[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/02/25/art.clinton.ri.gi.jpg caption=" Sen. Hillary Clinton in Rhode Island."]
FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
There's a growing chorus of voices starting to call for Hillary Clinton to give it up.
In a Newsweek column called "Hillary should get out now", Jonathan Alter says if she wanted a graceful exit, now would be the time – before the Texas and Ohio primaries – to drop out and endorse Barack Obama. He says it would be the "best thing imaginable" for Clinton's political career, meaning it would set her up perfectly for 2012 if Obama loses. Alter says Clinton doesn't have a reasonable chance of winning the nomination, but he doesn't think she'll call it quits.
He writes: "The conventional view is that the Clintons approach power the way hard-core gun owners approach a weapon – they'll give it up only when it's wrenched from their cold, dead fingers."
Meanwhile, in another tough piece, Robert Novak asks who will tell Hillary Clinton that it's over, that she can't win the nomination and the sooner she gets out of the way, the better the chances her party will beat John McCain in November.
Novak writes, quote: "Clinton's burden is not only Obama's charisma but also McCain's resurrection. Some of the same Democrats who short months ago were heralding her as the "perfect" candidate now call her a sure loser against McCain, saying she would do the party a favor by just leaving."
Here’s my question to you: Is it time for Hillary Clinton to admit defeat and quit the race?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
It doesn't bother me that she would wait for Texas and Ohio. However, her mood swings have me question her mental state. How rude to "talk down" to another adult by saying "shame on you"… We need someone with dignity and a little class. Please, stop giving her a performance stage! It's a bad act!
Vinnie from New York writes:
Jack, Let's see how Hillary does in Texas and Ohio. If she can win by double digits in both states then it will give her campaign a new heart beat. Mr. Novak should write about something he understands, which is nothing.
J.C. from Raleigh, N.C. writes:
Jack, Why should Hillary drop out if she's, as her campaign claims, raising $1 million a day? Think how many consultants, posh hotels, caterers, pizza shops, and Dunkin' Donuts franchises can still make a bundle. Hillary's
Lex from Stone Mountain, Georgia writes:
I saw Clinton giving a speech earlier, where she actually mimicked and mocked Obama like a 6th grader. She shows no signs of bowing out with grace.
David from San Bernardino, California writes:
No, Hillary needs to stay in the race to the very end! How would it look if the first real female presidential candidate just quit the race? Women would continue to be perceived as weak and not emotionally qualified to be president. Women are strong and smart and just as qualified as any man!
The fat lady is singing. Can't you hear her? For the good of the party, Hillary should step aside. Her campaign strategy only went as far as Super Tuesday because she assumed she would be the nominee. Sometimes things just don't work out. Her time has come… and gone. For this cycle anyway.
Absolutely. But she won't quit until the writing on the wall is written with the Democratic Party's blood.
Jack, You’re nuts. Heck no! I think you should drop out… of your job!
jack, absolutely, she is destroying her party and trying to tear this country apart with her negative campaigning, everyday she stays her negatives are on the rise and she hurts her future political prospects by sticking around!
Absolutely. But she won't quit until the writing on the wall is written with the Democratic Party's blood.
No, she sould wait for Texas, Ohio, Vermont and Rhode Island to have their say on March 4th. That way she can gracefully bow out and take all of her excuses and rhetoric with her leaving behind a fading campaign and all her empty promises while Americans prepare to embrace real change.
Why should she ? Why doesn't Obama drop out ? She has just as much chance to win this (If not better) than he does. She's up slightly in Texas & way up in Ohio, Penn & RI and she leads in NC. Shes only back by 69 delegates. Neither of them will have enough before the convention anyway and then the Michigan & Florida issues will have to be addressed. As badly as some would like to project, Obama is NOT a clear frontrunner in this campaign.
AFTER ALL THE LOW DOWN THINGS THE CLINTON CAMPAIGN HAS DONE IT WILL BE HARD FOR DEMOCRATIC TO TAKE BACK THE WHITE HOUSE IF HILLARY DOES NOT QUIT.
Hey, Jack, she certainly wouldn't think so.
I, on the other hand, think she should have dropped out when she placed third in Iowa, when it became obvious that her much-touted popularity was so much smoke.
"i told him. you told him. it took a nipponized bit of the old 5th avenue el in the top of his head to tell him" (e.e.cummings)
It HAS been time for Hillary to drop out .... for some time now.
She is only thinking of herself and her self seeking entitlement to the Presidency.
If she was so concerned for her party and beating McCain in November.....she would exit gracefully (as gracefully as she can after all the chaos she and Bill have injected into this Primary) and support Barack....thereby solidifying the party (instead of tearing it apart) and furthering our chances to bring a Democrat into the White House.
Even if she pulled a "John Edwards" and just picked up her ball and went home, without endorsing Obama......it would still help the Democratic Party. Her devisive tactics, spin, lies and Clintonian dirty tricks are putting a deep wedge in the party.
