance, can afford gas even if it goes to $10 a gallon, and I am financially secure because I earned it by working hard all my life. Therefore, I care less about Iraq, the overthrow of Roe vs. Wade, and disastrous financial decisions made by either party than I care about being disenfranchised since my right to vote has always been very important to me. Issue #1 for me at this point is that Obama stole my vote from me. Just WHO does he think he is? Someone who can walk on water?
she never was and she never will, not even if we add 5 more states to make it a 55 union states. the media was just keeping this thing alive for their own financial benefits but hopefully, you guys finally understand that hunger and hopeless is a stronger fact than race in this election.
Peter from Dallas, TX
What will she do?, the "kitchen sink" sound familiar?
I'm sure she'll continue whining to the Super Delegates, pick me, pick me, oh you just have to pick me! At the same time she'll continue to disenfranchise the Democratic Party for her selfish, elitist, power-mongering self. That's what she'll do.
She'll do what she's done so far, Jack–be the Democratic Mike Huckabee and draw this thing out long after she ever had a chance to actually win the race, doing nothing but making a mess of her political party in the process. Unfortunately for us Democrats, the process worked much more quickly in the GOP race and Huckabee had to give in much quicker than Clinton, but he and Senator Clinton are nonetheless kindred spirits in that they don't know when to walk away graciously.
I think Sen. Clinton is trying to figure out how to get out of the race at some point, maybe later than sooner, and get Sen. Obama's campaign to pay her back the millions in personal loans she made to her campaign from his campaign funds.
That just seems wrong– funds Obama raised from his supporters going to pay off Clinton debts.
Say it can't be done, Jack.
With more popular vote, more delagetes and more states won, Hillary has to see the light after being crushed last night, so the real question should be when are all of these superdelagetes like Donna ( sorry, I do like you) but it is time to take a stand. The superdelegates that have not commited eitherway are getting just as bad as Hillary at dividing the Party. Wake up and step up!!
Hillary says the American people want a President that listens to them; she hasn't gotten into the White House and already she is not listening. Hillary, there is a lot to be said about a graceful exit, absorb its dignity.
I believe Hillary must be hoping to earn a lot of money by writing a book about her campaign, and that's why she doesn't want to bring it to a close yet.
She's not on the road to the White House – she's on the road to a book deal at her publisher's office.
The Race Is Over. It is no longer matters what Clinton does now. It's important what the Democratic Party and its voters do now. Her supporters seem to believe that Senator Obama has no chance in the general election-many going as far as to say they would vote for McCain as a means to show their spite for Obama. This is why the democratic leaders need to put their differences aside and unite the party and its voters as one behind our nominee in a consolidated effort to prepare for the true fight in November against John McCain and the GOP. If Clinton can concede with honor and dignity, the Democratic party leadership should consider her to play an active role in the general election. Sadly, this remains to be seen.
Hillary will push to have the FL and MI delegates seated and continue her cry and lie strategy in hopes that she can trick the public into thinking:
A) she has the party's best interest at heart and
B) she, and the voters are somehow being treated unfairly because the DNC decided not to count to votes of those rogue states
This will diminish Obama's image in those two states and possibly cost him the election paving the way for Hillary in 2012.
I don't understand how could The Clinton's call themselves members of the democratic party. If you love your country and believe in this nation then how could you ask your party to take away Obama's victory and give it to you when he won it fair and square. I think that's selfish and it makes me wonder what kind of person is the Clinton's. Are they in this only for themselves or are they for the American people? and if she say's she's for the American people then why won't you listen to there vote and step away. She should be joining the fight with Obama in trying to defeat Mccain.
A listener for Chicago
She will do what she is best at, making spin. "This loss represents progress for us" Ha.. that doesn't even make any sense. If Obama tried that spin, people would be yelling foul. She won't give up until the super delegates push her out – and the sooner the better.
This Democratic primary season has been the best that I can recall and there have no doubt been issues and arguments on both sides that have brought new voters out in record numbers to support their candidate. Senator Clinton may well be the most prepared to lead on day one as she has so indicated repeatedly during the early days of the campaign. But the people have spoken and I feel she should now begin working to unite the Democratic party for what will be a tough fight with John McCain and the Republican "Mean Machine" during the general election campaign and maybe even consider joining Senator Obama to create as her husband in the past has called the "Dream Ticket!"
She never had a chance from the very start.
People will vote for a "powerful" but totally unlikeable and untrustworthy person for congress, thinking that person can get more attention and money for their state.
But an unlikable and untrustworth person running for president only had a chance in the glazed-over eyes of the media, who turned 180 degrees on her the very first day Obama beat her.
I am among those people who mistakenly believed that Clintons are smart and also wise. Now, I am not sure if she is smart or not, but I know that she is not wise. Well, the only reason for her to stay in the race is to help McCain for Nov. 2008 and to have a chance for herself in Nov. 2012. For her, that could be the case. So, the answer to your question, in my opinon, is that she will stay in the race and does her best to damage Obama to have a chance in 2012.
Robin, Johnson City, TN
WE WILL WRITE HER IN THE GENERAL ELECTION OH YES WE WILL
GO HILLARY !!! She can keep right on going ...because if Obama steals the election yes I said steal ... this country has 50 states .. he has blocked them so he can call himself the winner from 48 states?? That is a departure from reality ....
We can still write her in ..yes we WILL ....... and btw
WE can thank OBAMA for the price at the pump he voted for Cheneys energy bill , so next time you pull upto the pump take a deep breat and thank Obama he voted for Cheneys energy bill why didnt we hear about that on CNN??
I would bet my home that she will never vote for obama! she'll vote for McCain and run in four years! she should leave gracefully and be a true democrat!!!!!!!!! Power is such strong emotion-– j/fl.
Obviously my prior post didn't make it through. But the CNN post had the correct description of last night's results:
"Poll workers in Indiana and North Carolina report...
Dead are thrown into rivers as the living wait for aid
O.D. death led to huge campus drug sting
'Sex and the City' director addresses death rumor "
Clinton's chances died last night and her people need some aid from her. She should do the honorable thing for the party and get out gracefully to consolidate the people and prepare for November.
Based on her previous actions, she will continue on but only to drag Obama down hoping he will not win in November just so she can get bragging rights to say "I told you I was the best candidate to beat McCain" put it this way, if she can't win she would prefer to see McCain win just like the majority of her supporter.
Her plan will not change one bit. Run until she is run out of town. Reality has not been a part of this campaign since Obama took the lead so long ago. It has been over for over a Month. Just like Bush Hillary Clinton ignores the advice if the very people who she pretends to hire to give her that very advice. She Ignores recognized experts and wants to go by her own sets of rules.
What is scarey is how this exposed the leaderships inability to manage this circus or adjust its Toxic self destructive tone.
Jack even though I'm a strong Obama supporter, I actually do agree with Hillary when it comes to letting the voters decide. Granted, it looks like the math isn't on her side, but those voters in the remaining states should be allowed to cast their vote and let their voices be heard (including Fl and MI). While many would argue and say it would just be a waste of time and nothing but a formality, EVERY VOTE should count!
A unified party, a winner!
She should drop out now! But Clinton will never drop out. Her ego won't let her. How in the world can a black man from Chicago with only a few years in the Senate come out of nowhere and snatch this nomination from A CLINTON. That's hope we can believe in. That's truly a slap in the face for Clinton. Way before the race, she has been preparing her acceptance speech as president.
Unbelievable story! That will be one great story to tell my kids.
Jack, as Obama is giving his acceptance speak as President of The United States Hillary will still be out campaigning and raising money for herself and telling everyone she still has a chance to win. This woman will never ever go away.
Hillary is in denial and does not realize that it is a river in Egypt and Egyptians cannot vote in the United States. The whole Hillary campaign is so sad. It is hard to watch the campaign spokes people and the candidate continue to try to get the American people to think she has a snowballs chance in H E double L to be the nominee. She will have to admit at some point that it is over for her and the longer she deludes herslf and her supporters that she can win the harder it will be when they all have to face reality. Her campaign is becoming the Great American Tragedy at least for her supporters.
St. Augustine, Fl
Hurt the Democratic party
She will fight to the bitter end, and drag this all the way to the convention and beyond. Its beginning to seem like Hillary is going to pull all the punches while the Republicans sit on the sideline and take notes. After donating herself millions in the past few months, she should change her name to Hillary Huckabee, itd be a better title.
Jack, she should give one of those cajones that she supposedly has the undecided superdelegates who are in desperate need of some cajones and end this thing.
Jack, She is continuing to raise funds to pay off her own loan to her campaign and in the back room she is dealmaking with the DNC for a new position under Obama. She can't go back to the senate, she burned that bridge bullying the Super delagates.
Hillary will stay in the race. The media hype about racial and gender divisions in this election are false. Most Americans have voted their conscious and for the most part have seen through the lies and phoney-baloney offered by candidates and a sometimes irresponsible media. But their has been one clear divide throughout the race, in every State, and that is an age divide. Obama is 100% correct this is an election between the past and the future. With that in mind Hillary will fight this out to the bitter end, understanding that her only true base support, the 65 and older crowd, can only diminish over the next 4 or 8 years.
It's amazing how each generation resists change and hangs on to its comfortable zone. Barack Obama represents to radical a change for the silver haired crowd and that's unfortunate, because he is the best person to lead us into the future.
Funny thing about the future, it has a bad habit of coming whether you're ready for it or not. Somehow I get the feeling Senator Clinton is not quite ready.
It is time for Sen Clinton to step down from her campaign. Mathmaticaly she cannot win, and any further extension of her campaign will potentially widen the gaps that need to heal prior to the general election. We don't need a "back room" resolve to the current Democratic race, but a cognitive realization that her race is done. Last night's primaries were, as it is, the fat lady warming up, and the results was the fat lady singing...................for the Clinton campaign.
Hillary will continue to pander to racists, use Rovian tactics and generally lay to waste the democratic advantage by outlandish attacks on Obama.
Why you ask, because she is a corrupt politician along with her husband trying to grab back the ring like Golum in the Lord of the Rings. Most of the young and reasonably bright voters know that Hillary and McCain are already bought and paid for by the wealthiest American. Obama is giving us a chance to take back our government from the special interests one million small donations at a time. Sometime the good guys do win.
She going to keep going. And why not? There's only 1 month left in the primary season, might as well get them all in even though she's going to lose. When was the last time every primary mattered even a little bit? I think it's pretty cool that people who's vote never mattered before are actually getting media attention now. If Hillary's goal was to point out that people in later states matter and that the nominating process is utter nonesense, then she has succeeded greatly. Of course, we all know her goal was (and still is) to become president. I think the Democratic party will survive 30 more days of this. If not, well that's just pathetic.
Hillary has the opportunity to come out as an important figure in the democratic party by gracefully pulling out now. If she does and campaign to urge her followers to support Obama, she will make an impact that will transcend this election.
However, if she persists to continue on fighting 'till the end of all the contests (even worse after a battle on the convention floor), she'll be politically finished.
Hillary should graciously admit that by continuing she will only hurt the Democratic Party. Imagine what would be happening if the results were reversed – the pressure on Barack Obama to get out would be huge! While we should always show great respect for a former President and his family, she needs to not abuse this situation and help the Dems win in November.
