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June 2nd, 2008
02:08 PM ET

Will Clinton go gracefully when the time comes?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

If you're looking for clues, try this one: Hillary Clinton will give her post-primary speech in New York tomorrow night. The thing is: New York is not voting, Montana and South Dakota are.

Campaign aides say staffers who worked for Clinton in those two states and Puerto Rico have been invited to attend the event or go home and await further instructions. Here's another clue: it's being reported that the campaign's finance department is asking Clinton staffers to turn in their outstanding expenses by the end of the week.

Clinton has also has planned a rally with her husband and daughter in South Dakota tonight, the kind of reunion she usually saves for election nights. Meanwhile, former President Bill Clinton said that today may be his last day campaigning for his wife.

All this would seem to indicate that the end is near. The news comes on the heels of a weekend where Clinton swept up in Puerto Rico, yet was frustrated by the decision of the rules committee. With just two contests to go, Clinton continues to trail Barack Obama in the ever-important categories of pledged delegates and superdelegates.

Nevertheless, Clinton is making the argument that she leads in the popular vote and that by the time all the votes are counted, she will have won more votes "than anyone in the history of the primary process." The problem here is this is only true if you include Michigan and Florida, and don't include some of the caucus states.

Clinton has also suggested she's focusing not only on undecided superdelegates, but also those who have backed Obama and still have the option to change their minds. And finally she says she's still deciding whether to challenge the decision of the Democratic rules committee.

Here’s my question to you: Will Hillary Clinton admit defeat and go gracefully when the time comes?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Barbara writes:
Has Hillary done anything gracefully? If she prolongs this process, she will make a fool of herself, and hasn't she done enough damage to the Democratic Party? I watched the committee meet on Saturday and Hillary's supporters are vicious. I am so exhausted with this process.

Marilyn writes:
She is a class act, of course she will. Hopefully she will not be gone because Obama can't win without her.

Bill from Pennsylvania writes:
It doesn't matter if it's graceful, not graceful, or if she’s dragged out kicking and screaming. Just go. No more Clintons and next January, no more Bushes. Free at last, free at last, I thank God we're free at last.

Erik from Pasadena, Calif. writes:
Not a chance. Get ready for legal challenges and back room deals. This one is going to the convention, folks.

Bob from Rochester, New York writes:
I doubt it. I have this mental picture of someone in the Secret Service dragging a screaming Hillary away from the podium at Obama's inauguration. Sad...truly sad!

Marc from Toronto writes:
Jack, I guess we will find out in the next 36 hrs. If the superdelegates are smart and endorse Obama in numbers before the polls close tomorrow night, we might have an Obama victory speech in St. Paul, site of the GOP national convention later this year.

Shelley from California writes:
If she is wise, she will. Her future and her family's legacy are on the line. She has accomplished much, and can, in the future, accomplish more, but only if she moves from thinking only of her personal goals to thinking only of her country.

Michael from Maine writes:
Jack, Hillary reminds me of that great country and western song: “How can I miss you if you won't go away?"

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  1. Tex Abroad

    Of course not, Jack! You had it right when you said she would have to be dragged kicking and screaming from the convention hall.

    My suspicion is that tranquilizer darts will have to be employed...REPEATEDLY!

    June 2, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  2. Dave P.

    Jack,

    We already know the answer to this one. NO! The time has been here for a few weeks atleast and she is still here.

    Dave

    Iowa CIty,IA

    June 2, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  3. Rex in Portland, Ore.

    "Grace" has never been used to describe anything either Clinton has ever done or said, Jack. No.

    June 2, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  4. Mark - Asheville, NC

    I hope that she will simply suspend her campaign and NOT endorse Obama. That is the only honest thing for her to do; she knows perfectly well that he has a ZERO chance of beating McCain, so why go along with the others who are pretending that he can win?

    Many pundits are saying that if she does this she could damage her standing and even the Clinton legacy. Perhaps so, but only until November 4th – after that, when Obama loses perhaps 49 states like Mondale did, most will see that she was right all along. It will be too late by then, of course.

    June 2, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  5. Shelley, California

    If she is wise, she will. Her future and her family's legacy is on the line. She has accomplished much, and can, in the future, accomplish more, but only if she moves from thinking only of her personal goals to thinking only of her country.

    June 2, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  6. Michael In Maine

    Jack,

    Hillary reminds me of that great country & weston song...

    "How can I miss you if you won't go away"

    Michael In Skowhegan, Maine

    June 2, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  7. chicago expat

    Hillary: “I’m not jumping out of this until the inauguration. And even then, I won’t be gracious.”

    June 2, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  8. Roger Cyr

    It is very obvious that she will not stop. She will change the rules again tomorrow and why should she; she is doing an excellent job for McCain. She will not go ddown gratiously and even if she says on Tuesday night that she would back Obama, it would not be true

    June 2, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  9. Ryan, Va

    Only if the Obama campaign agrees to her concessions. If not she will fight all the way to the convention.

    June 2, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  10. Susan from Kona

    A Graceful exit is hardly what Hillary is looking for. She has sucessfully demanded that Florida and Michigan get seated at the convention. She sucessfully got the DNC to change the rules of the process during the election. She feels she is entitled to this office and will STEAL it any way she can.
    For Hillary to say she has the popular vote is not true. The caucus states had record turn out and should be counted just as the 2 states that cheated and moved their primaries up, knowly that the delegates would not be seated were counted.
    If she steals this election I will NEVER VOTE DEMOCRATIC AGAIN. How can you call yourself a democrat when flat out cheating is going on.
    I wouldn't even vote for her in 2012 or any other year. She has proven what a crock she really is.

    June 2, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  11. james tilton

    I think so and she will support Obama and help to bring the party back together...I think she knows what's at stake here

    June 2, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  12. Scott, California

    When she finally realizes that it's over, she will pretend to go gracefully and will pretend to wholeheartedly support Obama.

    But secretly she will be preparing for her 2012 campaign, the first step of which is to undermine Obama in the hopes that McCain wins in '08 and she gets another shot in '12.

    June 2, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  13. Courtney, South Windsor, CT

    When the time comes? Hasn't the time for her to gracefully extract herself from the election come and gone several times already?

    June 2, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  14. Jed in Redding, CA

    I doubt it - it just isn't in her character. And even if she did bow out, more or less gracefully, she has polarized her supporters in a way that will make it nearly impossible for Barack to win the general election. Frankly I'd find it astonishing but not surprising if Hillary denounces the Democratic party (if things don't go her way) and runs as an independent. That would all but destroy the already cleft Democratic party.

    June 2, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  15. Colleen, Weddington, North Carolina

    Jack You know (And admit it!) that she will do what she needs to do with class. Maybe not style & grace but class. However, has the fat lady sung yet?

    June 2, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  16. Frank, Connellsville, Pa

    I would like to think she will put country above party, and party above self – but that hasn't been her style.

    Rather I expect that classic movie technique – just when you think it is over and everyone is riding into the sunset, there is that one last attack that catches everyone off guard and at the end of that fight the movie is over.

    Who knows what, when, who, or where that last attack may come from, but you've got to expect given the way this primary has gone.

    June 2, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  17. Tina (Ft Worth)

    Has she yet? Jack, she is still hoping the remaining delgates will change the others mind or Obama will stumble and there she will be in the waiting. I do not see her bowing out very graceful. She is power driven and the priest had her down right that she is acting that she is the only one who should be running against McCain. If I was Obama I would never offer her the V.P but give her the same job as Condi since Hillary is experienced in dodging sniper fire.