Yeah, this is the end game of the media's plans to push Hillary out, nominate Obama, and then ambush him in the Fall campaign. And it will work – McCain will landslide by the time the republican media smear machine gets done with Obama.
Sadly, it doesn't matter whether Hillary drops out now, or waits. She, and other Dem candidates who could have won in November are all pushed aside now, in favor of the one who is unelectable. Dems deserve to lose again, for being so gullible.
no. one stupid comment or histerical laugh can ruin a candidates bid for any office. if she loses the next 4 staes then it is time to the of what is best for the american people over their personal goals.
WHY do you hate her so much, Jack. Everyday you attack her. You never ask if its time for Obama to back out?? Why don't you compare the flier the Obama people mailed out with the TRUTH, why not ask In Obama, who in December 2007 criticized spending by independent groups as a "major loophole in campaign finance reform.” But yesterday in Ohio, Sen. Obama refused to criticize a significant, last-minute outside expenditure organized on his behalf.
Put HIM on the coals a little, Jack, it's only fair.
Mrs. Clinton should drop out and the sooner the better. Did she act presidential the other day by showing her anger? Is this the type of leader that we want sitting in front of the world? She must think she is his mother saying shame on you. Is she good for America and give us a chance to have a future in the world? She and her husband are power hungry and when their tested, this is the way they react even though they have done more than any other group to sling mud, with a rock hidden in the middle of the mud ball. For the loyal Hillary fans, in the words of Ron Paul; "Just think about it!"
I hope Hillary hangs in there till I'm done with Obama's book, "The Audacity of Hope." He doesn't think that the American people expect their government to do all that much, page 7. He doesn't think our New Deal programs go along with a globalized world, page 38. He seems to approve of "the need to raise money from economic elites to finance elections." I'm stunned by what I've read so far, and I want her to stay in.
Is this a trick question, Jack?
Of course she should quit. Heck, she never should have gotten into the race.
I actually saw her giving a speech earlier, where she actually mimicked and mocked Obama like a 6th grader. She shows no signs of bowing out with grace. This woman is not sincere, didn't mean any of the things she said at the debate. Jack- how much you wanna bet Hillary has none of these accusations during the debate. FOUR YEARS? I'm already tired of Hillary Clinton.
Let us give Clinton the hard won opportunity she so rightly deserves to save face. What would be best for her and the Democratic party is if she performs a tactical redeployment in preparation for a future Presidential run.
It doesn't bother me that she would wait for Texas and Ohio. HOWEVER...her mood swings have me question her mental state. How rude to "talk down" to another adult by saying "shame on you". Isn't that plagarism from Bill Clinton? That ridiculous "shame on you" he used to say. Who do they think they are? Besides, Obama is correct...Clintons sold out our jobs and military secrets years ago. And her "mocking" Obama the way she did is absolutely atrocious!
We need someone with dignity and a little class...Please, stop giving her a performance stage! It's a bad act!
No, Jack, as the CNN ticker says she holds the lead in Ohio polls; however, I won't vote for her (this time anyway)!
I AM A FEMALE FROM MARMADUKE ARKANSAS
I DO FEEL IT IS TIME FOR HILLARY TO PACK UP AND GO BACK TO NEW YORK (NOT ARKANSAS) BAD ENOUGHT HER HUSBAND IS FROM AR. WE NEED A NEW FRESH CHANGE FOR OUR FURTURE, AFTER ALL WE HAD ALREADY EXPERIENCED THE PAST (NOT GOOD) SO FOLKS// LETS TRY YHE FUTURE. AND PLEASE LET HER SHOW HER BETTER SIDE, NOT THE MUD SIDE
No Jack! Hillary Clinton is not a defeatist and that is commendable.
Mary Jo in Chicago, Illinois
This idea of back room dealing and trying to force candidates out of the race "for the greater good" is despicable. Elections are about letting people vote and voice their political opinions. Last time I checked, this election wasn't over yet. Regardless of the effects, it's important to let people have the chance to participate in these elections. To cut them out does more to divide the parties then unite them around one candidate.
Hillary has become more desperate each day and is aiming both barrels at Obama in hopes of grasping at the last rung of the ladder. Stick a fork in her she is finished.
Yes it's time that she bows out & show some dignity. She can't beat the Republican Nominee because of her vote for the war & for NAFTA i & others wish she would graciously bow out.
Ever since I started earning a paycheck, and saw my personal tax bill, I've been a Republican (that's more than 30 plus years now). But I've come to realize that there are two types of taxes: the visible amount that is identified as taxes, and the hidden costs of our country going into deep debt (both financial debt and reputation debt). Bush has actually increased our taxes when you think about it that way.
Hillary should bow out soon, and retain the small amount of dignity she has left. As for setting herself up for 2012, I don't believe in Dynasties in America. Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton would be thoroughly unpalatable, and more than the country can afford in many respects.