BTW, I am an over-50, white, non-college grad, under $50000 a year female and I have supported Barack Obama since day 1!
She and Bill are the only ones who don't see it the way any human being sees it. Power is the goal, and power they will fight for. They can't accept that a Black young man beat them despite their brand name. What a shame! Give them some spectacles for them to see, please.
Easy....she will declare herself Queen and move all her pantsuits in to the Castle....I mean White House. That is the only ending befitting her little fairytale.
What if she is just stupid? It is possible. Strong and stupid – bad combination. She is destroying everything: the Democratic party, her family, morally – her daughter, physically – her husband with three heart by-passes (he made 11 stops and delivered 11 speaches in North Carolina this Monday; look at him!), Barack Obama by encouraging people to hate him, etc.
Let me ask you question, Jack, which John Stewart asked Obama a while ago: " What if Barack will win nomination, will win election in November and will be on Inaguaration Party but she still will be running?"
Barack could not stop laughing.
White, Senior, but unfortunately for her, Ph.D.
She don't have to do anything Jack, if we're lucky, superdelegates "sniper fire" will send her back to Bosnia.
For every Democrat saying they'll vote for McCain if their candidate doesn't win the nomination, PLEASE read the article about what kind of judges McCain wants to nominate. If that doesn't convince you to vote Democrat or stay home, then you deserve what you get. I'm sure you'll be the loudest whiners when Roe v. Wade is a thing of the past. WAKE UP!!!
Jack, She will continue to have delusions of grander, thinking she has 'royal' entitlement to be the next President. My question is...
When is Bill and Chelsey going to drag her kicking and screaming to the psychiatrist?
I think the best thing for Hillary to do is drop out. At this point she is hurting the party and she is hurting her families legacy. But she is so stubborn, until she wants to take this all the way to the convention. This shows that this is more about her ego than democrats prevailing over John McCain.
She is going to keep on doing what she has been doing and that's the problem. Hillary got so beat up by the neo-cons when Bill was in the white house she has learned to fight the way they do. The problem with that is that she has just become the other side of the same old coin.
Hillary says she different but she's not. Her lies and attacks sound just like the conservatives. She siezed on McCain's gas tax break idea and is still trying to beat us over the head with it even after everyone has done the math and knows it's a bad idea. If you think pandering and refusing the advice of experts from all over is good experinced leadership you are wrong. If your pandering to and misleading voters at 3 p.m., then I can't trust what your going to do at 3 a.m.
Jack: She'll slug it out to the bitter end. She has a few more days to throw the rest of the kitchen at him – andCNN will probably tag along. Jack, you are a breath of pure air!
You know what Jack? I don't really care as long as she stops trying to get our votes in Florida to count. The decision to move up our primary was made a LONG time ago so where was she then? We were still just as much disenfranchised back then as we are, but now she cares because she's losing. It is so fake and many of us here feel that way. I'm all for having my vote count, but NOT because she "cares."
What I would like to see is the Democratic Convention as it was. Battle it out at the Convention.
If she continues, it shouldn't bother Obama. He gave his nomination speech last night. He has nothing to lose if she continues.
I do find it amusing to read the folks from Florida who are upset at Obama. Folks, your governor and state legislature put you into the position you are in. Obama is following the rules-as did EVERY OTHER DEM except Hillary.
So the rules do not apply to her? And that makes HER the victim? You are as delusional as she is! By the way-did she win 100% of the vote in Florida or Michigan? No. In MI, running unnopposed, she won 55%. Even without an opponent almost half the Democrats did not vote for her, yet she is more qualified? Please explain to me how being 1st lady and a crooked lawyer makes her more qualified.
I believe that Hillary's need to be president is much greater than her wanting american people. It's personal, not professional. Hillary is like a spoiled child that it just not getting their own way.
Hillary will contiue to fight for this election, sort of like when a child is on the floor in a tantrum- kicking and screaming until everyone finally walks away and tells them to get over it; she may give up when she realizes that she no longer has an audience in her democratic party.
Hillary's pride will not let her stop and it seems she will do anything to ruin obama, even if that means having someone else(such as gore) come forward and offer to run at the convention. she spoke about party unity last night, but her voice was weak and I think she just said it because Obama said it...it would make her look bad otherwise and that would not be good for her campaign.
i have joined the ranks of people who do not believe that she is genuine. SHe must be doing something wrong that so many people feel this way!
Obama will never have my vote, and time will not heal this decision. I don't like or trust him or his wife, and they are too extreme left for me. I will write in for Hillary, or vote McCain and hope for the best.
She will make Obama work for every last vote... and she should.....They only way I would vote for him is if she is on the ticket with him......................
Jack – The operative words here are "blind ambition". Blind because she can't see she's already lost; blind because she doesn't see the damage she's doing to the party; blind because she doesn't see that people are turned off to her style of dirty politics; and blind because she doesn't know that anyone with more than a double digit IQ can see through her tactics. Anyone who's ambition to get back in the White House is so overpowering that they'd say or do anything to be elected scares me. I could never trust her given what I've seen of her on the campaign trail.
Jack, the most telling thing to me was watching Bill and Chelsey as Hillary gave her "victory" speech last night. It was written all over their faces that she had lost the nomination. She needs to get out of the race, gracefully, now before she loses all credibility.
Jack, I think that Hillary needs to take the next week and strategize about how to gracefully bow out of the race. She has done considerable damage to her own legacy with some of the tactics that she has employed recently. I do agree that she should continue in the race (for the sake of her supporters) but it is inevitable that she will not get the nomination. So all of her actions during the remainder of the primaries should be about restoring her legacy and diginity.
Hillary will bring out the big guns. She is going to kick and scrabble with Obama while McCain runs on ahead to the finish line. Eventually, she is going to stage a protest in the convention hall, shrieking that the crown is rightfully hers, and she will be carted off to an asylum.
Nothing. At least until the media gives her an opportunity to save face. I think you could start by asking, "Mrs. Clinton, in which position do you feel you could serve your country best, Vice President or US Senator?"
two words: BOW OUT
Unfortunately, many Obama supporters were voting on race and not on policy issues. When there is no universal healthcare, who will you blame? The economy, the number one concern for voters was completely ignored at the voting booth–she was the only candidate that had a detailed plan. I bet most Obama supporters cannot elucidate any of his policies. All they can really spout is "change" and "hope." Not that those are bad things, but if they truly understood the issues, they would have voted for the candidate that is best equipped to bring that to our country.
Many of his supporters think that he possesses judgment because he was against the war. Well, many people were against the war but only the people in the US Senate were able to vote. That argument is completely hollow and I still talk to people that believed he voted against it –that is how uninformed his some of followers are!!
And if you think that Obama is not a typical politician, he took his name off the ballot in MI and encouraged his supporters to vote in the Republican primary. The act of taking his name off (as did Richardson and Edwards) was a political tactic to block her win of that state as she had already been predicted to win. It also was a disservice to voters that wanted another option besides HRC.
For any of you who have visited McCain's dismal website, you will surely agree that these coming months are going be mighty boring if Barack has nothing but a decaying corpse to thrash about. What will the news media do? I say, let her stay in and spend herself into the poor house. :o)
Senator Obama is always criticized for not being able to get the white blue collar workers by Hillary. All of her supporters make a big deal out of this. Senator Obama I don't believe has challenged Hillary as to why she cannot get the African American vote. Last nights results of over 90 % for Obama and less than 10 % for Hillary. He gets more of the white blue collar workers by far than she gets the latter. I just think this is an interesting contrast.
With this kind of contrast it appears that Hillary is in denial of the facts and appears to be acting like a spoiled kid who can't have her way.
Time to go Hillary, show the experience and class that your supporters say that you have and put your money back in the bank.
This was a spirited contest, but reason has to prevail. There are 217 remaining pledged delegates to win and roughly 280 supers. 497 total. be generous and give her 65% of all those (323). Just do the math-she still can't quite get there.
For her to hope the supers will just put her in regardless is a political chaos in waiting. How would it look if 2 football teams were playing for the right to go to the super bowl. The winner has qualified to go. Then some super committee of players and coaches swoops in and says "gee winning team, you played well and won, but we think the other guys you just beat will have a better chance of beating the other team in the super bowl so we're sending them instead." Can you imagine the public outcry?
She should teach Obama the ways of the self-centered, power hungry and, grossly unqulified actions of a self proclaimed leader. Otherwise he may stick out in Washington.
She's going to bring denial to America.
Well, I expect Obama to win at this point. Since the Democrats are still in the habit of getting elitist candidates running, I have signed up to help McCain. Believe the polls, a lot of people like me will NOT vote for Obama becuase of his stuck up attitude. I thought the Democrats had learned after Kerry, guess I was wrong.
I think the only person left in the Democratic party that actually believes in Democracy is Hillary Clinton. What's wrong with letting the voters in the last couple of states actually experience a real presidential primary? The Democratic Party just threw them aside like trash at the end of the selection process, trying to keep them from influecing who the nominee will be. Now they actually get to vote and it matters. It makes me sick to think I belong to a party where people are trying to keep other party members from voting! What is this- Iran?
I think that Lanney guy last night eluded to her future plans. She is going to drag this out until the convention and then try to convince the "PLEDGED" delegates as well as the Super Delegates to change their vote. I have never seen a person so delusional in my life. There is not an honorable way that she can win. If she had not started with the negative stuff she probably would have been a lock for the V.P. job but she blew that one out of the water too. It is time to go now.
I suspect Hillary will ride this out for a few more primaries at least. She is heavily favored in West Virginia and Kentucky and it would make Obama look bad if he lost those states uncontested. It would also be in the party's best interest if she toned down the attacks and run her campaign a lot more positively from here on out so that the party has time to heal before the convention in August.
jack,hillary will stay in the race to delay the inevitable.which is that she is ending up in an old folks home in arkansas,along with bill,james carville and grandpa blitzer.
Google "Peter Paul v Clintons" and watch the videos listed and then see if you think Barack knowing the Rev. or saying that some of us bitter folks are bitter is the worst you could have.
She should accept Barack Obama as the nominee gracefully. But knowing her, the way I know, she will move on. Her moving on will come out as a disgrace to the party. And her bringing the issue of FL and MI would make her look shameless. If I were a delegate or a super delegate I would protect my party by going for Barack Obama as that would be the realistic thing to do to stop Hillery and for the progress of the party.
Looks like Hillary would rather stay in and destroy the Democratic party. She has absolutely no intention of uniting the party. It's all about her and what she wants. She has become the Huckabee of the Dem Party although Huckabee is a very nice and gracious person.
Hillary is the only reason I've maintained my position as Democrat this time around. If she goes so do I. I hope those that swore that Clinton followers would flock to Obama the same way Obama followers would to Clinton if she won the nomination are happy. The only question is do I vote for McCain or stay home in November. I have found nothing that inspires me in Senator Obama that would lead me to believe he has any real plans for America only "hopes and dreams" and that just isn't enough for me.
She should take down the Democratic Party.
I am so upset that my vote in Florida is not going to count but the people in Guam's votes will count. I am probably more angry than Hillary. Obviouly the democrats dont want my vote. It's official I now belong to no party!!!