    June 2, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  18. martin

    Sen. Clinton will not leave gracefully or otherwise. She saw the nomination as belonging to her and continues to demand it even after she has lost it. Rules mean nothing to her and her spin on everything makes me laugh.

    June 2, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
  19. Wendy. San Rafael, CA

    "Grace" and "Clinton" are incompatible terms.

    June 2, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  20. Connie

    Jack, I believe she will give her and Bill's support to Obama after he is the nominee.She has fought hard and some times dirty, but I believe she will back him.As an Obama supporter I will vote for him even if she is the VP. I am praying she will stay in the Senate were she can do more for the country than as VP. As for the Rush Lumbugh republicans we do not want their votes anyway. Now John McCain is going around trying to talk about the screw ups of the present administration such as hurricane Katrina , but he will still have the Prez raise money for him. What a fake John McBush is. The more he talks the more like old George he is. Does John and his kin go to church ?

    OBAMA 08 Connie from Indiana old white women

    June 2, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  21. jaffer

    Jack this woman doesn't want to quit any time soon and she is realy making a bad image to herself if she is not smart enough to see that.what she is trying to do now to get people sympathy and she will not get any.she comes out with a story after every primary.

    June 2, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  22. Phil Murphy from San Francisco

    Jack – She has to. No doubt Chelsea will be the next person running for office in that family, and they dont want to jinx her chances with a scorched earth approach on the way up to the convention.

    Plus, if she plays nice, she might even get a good shot at a new book on her exploits.

    June 2, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  23. Richard Canada

    Hillary Clinton has a dedicated constituency. She should be offered the position of Secretary of Health and Human Services in the Obama Administration to implement a practical solution to health care and related issues.

    June 2, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  24. T.J. Marshall (Raleigh, NC)

    Admit defeat? Sure. But the "going gracefully" ship sailed long ago, and instead of buying a ticket and climbing on board, she's done nothing but fired torpedos at it.

    June 2, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  25. Gord from Boston

    Jack
    I hope Hillary Clinton just bows out and leaves Obama to his own devices. Funny how Obama supporters act like she owes him something and should campaign on his behalf. His supporters should have voted for Clinton if they are worried that he can't win the election.

    June 2, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  26. Kristen

    No, Clinton will not bow out gracefully. She hasn’t done anything thus far with grace so I wouldn’t get my hopes up Jack. I think our best bet is to start ignoring her. Maybe then she will get the hint that she will not be the democratic nominee.

    June 2, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  27. nobillary

    I'm hoping that HRC will finally pull her head out of the sand and exit gracefully by the end of the week. If she chooses not to, but instead, decides to take her fight over the 4 Michigan delegates to the Credentials Committee, we will be able to thank her for McCain's election in November. Of course, then she'll take great comfort in knowing she did everything she could think of to bloody Obama. Then we'll get to hear "I told you so" for the next 4 years.

    Heaven help us all...

    June 2, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  28. David

    Hillary will not go graciously, and she will likely continue to campaign for the top job from position of Vice President if she gets on the ticket.

    Before settling on a running mate, Barack should check with Michelle that she won't mind Hillary barging in to answer the 3am phone calls since she obviously still considers herself the only one qualified.

    It is time for her to be shown the door.

    June 2, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  29. GEORGE St.louis

    She doesn't seem to wanna live the campaign.Now she is telling us she's leading with the popular vote and that's only if you don't count the caucus states and give 0 votes to obama from michigan.Want kind of democracy is that,where some states count and others dn't count?I thought every vote counts.Hillary will never be a president.I would love to see a woman in the white house but not hillary.She needs to come out of the race and go back to senate where she has un finished business that she needs to take care of.This election is too important for us,and we can't afford to loose it because of her stupidity.We're tired of clintons and bushes,this is not a monarchy,it's a democracy and she's not entitled for anything.

    June 2, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  30. Anna, SW Missouri

    Jack, when has a Clinton ever admitted defeat??? Or for that matter, any wrong doing, whether it has to do with mistakes made in the campaign or any scandal they have been involved in. It won't happen!!!

    She has already announced her own "victory speech" to take place Tuesday night.

    June 2, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  31. Kandi from Colonial Heights, VA

    Doesn't matter how she exits, the damage is already done. She could call a rally today, concede and endorse Obama in one swoop, and all we'd care about was that she's finally gone and how we can move on to winning in November.

    June 2, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  32. Sultan Stanley Njonwo, Houston TX

    hi Jack, i think Clinton should go gracefully given the fact that there is no hope of winning. This election is not about Clinton, Obama nor Mccain, this election is about this country. She has to go behind Obama and start working on unity so that change will come to America next year. She will be blamed if democrates don't win the white house because of her continues fight. She does not have the popular votes as she claims eventhough MI and FL have been resolved except she wants to disenfranchise the caucaus states by not including their popular votes.

    June 2, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  33. Kay in WV

    If the DNC had wanted unity they would have given her what she asked for in either Michigan or Florida. Instead they chose to give Obama exactly what he asked for in Florida and split the differences between the Michigan Democrats & Obama in Michigan; completely disregarding the Clinton campaign in both states.

    What does she owe that party?

    But, if Obama is the nominee, she will be a good little democrat and support his fall campaign. Her supporters, on the other hand, may not follow suit because by ignoring her campaign's requests this past weekend they ignored her supporters.

    June 2, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  34. Carol - Seattle, WA

    At this point, Hillary is the most likely democratic candidate to win in the presidential election by electoral votes. The democrats want to win the white house, so thankfully, she is going to keep fighting to stay in the race. When a nominee is officially declared, of course she will whole-heartedly support the democratic candidate, even if it is not her.

    June 2, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  35. Radiance

    The graceful exit period has escaped her, or has she excapped it? Ethier way the answer is no.

    June 2, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  36. Larry McCumber

    When she bows out she will do it with the same class and style that she has shown through this whole "Obama is the greatest" show and have plenty of clout to show for it. She has been strong and has faught like I know she would have done for the American people. She will endorse Obama because It's the right thing to do. People that refer to her with the "B" word should hope that their hero Obama show's the same strength and fight during the next stage of the battle. Obama has a lot of work to do if he wants me to believe.

    Larry in Florida

    June 2, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  37. James in Cape Coral, FL

    Jack,
    No way! It's full steam on to the White House, or did you forget? I think we would all have better luck playing pick-up-sticks with our butt cheeks then getting Hillary Clinton to quit this divisive and redundant sharade and accept defeat with a bit of grace!

    June 2, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  38. Harry

    "When the time comes"???? Don't you mean "did she, when that time came?"

    Jack, wake up, it's June, that ship has already sailed, past tense, the answer was a resounding NO.

    Do they have rehabs for political addicts?? You might wish to research that and do it very quickly. The lines may get pretty long by November.

    Harry
    Ky.

    June 2, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  39. janet in wv

    i sure hope not because she is the only hope this country has if Obama get in our country will go to hell in a hand basket and don't blame me i will be voteing for Mccain if Hillary is not on the ballet, JANET, IN WEST VIRGINIA, AND PROUD OF IT,

    June 2, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  40. Nuwan Sam

    She can say "Let there be no doubt, after winning the popular votes, I strongly disagree with the decision by the Super Delegates, but I accept it. I accept the finality of this outcome of the primary as our Super Delegates have choosen Barak Obama as the nominee of our party"

    Remeber the concession speech of Al Gore in 2000. He didn't accept defeat but he accept the decision of the Supreme Court after winning the popular vote. So Hillary does not have to accept defeat.