Bob in Pittsburgh, PA
The fat lady is singing . . . can't you hear her? For the good of the party, Hillary should step aside. Her campaign strategy only went as far as Super Tuesday because she assumed she would be the nominee. Sometimes things just don't work out. Her time has come . . . and gone. For this cycle anyway.
Yest Pant Suit Peggy needs to go on and lets get down to the nitty gritty of a 2 candiate race. Ron Paul, Ralph Nader and Hang around Huck need to drop out.
In a word, YES! Presidential 101: Thoughtful diplomacy, respect for others and dignity are admired qualities. We are a representative government, and I don't want a hot tempered, gutter brawling, mood swinging president meeting world leaders on my behalf.
YES, it is time for Hillary to fold up her campaign. She is becoming quite an embarassment for not only herself but for America! She seems against democracy itself: anti-crowds, anti a people's movement, anti-hope, anti-inspirational leadership, anti-hope, anti-Obama's inter-party alliances, anti-new politics, anti-working together with all (independents, Republicans and Democrats working together)–all the things that Democrats should have been proud of for the coming election. She clearly lacks the vision to see or appreciate the bigger picture. Anachronistic, you might say! Or worse, selfish individuality!
In the words of George Bush, " I believe what I said yesterday. I don't know what I said, but I know what I think, and, well, I assume it's what I said."
Jack, I think she should quit since it's not helping her anyways. Her lead is shrinking day by day in all the states. It's better to quit at the right note rather than the humiliating defeat. Time is just not in her campaign's favor!
Yes she's is ruining the party
There is no way she can capture the nomination outside of decisive wins in Texas and Ohio, which won't happen. Her campaign is making mistake after mistake. Rather than being presidential, she is playing dirty schoolgirl politics. I feel like I'm watching an episode of Little House on the Prairie where Nellie Olsen is running for class president, giving out candy to win votes, then when that doesn't work she's locking her opponent in the closet. People like that don't step aside, they have to be dragged out kicking and screaming.
Here you go again, the talking heads! It sure would have been interesting to see how the campaign would be without all of the biased media attention. NO! Let the primaries continue as are scheduled with Sen. Clinton included. I think the whole primary process is a sham. We should have a national primary in January with all candidates on the ballots and only registered party members eligible to vote. The top 2 candidates from each party move on to an April national primary day where the winners of each party are the candidates for that party in November. Then the race would be much more interesting trying to get all the independents to decide how to vote.
Bill Clinton, Hillary's closest adviser if she would become the President (God I hope not), said publicly when Bush invaded Iraq: "Am I the only Democrat that likes what President Bush does?" Should we listen to him any longer and support Hillary who is seeking stardom for herself as the President and glorifies her abilities with the well liked Bill Clinton administration during his reign despite his impeachment, The numbers games that the administration then played have been erased by now with a deficit of billions instead of the balanced budget then. Hillary has not taken on this issue at all except taking credit for it. The Healthcare issue is worth talking about but is it a crisis? No. There are many other critical issues which she is not talking about. Anyway her plan will be haggled over by the lawmakers she will not have the last word even as the president. So vote yes we can for Barack Obama.
(This is from Lawrence, Kansas.)
I liked Hillary's witchey style this weekend. Sarcasm and outrage become her. Unfortunately, I don't appreciate the substance of what she said and did, namely, trash optimism and attempt to link Obama to Karl Rove. Horrors, no Democrat deserves that insult.
Clinton's recent glimmer of grit isn't enough. She's changed her message so many times that we don't know who the REAL Hillary is. Time to put all those multiple personalities to bed. Give it up, Hil.
Let's see how Hillary does in Texas and Ohio. If she can win by double digits in both states then it will give her campaign a new heart beat. Mr. Novak should write about something he understands which is nothing...
C.I., New York
Is it time for Hillary Clinton to admit defeat and quit the race?
It is time for Hillary to pull out and call for the party to unite behind Obama. But she won't – not until after next week's primaries when the fat lady finally sings.
John Lundin in San Diego
It is VERY evident that she should have dropped out weeks ago after numerous defeats.
Yes she needs to drop out, and replace Harry Reid. She does not have the temperament for the Presidency. Twice during the last debate with Obama, Hilllary used words and mannerisms "borrowed" from both her husband, and John Edwards. She appeared to be reasonable in her statements. Over the weekend, she did a 180, and real Hillary escaped in such a demanding and non-presidential mode, my thoughts were that if she goes much further, it would be "X" rated. Biographical writings have validated that factor in full detail. I hope she takes her meds before the debate on the 26th, otherwise America may be regaled to the real Hillary with full blown expletives. I hope she doesn't completely go down in flames, she'd make a terrific immediate replacement for directionless Harry Reid. And if she wants to get even with Bush...what a helluva way to do it!