Hillary should act like a big girl: bow out graciously and do everything in her power to bring the party together for an Obama win in November. Rockford, IL
She's going to keep on fighting until the Rocky theme song plays and she can come out looking like Rocky.
This is what she will do. Stay in the race, bash Obama and hope he loses to McCain and hope to run in 2012
All Hillary can do is come to a realization that is no way she can win, the American people sick and tired of her and her housband egoistic strive for power.She is a shroud, and starving for for power,Her authoristic personnality is what the country can't afford anymore. The last 16 years my way or the highway mentality put us into this deep hole . We need a leader who serve and listen to will of the people . Frankly I dont care as to what happens with her,after the election but I know one thing that she and her housbabd made enough demage to hind bihind the bush ans quietly start spending the remaning 100 million before not to late. Boy she wants to appear to be a champion and savior with for poor people GIVE ME A BREAK Please do the right think and consent NOW!!!! PS I Willing to donate the 18 cent gastax rebate to you ,it may help you out . Steve
This probably won't get posted, but I will try again any way.
The short version is
She don’t know when to fold ‘em. She's a high A risk taker. She's the gambler losing lots of money that wins a couple of hands and thinks, just a couple more and I can turn it around. Unfortunately she is gambling with the democratic party’s future.
You heard her, Jack. It's full speed on to the White House, where she'll be part of history when she meets our first black president.
As an Obama supporter, it’s my opinion she should politely bow out of the race and throw her support behind the inevitable candidate. The only hope she has of winning would be to convince the super delegates that she and only she can beat John McCain. And she has to reinforce that argument by decisively winning all of the outstanding primaries. Next she has to pray that Reverend Wright’s book is released in early June and Bill Ayers blows up another building. Short of that, it’s over for her.
She wasn't worried about the people in Florida and Michigan when she agreed that those votes would'nt count. Obama just seems so much more Presidential than her. She says he doesn't have enough experience but he has enough to beat her. How can that be? She must be dying inside!
See a psychologist.
Fight on and on. Keep fighting until she completely embarasses herself in front of the whole nation and the whole world.
She has destroyed the Clinton brand among Democrats and Rocky Rockham Clinton, the great heavyweight fighter, will ensure the Clinton brand is destroyed forever.
Now that she knows that she has no chance of becoming the president, this is what she must be thinking in her head: If I can't win, I'll make sure you don't win either.
I have been a registered Democrat since before many of Obama's supporters were born, but this year I will stay home.
I vote for whom I have confidence and trust in, not in the party, but I have zero confidence in Obama.
S. Gudder once said 'The essence of mathematics is not to make simple things complicated, but to make complicated things simple.' This situation is not complicated and the mathematics makes it simple. The nomination cannot be won without tearing the Democratic party apart. If they truly love their party and their country, the Clinton's have to let go.
Go home and learn how to make cookies.
Statistically, it is a virtual impossibility for Hillary to win. She has every right to stay in the campaign if she chooses, but I wonder what she hopes to accomplish? If she's so bad at math that she can't understand the statistical barrier she faces, then how can she handle our economy? If she is hoping the superdelegates will give her a victory despite losing the popular vote, number of states, and pledged delegates, then she is more concerned with winning than the voice of the voters. I would like her to be open and honest about her reasons for staying despite the odds stacked so heavily against her. And I would like all of her supporters who say they would vote for McCain over Obama to think back over the last 7 years and ask if they really believe that a president who chooses to continue those same policies is really better than any complaint they have against Obama?
I think that the Clinton's know exactly what they are doing. They are the smartest, craftiest political team to ever walk the White House floors. Hillary is no longer running for the 2008 Democratic nomination, she is now disrupting Obama's chances in November so that she may run again in 2012. There is no way that she is going to actively and vigorously support Barack Obama. If he wins she may have to wait until 2016 and there is no way that Hillary is going to be that patient. There is nothing that she can be given as far as greater powers in the Senate and I do not beleive that she would accept the VP role even if Obama were to offer it; again, she'd have to wait 8 more years to run again. IIMHO Hillary needs some lessons in graciousness and patriotism from Al Gore.
Like Eight Belles, Hillary will run to the bitter end. It's time for the Superdelegates to euthanize Hillary to put her out of her misery.
I think I'm beginning to see Hillary's strategy. This isn't about the 2008 election, it's about 2012. If Obama gets the nomination and wins the general election, Hillary is basically shut out from running for the next eight years – I presume she would not try to run against an incumbent Democrat. However, if she is able to damage Obama enough by dragging this primary out and continuing her negative attacks, then she diminishes his chances in the general election. That way, she will be able to run against John McCain in four years.
What else could be her rationale at this point? She really has no chance to win the primary.
Jack, I'm more worried about what your going to do when she's not around for you to take your hate filled comments out on.
When Obama gets in the White House, just remember this................
you may wish for George Bush back.. I predict Obama will be the worst president in our history. Good Luck.
M. Brown, Dallas, Tx.
Although many Hillary supporters would like to see her go on, they should realize she needs to bail out gracefully for the sake of the Democratic party. Wisdom and experience she tell an person when they have been beaten. No matter how low she will go to win, she still can't get the nomination without stealing it. If its stolen, people won't take it lying down, it will be reflected in the voting or lack of voting in November, which will guarantee McCain a win. Its time to focus on beating the Republicans in November.
Hillary will continue to run until she is ready to face reality, it is over. I wish her well, but for the cominging together of the democratic party she should bow out gracesully,
As a Republican, just the utterance of the Clinton name makes me uneasy. However, I do believe that she has done a good job for NY. I think she should drop out of the race and use her considerable abilities in pushing the Democrats into the White House. Will it happen doubtful? As her pride will stand in her way.
i just read about the 2nd superdelegate who fled the sinking clinton ship,to hop on the obama life boat.
i must admit i feel sorry for clinton,she must be heading for a full nervous break down.
she will probably end up in a straight jacket at this rate.
she may try and rebuild some of her reputation before bowing out so that she can maintain her influence...that would be the smart thing to do...i think what we will see is a more cordial clinton...one that, like huckabee, we are not annoyed with who can support the party while at the same time quietly waiting for something to happen to obama...it wont be genuine but i think she will think it serves her best now...
WATCH HER PULL A RABBIT OUT OF HER HAT
Sen. Clinton should file a lawsuit with the 9th Federal Court against the DNC for allowing Sen. Obama to win more states and delegates than she has. I think she should continue forward and challenge the party. Death to the Dems.
Here is her chance to unite the party. It's over. Get out gracefully and start helping Obama, so we can win in November!
This is over;dragging it to the convention, will be a disaster!
How much more money is she willing to loan her campaign?
Did someone say this is not a fairy tale? Woman, Stand by your man, and wake up before the phone rings at 3 am.
I think Hillary Clinton is now the equivalent of Mike Huckabee hung over on too many cappuccinos and latte' s.
My advice to her is to suck it up like an adult and drop out.
If she keeps this up, she'll wind up in the nut house before she even comes close to visiting the White House!
Jack, like putting an elderly relative into a home when they don't want to go- but need to-, the superdelegates need to do the right and responsible thing by announcing their support for Obama in large numbers. They need to do this NOW, as the Clintons can't see that it's time to go.
There are two options: either she will show that she can win the rest of the states and push the party to give her VP ticket with Obama on top; or she will keep going trying to damage Barack's candidacy so that she can run again in 4 years. These Clintons went really low.
Sabrina from WA
She has become so unpopular that I now doubt New York would want her as our governor.
The smart thing that she should be doing is: 1) drop out; 2) save face and the rest of her political career; 3) never "mispeak" again; 4) focus her newly reputation of "bull-dog extraordinaire against republicans.
Jack., . . . Does Hillary think that John King was just talking just to hear himself talk? He analyzed every situation possible for Hillary to win,
even giving her a little extra points hear and there, and she still lost.
Jack, who are we suppose to believe, John King or Lanny Davis?
Look for 4 more years of a Republican President!
It is pretty clear that Hilary's goal now is to do her best to destroy Barack's chance of win in '08 so she can run again in '12. So she will continue to spend money, time, resources in a continuing effort to attack and weaken Obama for the remaining months until her ultimate loss of the nomination.
Maybe if she hurts Obama bad enough the country might vote in John Mcsame. What a completely sorry sight.
Hilary, go home.
If your ship is sinking and you can't swim, you will either drown and go down with the ship or dread water in hopes of a rescue. She's put up a good fight but Senator Clinton's water dreading days are over and there is no rescue on the horizon. It's time for her to go down with the ship, as all brave and responsible captains do!
Obviously, I am a Barack Obama supporter. Ironically, inspite of my statement about Senator Clinton, had she been the front runner and the "shoe were on the other foot", I would have voted for her. NO MORE REPUBLICANS by any means necessary!
Hillary is on the verge of becoming a national joke. What's her argument now? She had a fifteen year head start over Obama in terms of name recognition, cultivating political alliances, and developing a fundraising apparatus- yet she still lost in terms of delegates, states won, popular vote, fundraising, momentum or whatever metric she chooses this week. But she and her supporters keep arguing that she's the better candidate. It's like having a 600 meter head start in an 800 meter race, losing the race anyway, and then saying- "send me to the Olympics anyway, coach- I'm the better runner." It's laughable.
Hillary Clinton has an astonished fighting spirit. She is also a great leader. Nonetheless, it is time for her to call it a day. She knows that a great leader is the one who fight for his/her ideas and who wants to better the life of his/her people. However, she has to realize that a great leader is also the one who can assess when it is time to fight, when it is time to negotiate and also when it is time to acknowledge his/her defeat.... May God Bless Her.
Jack let me think 109 million minus 5 million, minus 6.4 million, equal enough to stay home and back cakes and cookies with. i think she should bow out gracfull and maybe if she throughs her support behind Obama i gues he could look too helping her with her campaign debt not that she really needs it, but jsut for good will.
You are again dismissing Hillary. Nothing has changed at this point. We all knew coming in that Obama was going to win NC because of the black vote (they represnt 1/3 of the Democratic electorate in NC). Again last night Sen. Obama lost a chance to put Hillary away in Indiana where he had the tactical advantage in boith money and name recognition (since the Chicago area is so close by). Which begs the question of why Obama cen close the deal? The reality is that he can't and he won't because when it comes to the overl general elections Sen. Clinton is more electable. In the end I hope Sen. CVlinton pulls though but if the Democratic party and Obama supporters keep using their elists status and race card this general election will be over with Sen. mcCain becoming president. People need to wake up – let's not forget the losers of the past such as Sen. McGovern, Al Gore and Sen. Kerry- all elitist who lost middle America.
Let's make the smart choice (use our mind not our heart). Go Hillary '08
I think she will continue on until the end of the race. Not because she can win, but to keep the party divided and let the republicans win. I hate to bring this to race but if Obama was a white man, Clinton(Bill and Hillary, they are the same candidate) would have backed out of this race a long time ago. Sad, but true!
She should drop out now with respect and dignity....but unfortunately she has shown she does not care for the Democratic Party, she cares about HERSELF. If she does not drop out this week, the super delegates need to unite and force her to bow down gracefully. And for the supporters of Hilary that claim they will vote republican or stay at home for the upcoming election if she is not the nominee–They know and we know they would never do that, a true democrat would support whom ever is our nominee no matter who it is. I seriously doubt that people would rather another 4 years of a "BUSH" in office then Obama. If my 5 year old son can figure that out then anyone can!