    - Nuwan from Houston, TX

    June 2, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  41. Robyn (Toronto, Canada)

    No way Jack! This is Hillary we are talking about. Any chance of her leaving this race gracefully has long long gone. She needs to stop crying over split milk and move on. If she keeps this up she may even lose her seat in the senate. What a sore loser.

    June 2, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  42. Janet, American in Canada

    Seriously, if she wants to prove to All American People that our concerns are more important than her own ambitions, and definitely save face! YES!

    I Pray that she will support not only Senator Obama, the Democratic Party but most importantly the American People, in ending damage the Republicans has succeeded in doing these past 8 years!

    June 2, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  43. Skylar from Texas

    No! I think she will go out just as dishonorably as she has ran her campaign since Obama's win in Iowa. She does not have her party or her country in mind as she continues to discredit the rules over Florida and Michigan that she had agreed to from the begininning of this primary season. I have seen some sore losers in m time, including myself, but in a situation as serious as the presidency, she needs to suck it up and join the party behind Obama. Will she do that? After getting to know her personality this year, the answer i believe is no! She feels far to entitled to the position, and she does not have the majority of the popular vote unless you include michigan and no caucus states. I heard her say everyones vote should count about Florida and Michigan, but not the caucus states????...ridiculous Jack, simply ridiculous.

    June 2, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  44. Rob Winnipeg Canada

    I believe at the end yes Jack she will because she will know that it will best for country. Though she has had many opportunities during the campaign to take a higher road and she has refused once the end is realized she will do the right thing and fight against the repugs in the fall. As far as I know.

    June 2, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  45. Mary Johnson

    Yes, Jack; Hillary Clinton is a realist if nothing else. She will acknowledge her defeat soon.... and with grace. I have supported her from the start. I say to her "Go gracefully, Hillary; save your fight for another day. Recognise your party wants you to step aside and allow the general election to begin..... we love you," Mary from Sarasota, FL

    June 2, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  46. Ron Erlangen Germany

    Everbody seems to be trying to find a nice non-lethal way of getting Hillary to face the facts and reunite the democrats. After watching a you-tube video the other night of a drunk being stopped by a Policeman the answer was amazingly clear. If she contunues to stager towards the convention putting her wants and needs before everything else the democrats have built this election cycle, Taser her! And when she opens her mouth to protest , twist , or spin,her way out her latest misstep, zap her again.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  47. BJ Smith

    If she is as smart as we have been led to believe, of course she will. If Harold Ickes, who definately wants her to fight on, convinces her to stay in the dems will likely lose, but even a bigger loser would be Hillary. The dems would never forgive her. Clinton legacy, forever lost.

    At this point it is doubtful even Hillary herself knows the answer.

    BJ in Seminole, FL

    June 2, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  48. Michael from California

    Senator Clinton has not behaved in a graceful manner thus far, so what would lead us to expect such behavior at this juncture.
    I'm afraid that she will still be campaigning and making the argument that she is 'more electable' all the way to the genaral election, but fortunately the rest of the coutnry is moving on.
    Once all is said and done, Senator Clinton will write a book or two, and will then go on the lecture circuit and she too will garner $800,000 speaking fees.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  49. erin in kentucky

    No–sadly–she won't. Unless she is offered and subsequently takes the VP position, that is. It's the only way the party will unite around Obama.
    Since NOTHING surprises me anymore, I fear we'll continue to be held hostage by Hillary's narcissistic delusions as she makes the excruciatingly slow "Norma Desmond" descent down her imagined White House staircase.
    When McCain wins, staunch republicans and the embittered Clinton base will be the only happy campers.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  50. Dan, Chantilly Va

    I've been saying for months that on June 4th she'll be bowing out. Whether or not she does it gracefully is a whole other issue. My guess is no. What she should do is hold a press conference and say something along these lines:

    "I was staying in the race until the last primary was done because I wanted every American to have a vote and to have that vote count. Now that all votes have been cast, I concede the nomination to Senator Obama. I have no doubt that he will be a great leader of this nation and I urge all of my supporters to put aside their differences and support Senator Obama with the same zeal and sense of pride you brought to my campaign. I would like to thank everyone associated with my campaign and all the great Americans who voted for me. It is now time to start working on getting a Democrat in the White House."

    That would save face and help out the party in the coming months. Unfortunately, she's more likely to give a spite-filled speech complaining about how she got the popular vote and still lost, and making sarcastic remarks about Obama. This woman does not realize that the biggest threat to her political future is herself.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  51. Frank Northern California

    No. Lets douse her with water. It worked for Dorthy.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  52. Lorenzo, Atlanta, GA

    Jack,

    I believe she is trying to showing the country that she is not a quitter, and will fight until the very end. I respect that, but Hillary needs to learn how to give up a losing battle. If the country went to do to war under her rule, she'll never leave. She'll spend all of her funds and borrow more just to prove her point; leaving everything with a huge debt. Then, she will want someone else to foot the bill.

    Hmmm... that almost sounds like Bush, doesn't it?

    June 2, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  53. Bob in Charlotte NC

    Jack, you have really got to be kidding. Hillary may bow out but I think it's obvious that she will never admit defeat nor bow out gracefully. Grace, honesty, and reality are apparently not in her vocabulary.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  54. Radiance

    To those who say obama can't win, I say if Obama can't win then America can't win. If this truely is the land of the free and the home of the brave then Obama can win. Lets be brave and free ourselves from the Republicans.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  55. mitch martin arkansaw

    i'll donate $10 to her campaign,if she does.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  56. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    I don't think it makes any difference whether Hillary goes gracefully or not, the fact is she will go and the decision of where she goes is her's to make.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  57. mark, Temple TX

    A Clinton never goes gracefully. She will have to be wrestled to the ground, hog tied and dragged out like they do in the Texas rodeos. I think she may have already gone to far and harmed the Dem party.If Obama loses you can place the blame at Hillary's feet. It's still all about her at the expense of the country. She'll have to be dragged out screaming and kicking.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  58. Major Michael in Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: She can either go gracefully or they can drag her out by her hair.......but the saving grace is that she is goinnnnnnnnnnng! Personally, I don't care how she leaves.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  59. R. King

    I think she will try anything until it comes to the point where she looks extremely bad. She is definitely not going to give up until she absolutely has to. She will then give a very positive speech for Obama or she will definitely appear to be a sore loser. The way the Clintons have done things in the past, however, I wouldn't be surprised about anything that she or Bill would try to make things go her way. She is an able, ambitious person, but she and Bill haven't been easy to trust because of many things they have done in the past.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  60. chryssa

    If by "gracefully" you mean escorted kicking and screaming from the convention in August, then yes, I think she'll do it.

    Boise, ID

    June 2, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  61. Ray Kinserlow

    It's not over yet, but I think history will be kind to Hillary Clinton. Even if she did not win, she broke new political ground. Sometimes progress is made even if you lose.

    Ray Kinserlow
    Lubbock, Texas

    June 2, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  62. Jonathan from Southport, CT

    Jack, I think the stage for that is already set . . . with Obama already playing the humble winner in this close contest coupled with newfound praise for Hillary Clinton makes the predictable runnerup's
    response to all of this more predictable still.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  63. Jeff Williams

    Hillary doesn't get the concept of defeat. She will have to be locked in a closet for the next 4 years. Even then, she'll come out and say she was robbed and is truly the Robin Hood and loved by the people not some deligates that are elected by the party. Somebody who speaks her language should tell her that her party is finished with her loveliness!
    Jeff
    Sacramento

    June 2, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  64. Nora Corpus Christi Texas

    Whoever would of thought you would be asking us this question about Hillary Clinton. She is a fighter that is for sure and I love the way she interprets her campaign. I heard today her campaign manager say they are having a victory party in NY tomorrow night. Having heard that I think the fat lady can sing till she is hoarse and it will be falling on dead ears. NO! she will not exit gracefully!!!!!!!!