If Hilary can not accomplish a decisive victory in Texas AND Ohio it goes to prove that Obama's momentum is the unstoppable force. Winning both of these states can prove that she is the immovable object, and able to gain momentum to make this a tight race all the way to Denver.
Personally I hope Obama prevails because he has the cleanest slate in Washington since he is the youngest. The other candidates have been in Washington long enough to show you can elect them 1000 times and nothing will change.
No I don't think so, but I bet Obama does.
No Jack, Hillary should not drop out. The news media have made Obama into a rock star but this is only spin. The election is very close and Hillary is the "Roll Up Your Sleeves And Get It Done" candidate. If Hillary does drop out, Ralph Nader would be a great alternative. I would not vote for Obama because of his ties to this shady character, Rezco and his lack of knowledge of the issues. If the election continues Obama might learn a little information about the issues from Hillary. There are many questions about Obama but the news media will not ask them.
Don,t rush the democractic process. Let it play out and let the democracts decide who their nominee should be and not the crossover Republicans cheerleaders for Obama who are trying the manipulate the outcome for the under the direction of the master of deceit Karl Rove. The Republican strategy has been decided a long time ago that they would rather go against Barract rather than Hillary.
Wonder why? Probably because they know they can demonize Barrack more effectively than Hillary and thus maintain control of the White House for Republicans. Wake up American voters and don't be led down the same road three times in a row.
No,Hillary needs to stay in the race to the very end! How would it look if the first real female presidential candidate just quit the race? Women would continue to be percieved as weak and not emotionally qualified to be president. Women are strong and smart and just as qualified as any man!
See 3:15 pm comment.
The Obama people would love this,but, Hillary is only one hundred delegates from pulling ahead again. This figure isn't insurmountable, and the Clinton's are" NOT "ready to capituate,I hope? There are still some realistic people out there ready to poke some wholes in this messiah's (Obama )empty rhetoric. To put it blantantly, "he can't keep fishing without a hook or at least tieing some bait on the line"!!! Earl from Provincetown,Mass.
Why should she? After all the work and time she has put into this campaign, she has every right to see it through. Seen the polls lately?
Perhaps the question should be: Should Ralph Nader stay out? YES! I live in CT as does Nada, Dodd and Lieberman. Not one came close.
As for the accusation by Hillary accusing Obama of sending out false mail. It's been proven true by factcheck.org. Look it up. Every night there is a Hillary question which is negative. I suspect she has fought hard and what would you have to do Jack if Hillary got out? She keeps you in business.
I can't believe that Newsweek and the media are so jealous and negative on Hillary Clinton. These men are nothing but "male chauvistic men". Doesn't the media get it. She won California and New York and between these two States there are alot of people who agree with her platform and believe in her. Why is it that the media including yourselves are just bashing her everytime you can. Barack Obama sent two (2) hit pieces over the weekend against her and it seems that the media seems to be o.k. with that. This type of behavior shows how dishonest and distrustful Barack Obama is. I couldn't believe his answers on the question of the fliers that were passed around. Again, in Montebello, California these are called "Hit Pieces" and its downright dirty politics. The race is not over and Hillary is going to win the nomination whether the media likes it or not. Also why are all of you making such a big deal about the Superdelagates, including Barack Obama, these Superdelagates are chosen by the people. We the people entrust them to make the right decision. The only reason the media and Barack Obama's camp is making a big deal is because he does not have the majority of the Superdelagates and I am sure they are very concerned about this. Hillary has proven herself as a great Senator and needless to say alot of experience behind her – especially being the wife of our great past President, Bill Clinton, who by the way is very much respected and loved by the people. We had a great economy when he was President and there was Peace in the World. Thanks, Maria
Why should Hillary drop out if she's, as her campaign claims, raising $1,000,000.00 a day? Think how many consultants, posh hotels, caterers, pizza shops, and Dunkin' Donuts franchises can still make a bundle. Hillary's campaign spending might help spark an economic recovery!
Pass the butter please...Hillary's toast
Mathematically, it is over for Hillary. She just needs to accept that as fact, and not ficition. She will learn nothing from victory, but will learn everything from her defeat.
Don't underestimate the power of momentum coupled with a big media push. If she gets big wins in Texas and Ohio, we could be in for a tight race.
Jack, since being 0 for 1o and later 0 for 11, the question had been what could Hillary do to stem the tide of her string of losses. As an avid CNN fan, I have heard a million and one reasons and postulations from all manner of experts on your shows. All wonderful. My take? Nothing. Why? Because, by no fault of hers, she has come up against a phenomenon whose time has come. Obama! It is not so much what she needs to do, but what he does. People are not listening to her anymore, no matter what she has to say. People are listening to him, no matter what he says.The only support she has left comes from some residual love carried over from Bill's years in office. Even those are fading by the second. She knows it but, blinded by her ambition, is scared stiff to acknowledge it. And she is angry. Where did this Obama guy come from. He was never in the equation. This was supposed to be a joy ride for. A formality. All gone awry. So, to answer your question, reality says, 'quit now'. But will she? No. The illusion that she may still bounce back is the only reason she will not. But will Hillary bounce back? Naaah. Trust me, not this time.