Jackie, Windermere, Florida
Hillary will go "full speed" to the White House, except not as she naively envisions. She'll be going "full speed" as a lame duck Senator on her way to welcome John McCain to his presidency because she held the Democratic party hostage until July. On the bright side, she won't have to worry about McCain vetoing her "Gas Tax Holiday" bill.
She SHOULD bow out gracefully, but she WILL stay around and drain every ounce of dignity and respect that people have for her. She is really acting like a "dreaded baby's momma!" Jack, you know the one who no matter how much you give her the more she wants!
Hillary will fight all the way to Democratic infamy. She and her lecherous husband will become irrelevant and drift off into obscurity.
The longer this goes on the more solace goes to the GOP. I think we've had quite enough of that for a while.
I suppose it is a matter of pride and some sort of late mid-life fear of one's impending last hurrah, but the time has come to nominate Senator Obama. To do anything else at this point would be foolhardy and irresponsible.
Green Bay, WI
Ms. Clinton should first respond to this question:
If she loaned herself $11,450,000 so far in this race, and when pressed about her income last year, the Clinton campaign response made it obvious that some of it is money that Mr. Bill Clinton earned, how can she assure me that not even one single penny is coming from the "CAFTA lobbing", that she strongly opposes?
One of Hillary's claims early on was she had good judgement. Ever since she's done everything but show good judgement. She is in second place in all categories and offered Mr. Obama the vice presidency. She has lousy math. Michigan and Florida are out of play but she includes them in her numbers. One day she says Mr. Obama is not fit to be president and the next day he is. She was sniped at – in her mind. She is trying to be like the everyday citizen but has 100 million in the bank to back her up if we don't believe her. She thinks it is a good idea to go on a three month gas tax holiday so the oil companies can raise their prices 18 cents and make more money off of us. Where the is the good judgement she claims to have? She doesn't have any common sense or regard for others! It is all about Hillary and to heck with the party.
Maybe she'll be honest and truthful now, she has nothing to lose. People may not like Obama but how can we elect a president that is not honest.
What do you mean what should she do now? I think she's not going to Disneyworld. She needs to step aside and let the winner get on with the campaign against McCain! Take a hike Hillary!
I think it safe to say that Hillary Clinton is now the equivalent of Mike Huckabee hung over on too many cappuccinos and lattes.
My advice to her is to suck it up like a mature adult and drop out.
If she keeps this campaign going, she'll end up in the nut house before she even visits the White House!
It would seem to me that people believe everything they hear. I am speaking of the so-called statistics that say Hillary Dems won't vote for Obama if he is the nominee. Hillary lost 10 contents in a row until she agreed to work with Rush and the other Republicans and hundreds of thousands of Republicans started registering as democrats to vote Most of the primaries since February 2008. That is why Hillary is winning. None of these people would vote Dem in the fall and those are the people CNN are reporting on in their so-called statistics.
I am only one person but I promise never to watch CNN network again
and listen to you and your associates gloat as you cheat to get Barrock
obama elected–such a shame that we habve people like you in our
world today. Don't worry about Hillary, She will make it and very likely
be the next president.
I think she should stay on and continue to advocate for Israel as long as the delegates from Jerusalem have not been seated yet.
Jack, I consider myself to be the biggest Hillary Clinton supporter out there, and even I realize that the time has come and it just isn't going to happen this time. Let her and Obama finish what they started and close out the primary season, she will get a few big wins and she can go out gracefully. No one can take away the accomplishments of Senator Clinton during this campaign. She made it further than any woman before her and has blazed the trail for many woman to come, and that is something to be proud of.
The answer was provided by one of her campaign managers this morning on CNN. He kept repeating that Hillary had won the Florida and Michigan primaries, and the votes should be counted. Wow. If the voters knew that the primaries would not be counted, why did so many turn out to vote for Hillary? Do you think she told her organizations to turn out the vote anyway so they could use the votes later? I know, I know, too cynical. But really, who would show up if they were told it did not count? Those results are tainted no matter how you look at it. If that's all she's got left to hang her pantsuit on, the time has come for her to start mending fences. In her pre-post victory address last night, she sounded like she was starting to do just that.
..All kidding aside.. is it not justifiable to be thinking that there may something seriously wrong here.. ..seriously ..if she can stand in front of a large groupe of supporters and the media ..and utter the words ...onwards to the white house.. after last night..this is beyond.. a state of denial..this is delusional..and what does this say about the way she would deal with a monumental challenge..were she to have one ..if she were to win the presisency??
Now that being a no gas tax, intellectual hating, beer chugging, pick up truck stumping fighter with testicular fortitude hasn't paid off. She will revert back to a smart sensistive woman who is being picked on by the big boys and the mean old media!
Jack, the writing is on the wall. The only question remaining is whether Hillary will remain in the race simply to bruise Obama enough to hope for a McCain victory in November, positioning her for a triumphant "See? I told you so!" victory tour in 2012. If she were capable of demonstrating any class at all, she'd bow out gracefully, throw her support behind her opponent, and get on with the real work–replacing the disastrous Bush doctrines with ones of common sense!
What I'm afraid of is she will try to INSIST on being the VP on the ticket, in which case I'll have to rethink Obama if he falls to that pressure and allows it. More importantly, I thought ya'lls coverage last night really crossed a line, with Blitzer, King and that other Indiana mayor insinuating something nefarious/crooked was going on in the NW county in Indiana counting votes. I'm sure everybody was tired and hungry because it was taking so long, but it was not very classy.
She'll continue to campaign well after Sen. Obama is elected Presient. By that point she will have lent her campaign somewhere along the lines of $109 million. And Howard Wolfson will continue to hold press conferences although no one will care (oh wait that's already happened).
Hillary will never give up. She believes her voodoo math and her voodoo campaign will give her the nomination. She doesn't have the math on her side, but she keeps trying
I believe she feets she deserves to be president – and she is hating right now on Barack –
after all – how can a mixed race (black man) from chicago a 1 term senator with little experince in washigton come from no-where and win the nomination.
Barack is going to laugh his way to the White House.
What Hillary needs to do is become independent and continue to run for president where people that truely appreciate can have the option to vote for someone that her actions speak louder than any well spoken candidate making people believe he could single handedly change the world. If she doesn't out of loyalty, I understand but It only means that my vote and several others might end up on the McCain column.
"Will do" and "should do" are entirely different.
What BOTH Senator Clinton and Senator Obama should do is stop talking about who won primaries in which they faced only each other, and focus instead on analyses of how each of them would fare against Senator McCain on a state-by-state basis so that their projected electoral college performances could be compared. We learned the hard way in 2000 that aggregate popular vote is meaningless, as is winning a Democratic primary in a solidly Republican state.
From a platform perspective, the Democratic candidates are virtually indistinguishable. As a party, we Democrats need to nominate the candidate best positioned to put an end to the disastrous reign of Republican presidents. Starting with Nixon, they have presided over precipitous declines in education, manufacturing capacity, and our nation's standing in the world. They, along with their colleagues in the Congress, have left tens of millions of our citizens without health care. Perhaps most toxic for our future is the strategy adopted by Reagan and his campaign imitators: get elected on tax cuts that cause phenomenal growth in the national debt while railing about government spending that cannot realistically be reduced. We are well on our way to becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of China, Inc., with all sorts of adverse economic and geopolitical consequences. In the long run, Reagan's legacy will not be that he brought down the Berlin wall, it will be that he brought down the dollar.
Oh, and Hillary? She'll continue to damage both Democratic candidates by sticking with the negative campaign tactics that have won her some votes in the short term.
She will lose the nomination she lost 2 months ago.
Then she will endorse Obama and say:
how electable he is
what a great commander in chief he will make
how good he will be for the white working class
Very sad ......
it depends on the dirty DNC. if they count the votes in florida and michigan she could win. if not she's lost and so are the democrats in november. florida and michigan voters will get even at the polls if they are not heard now.
Hilary wont go away – she is starting to turn into all our our worst night mares,..you know the one that wont go away and keeps popping up? ..or it that a rash?
Jack, I have this gut feeling that the Clintons have something up there sleeves. They are not going to walk away that easily. You would think they buried gold in the White House back in the '90s.
The question is not what Hillary should do, but what she will continue to do, which is divide the party. I was pretty excited that my vote counted yesterday, but I can't lie, if she had dropped out when it was clear that she wasn't going to win, I wouldn't have felt disenfranchised–even though she claims I would have. Regardless of what she does or should do, one practical action that she could do with that $6.4 million dollars she lent herself is to reenter it into the market so maybe there would be even less debate and/or need for a gas tax holiday. Just a thought...
Chapel Hill, NC
I think Hillary would make a great president–if we only wanted to go on in much the same old way. Barack Obama might be a bit more of a risk, but he is a much greater hope for a much needed fundamental change.
In 1980 we elected Reagan. In 2000 we got Bonzo. After Bush, the hind end of a horse would be a welcome change.
Jack with you and so may other Obama supporters who continue to attack Hillary, one thing is missed out: You people in effect are attacking the 48-50% of democrats who have supported her. How can you unite the Democratic party by antagonizing the 48%-50% who have supported her and are bitter toward Obama groupies?
Jack, the campaign needs to continue until May 20. Sen. Obama will win Oregon and Sen. Clinton will win Kentucky big. It will allow Sen. Clinton to leave the race on a high note. Sen. Obama needs at least some of her supporters and further antagonizing them is foolish.
To further mend the riff, Sen. Obama should consider putting one of her surrogates on the ticket as VP, possibly Sen. Bayh or Wes Clark. While Rendell has been mention, living in PA I can say that it would be the old way of politics with him.
Senator Clinton will soldier on. In the end, though I would expect her to earnestly support Senator Obama in his bid for the Presidency. Eight years of arrogant, close minded Patrician rule in Washington DC has hurt this country, and the world, in ways that will take at least as long, or longer to repair. The Republican party is largely responsible for this, and it is time for them to be punished at the polls. As such, I would expect the Democrats to win handily in November.
It would, IMHO, be in the country's best interest, to have an Obama-Clinton ticket, as an Obama Presidency would benefit greatly from her experience, intelligence, and committment. She certainly would not be an absentee vice-president, such as we have now.
I will lobby hard, as a loud mouth of one, to protect our Space Program, which Senator Obama has no respect for. That is my, and many other citizen's American dream: to explore and colonize space. The alternative to this is, well to me there is no sane alternative. I Love these interesting times we live in.
Thanks for the Forum,
OK, here is what I don't understand. We have a huge mess and injustice to the Michigan and Florida residents because of a rule that someone chose to break for the state. Howard Dean is persistent that we CAN'T break the rules. Yet Howard Dean wants to break the rules and force superdelegates to make up their mind BEFORE the convention. So what is it, Mr. Dean. Can we break the rules or not?
All the attacks by Hillary and her surrogates along with the constant brain washing from MSNBC that Obama can't win, are all part of history. It's time to focus on John McCain and how to defeat the politics of hate and greed with the politics of hope. Obama's speech last night in North Carolina was as inspiring as some of the best speeches given by JFK.