    June 2, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  65. Terry, Chandler AZ

    I am not a supporter of Hillary, but I believe that she will exit gracefully and with a lot of class. She will ask all of her supporters to support Obama with the same amount of enthisiasm as the demonstrated for her.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  66. Ana Then (Florida)

    She will have to, If she wants to run again in four more years from November.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  67. A Shot of Realism

    I wouldn’t count on it. If she was graceful, she’d have bowed out long ago OR she would stop saying super delegates can switcharoo their mind.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  68. arc

    Hillary Clinton will never give up. She simply doesn’t care about anything else except what she believes to be her rightful place in history. Hillary Clinton will never give up because she considers herself worthy of being revered among other great leaders like Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, and Mother Theresa.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  69. Dale Wise

    This is a trick question, as the time for Hillary to "go gracefully" has gone and passed long ago. As to whether she will "concede" tomorrow night it is hard to say. I guess it depends on what's in it for her.
    Alexandria, VA

    June 2, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  70. Cliff D, VA.

    Yes, she will admit defeat.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  71. Valerie from Middletown Connecticut

    Jack, She is past the point of being gracious.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  72. Robin

    Jack, she should but she has done so much damage and caused so much divide, and you in the press pumped it up, that you have crazy people willing to vote for McCain out of hatred, as she has been. We saw it Saturday.

    No, she won't because she has a sense of entitlement.

    But you supporters who want McCain, we are happy for you, so don't use that as any bargaining tool. No one cares, vote for McCain and then tell your kids why they should not be punished for doing something wrong or lose when you run a bad campaign.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  73. Chuck B Coastal NC

    I hope that see goes quietly..... for the party ,for the nation,I hope she goes quietly....

    June 2, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  74. Latha, OHIO

    I believe we'll be hearing Hillary say "Don't tase me bro!" at the Convention.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  75. Janet

    Jack,

    I hope she does, maybe she should not have waited this long, but I guess she was waiting for something big to happen, be it good or bad.

    It's time for her and her family to go home and have a well deserved break.

    She should accept defeat and throw her support behind Barack Obama, and start campaigning as soon as she can for the good of the Democratic party, heal all the wounds, only she can do this if she wants to....

    Jan
    Edmonton, Alberta Canada

    June 2, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  76. Mousse (Coconut Grove

    Even after all that has happened during these 15 months of campaigning,
    Hillary Clinton will always finish something with Grace.
    She has proven herself numerous times that she never gives up and that in the end, she loves this country. She will support and work on having the Democratic party unite.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  77. Joe in DE

    The real question is: will she go INDEPENDENT. Did Obama missed his opportunity to heal the rift?

    June 2, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  78. Micke

    Hillary will have to bow out gracefully when the time comes. As a lawyer, I believe she can reword the part about being "Defeated" to make her look like a winner in the end. I believe she has to leave honorably if the Clinton Legacy wants to stand untarnished.

    In the end, she will party until she's fallen down drunk, she will then grow a beard and finally, she will win the Nobel Peace prize as "Health Czar" in the Obama campaign.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  79. proud army and navy mom from TN

    she hasn't done anything resembling grace in a long time, why start now?

    June 2, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  80. D. - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    If she does, it will be for the best, but so far she hasn't shown that much integrity in this race. I hope that she will graciously concede and help unify this party for the general election by getting behind and putting in just as much effort (if not more) in backing Obama as she did with her own campaign.

    This would show that she is truly concerned about the party and is for unity within the party. We'll see.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  81. L

    If it were my birthday and I had a1wish, It would be that it is finally over. Please, please let it be!

    June 2, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  82. Liv

    Well, she should.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  83. AJ DE

    She probably will not but for the sake of the party and the country i hope she does

    June 2, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  84. James in Oregon

    Jack ,

    The woman has no idea what Grace means. The DNC is surely going to have to lay the smack down on this lady. I honestly look for her to commit political suicide.

    James
    Oregon

    June 2, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  85. Scott in Nebraska

    Although it is admittedly difficult to do based on her behavior this last month or so, we should still give her the benfit of the doubt and take her at her word that she will do her best to unify the party and back Obama soon.

    She had every right to finish the primary season based on how close this election process has been. If she DOES challenge the DNC or drag this out however, then she TRULY is in it just for herself.

    I may be in the minority amongst my fellow Obama supporters, but I think Barack SHOULD offer her the VP spot and do all that is possible to heal the wounds within the part.

    Obama 08

    June 2, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  86. Calvin-Chicago

    Jack,

    Are you serious? She will go like the Dukes in Trading Places, someone will say Hillary, Bill just passed out! She will say, forget him, turn those machines back on! Turn those machines back on!

    June 2, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  87. kim

    No, Hillary won't admit defeat
    She feels that she is entitled to this post, and will go down with a fight
    She has already said she will go all the way to the convention, and then some
    I would'nt be surprised if she takes this issue to the supreme court just as Bush would have when Al Gore decided for the "good of the country" that he would step aside instead of Florida doing a re-count
    By the way, how many votes were lost or destroyed

    June 2, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  88. sean in DC

    if she quit the race tomorrow night, and gave the kindest, warmest, most concilliatory speech ever heard, throwing her full support behind obama and urging her every last supporter to do the same, it *still* could not be called "graceful".

    why? because it should have happened a couple months ago. the mere fact that she has continued to wreck the democratic party for her own gain leaves ANY exit unqualified to be graceful.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  89. Dealt

    Do butter and water mix easily? Grace and Clinton??? What an unlikely couple...

    She'll go (if she does) like a character from a comic book (or terror, take your pick). Hanging on to a lampost as she's being dragged away, screaming "it's an injustice, yes, it is" like that personage with an egg shell on his head.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  90. cindy

    Never, she is really hoping something terrible will happen and the DNC will come running to her to save the day. She is not going to let something as trivial as the delegate count lose her the presidency. They will do anything, they've got something up thier sleeve...be careful Barack!!!

    June 2, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  91. Mary - Elkridge, MD

    Sen. Clinton will not leave gracefully. From the get go, she and Bill have acted like the Presidency is her entiltlement, that she is the only American who can be President. I personally believe we have many many many intelligent and brilliant citizens who can do the job as well. I also do not trust her one bit, as the "so called" division in the Dem party is largely due to the way she has run her campaign against Obama like a Republican. Maybe she should join the Republican party as she seems to campaign like them.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  92. tidho

    lmao, time came about a month ago.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  93. Karl in SF, CA

    She has reserved the right to give John McCain the White House at the Democratic convention. The broom is still in the closet, and the witch ain't goin' away.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  94. hope

    I hope she doesn't go quietly! Look at the polls, she may be behind in delegates but a large percentage of her voters say they would rather have McCain then Obama; so if Obama gets the nomination we can expect 4 more years of Bush policy in the white house because Obama can not compete with McCain.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  95. Zach Smith, East Troy, WI

    Jack, Hillary is first and foremost a Democrat, and thus most likely will bow out gracefully and campaign her heart out for Obama. However, Democrats ought to be concerned over Harold Ickes's comment regarding taking the Michigan results to the credentials committee at the national convention.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  96. Johnny

    Don't tase her bro!!