Yes Hillary should drop out now. If she wins the nomination she will galvinize the republican and the anti Hillary forces and probably cost her party the presidency. The democracy and the democrats would be better served if she decided to become the lioness of the senate and work to accomplish good work there. As a senator she could work without the shadow of Bill shrouding her every move as it would if she were in the white house. With her high profile she could be a spokesperson for the legislative side of the government and expose the hypocracy and fraud that has been living there. That would be a great legacy and a great service to this country.
Hillary Clinton’s poisonous attacks on Obama following last week’s debate (which ended with her foolish fake “love-in”) remind us of an angry, back-stabbing two headed/two faced monster. It is beyond frightening to think that she maintains an ounce of leadership and is capable of moving this country forward. The amount of governmental grid-lock that would take hold if she is elected would be immeasurable
After watching her strange behavior over the weekend, I am convinced that she should drop out. What we need is stable and confident leadership in the White House. Hillary has demonstrated that she has neither quality. How can she be proud to be on the stage with Obama and then move onto "Shame on you, Barack Obama?" Her poor judgement is not wanted.
I am a 50 year old republican woman who supports Obama. Listening to her scold him the other day all I could say was "shut the **** up". I felt ashamed; how adolescent. Then today I heard her sarcastic, mocking rant and I said she should feel ashamed because she sounds like an adolescent, not to mention unattractive and undignified; but most importantly not presidential. Until today I would have said she should stay in the race after that no way.
Yes, she should have quit after her closing comments in the debate last Thursday. Since then, she has managed to personally insult every Democrat who did not choose to vote for her, so why would any of us want to vote for someone in November who thought we were misguided and/or ignorant in February? It has reached to point of no return now–if she wins the nomination the Republicans will win in November, because there are too many Democrats like me who will NOT vote for Hillary Clinton under any circumstances.
Palm Harbor, FL
I don't think so. Obama and his supporters think they're on a roll, but I suggest that they don't get too confident. I've seen this type of situation before- with amateur poker players. They're having a good run, they've made a few good moves and they've even gotten lucky when they made a mistake. They start to think nothing can stop them, and they start taking more risks. Then, there's that one hand where they risk too much and they end up going home broke.
If Hillary wants the Democrats to take back the White House, she should do what's best for the unity of the party and bow out as gracefully as possible. If she hangs in there for too long, it will be all negativity - and the only ones who'll benefit from that - will be McCain and the Republicans.
You know what they say Jack, for every reaction, there's always an equal and opposition reaction. And after Obama's wins, he's due for an incredibly big equal and opposition reaction. This election isn't over.
I'm not sure that Hillary needs to drop out now. The democratic process should just be allowed to take its course. Besides, all the Democrats need to do to beat McCaine, is to mention hundred year pres... I mean war.
To use another's words "Hasta La Vista Baby!"
Is it OK now that it's in quotes Little Hill? Stop stealing your husband's lines while you are accusing Obama of doing the same from others. It's not lady-like.
Absolutely, it is time for Hillary to drop out. She has lost 11 straight. I don't even understand her motivations right now for continuing. She hasn't got a chance. Outside of spite and ill will towards Barack for clobbering her in this race. Unfortunately, she still hasn't learned from her mistakes. Being bitter and angry is not a good look for her, in addition it clouds your thinking.
Just my thoughts,
I respect Hillary for a great campaign but as you know there is a time and season for everything. Now is the time for Hillary to step side and maybe she could use Mitt's "in a time of war.... stuff to exit.
I think it is becoming an embarrasment for her at this point. Everyone knows she can not win the nomination so HRC please go in peace.
The party "ain't" over yet nor has the fat lady sang. Clinton can still pull this out and if she does, where does that leave the Democratic Party?
The Convention and Super Delegate vote the winner in.
of course, she has shown that she still doesn't know who she really is. the movie three faces of eve come to mind. she obviously is afraid to think or do for herself so why would she continue listening to the voices that have been so detrimental to her? another bad judgement call like the war in Iraq? if she doesn't bow out and see the writing on the wall, shame on her.
I can't wait to vote for a lady for President. Maybe next time one will run.
both parties are pandering to "NON CITIZENS" illegal immigrant's and all should be shown the door to the nearest prison!
I would love nothing more than for Clinton to bow out with the tiny shred of dignity she still has (which is now exceptionally tiny after some of her latest stunts). At the end of Thursday night's debate, I felt so good about the unity of the Democratic Party and I was optimistic about our chances in the fall. But this slash-and-burn tactic Clinton has been using over the past few days is really tearing the party apart. I really want to believe that Clinton will do what's best for the party, but it's seeming less and less likely every day.