Clinton is not thinking about the party, but only of herself. This is obvious. That said, why would you want someone like that in office or to run a country? There is someone else like that....that's George Bush.
Do what's right Hillary. Your going to have to do it anyways.
It may seem counterintuitive, but I think Hillary should continue for the GOOD of the party because it's not necessarily WHEN it ends but HOW it ends.
Just like a cool down after a hard run, they could spend the rest of the time repairing the tone of the Democratic primary race, and Clinton surrogates like General Wesley Clark (hopefully Obama's veep pick) could go on a media blitz talking about how he would be pleased even if Obama was the presumptive Democratic nominee.
I think one reason why surrogates are holding back is PRECISELY because they don't want to anger Clinton supporters by not letting this race play out.
Based on her comments that "if we did things like the Republicans, I would have already been the nominee", I think Hilary will continue to evoke her ineffective and divisive campaign strategies/tactics/spells/ ideologies/.... fill in the blank!
I wonder if she has plans to switch parties and run with McCain as his Vice-President or become an Independent so that she can run against Obama and McCain..... Sounds like we might have another "Nader" buzzing around!
I once thought a lot of the clintons but will the real Hillary stand up she is terrible, thank you Obama lets unite togetter.
What Hillary will do now is twist the rules, pretend she didn't know them and act as if she is entitled. I don't mind a determined fighter, but someone who twiddles with the rules shouldn't be President. Didn't she play board games with her parents as a kid? Or did they fix the rules so she could win?
Jack, you instead should ask "What will Obama do" about Clinton? This has put him in a sticky situation with no easy answers. Perhaps we should consider this a test of his wisdom and diplomacy skills? If he manages the situation well, It could quite all of those naysayers who keep harping on his inexperience.
it obvious to me now that hillary is determine to destroy the democractic party! rather than gracefully bow out! she rather embarrass herself in the party! this is just re-confirmation that she thinks the presidency is some how owed to her! i guess she's not gonna let a little thing like loseing!!! stop her from winning!!LOL
The race has been pretty well taken away from her from the very beginning. The DNC and their back room politics have sealed their own doom. The Clinton Democrats will unite and vote for McCain in order to keep Obama out of the White House. He is too much of a wild card. It is a matter of priorities. He wants to change Washington and then there will be the black power play. In the meantime, our nation is struggling, people will start going hungry. It does not matter what Hillary does if she is not nominated. At least we know what to expect from McCain.
Hillary keeps going, because she thinks it's her birthright to be President. She has had this attitude that the nomination was hers for a long time, and too have Obama rip it from her hands, is something she can't take. So Jack, I don't see her quitting any time soon, until she destroys the party while trying to destroy the party
Please Hillary step away and unite the party.....PLEASE
She will see how it goes in this week, and i hope she will come to her senses and go for the vice presidency which is gonna make Mccains dream a nightmare
I just hope she stays in long enough to go to Puerto Rico. I'd love to watch her try and prove she's as much Puerto Rican as she is a Hoosier. Will she wear a tie-dye pantsuit in Oregon?
There is still alot to fight for. The more we find out about Sen. Obama the less electable he is getting. I bet if some of the voters in the early states were to vote today things would be different. I am affraid that if Sen. Obama get the nomination we can say hello to President McCain. Hillary supports understand this, middle America understands this, and this is why Hillary will go all the way until the convention.
Today Sen. McGovern switched sides signaling again that the elist support Obama. This to me is a sign of history repeating itself and the only one standing up against this is Sen. Clinton. I hope the Democratic Party wakes up and realize that the only way to win is by having a fighter on the ticket, not an elitist.
go Hillary '08
I don't know Jack a recent symbolic metaphor comes to my mind…perhaps what Hillary should do is do what the horse she picked for the Kentucky derby did, well minus the euthanasia of course.
Hillary is acting like she is in some kind of legal trouble that has been put off until after the election. I think this may be why she is loaning her campaign millions of dollars to stay in a race that even her supporters say she can't win. Why else would she pull Chelsea out of her job to campaign with her? I think the media needs to start investingating Hillary's legal problems before she finds a way to steal the election.
By ignoring the math, Hillary is simply proving that she believes she is more important than her party and her country. On a seperate note...If she can't figure out the math here, how can she be trusted to balance the budget?
Hillary will stay in just long enough to win West Virginia and Kentucky. She'll go out on top, and make her case for the Vice Presidency. She may have the ego of a Clinton, but she is also a very, very sharp woman.
Hillary has no valid arguments left against Obama. And now, she has no money left either!
Even if you include FL/MI, Hillary is still behind in delegates and popular votes. Even if you do a revote, it will not make a difference.
She is hoping she still has enough "friends" among the superdelegates to steal the nomination. But even that seems to be going against her!
What WILL she do? Probably continue to let her personal ambition damage the Democratic party.
What SHOULD she do? Now that's the question. She should demonstrate, convincingly, that she values her party and her country above the desire to reclaim the White House as the Clintons' personal real estate. She should "de-activate" her campaign, and let the unification of the Democratic party commence.
from Oak Lawn, Illinois
That Hillary quits now does not make her a quiter and continuing in the race does not make her a fighter either. Rather, it is a sign of personal dignity. A house does not fight against itself. All the columns and beams work together to keep the house strong and stable. It is a misplacement of priority and lack self inclusion for Hillary to see herself as fighting against Obama. She should rather gather up her quivers against Mcain.
Her better angels will take over and provoke her to admit to herelf and to her supporters that even were she the candidate, that she would still need part of the [real] Republican vote as well as the Independents.
She knows that isn't going to happen in her case and a certain amount of Democrats will not be able to vote for he either. She will not quit, but she will stop.
It may seem counterintuitive, but I think Hillary should continue for the GOOD of the party because it’s not necessarily WHEN it ends but HOW it ends.
Just like a cool down after a hard run, they could spend the rest of the time repairing the tone of the Democratic primary race, and Clinton surrogates like General Wesley Clark (hopefully Obama’s veep pick) could go on a media blitz talking about how he would be pleased even if Obama was the presumptive Democratic nominee.
I think one reason why surrogates are holding back is PRECISELY because they don’t want to anger Clinton supporters by not letting this race play out.
She has about as much chance of winning this as winning the Powerball lottery. I still buy tickets but I'm not kidding myself. I do it for the entertainment value. Could she be...?
Hillary can hear the sound of the moving truck at the White House- but cannot seem to hear all the voices who are telling her that she has already lost. The Democratic Party needs to schedule an intervention to help her break her addiction to this race.
Hillary should concede with as much grace as possible and then see what she can do to ease the bitterness and anger caused by her actions in this primary. She needs to remember that the issues are bigger than the candidate. If she truly believes in this country and what she has said about health, education, poverty and the war she really needs to make an intensive effort to make sure that Obama is in the White House next January.
the simple answer would be that she stays in through jun 3, pulls back the negative campaigning, and waits for obama to hit 2,025. although never count out hillary's relentlessness to keep running even after obama has won. perhaps she'll push very hard for florida and michigan, and argue even after obama hits 2,025 that the real goal post is 2,228 or so.
Jack, out of pure respect for the American people, her supporters and for the Democratic Party's well-being now and in November, the fat lady sang last night and Hillary should graciously leave centre stage - the people have spoken!
She will be the Vice president. Obama will offer her the Job. That will bring in the votes for Democrats to win. In my opinion it will be a great team.
Hillary needs to fire her campaign manager and hire Rush Limbaugh. After all, Rush's brilliant idea of Operation Chaos has been the only strategy that has offered the votes that Hillary needs. Operation Chaos has been Senator Clinton's saving grace for the votes that she needed in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Indiana. She should offer to do lunch, at least, to show her appreciation.
Pattie from Ohio
Hillary Clinton should stay the course, she deserves to finish the race!
She is more electable, experienced, and determined!
She has won most of the desireable States to defeat McCain!
Both candidates will not the needed delegate count (2035) to secure the nomination, it's fair to say that CNN should ask the same question to Obama as to his chance!
The DNC will have to seat both Florida and Mighigan if they want to win
the Precidency! Can you image going into the general elections without 2 million voters, this desenfranchjise will take it's toll!
Hillary Clinton is determined to have all of the States seated and all of
50 States voting, give her credit for democratic gesture! Obama on the other hand wants to deny the State fo Florida and Michigan all 2 million
voters to be disenfranchised!!!!!! Obama is damaged goods!
George Rodriguez-Georgia USA
Hillary should absolutely proceed on her course! She is (by far!!) the most qualified of the candidates! Obama is a good orator ... but that's all that he brings to party ... beyond that he's simply an "empty suit"! Florida and Michigan MUST be accounted-for! There is NO alternative! Jack, your incessant and extreme bias against Hillary has gotten very tiresome ... and most of those Commenting today are simply your "lapdogs" who don't know any better! GO Hillary!
Clinton would have been my choice two years ago, but she has proven in this race for the nomination that she is old politics as usual. I am a 53 y.o. white woman and would've loved to see a woman president. But Hillary is not the right person. She is not honest. Obama is an honest man. I don't need a president who is just another good ol'boy, or gal. I don't need a president who wears a flag pin but will sell my country down the oil river. I need a president who will tell me the truth. I have to face the truth every month when I sit down to pay the bills. I have to curb my spending to get the debt paid off. It's part of being a grown up. That is the truth. I don't need another dishonest politician to blow smoke up my skirt. I am voting for potential, not plumbing!
This is a bit off topic, but I am disheartened to see supporters of Hillary state that they will not vote for Obama and will vote for McCain. Thta surely is your perogative, however, I hope you never lose someone you know and love in the Iraq War, don't have to decide to buy a full tank of gas vs. a gallon of milk, do not lose your job and as a result possibly have your home foreclosed on and not have healthcare, watch your 401k or your child's 529 decline in value, need I say more ? If you can in good conscience vote for McCain, then go for it, but I say shame on you !
Keep fight until get nominee because is race and unelectable. Look 90%
of AA's choose to vote for their own color this is not American at all, I think
white people should know about that. Hillary going to turn Americans back go for it go until end. If Hillary not get nominee we going to vote for
McCain because he is white.
Hillary 08 nominee 09 President.
Hillary is always telling us: "If I become president, I will fight for the American people." But Obama says: "If I become president, we [the American people] will all have to work together to change the direction of our country"
For Hillary it's all I, I, I, me, me, me. Just like her husband, it's all about the power and the spotlight. And that's hard to give up.
(And as far as the $11.4million she's lent her campaign for far, that's chump change for the Clintons. Hillary has been pretending to be part of the working class for the last 3 weeks, but let's not forget she's a multi-millionaire!)
Just as Benedict Arnold's name has become synonymous with being a traitor, Hillary Clinton's name is going to go down in history as being synonymous with not knowing when to quit. Years down the road I can imagine watching a boxing match and hearing"wow...this fighter has lost all the rounds and is getting battered and bruised badly....the corner should have thrown in the towel 3 rounds ago but apparently they are going to pull a Hillary"
It would be hard for me to back Hillary but if she won the nomination I wouldn't be a traitor to the Democratic party people please GROW UP.