    June 2, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  97. Big Bill from Brooklyn

    Senator Clinton will exit gracefully. It is in her political enlightened self interest to do so. In the play Macbeth, there is a line of a traitor that,
    "Nothing became his life like the leaving of it." The explanation of that line, I understand, is that at his end the Thane who was executed for treason died with honor, clarity and grace. I dare say that when her speech is concluded, even Hillary bashers will say:"Nothing became her life like the losing of it." And so it goes.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  98. T.Sims, Los Angeles

    The Time has come and gone .
    We are now in Tripple Overtime.. :)

    June 2, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  99. Dave in Europe

    No way Jack, She will appear to exit gracefully, but it'll only be another calculated move to get herself into the White House either a) through the VP door or , b) through the front door in 2012 after she submarines Obama in the '08 general election. Sound too cynical? Perhaps but ask yourself: after all the Clinton shenanigans over the years, what twisted logic would drive us to start trusting her now?

    June 2, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  100. Diallo

    As democrat in the united stat of America she most Shame on her, let me aske you Jack if does Obama was in the situation where she stand today nobody or lauyer could help Obama to urge the DNC to put commission for the Florida and Michigan vote .We are not in the midle age whit does complexe.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  101. Preston of Denver, CO

    At this point I wouldn't be surprised if she kept disputing Obama's victory through the end of the general election.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  102. Ed, Santa Fe NM

    With an ego as big as her butt, it's hardly likely Hillary can do anything gracfully, let alone shut up and and go away. Her time for being graceful about losing the nomination has LONG passed. Now she's just being a pain in the ass and hurting the Democratic Party.

    Every lie, every whining complaint, every nasty comment about Obama, and every distortion of the facts by her and her staff have convinced me this woman is NOT presidential material.

    Hillary is dishonest and not a fair player. And her lingering on and on and on smacks of megalomania. Too bad she felt entitled to the nomination. Perhaps if she had not, she would have thought out a viable campaign strategy and hired the right people. Instead, she's $30M in the hole because she goes on and on and on.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  103. Paula in Albuquerque

    i have no idea. If she chooses not to, it should make for interesting television viewing!

    June 2, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  104. Don in Florida

    Yes she will because of Pelosi and Reid's pressure. IF she doesn't she will cause a negative backlash from within the party. Plus, her legacy (or what's left of it) is in serious trouble and she will have to help Obama win to shore that back up.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  105. Chuck in Minnesota

    I am sure she will though for the life of me I don't know that I could after the insulting treatment she has gotten from the hands of the press and the Obama campaign's talking heads.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  106. Micahel Guinn, Ventura, CA

    Jack,
    The time for that has come and gone. She has removed any chance at gracefulness and her hateful supporters have disgraced her and the Democratic party with their sour grapes and McCain signs.
    She will NEVER be President. She's seen to that!

    June 2, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  107. George

    Yes Jack she will go gracefully, she doesn't need any more of your help finding the door. I'm sure that she will let all of her supporters know how much she has appreciated their help, but don't expect to hear from her personally Jack, she will save that for another time, and there will be another time . So since she won't be speaking to you at this time, let me tell you a few things on my own. I hope you are around in 4 more years Jack, and get to experience the great big "I told you so" stuck up your nose. I personally had a better place for it, but not allowed to get nasty on the net, so get your laughs now oh pal, because in a few years you will be asking yourself " what did I just get myself into", but we will be around to remind you that because of people like you who know so much better than any of the rest of us do. Lets see who gets the last laugh!

    June 2, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  108. Nancy, Tennessee

    Hillary Clinton would have been the best nominee for the Democratic party, but now she is at the end of the road. Just too many obstacles to overcome. Now our only choice for President is Barack Obama or John McCain. I believe we made some wrong turns somewhere to get to this last "Y" in the road.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  109. Philip, North Florida

    I'm hoping beyond hope that Hilliary stays in and fights this thing Clinton style. It's been the most exciting thing about the election this year. The American People have a very short attention span, and I for one can't bear another 6 months of political ads, political phone calls, and watching the two talking heads of John and Obama bash each other over issues American's don't really care about. If she gets out, I'm switching my television to the Honeymooners and leave it there until November.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  110. Bill, Wake Forest NC

    Why stop now, Jack? Just because the campaign is downsizing doesn't mean she can't parade around claiming the popular vote lead, and appeal the RBC decision on MI and FL.

    She's already made it perfectly clear this is all about the Clintons first then the Democratic party. Also, she's already decimated their self-respect and standing in the party with her antics – so, honestly, what does she have left to lose?

    June 2, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  111. Jamie Kankakee, IIlinois

    Even if she leaves gracefully, we know behind the scenes her folks will do whatever necessary to keep this thing unresolved. Much in the way her spokesman (Ickes) and others are crying foul on the Michigan seating yet she is acting as if she's satisfied when the cameras are there. The fact is she came out in a much better position than Barack from the DNC's decision but you'd never hear that arguement being made. It's time for her to go!

    June 2, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  112. KD

    If she has any brain whatsoever she will stop now, whether it is conceding or suspending her campaign. If she takes it to the convention, it will only result in a backlash from superdelegates because she will be continuing to cause division.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  113. Helen from Mifflin County, PA

    "Never admit defeat! Always keep the door open for a surprise! Who knows what can happen!" That has been her philosophy all along, why change it now? At some point she may withdraw from active 'campaigning' due to financial problems, but she will never be caught saying the words, "I lost." She will disrupt the convention in Denver and she will seize every opportunity to point to a situation and declare how she would do things much better.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  114. Terrence (Winston Salem, NC)

    This was a waste of a blog, Jack. You, I and everyone else in America knows the answer to this one. If she were looking for a graceful exit, that sign has worn out from flashing.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  115. Peter B.

    If there is a time to bow out gracefully, it will be Tuesday night or the few days following the Tuesday primaries. She has always contended for several months now that every voter must have their say. This will happen as of tomorrow and this will be her one chance to bow out with some dignity still entact. The longer she drags this on after the end of this week, the worse it will be for her image both nationally and within the party.

    Peter
    Atlanta, GA

    June 2, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  116. Janie

    I certainly hope not! I hope she fights all the way to the convention. Obama is not fit to be the President of the Untied States after attending that racist church for 20 years.
    Janie in NC

    June 2, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  117. Steve Albus

    ON TO DENVER!!!!!

    June 2, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  118. Linda, Virginia

    Jack,
    No she will use a line that has worked before. She will say, it is this vast left-wing conspiracy that has been conspiring againt her since the day she announced she was running for president. She wants to appear as the victim, knowing she isn't and hoping public opinion of her will chance.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  119. Hope Miller

    If she doesn't bow out gracefully and fully endorse Obama for President, I would have to wonder about her judgment. It's one
    thing to be a fighter, it's another to be a sore loser. Time for her
    to read the handwriting on the wall, the people have spoken.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  120. Mary S. Lynn

    There has been nothing graceful about the way Ms. Clinton has run her campaign, in fact just the opposite has been true. Could there be anything clumsier and more cumbersome than threatening to "obliterate Iran" while simultaneously kissing babies and earnestly pledging her love, support and compassion for women and children, setting up a very dangerous scenario that makes it possible for the world to end with a bang and not a whimper? Mary, Green Valley, AZ

    June 2, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  121. Jim Olsen

    Jack,
    Grace is not a blue eye blonde. so I doubt it.....Grace is a gift given freely. We shall see!!

    June 2, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  122. Bob

    Her epitaph is going to say: "Still campaigning in 2008..." . I think in relationships they get restraining order at this point when a party refuses to admit things are over.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  123. Mike Berthold

    I cannot believe how misogynistic this campaign coverage has become; if Hillary Clinton's name were Donald Smith she would be applauded for her strong second place showing and for continuing until every last vote was counted.