Si! Ella Debe! (Yes She Should!)
Thousand Oaks Ca
While I believe that Hillary should drop out and that the Clinton campaign could become the basis for the textbook: "How NOT to Run a Campaign", I would rather see what happens on March 4th, as long as everyone has made the huge time and money investment in Ohio and Texas.
She has to win both Texas and Ohio by more than 10 points, and she knows it. Hillary is growing increasingly desperate with meaningless, negative attacks and misdirected anger. Her own reputation is suffering, and her chances for winning March 4th are growing increasingly slim. She should wait until after March 4th, and then bow out with as much grace as she has left.
Yep, it sure is time, Jack.
Unfortunatley, Hillary and some of her hard core supporters who think the White House is Hillary's "birth right," find themselves in an unpleasant place right now. That place is called DENIAL.
All of the numbers clearly state that she has to win the races in Texas, Ohio, & Pennsylvania by 20 points just to catch Obama. That simply will not happen.
Now, we're seeing a Jekel & Hyde Hillary – Humble one day, desperate and antagonistic, the next....
Will the REAL Hillary Clinton please stand up?
That's not the kind of person i want running my country.
It seems like the only person living in reality in her camp right now is Bill – he knows it's over if she loses Texas or Ohio – She will lose one of them.
Wow, you guys are really hard core Obama lovers!
Jack, did you see Saturday Night Live? They have your number. Showed your unwillingness to give Hillary fair and unbiased coverage! Why do you guys push an inexperienced Obama! He has no specifics at all. Wishing is not leading. CNN has not reported the news, it’s making the news up! Obama has nothing! Hillary Clinton is the only hope for change in the United States!
On the contrary, I feel it is time for you to quit pointing fingers at Hillary, and start pointing them at Barack. It is time for him to drop out. He has little or no substance, and is very arrogant as well. He was condescending towards Edwards, and equally so with Hillary, yet no one ever calls him on this.
You and the Clinton haters need to give it a rest. And stop the disgusting polls, which do nothing but hype up Barack. That glass ceiling is almost destined to remain intact if you and your media male buds have their way.
Don't let me have to say I told you so if he wins, and you start crabbing about him.
Mary in Florida
For the good of the Democratic party she MUST STEP DOWN NOW!!!
I can't believe all the dirty tricks that she is doing... she is going SO NEGATIVE that it makes me SICK AND MAD!!! I just want her to go away!
I would love to see Hillary drop out but I can't see that happening anytime soon. She reminds me of that last person who sticks around at a party you've thrown & doesn't get the hint even after you've yawned a few times & keep checking your watch.
As if Novak's unsolicited opinions about what's best for the democratic party were of any importance, having said that, yes, she should pull out, but only when the winner of the Texas and Ohio primaries are determined.
when is it for you jack, to determine she is through, she has to fight you and all the rest of the media, so i`m personally glad she is going down fighting, if it comes to that,since republicans are voting for obama in the primaries just to get him into the national election, and then they will vote for mccain, i personally know of people who do that! why can`t a canidiate bring up the negatives of their opponent without being crusified as being NEGATIVE! Let`s have obama step down!
Why should CNN pick our president, there are other states and people that do not likeIObama. If he is nominmated, I will write in a name.
Yes,Jack it is time that Clinton back Obama for the sake of the party! She has been divisive enough with all her negative campaign! However, I doubt she will do the honorable thing:Quit! Go Obama!
Let's put our socks on first before the shoes. March 4th will be a good litmus test for her campaign, and having her drop out while she still has a legitimate chance to capture the nomination is truly silly.
What is the rush to crown Obama. It seems the new media as well as the Republicans want to bury Hillary prematurely. The conventions should finalize the process for each party. The Republicans seem to have worked harder for Obama than for any Republican candidate so far. Why is that? Maybe it is because Karl Rove and the Republicans stategists determined months ago that their chances of maintaining control of the White House would be if Obama was the democratic nominee. The Republicans concluded when Rove resigned to intervene in the electoral process for the Republican minority that it would be much easier for them to demonize Barrack with the American voter in a general election than Hillary. The USA voter should recognize right now if Obama goes against McCain will win handily. Informed voters should not be led down this same road for a third time. Hillary is the best choice to turn this country in the right direction and solve long overdue problems for the country.
Hillary and the people that she appointed to be around her and represent her platform have completely bungled her campaign and her campaign finances. Is this how she will handle our economy issues?
I am becoming increasingly concerned about her mood swings and daily personality changes. We need stablility in our President.
It is time for her to think about the Democratic Party instead of her pride. She has lost it.