It is a ferry tales, after all the lies, all the tricks and all the spin.
I think the America people are finally waking up to the reality
that many of their politician are as useless as ..., self serve, morons
and dedicated to inhumanity. And Hillary has shown just that.
False ego ...
The trick here is to give her a way out..she has to leave with her dignity intact..who will be able to convince her that she's fought tough and hard? And that it's time..She never expected to have to consider or accept defeat within her own party against and 'unknown' like Obama.
Hillary Clinton will continue – at full speed ahead – to drive a wedge between what now feels more like two Democratic parties than one. Any candidate who conducts a campaign the way she has can’t be too concerned about democracy, the unity of the party, or the people of this country. This has been one hellish ride. Her own deluded self-interests are what seem to be driving her, especially now, and she appears willing and able to crash this thing right into the ground with us on board.
Oh, Clinton should gracefully bow out, go home and get back to work as New York senator.
Hillary give it up, bow out gracefully!!!!
Listen to you folks. How can you call yourself a Democrat and threaten to vote for McCain? Have you learned nothing at all from Hillary or Barrack?
Look at what a phenomenal job both have done to bring record voting this year. Could it all be for nothing if you vote for John McCain? Grow Up, I tell ya. The race is over, now it's time for vote for the poor and middle class. Even though Lou Dobbs misses the mark sometimes, at least even he knows that the Republicans are out of touch. Unless you like $200 barrels of oil....
I have contributed almost the max. dollars allowable to the
Obama campaign and will take it up to the max., if necessary.
Frankly, I have been offended by the Clinton camp's
negative campaign against Sen. Obama.
But I, and many like me, could come to admire her a lot if
she now, in the best interests of the Democratic Party,
could somehow find it in her graciously to withdraw from the
race and put all her ability to attract votes behind the Senator
from Illinois. The overriding interests of both the Clinton and the
Obama campaigns is to take the White House, this November.
She could really be an invaluable agent for change if she could
help all of us Democrats achieve that end.
People in denial behave irrationally. If she was a "statesman", she would have withdrawn long ago, endorsed Obama, and gone back to New York and be a senator. But she is determined–by hook or by crook–to be the nominee. She will destroy the golden opportunity the Democrats have to win the White House this fall. With that she will destroy her own reputation...and Bill's too...what little he has left. Her's is a candidacy out of time, gas, money, and hope. The people are tired of it.
Senator–it's time to go home.
This is a pathology, an overbearing, complex, and destructive drive to challenge at any and all costs. Someone help her .. now.
I know it's a little late, but how about allowing CNN to run a disclaimer under your name as an ardent, over-the-top Obama supporter. Over the months I have never heard you say anything positive about Clinton(I know, you can't think of anything, but try). Regardless of the question that Wolf Blitzer ask you and the "team", you ALWAYS start and end with bashing Hillary Clinton. Give it up, already. What will you possibly do with all your opinionated vile once she's gone. Who will be next?
Would be nice if she would enthusiastically back Barack and, at the same time, make a concentrated effort to honestly get out of herself, reject her sociopathic ways and simply and sincerely develop a conscience.
Personally, I think Democrats need to think about voting for McCain.
The next president will select at least one if not more Supreme Court Justices. McCain (more of the same) has said he will pick conservative judges to fill vacancies through out the court system.
More decisions similar to the Indiana Voter ID ruling are in the offing if a Democrat is not elected. The economy is in a shambles after Bush and McCain will continue that problem.
Both candidates have campaigned hard for what they believe in and cherish. Democratic party rank and file should not be churlish. Close ranks behind the party nominee and support that candidate.
A columnist in the Tennessean, a former Clinton supporter, made this comment about Hillary Clinton:
"I see her now as a tick on the face of the Democratic primary campaign, whom party elders will soon have to pull away with a tweezer."
At this point, I think a blowtorch will be needed.
Everyone but Hillary and Bill know she's down, but don't count her out. She and Bill will find a way to steal the nomination from Obama, after all they know every trick in the book plus a few that haven't made it to the book yet.
Alice in Fort Myers, FL –
Just how do you figure that Obama stole your vote??? I'm from FL too and wish our primary had been handled differently, but it's Charlie Crist that's to blame, not Obama.
Get your facts straight and Puh-leese don't be stupid enough to put John McCain in the White House come November....talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face!
It's refreshing to hear a senator still willing to take a tour of the white house. That's the only way she's getting in now!
She will continue this fiasco until the well runs dry. The donors are going to go away and Bill is going to take the checkbook away from her. Once the money stops, she'll stop and hopefully soon!
Hillary is acting no different than president Mugabe of Zimbabwe who has refused to concede defeat to the opposition. What example is she trying to set with her foreign policy brag!!
Jack, I am a white, older female and life long Democrat. Excited that we, at last, had a female and a black person running for President. After hearing HC in her first few contests with Obama I knew she was not the one I would vote for. She is now unable to overtake him, why does she insist upon going on with her farce?
Hillary:Turn off the lights, the party is OVER.
The Clinton's are done. Put a fork in them.
Hillary's insisting on staying in the race smacks of Bush like stubbornness.
Not to mention her Dukakis like moment when she pulled up to a gas station to plug her gas tax agenda riding shot gun in a gas guzzling monster truck.
She will continue on and on and on. Anyone who saw Lanny Davis' apopleptic performance last night has to know has desperate the Clinton camp is to try to play victim since nothing else has worked. Obama would be wise to sieze this moment to ask for the Florida delegation to be seated as they voted. The good will more than compensates for the dip in his delegate lead and will eliminate half the whining from camp birthright.
What is Clinton to do now?? She needs to exit graciously and save the party the difficulty of having to try and save the Democratic party from looking divided and unable to beat the Republicans (John McCain). I don't understand why she can't let go of her pride, and arrogance and see the Big Picture...American's! We need to stop slicing and dicing this country and party and save our party (American's) and our pride (Red, White and Blue). If she continues, she will build more animosity against Obama and essentially break the party and let the Republican's WIN/ Steal this election.
Hillary Clinton won't quit the race. EVER. She will have to be dragged from the convention floor, kicking and screaming. I seriously worry about the woman's mental state. I don't think she will be able to accept the reality of losing the nomination. She will make Scarlett O'Hara from "Gone With the Wind" look sane.
Although she won't admit it, her campaign is now for the Vice-Presidency.
It's time for Hilary to exit. She can do so with great class and dignity, with her head held high while being looked at as a party unifier....or she can be dragged out kicking and screaming. She had a great campaign run, and it is now basically at an end. With her ego, it will be hard for her to accept defeat, but when she has some time to sit down and reflect on all of this she'll realize she fought like a champion, and that's nothing to be ashamed of. The American people have spoken. Obama is going to be the nominee. Hilary can still make history as the first female Vice President if a deal can somehow be worked out with her and Obama. That would be good for the Democrats and the country as a whole.
Instead of bringing the party together with the campaign messages of 'Yes we Can' and 'Yes we Will'. Hillary has made the decision of 'no we won't' atleast not with her on the top of the ticket. Look out Dems, the fall of the DNC is near.
The Democratic nation has spoken. They don't want experience in athe white house, they want Change, "whatever the heck that means". Senator Clinton should be applauded for her steadfastness. Her tenacity to finish the job and not quit, speaks volumes for the kind of leader she will or will not have made. She knows Washington. That Congress is going to walk all over Obama because he is so "green". Both of them is making history and I get to be a part of it. I am an African American female and I am in Senator Clinton's age group. President Clinton did so much for the visiablity of my race when he was president. If Senator Clinton's opponent had been any other race, other than Black–we would have handed her the nomination without question But "We" get to vote for Black man for president of the United States. Imagine the first first lady president!!!! I guess I will have to wait–men still don't think we can't handle this top job. .
I think that the Clintons – both of them – will remain in the race up to the convention to enhance their power and position in the Democratic Party and increase their speech fees and his consulting fees. The idea may even be to tank Obama's run for the White House, so Hillary will be the Democratic candidate in 2012 after a one-term McCain presidency.
It's likely wishful thinking for Democrats that Mrs. Clinton would stop her campaign and help the PARTY overcome the damage Republicans have done to the nation. I suspect she'll continue the efforts to gain credibility and input into the Obama administration.... even if it risks having a McCain administration instead.
258 days till the end of the Bush administration.
Hillary needs to understand that there is a difference between not being a quitter and being in denial of a lost. Its amazing how she wants to make an argument base on this idea of momentum, to say hey.. ” I have the momentum, I’m winning the big states, I’m the one who should be the nominee”.. well since I hear so much analogy to sports from the Clintons that politics is a contact sport.. one thing they forgot is.. even if you have momentum finishing the fourth quarter and made more touchdowns instead of field goals and gaind more yards then the other team in the final seconds of the game.. the fact still remain, which is you are still behind and you ran our of time… Translation .. YOU LOSE
IT’s OVER Hillary, BILL and Chelsea… you can take off your Helmets and shoulder pads now and start shaking the other team’s hands
She doesn't listen to every expert on the economy when it comes to the gas tax. I don't see why she would listen to any of the experts in regards to politics or math. Maybe former president Bill Clinton is right in regards to the Bosnia incident, maybe she is senile. I think she won' stop running until she releases the race is over. That may not be until December.
She is done. Hillary will now keep uttering deceptive and atrocious statements daily in hope that the media will pick on those and keep her name alive by free publicity.
Barack Obama needs to ignore her and start tackling McCain.
Hillary go home! After running one of the uglyest campaigns in history she should be very embarrased and go home!
Well Jack. Watch out for secret meeting between Clinton and Obama anytime soon...My guess she will be Obama's running mate as Vice-President, so called Dream Ticket?
She will win WV and then move on right on her way to the convention where she will convince the super delegates that she is the better candidate to beat John Mc Same – Mc Bush Obama will not beat McBush because Clinton Supporters’ will not under any circumstances vote for Obama we will have another 4 years of McSame McBush she will never win Pennsylvania or Ohio which he needs
Because bad news could still descend upon the Obama camp (as on anybody, for that matter), Hillary probably feels it would be stupid to bow out until the convention. Whatever votes and momentum she has is "a bird in the hand..." But I pray she'll do the right thing this week, concede, and work her petutty off to get this great man to the White House.
As a Hillary supporter, I think she should keep running until she gets her $11.4 million dollars back. That's a lot of money to lose even for our multimillionaires.
There is only one way to save face. It's time Super Delegates! If you want to show the Democratic party in action, then start deciding. The Super Delegates can perform simple math when it comes to what is left for the remaining votes. If Hillary won't do the right thing, then it is the appointed positions to do it for her. Side with the contestant with the higher vote counts. Sounds crazy how simple the solition here is.
Finish the race with dignity, duh.
She will empty her 100 million dollar bank account trying to foce the democratic party to nominate her.
She will cry like a baby, and try to get the vice presidency seat, she only thirsty for power, ... I don't think anyone will fall for her.
What will Hillary do now? Two things:
Number one – order about 150,000 copies of Rev. Wright's book, due out in the fall.
Number two – start campaigning secretly for McCain.
If McCain gets in in November, beating Obama, she can say she should have been the nominee – thus setting the stage for 2012.