    Instead she is lambasted for simply continuing a process and seeing it through to the end, as countless white politicians have been able to do in countless campaigns previously without penalty nor censure.

    What appals me is this notion that everything needs to be hurried – the message being that it's far easier to give up then to follow something through, to complete what's been started when the odds are stacked against you. Interesting lesson from a country that prides itself on beating the odds so often in it's often turbulent history.

    I shudder to think of the nomination process in twenty years, when the person who wins the first caucus in Iowa will call on all other candidates to drop out for the good of the party and to preserve party unity. It's only a matter of time, right?

    Mike Berthold
    Montreal, Canada

    June 2, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  124. Kellie, Philadelphia

    Although she may have been presumptuous in her initial planning strategy, I believe she's had enough time to plan an exit, but I doubt it'll be a graceful one. She will concede but not from any admission of her own concerning her campaign strategy. The media, sexism, the DNC, even Bill will serve as scapegoats for her negligence and underestimation of caucus power. That was her achilles heel. Oh, and that kitchen sink strategy didn't help either. The current political climate, after 8 years of George W, generally wanted anything but that.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  125. Janie

    Why should she! She won the popular vote! We Democrats used to believe in that.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  126. Kay=Arizona

    Typical....The Obama people say...ohhh we must have unity and yet they do and say everything they can think of to treat Senator Clinton badly. She might ignore it but believe me....Us Hillary supporters are not. Ive never seen a moment that Hillary has not been gracious and devoted to her country and family.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  127. Martin from Florida

    Even though she was a little divisive and stiring up trouble among Democrats for the past couple of months, I think Senator Clinton will go out gracefully. She will do so because I know she loves this country and she will have the consolation of knowing that she put up a hell of a fight. These two candidates love America and it's people and have made this Primary season the most exciting and passionate Democratic Primary to date. Obama or Clinton/ Obama and Clinton will be good for the Country. The last President to get us out of a Financial mess was a Democrat and I really think it's time for change. Go Democrats!!

    June 2, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  128. dennis hunter

    It is the surprise we will all have to see?????????

    June 2, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  129. Jacques Chevron

    A graceful exit would be a nice surprise. She, as other bloggers have written "would admit defeat."

    I doubt this will be gracious, however. At this moment, far from admitting to the obvious, she is engaged is very fuzzy maths about vote count. She seems very convinced by her own arguments that, for instance, votes casted for her in a state in which her opponent wasn't even on the ballot shoule be counted as hers. Should I remind you that she originally agreed to not count Michigan and Florida votes.

    There is no grace in specious arguments.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  130. Cheryl, Westfield, MA

    I'm not sure she'll go out voluntarily at all, but if she does, it won't be gracefully. She'll try to turn herself into a martyr – self sacrificing for the "party good". It'll be easier for her to stomach her loss that way. For whatever reason, she and her supporters cannot see that she lost the election. The presidency was hers to lose, and that is exactly what she did. She was a household name, Obama a virtual nobody. She should take a good hard look in the mirror to help her understand why. I'm a 40 something [feminist] white woman, who would dearly love to have a woman in the oval office, but not one so amoral as HRC has proven herself to be throughout the course of this primary.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  131. Mary Elder

    Jack,

    I think the Obama supporters are missing something – for a lot of Hillary's supporters (and that is around 1/2 of Democratic voters) it is not necessarily the attitude of Obama but of his supporters (including you in the media) that is making it hard for us to want to vote for him. Instead of asking how gracefully Hillary will "go" you might ask how gracefully Obama's backers will be. I suspect not very if the above comments are any clue. I'm not sure when it will sink in that they'll need us to beat McCain.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  132. RH

    Hillary will be standing right behind Obama at the inauguration but in front of Michelle and the kids saying "I object!" and looking for some rule to change, some new calculation to display, and recounting caucus voters she didn't include in her popular vote claim.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  133. Gilbert

    I was a long time Clinton supporter until the real Hilliary came out. I would hope that she would drop out with GRACE and get behind President Obama and that all of her supporters would do the same to make sure that Sen. McCain would be sent home with George.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  134. Bob

    What ever happened to admiring people who don't quit in the face of adversity?

    Do you think Obama, would turn tail and run when things didn't look like they were going his way?

    If you answer is yes, my question is : "And this is who you want to be the leader of our country?".

    If your answer is no, then it's obvious you are just trying to stir up negative sentiment against the candidate you don't like; Shame on you Mr. Limbau... I mean Cafferty.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  135. Hope from Kentucky

    If she doesn’t bow out gracefully and fully endorse Obama for President, I would have to wonder about her judgment. It’s one
    thing to be a fighter, it’s another to be a sore loser. Time for her
    to read the handwriting on the wall, the people have spoken.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  136. Bjoerlingfan

    Jack,

    As much as I have been disgusted with the behavior of Senator Clinton these past few weeks, I have a feeling she will do the right thing. Remember, she is first and foremost a Democrat–a firey, ambitious Democrat, but a Democrat nonetheless. Also, she is a pure politician. She knows she cannot stop the flood of delegates going to Obama and she know that he'll reach 2,118 by the end of the week. At this point for her it's about saving face, going back to New York, and most importantly preserving her political career and her legacy. How will she do this? She will do it by congratulating Obama, thanking her supporters, and throwing her full support behind Obama and encouraging all of her supporters to do the same.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  137. Matt Callaway in Omaha, NE

    I've been an Obama supporter since the fall of 2007. I always said that I would vote for Senator Clinton if she won. I think I've given her less credit than she deserves because I've attributed the attitudes of her alleged supporters to her campaign.

    Given the raw emotion being shown by Clinton supporters for the last month or so, I think she had to press on – per their insistence – or risk losing the block to the Republicans. It will take the perfect touch even from her to convince her own supporters to support Barack Obama.

    She definitely has the power to push her supporters over the edge but only a chance to get them back in the Democrats' corner. I'm hoping she does the latter, but I'm not sure if anyone can calm them down at this point.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  138. Tammy Stansell

    Jack-
    It would be nice to believe she will bow out gracefully, admit defeat, and support the Democratic ticket in the fall. Realistically, I have severe concerns that this will happen. The time to be gracious has already passed, and I fear her stubbornness, unyielding, and divisive nature has already caused such a rift within the party that it will be a miracle if it is repaired by the fall. I have waited since 2002 for an apology regarding her vote that gave President Bush the power he needed to go to war in Iraq, and I am still waiting. Plainly, I'm not sure she has it in her heart to do so. Just so you know where I'm coming from, I am a middle aged white woman, I voted (regrettably) for Bill Clinton twice. I think she has issues with fairness and reality. If I knew then what I know now, I would not have voted that way and I am sorry. At least some of us can swallow hard and admit our mistakes and go on. I can only hope that she was sincere in her statements to support the party, we desperately need a positive change, but I'm not willing to put on a bet on it. The perils the American people and the world community are facing have become absolutely insurmountable.

    Tammy from Dunedin, Florida

    June 2, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  139. Bill in New London, CT

    It is beginning to look like that is the case. Even some of her own supporters are saying its time to get out. It looks like Tuesday night will be a concession speech, and then she will ride off, alone and saddened, into the sunset. But there are questions. Does this sudden decision to quit signify a deal has been cut? Is it VP? What other deal could it be? Did her last ditch effort to capture superdelegates seem to be failing, so she gave in? Will she really give it her all campaigning for Obama if she's not the VP? Don't worry Jack, there will still be plenty for all of us to discuss 24/7 straight through to November.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  140. J. Thompson

    Hillary Clinton does not understand the meaning fo defeat. I'm sick to my stomach with all of her shananagans in this race already. I truly believe – if it was the other way around – Obama would have been written off a long time ago..