As people are saying, it is time for Hillary to quit. I agree with that, after seeing the picture that they have posted of Barack Obama in a traditional African costume. For someone who pretend to be experienced as she always says it, she should know that this is the way some country welcome their guesses, by either giving them their traditional food to eat, clothes to wear or play music for the guesses to dance. George Bush was seing on TV dancing Ndobolo, which is a dance that originated from the Congo. She musn't traveled when she was the first lady to know that, and this is the kind of experience she wants people to believe in. The fight is lost for her and like Mike Tyson who could not throw a punch at his challenger, went for the ear. She is out of amunition and is wanting to bite. Shame on her. The Amercan people are not dumb enough to fall for such a thing. Time is over for this old washington politic and Hilary show your supporter that you can be an example by showing them your tax return. For an experienced person, she should know that oil lobbyists are the number ones responsible of the wars in Africa, but she still take their money.
if hillary loses in texas and ohio, it's time to concede. if she wins, it's time to hold on tight and keep on trucking.
Obama's health care plan only covers children and would not lower cost of insurance for working families and he proposes raising the retirement age for social security. Families would be forced to insure thier children even if they could not afford insurance for themselves. Obama success was created by the news media and the news media has kept the story going with spin and analysis, but the facts are the election is very close and has remained close from the very beginning. There is no reason Hillary should quit now.
As much as I dislike Hillary as a future leader of this country, it is not time. She still has time to show who she really is. I am not yet convinced that she is the best for our country, where as I am more inclined towards Obama. For me she needs to talk to The American People as if WE were important, in a way that we feel We matter all the time and not what is perceived as "When She Really Needs Our Vote". The idea that if Texans fail to vote her in office that she will have to quit, that it is all on them... that is completely way out of line. She needs to convince America that she is better suited for the job than all other presidental hopefuls
Jack she has just as much a chance as Obama. Most of the ones
that are for Obama, know that Hliiary will do as good or better job
than the men have done, and that is what terrifies obama worshipers.
As an obama supporter I would love nothing more than to see her drop out. But not yet. She has a tremendous number of supporters around the country and I know they would be really let down if she were to quit without being able to see if her "firewall" can save her. Once it becomes obvious that the only way for her to get the nomination is by destroying the Democratic party, then it will be time for a gracefull bow out. Not before.
Senator Clinton should stay in the race and hold her ground. She should cut back on her angry rehtoric and focus on her policies though. She will be fine, at least for awhile.
Hillary, you go girl.
When I read this blog it becomes aparent that too many of the people who write in have no clue what their talking about. You know who I'm talking about. We can tell those who actually know what their writing about but the one's who write just for the sake of writing are ammusing. Here's an idea, instead of just watching the news for an hour a day and then coming off as such experts, try paying a little more attention to whats really happening. This one's just for Nicki in Detroit, Obama hasn't accepted a single campaign contribution from big buisness, in fact all of his contributions came from many, many small donors. Stop listening to what Hillary tell's you and pay attention, you might just learn something.
It's time for Obama to drop out. He is embarrasing!
let`s check obamas campaign spending, it is unfair to only check one and make public only one candiates spending!
You are about to stop your clock,
With your mouth you do yourself harm.
For that you I shall warn
Absolutely. She is destroying the Democratic Party. I'm so upset with her politics, especially today, that if Obama is not the Democratic nominee, I will NOT vote for "that woman". I'm done with Hillery Clinton!
You would have loved it if she dropped out wouldn't you Jack?
69 delegates separate these two and you want her to say o.k I will bow to all those ugly men because I am a woman and need to clear the path for the man who is the one he was waiting for?
Get real Jack. Until one of them gets the 2025 delegates to win the nomination the race is still on.............
I am sick and tired of all of you in the meadia especially at CNN. Are you part of the Obama campaign? Are you supposed to report the news or make them?
No Jack, she is so self-absorbed that she will not accept defeat. I bet she starts demanding recounts any day now. When they finally ask her to leave she will be convinced it's because she's a woman. With her it's Hillary first, Nation second.
Jack, I don't understand the question.
Why should she? Because she is behind? Because the pundits say she can't win? Because commentators believe the superdelegates should not vote their beliefs?
Let everybody vote in the primaries.. If Obama gets enough delegates to have the nomination, then she can drop out and the convention can become a coronation.
If no candidate gets 2025 then off to the convention we go. An old fashioned donneybrook with the voters the winners.
A lot of us are getting tired of both of them. Maybe the convention can choose Al Gore. He at least has avoided the battle and still looks presidential. He also would crush McCain.
Yes, it is time for Hillary to bow out. I find it interesting that she mentions both the money and large crowds that Obama is gathering when she attacked him this week-end. What did these two things have to do with her argument? It shows that is resents his popularity. Also, mocking Obama for trying a new approach in governing as a President indicates that she still doesn't get it. People crave for something new. Not the old Bush-Clinton battle, tainted by the Karl Rove strategy of hateful politics.