Senator Obama has made the impossible possible and unfortunately for Senator Clinton's campaign it is too late for her to do the same. It doesn't look feasible for her to win in any simulation.
It's time for the Clinton's to preserve their legacy within the Democratic party, end her candidacy and unify her supporters on our party's greater obstacle of defeating John McCain in November.
Senator Clinton should honorably throw in the towel. There is no need for her to be known as "Playing politics with bitterness". The more she continues to chase the illusive nomination, the more she looses what little honor she has left.
Thank you Jack for your fortroghtness.
I think Hillary should refresh her knowledge of old sayings, starting with the classic:
"Denial ain't just a river in Egypt."
You guess is as good as mine. But please remind Hillary that the "Big State Strategy" of the Democratic Party has failed the Democrats in five of seven previous presidential elections.
Jack, Clinton was supposed to be the all knowing agent of economic issues yet she cannot manage the ever so crumbling financial state of her own campaign not to mention this non elitist has the money to lend her campaign 10 million or so. It has become ever so clear to me that Hillary simply will do anything to get elected including having an argument in the back of a flat bed pick up truck... Lord save us all
Orwellian obliviousness and dismissive of what's happening out here; self-convinced that better than the rest and will destroy any and all who question the righteousness of her point-of-view; will surround herself only with those who do not question. Isn't this what we've had for 8 years?
Since Hillary owns the state of Denial as to her position as a Dem.
candidate, Bill has probably been assigned the task of picking out the china for the White House. The longer she hangs in the less people will see her a a respected politician. This reminds me of what Bush has done to us for 7 1/2 years sticking stubbornly to his own view of the world.
The Clinton's will go down as the great "un-uniter's" of the Democratic Party! She is delaying the uniting of the party in time for the Dem's to defeat McCain. Geesh...Clinton = ego =loss
Jack....Hillary has to do something other than strive for president. Perhaps she can spend time sorting out her now infamous pending campaign fraud case that she created for herself in her dealings with Peter Paul. She should be happy that the media didn't report on this while she was campaigning.
I hope she leaves the campaign trail with dignity. There's nothing worse than a scorned woman.....her personal issues with her husband now the politically mess she left for her party.....
Yesterday was a clear signal that a comeback is not in the cards. Hillary's remaining in the race is an extremely selfish decision and also indicative of poor judgement.The entire U.S. has had enough and Hillary is becoming more and more shrill every day.
After everything that has happened it looks as if Hillary wont quit. I think she is the most electable in November. Statistically its not possible unless all the votes are counted or the superdelegates pledge on to her.It is quite unfair to us voters in Michigan that our votes have been stripped. The DNC needs to look into who is responsible for the primary move-ups and hold those people accountable, not the voters. Regardless if I am a Clinton supporter or not, I know many people who are now turning away from the Dem. party because we "just dont count." Its a shame every election is mauled by human or machine error. I will not vote in the general election and might as well give non voters all the more reason to sit home.
Jack see made what 400 million? Why don't she re-tire like most people do and enjoy he family for what little years she has left. I'm sick of seeing here on TV, if she would just go crawl in a hole would be fine with me.
I see Hillary doing the same thing George Bush has done for the last 8 years: deny, deny, deny reality. Scary, isn't it?
Is there any way Hillary is setting herself up to run off the Dem ticket in Nov.?
I honestly believe that Hilary Clinton's plan is to now make sure that she can cripple Barack Obama enough that he will not be elected in the Fall. By doing this she can claim "I told you so" and try to set herself up as the nominee in 2012. She is so power hungry that she would destroy anything that gets in her way. How sad for us all that Obama who really is a inspirationally candidate has had to endure alot of negative BS sent his way by the Clinton camp.
Anyone who has been watching the race should know by now that Hillary is far too delusional to end this. Dragging it on to the bitter end, and arguing that she won Florida and Michigan at the conference, will allow her to leave with righteous indignation and perpetuate the belief that she actually didn't lose after all. She has made it clear that anything short of that will be unacceptable to her. This is exactly the type of attitude which makes me glad that she will not have a chance at the presidency.
Hillary is right that she is the candidate that can win the race. Sadly, the Dems will once again snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Obama wins the nomination and McCain wins the election.
Let's see, Hillary has had to put millions of dollars of her own money into this campaign, mean while Obama is out spending and raising three times as much money as Clinton. She almost lost a solidly white state of Indiana, even after a month of bad press Obama received and on top of it she lost North Carolina by 14 points. The black vote is no longer with her, woman vote has split evenly between the two, and her supporters are slowly jumping ship every week and going towards Obama. She has lost popular vote, even if you count Michigan and Florida. Everyone knows it's over, it's just going to take time for Clinton to except it.
Hillary is not destroying the Democratic pary. The party members of both parties are destroying both parties.
I hope Hillary stays to the end. As for "a true democrat would support whom ever is our nominee no matter who it is." Is totaly crazy. That is how we got in the mess we are in. Be a Dem or be a Republican however a person should vote for the person most qualified to do the job not vote for the Party.
She should get out, take Bill Clinton home and "Whip" his butt for causing her to lose the "Black vote".
She should not quit. Hillary should still be the selection if the Democrats want to win in November. You can make all the points about Obama and his support from the black community. Here are the facts. There are not enough Black voters in this country yet to offest the rednecks that will rise up from the swamps and woods all over this country and vote against Obama by voting for Mccain. It will be a sad day for this country the day they set the ticket with Obama at the top of the Democratic Party.
Hilary will do what she said she will do....not quit. So while Obama will continue to gain support from the Supers, Hilary will keep on going until the final primary on June 3. At that point, she will continue to yell and scream that the only reason Obama won the nomination is because Michigan and Florida didn't have their votes count. She may even threaten some lawsuits against the DNC. My wish is that when it becomes official (that Obama is the nominee), she just bows out gracefully and the party can focus on taking down McCain.
If she has any common sense she will stop being a child and stop this foolishness. A 5 year old can come up with the conclusion that its impossible. I hope she stops being selfish and realize that there might be other people that can do a better job running this country than a Clinton. Hopefully she will realize that she cannot win without African Americans, and young people, who will not vote in November if the person who won by the Democratic rules, NOT THE REPUBLICAN, has the nomination taken away from him. I know I for one will never vote for the Democratic party ever again if that is the case
Hillary Clinton should seek professional counseling. She is in denial and it is all but over. Obama won! What else is there to say.
I would liken Hillary to a woman who has been separated for ten years but has yet to get a divorce. Despite the obvious rejection and detachment from the object of her affection in this case the Democratic voters, she continues to hang on regardless of the almost impossible odds against her. Give up Hillary. We've obviously decided that you are not what we want.
simple word ...she need to report to losing rehab center.i don't understand what she waiting for.wakeup /stop dreaming and go back senate.go luck!
Hillary was laid to rest last night. What will she do-Get some sleep Jack.
I hope that she starts writing $10 million worth of checks to all those small town businessmen and blue collar people she pretended to be wanting to go to work for – the vendors, the landlords, the stadiums and other venues who have been asking for their money since Iowa and New Hampshire and the whole trail.
And I agree with the lady who said that those small donors should get a refund (never happen of course). But if you read their website blog and see how people sacrificed to make donations, I feel for them.
Please, HRC supporters – support the ideals – not just a candidate. Come on over.
It doesn't matter whether Clinton does something or not because Obama is killing her soflty. lol.
Clinton should quit now if she doesn't wanna be a double loser.
Now It's all about Obama legacy... not Clinton! say what?
The John McCain/Ron Paul contest is over. The Clinton/Obama contest is still a horse race, and Clinton's a "mudder".
To all of you stupid people fooled by Obama's brainwashing speeches, he will destroy this country if he is elected. People wake up and smell the crap that he and Jack are shoveling. HIllary is the right choice.
Jack, As a dual citizen presently living in Canada, my wife and I have been watching the Democratic Primaries with, shall we say, a touch of amazement. For my wife it's been a learning experience, and for me, somewhat of a shocker. I am proud to see both a woman AND a person of color BOTH running for the most powerful office in America, but the "knife fighting" coming from one of the camps has been to say the least extremely disappointing. I had thought that both camps were full of adults. Obviously we were mistaken, as most Americans have been I think. "What should Hillary do now?" Personally we think she should bow out gracefully for the good of the party. Hillary has been spouting the "good of the party".......time to put her money where her mouth is....and without taking out a personal loan to do it.
I believe she should take a note from an old Kenny Rogers song "The Gambler", "You got to know when to hold them, know when to fold them." She should removed herself before it effects her senate seat re-election.
Just like the captain of the Titantic she is in deniel as her campaign is slipping under the cold sea into it's watery grave. Enough is enough, but she just doesn't get it. I am almost willing to bet she will be out campaigning after Obama moves into the White House in Jan 09. She needs to accept reality and move on.
i will tell you what clinton will do, she will contiue to show how selfish she is and continue to hurt the democratic party. she will also hurt her chances if she decides to run next term.
Jack you are incorrect as she can win at the convention! with fla and michigan added and asthe only state obama will win is oregon!
many hillary backers will leave and vote for mccain if the democrats dont see the light that obama cant beat mccain but Hillary can! the super delegates better open their eyes and smell the coffee! it is Hillary! obama cant win! Obama has no idea how to correct the many problems! he has slogans nothing else! I wont waste my vote for obama! I AM FOR HILLARY!~
My advise to Hillary, there is a time for war and a time for peace. The war is over and it is a time for her to join the situation room to make peace with democratic party and focus on Mcsame. It is over sweet heart.
I think it is the long term game plan for Hillary Clinton to stay in the race. She knows she can not win the nomination but she will stay in the race to make sure Obama will be pushed to the point where he no longer can win the general election. That will provide her chance in '12. It is selfish but it is the true strategy Jack!
It shows the world how selfish the Clintons are. If they had the party's best interest really in their hearts, she would bow out now – gracefully. She would have then left like a lady and the Clintons would go down in the record books as one of the classiest and powerful political couples in history. By choosing to stay in, the party suffers enormously, while Barack getst hrown around in the mud a little longer. If this happens, the Clinton will loose the respect not only of the influential people that they still have supporting them, but of all Americans who believe that a Democrat must be in the White House in 09.
It is all about ego for the Clintons! DO they really care what happens to the USA and Americans? I think not!
Hillary will be forced to become that "fake blue collar woman" she so relate to, as she sit at the dining room table with her-out of work husband, Bill as they try to figure out how they will pay their debts.
Given the undeniable results of yesterday's primaries in Indiana and North Carolina, it's the perfect time for Hillary to find a way to gracefully step aside so the Democratic party can put this primary season behind them and the remainder of the Nation can start to focus on the two main Presidential candidates – Barack Obama and John McCain. Adios Hillary...
She is going to continue down the same path until the democratic divide carries McCain into the whitehouse. I'm a full-fledged democrat, but I can't give enough credit for doing what he did for his party. If the republicans take the whitehouse this year, it will be squarely on his shoulders. Hillary should see what he saw and act as he has acted. Half of the democratic party can never beat one whole republican party.
Denial... true denial, is denying the vote to 2.3 million voters... maybe the question is, "What will Jack,(and Obama) do if Clinton gets FL & MI?"