    Hillary please let it go – the people of america are so done with you and your campaign. I wonder if Bill and Hillary were ever good at playing spin the bottle – they can sure put a spin on things when they want too!

    No More Drama For Obama 08
    Lets go Barack

    June 2, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  141. MANDY, California

    Jack,

    Personally I find it very telling that the majority of people do not think she will bow out gracefully once Obama has secured the number of delegates he needs. And I agree with them.

    It must be sad for Hillary to know that people think of her that way. But then, she hasn't shown any grace before this and her continued fight to the convention only proves what people think of her.

    Divisiness seems to be her goal and she is succeding. I am not sure that even her support for Obama will heal the divide that she ahs generated as her supporters will simply feel she was "forced" to do it.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  142. Patrick Thomson - Orlando, Florida

    Jack,

    The short answer is: no. I wish I could say otherwise; however, from what I have seen this primary cycle, I believe Hillary wants it too badly and, consequently, will not exit gracefully.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  143. Bill

    If Clinton goes gracefully, it will certainly surpirse me. She's done nothing else gracefully in this campaign. She's been derisive, divisive, and dissembling. She calls it hard-ball politics. She calls it showing us that she's tough. I call it Bush-style politics. I call it mean-spirited. I call it bad for the Democratic Party and the nation. It'll be good to see the back side of her. We dodged a bullet; Clinton would have made a very pad president, as indicated by the bad strategies and tactics she employed and the woeful mismanagement of her campaign.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  144. NickSanDiego

    Jack

    I seem to be having a technical problem here. My Computer won't let me type Grace and Clinton in the same sentence without crashing. I will just have to say NO!

    Nick
    San Diego CA

    June 2, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  145. Mary

    The deadline expired some time ago for her to bow out gracefully. At this point it's such an embarrassment, I have decided to be an independent-How about that –Lou Dobbs, It's Independence Day! :-)

    June 2, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  146. Raymond Duke/Gatesville,Tx.

    Unless they are going to run Chelsea as a democrat in the near future why should she want go away and be nice to a party that has betrayed her. If Obama was to get lucky and win , she is dead in the water. If McCain wins and picks a good vp and the economy turns around she loses. People say you should be a good sport if you lose . Does anyone remmeber the loser Hell no, they remmeber the winner. She is playing for the top job, win , when they get down in the dirt like Obama and his campagin, the DNC and the media, do as Bill said "get down in the dirt with them" everything goes.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  147. Elizabeth in Illinois

    I would hope that she can find it in herself to bow out gracefully, for the good of her party, her family and her future career.

    Besides, Clinton's campaign has an enormous debt to pay back as it stands today. A protracted fight would only dig the hole deeper, if that's possible.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  148. Shawn (Lexington, KY)

    Jack,

    If she had wanted to bow out graciously, she would have done so at least a month ago, rather than beating a dead horse. It's apparent that hubby and her over-paid staff haven't sat her down and told her that she's driving a stake into her political career and any potential future gains.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  149. Paul

    Jack,

    It is too little too late for that. She continues to divide the party, knowing full well that an Obama loss in November opens up another chance for her in 2012 and gives her a chance at an “I told you so”. We all knew, including her, that mathematically this was officially over on May 6th, if not sooner. She should have rallied then to get the party back together. Only Mike Huckabee can understand why in the world she did not bow out "gracefully" before now...

    Paul
    Boston, MA

    June 2, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  150. Juan from Los Angeles

    Heck no Jack!!! She's a hypocrite and two-face and I'll tell you why. While she puts on a show about party unity and this and that in the background she has her goons like Ickes, Wolfson and the femenist movement belittling Obama and threatening to vote for McCain. This is even more evident when you go to her official website. Her blog is full of these hatred and they feed of each other. What is even more sickening is the moderators shut down or moderate any Clinton supporter who is in favor of party unity. Just go ahead and look at them.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  151. Piero

    I hope she does, and I will give her the benefit of the doubt until she shows otherwise.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  152. Jon in Columbus, Indiana

    The time for her graceful exit has long passed. Her supporters have only become more intractable and uncontrollable as she pushed on. Forget graceful, for her exit to even be useful she'll have to turn her supporters around and apologize for damaging the party.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  153. Debbie in LA

    Jack:

    She may go quietly on the surface, she will keep her options open, and we will hear from her and her camp again. Her supporters need to realize that even if she got what she wanted out of Michigan, it would not have been fair for Obama and the voters of Michigan., she would stll be behind. How does anyone think she can get 90% of the superdelegates? I don't think Obama will get that percentage. Sadly she and her supporters have damaged the party but hopefuly November will be a new day for our country, I am an Obama supporter but wish her well.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  154. Laidetea

    No Jack, she will not bow out gracefully.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  155. Edwin

    She should her supporters Saturday were like mothers who child just broke the law and are mad at at the sentencing Michiagan and Florida votes would have counted fully if they would have followed the rules. Because she will have outside pressure from the DNC this is over by Wednesday.

    June 2, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  156. Jon Auer

    Will she go Gracefully. You bet she will. It is to Her advantage to look like the person doing what is best for America! Why would she do otherwise. It would kill her political life after this year if she did not.

    Its a no brainer for her.

    Jon Auer, Nashville, Tennessee

    June 2, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  157. Ed Klapak

    Jack,

    Yes. This is the party the Clinton's helped build and they will not destroy it.

    June 2, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  158. Darren S.

    Not sure about admitting defeat but if she wants any chance of salvaging her political career, she needs to think long and hard about how long she drags this out.

    June 2, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  159. Rick B

    I'll put it as eloquent as I can. Ummmm, NO :)

    June 2, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  160. dan bostdorf

    Senator Clinton is a consumate political professional. Of course she would leave gracefully. But the superdelegates still have the power to allow her to stay. And they should. The question really is: will Obama and his supporters leave gracefully if the super delgates do the right thing and pledge support to Hillary?

    June 2, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  161. Marc Philadelphia, PA

    I cannot remember if it was John Stuart, Stephen Colbert or SNL who quipped that they anticipated seeing Clinton campaigning at Obama's inauguration!

    June 2, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  162. Wayne Phillips

    I won't believe that she will bow out gracefully until she actually does so. She hasn't been gracious throughout this entire process. She says she has the popular vote but she does not. All of the scenarios, even the one's posed by CNN require Obama getting 0 votes in one or more states, whether it be 0 votes from MI or 0 votes by not counting any of the caucus states.

    There are no states where Obama would realistically get ZERO votes. Even in WV and KY he got votes. So, even at this late stage of the game she is willing to tell lies and CNN have no problems helping her perpetuate this lie. Only Tim Russert challenged Harold Ikes on their claim of the popular vote.

    So, she wont bow out gracefully but Obama and the Democratic party will need to move on.

    Man..it would be great of 30 Supers came out today so Obama could cross the line tomorrow. This race has been over for months now.

    June 2, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  163. Mat

    Of course she will bow out gracefully. She is smart enough to know that she has nothing to gain by kicking and screaming all the way to the convention. She has a senate seat to maintain, her place in the party, and heck maybe another run at the presidency. That and she is a member of the democrat party and she knows that we can't afford to be split. I just don't see her ruining the party like that and ruining herself as well. Clinton knows that after the last primaries there will be a winner, and if not by the pledge delegates then by the super-delegates.

    June 2, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  164. Andrew, Kalamazoo, MI

    No of course she won't, just looks at how she has behaved troughout the campain. Also even if she says she will don't believe her, after all you can't trust a Clinton, only a Obama.

    June 2, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  165. Irfan

    Only if Doc Brown lends her his De Lorean time machine and she travels back in time.

    June 2, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  166. John Jenkins

    Jack, Hillary will not go quietly. Her ego won't let her. The Clintons have always pounded out the last mile even in a losing cause. Gotta admire the grit, but even a hyena knows when it's licked.

    June 2, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  167. Von

    Jack, does a dog meow?

    Von from Loisiana

    June 2, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  168. Brenda of Saginaw ,Michigan

    Jack, only when pigs fly.

    June 2, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  169. Robert Goldberg

    When will Hillary bow out?

    After Barack Obama is sworn in as 44th president of the United States.

    June 2, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  170. Curt Carlson

    No, but we can pray that she does tomorrow night.

    June 2, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  171. David Wise, Plant City, Florida

    Jack,
    I hope she does, but as we have seen with this season what we hope happens and what we think should happen rarely do. I am an Obama Supporter and although I applaud Clinton for her attempt, but has long needed to get out. For the sake of the Democratic party she needs to bow out gracefully and then start repairing the damage she has done to Obama.

    June 2, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  172. Kris Marshall

    When Hillary counts all those votes, does she include the Chaos votes of Rush Limbaugh republicans that crossed over and voted for her?

    June 2, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  173. Dustin from Dayton, OH

    Whether Hillary goes quietly depends on what her goals are.
    If she only cares about herself, and if she sees no political future for herself after this, then she might not go quietly at all.
    If she sees a future for herself in the senate or elsewhere, and if she cares about the party, which I suspect is true, she will quickly get behind Barack Obama.
    However, if she takes the fight to Denver, she will forever be labeled a hypocrite: She said for the longest time that FL and MI wouldn't count. However, when she thought it might help her, she suddenly flip-flopped and decided this was a state of emergency.

    June 2, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  174. Jon from Tempe, Az

    Unfortunately not Jack. Hillary Clinton is done! You may stick a fork in her she is cooked but she will pull the fork and and stick it in the Democratic party. she is in denial and will not accept the fact she is done. I think Pelosi, Gore, and Reid need to have a serious intervention talk with her.

    June 2, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  175. Nitin

    Jack,
    I'm pretty sure the time already came and went...a few months ago

    June 2, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  176. Marlene

    She is only making a fool of the Clinton family and showing how power hungry they really are. She is not going to go quietly. She will declare there is some conspiracy to keep her out of the oval office.
    I have lost all respect for her and for Bill since she is carrying on like she is.
    We should come together, she should step aside and admit that Obama has the nomination instead of bringing it all down to the wire with her silly math.

    June 2, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  177. Nancy in Atlanta

    The time has passed when a graceful exit would have been possible. Given her propensity for spinning facts, Hillary will likely declare victory even as her campaign ends.

    June 2, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  178. Regina

    Yes,....Yes,...Yes she will!!!

    June 2, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  179. Michael Wrabel

    I do not think Hillary will go out quietly. Although she has been defeated she still clings to a non existent hope for victory. I feel like an Obama Clinton ticket would be a safe play for the Democrats, but the way Hillary is acting is as if she wont accept anything but a presidential nomination when she should be clinging to whatever she can get.

    June 2, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  180. Kelly

    Whatever happened to the one vote per citizen rule with the outcome decided on who got the most votes? Super delegates do not represent American Democracy. Our political system is corrupt.

    June 2, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  181. Kevin Porter, Maryland

    First Hillary's argument was that she had more Superdelegates. Now its that she's leading in the popular vote. Trust that she has one more trick up her sleeve.

    June 2, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  182. Jergen NYC

    Jack

    She HAS to go now. I am a huge democratic supporter and I love Hilary, but her time to step down is now. With that big victory she can go with grace. It will not be clearer at any point that she SHOULD be on the ticket. Now it's up to him to make the right choice.

    June 2, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  183. Deborah Nelson

    Republicans for Obama hope and Pray that she will go peacefully...we are CHOMPING at the BIT to vote for OBAMA, but if she won't go, how can we? We will have to vote for McCAIN...what a SHAME!

    femaie republican for OBAMA!

    June 2, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  184. Laurel Jones

    If she does manage to bow out gracefully at this point, after all she's done so far, that will be a superhuman accomplishment. The question is not will she, but is it even possible?

    June 2, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  185. mistufem

    If this is all about the welfare of the electorates, and the entire citizen of this great country, the premise on which they all are running for the highest office, She would have backed down and support the frontrunner. It is obvious, this is all about her. And its a shame.

    June 2, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  186. Disappointed

    She will leave at some point but it won't be gracefully.

    June 2, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  187. Kevin in New Brunswick Canada

    All you heard last week from the clinton camp was how undemocratic some of the rules committee's decisions were, yet the same people want the superdelegates to basically reverse the will of the people. Talk about talking out of both sides of your mouth.

    June 2, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  188. marge

    no, she will not and the superdelegates and most of america is afraid to tell her to get out of the campaign

    June 2, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  189. Dom

    Jack:

    I believe it would best if Senator Clinton only suspends her campaign. Senator Obama is a mortally wounded candidate and it seems like it is taking a long time for you guys in the news media to figure it out. He has lost 5 of the last 7 contests since the Reverend Wright issue flared. SD and MT are next.

    Dom
    Denver, CO

    June 2, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  190. Matt, Dallas

    Jack, Let me think about that for a moment. NO!!!!

    June 2, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  191. Ray,Florida

    Jack,

    I think she'll admit defeat with a but!

    June 2, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  192. Chris Curiel

    Jack,

    Hillary Clinton is not a gracefull woman.
    So no; she will not leave gracefully

    jack;
    don't you have a more intelligent question than this

    June 2, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  193. Terri

    Has she done anything gracefully... She has caused alot of pain in division in the democratic party.. I don't think she knows how to.

    June 2, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  194. Wayne Phillips

    The media has missed for several months that Hillary knows this race is over. Her campaign now is for 2012. She needs and wants Obama to lose...or she wants something bad to happen to Obama.

    June 2, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  195. bob from wi

    JACK
    she reminds me of an old tire I had. I ran it until it went flat

    June 2, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  196. Bob

    What ever happened to admiring people who don't quit in the face of adversity?

    June 2, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  197. Mike in Alaska

    Jack, Clinton and the DLC aren't ready to admit what one analyst said during the RBC committee "It's no longer the party of the Clinton's, it is now the party of Barack Obama."

    June 2, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  198. Kyle Waddell

    Hilary needs to drop out tomorrow and support Obama. This campaign has seen the Democratic party split. I have talked to Hilary supporters who will vote for the Republican Candidate over Obama. She needs to get through to these people and push the Democratic Party together as one.

    June 2, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  199. Steve (Independent)

    Her tenacity is one thing, but at the expense of her Party, that's quite another, and becomes self-serving.

    June 2, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  200. Peter van Wely

    Yes she will. She will fight and has fought while there is still a distinct possibility that she might be nomitated, but she will accept her defeat and back Obama when it is clear she is will not. Look at this long process positively from the democratic side: every stone has been turned on both candidates, not on McCain yet.

    June 2, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  201. Dan

    I am not voting for Obama – simply put, he lacks experience without Hillary.

    June 2, 2008 at 5:12 pm |