Clinton continues to display her poor judgement of the issues.
If Clinton cannot see the writing on the wall, and cannot see that she is causing divisions rather that unity, then I beg to ask Where is the Leadership quality required of a Leader to exercise sound judgement when making life threatening decisions.
As a Canadian I am overjoyed to be living is these Historic times to experience such a wave of support for a Candidate with a NEW vision, and who expresses his positions with honesty and integrity.
Glad to see that the last RITES were given to the Wright issues.
Keep up the good works Jack.. Tell it as it is!
I find it very interesting that people are criticizing the Clintons for making so much money since they left the White House. I believe that when you reach 60 everyone after working all of those years would like to be comfortable as well. Don't forget they didn't make that money when they were out there fighting for the little people. I don't know the Obama's made over 4 million last year and he is only in his 40's. Are you there at 40, chances are that you are not. And yes, he is an elitist and it shows in both his and Michelle's faces.
Hillary will continue to run the Democratic Party into the ground. She will not give up and will continue to win this uphill fight. Sometimes people need to know when to quit. Harsh? Perhaps, but I really cannot stand the woman. I don't feel she can do a good job as President. She is too petty and is manipulating people to try to get ahead in the race. She wants to count Michigan votes, a primary where Obama was not even on the ballot! If she had a lead against Obama, I am sure she would not give any thought at all to those votes.
Obama is being set up to lose to McCain and thats what the republicans want and they will get it .Thanks Limbaugh for nothing you drug addict.They know there chances really are with going against Obama and not Hillary. With her out of the picture the republicans have the presidency rapped up
The only thing the most electable candidate should, and thankfully is, tone deaf to is... you, Jack, and all of the other wind bags in the media who are trying to decide this race. You are not the Supreme Court. And this is not 2000. Let the votes count.
I personally don't think she cares what anyone else thinks she should do. She is going to do what SHE wants to do – the good of the Democratic Party be damned! Her ego, her false bravado, and most of all her feelings of self-entitlement, will not let her think otherwise. It really is sad that an election is this country could turn into such a mud-fest. Although I am a life-long Republican (60+ year old white woman) I voted for Barak Obama in the Virginia Primary this year. I am tired of the divisive politics of the last several years and I hope Senator Obama can start the process of changing that. Unfortunately, it may take longer than 4/8 years but perhaps whomever follows him will take his lead.
She will do one of two things: 1. keep on "fighting" until she's satisfied or 2. Try and fix the damage she has done to the democratic party and support Obama's trip to the White House. Which ever she chooses, Hillary and Bill will still have damage control over the Clinton name.
This is so easy, everybody knew she can't win but all she is trying to do is be a spoiler for Obama. "IF I CAN'T WIN THEN YOU WILL NOT" she need to honorably get out of the race before she get thrown out disgracefully.
The party is splitting up people.
I believe that Clinton knows that it's the " end game " for her candidacy. She needs time to figure out a way to exit with the party in tact. The Dem " elders " like Rendell and even Slick Willie know it's over and will tell her. I do not think that she wants to destroy the party, nor do I think that she'll settle for a Veep slot on the Obama ticket. She wants to be around if he stumbles after he is elected to claim the mantle for herself. Staying in the race in the remaining contests will keep focus on the issues. If she continues to attack Obama, then you know she's on an extended PMS rush, if she focuses in on the issues and turns her aim at McCain then you know it's in the interest of party unity. Remember ... if she wants to run in 5 years then she is going to NEED the Obama backers to win. She's nobody's fool. She'll be back. It's just time to bow out with class ... BEFORE DENVER.
Just one man's opinion, trapped in Philly
My guess is Hillary just want to recover her money($11.4 million loan) back and then quit. I think that's what is what her game plan now.
Hillary knows it's over. She also knows that Obama wants anybody but her to be the VP. But, the longer she remains in it, the more leverage she has with her army of supporters. She will force Obama to take her as VP. He can't afford not to, although Sam Nunn would be the ideal choice.
As VP, she can exert her's and Bill's influence around the globe.
If the Obam/Clinton ticket loses to McCain, she will still be a viable candidate (in her mind) in 4 years.
Out of curiosity can Clinton claim racism now as well as sexism led to her defeat in NC since 90+% of the "black vote" went to Obama?
Hillary is playing the odds and gambling her entire politcal future on the idea that there must be something else out there that could make Obama unelectable. No one really believes him when he says that he had no idea about Wright's beliefs and speeches but thats not what she is counting on. She is holding out in the hope that a video will surface showing Obama at one of those speeches or even better for her a video showing him playing to the crowd and making such comments himself. It is a longshot but is certainly not impossible and if anything like that does surface the superdelegates will be forced to abandon Obama. My guess is she'll keep herself in for as long as possible but if nothing surfaces she will become a pariah and powerless within her own party.
I am an Obama supporter, tried and true. This is Hillary's chance to go out on her terms and she would be wise to listen to counsel. What a gulf between the two victory speeches. Senator Obama sounded like a presidential candidate. Senator Clinton's message of fight till the death sounded selfish.
Hilary needs to realize that this is over. Michigan and Florida will not be seated (I'm from Michigan, we don't deserve to be seated, we broke party rules!) and she won't beat Obama. She needs to realize that she is beat and let the party unite, she has already done enough damage!
Hillary can stay in it or get out. I only hope she doesn't continue with the kitchen sink or it will eventually hurt her in her Senate race in a couple of years.
My question: Will the media start treating her like the Huckabee she is and quit covering her?
She'll do what she always does. She'll get back up and fight on. She knows if she can get a single debate in that she can get the nomination. There hasn't been a single debate in the entire pacific northwest region. Oregon is going to feel ignored if Obama decides they aren't good enough to have their own debate. And we all know how Obama does in the debates.
– Tyler Young
Federal Way, Washington
Rock on, Hilary! Keep fighting the good old boys who would rather see a man as president than a woman--no matter what! I know that Hilary can re-unite the party & get the Congress to work together. Obama is an unknown quality who left his church when his pastor's 20 years of anti-American rants were revealed. Call him unreliable. If he wins the nomination, I will not cast a vote for president for the 1st time in since 1952.
Hillary Clinton will most likely go sit at home cry her hearts content out ask bill what to do, get chelsea to go to colleges even tough she loses their big and get bill to go help her. She is a dumb blond who will kick and scream till she gets the nomination. Its obama country now, Obama08
I've read most of the arguments supporting Hillary's decision to continue. In most of the arguments there is a lot of bitterness toward Obama, One lady even wrote "he stole my vote in Florida" (WOW, how do you begin to explain to that lady everything that is wrong with that statement). The one recurring theme in most pro Hillary responses is, they won't vote for Obama in the Presidential Election.
She's destroying all chances for any Democrat to get elected.
You have to understand why Hillary is in this. She is not in this for truth, justice, and the American way, and she is not in this so she can do good deeds for the country. She is in this because she wants to be President, and she wants it so bad, she will do anything. She knows this is probably her one and only shot. A year ago, she thought she was going to just cruise into the White House; but guess what, stuff happens. Her performance as the martyred, but dedicated, wife during Bill's indiscretions was carefully calculated with her goal in mind. She's been planning this too long, and she'll only go down kicking and screaming.
leave senator clinton alone and stop promoting obama, he is not telling who he really is. It will be a sad day when he gets nominated because only then will you find out what people he really is for, and it's not working class americans. I wlll not vote for him ,I would rather stay home on that day.
With all due respect to Mrs. Clinton (despite some of the nasty things I'm reading in this list of comments) and what she's accomplished, it's best that she take one for the Party and step aside. Any further effort to run this race to the end will only make things worse for Obama and the goal of taking back the White House. I'm sure she has a contribution to make in a Cabinet post. The close races illustrate that there's little difference between Clinton & Obama in positions. More effort should be made to prepare for a potentially nasty contest with McCain for the vote in November. One candidate now will also make a bitter floor fight for Michigan & Florida's delegates at the convention a moot point.
Hilllary Huckabee will be campaigning with money from her personal pocket in states that Obama will "visit" and campaign in for the primary.
However, as Obama travels BACK to Ohio, Colorado, CA, PA and Texas and then starts to campaign in FL and Michigan - she's going to look silly, lonely and lost.
As power hungry as she is she'll probably move to England and try and convince them she should be Prime Minister.
I thought the Clinton's are smart people? What is she stil doing been a candidate in this 2008 presidential election? Perhaps she is still in the Race because she hopes something happens to Obama then she will become the democratic party candidate by default!
Who says She is stupid!!!!!!!!
I believe Hillary has to continue on. I believe she truly feels that she is the best choice for President and I agree. I think that Barack Obama is a very intelligent, caring person, however it is not his time. There is too much at stake and it's going to take a real fighter to clean up after the mess that the Bush/Cheney destruction machine have made. I believe that if Rev. Wright's comments had been known earlier in the primaries, Obama would not have made it this far and Hillary would be on her way to the nominee.
Though I would prefer Hillary, I'll vote for Obama if he is the nominee. There is no way in hell that I'll vote for McCain or any other Republican. I have both a son and son-in-law in Iraq on their second deployment and I don't want to see them have to go back for a third time.
She will reach deep into the Clinton Bag O' Dirty Tricks and throw the public some no-big-deal nonsense "dark secret" about Obama that the media will stretch and contort into something "newsworthy" and that will play on the public's deep-seated fears.
Joshua Tree, CA
I'm a Jonh McCain's supporter but I feel bad for her for the way the media (people like you), treats her. I admire her for her relentless effort and now believe she will make a great president.
I will be happy to see either John M or Hillary as a president but not Obama. I just don't feel comfortable with him and it frightens me to think that people are so naive to vote for a guy just becasue he is new, fresh and well spoken.... SAD....
Well I guess the media and that would be people like you Jack, have done the best thing that could have happened to Bush, if either Obama or McCain win Bush won't go down as the worst president that we have ever had. A big win for Bush!!!
Hillary, knows that it over, so she still annouces that she will continue....if you recall Hillary has loaned her campaign money, so she must make that statement so that stupid Americans continue to give donations, not knowing she's just getting the money back that she loan the campaign as it comes in...she knows it's over, if she doesn't this would be an indication as to what type of president she would, not knowiing how to make right choices.you will began to see those in her camp to slowly leave her side....in a matter of a few days...
Hillary, Bill and Chelsea, good night turn off the lights, the fat lady has sung, it the road jack, addios....your time has come and gone..go back to LittleRock and count your money....America has spoken you're not what we need..
How can the DNC continue to let her even open her mouth?
How much in back payments is it now? What does that say for her economic plan...she owes how much to regular working stiffs trying to make a living? Has she caught back up on her health care payments for her own staff? – thats real great to show your strength for health care.
As a republican this entire DNC (Democratic National Circus) is friggen hilarious.
Florida and Mich? IM sorry your elected leaders chose to go against their own party rules and not allow your votes to count. Maybe you should remember that come next election.
Hillary will deliver a classy, inspiring concession speech. Then she'll roll up her sleeves, mobilize Bill and Chelsea, and work hard hard hard to get those conservative Democrats to vote for Obama. Meanwhile, John McCain will become the first Amish man to set foot on the Moon and Dick Cheney will report for combat duty in Iraq.
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