Why should she? It isn't her money and something might happen to Obama yet. I don't think she a chance at president and apparently no one else does either. Watching her face turn red is quite amusing as she sneers and scorns Obama. Almost as good as a soap opera if you ask me. If Hillary Clinton would have had her way she would have spent 888.6 billion dollars in just one white house term so far. That’s a lot of money in Tax dollars.
Now is not the time for her to leave! She should at least stay until March 4. Senator Obama's popularity is pretty new, shouldn't we all be willing to take some time to make sure his new found support will last through the general? Hasn't anyone noticed that Senator Clinton's campaign is having a great month for fundraising? I don't think her supporters are ready for her to give in.
To put it simply, Jack...Yes.
Today's Gallup Poll has Obama up by two percentage points. Hillary was a poll-watcher when she voted to authorize the war in Iraq so maybe she knows what she has to do. Quit before March 4.
Since I don't believe Clinton or Obama are suitable candidates for President, I hope she stays in to the bitter end (whatever that might be). Let the Dems tough it out. They disenfranchised their own people in Michigan and Florida. They have dismantled the image of one of their ICONS–Bill Clinton. They have all but anointed one of their candidates and some want to demonize the other. I say, let them have at it. Shades of Jimmy Carter wait in the background.
Jack, do you know politics? What kind of question is that? Candidates stay until the end, can you see Huckabee? The guy is dilusional and he still in the race. What is the problem with her staying? She is only few delegates behind. Let's see what happens in March 4th.
Hope is a powerful thing. On the other hand, false hope is a disaster, a cruel hoax. In the old west there were people who moved from place to place offering unbelievable cures to the pains that were commonplace for that time. Sometimes the entire town turned out. They were great orators, and when people of local influence questioned their claims they would point out that these people were part of the existing problem, they wouldn't profit from the cure being offered and were therefore opposed to it. By the time people realized that they had put their faith in the promise of hope and better days ahead only to find that things had actually gotten worse, it was too late. They were stuck with the false hope they had risked their futures on. Sorry Barack, but I smell snake oil. Someone needs to sound the alarm. Why not Hillary Clinton. She may be our last hope to avert a real disaster.
It is a steep hill for Hillary Clinton as she needs to win by large margins in Ohio and Texas. Maybe she wants the superdelegates to decide, by which time the Republicans would have gained some steam. The Obama and Clinton dream team is only possible if she drops out and endorses Obama. God Bless America.
Hillary needs to save it for 2016, after Obama has his 8 years. It's going to take at least 16 years to clean up the mess this pack of wolves will be leaving behind. after eight years The ones that really need to quit are the Republicans in general. They have a long row to hoe before any of them is electable.
it is time for the ice lady to throw in the towel. she looks as though she has aged 20 years since the campaign began it is time to save face and admit when you have lost. the clinton campaign can only sling mud at this point.
For me, her implosion is too much fun to watch for her to drop out. But for the good of herself and the party, she should drop out and try to salvage what's left of her dignity. Maybe she can use it to get a position in Obama's administration.
Yes. Then she should try and get on the ballot in Cuba. I hear they have great health care. And Bill looks as if he could use some sun.
Hillary should stay until there is no possibility of her winning. Then she should drop out, endorse Obama and as soon as he gets the nomination, begin appeals to the supreme clowns. I hear they like overturning popular elections.
I think she's "plagarizing" Huckabee...
I dont think so – there are big state ahead- and theFlorida Michigan problem has yet to be solved- also the super delegates are still open to cast the winner-yes florida and michigan violated the rules -but the rules afford the superc delegates a role in the nomination process- they are not forced to vote on the basis of popular votes -so you cant invoke rules on the one. hand and deny them on the other.I dont think Oboma can win-
Hillary should absolutely NOT quit the race. She owes it to herself and her supporters to continue. Mit Romney did his supporters a disservice by quitting the race. He turned his back on his supporters in exchange for kissing up to John McCain in order to have some fair chance of competing again in 2012. I think this was self serving and selfish on his part. Mike Huckabee said it best when he said that he owe the people of America a choice. If he dropped out Republicans would not have a choice – a voice in their vote.
Hillary should hang in there and fight because as she so eloquently put it at the end of their last debate, she is doing this for the people. She wants thje people to have a fair chance at the opportunities she had. Go Hillary!!!!!!
Pat – Fort Lauderdale, FL
No way rock on girl power!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If you think gas prices are high now... Wait till Hillary brings all the troops home and the insurgents take over the oil fields....
Hillary needs to back off – her recent "outrage" and self righteousness should be an embarassment to herself, considering what has gone on in her own campaign house. She has not even reached the White House – what would happen if she and her outrage ever made it to the frying pan in the kitchen?
Cut her losses and move on huh? If she did that than she wouldn't be very American. She should hold on to everything she can and drag it down with her as if she were entitiled to do so, now that would be American.
I don't want her to drop out until after the vote in Pa. I can't wait to vote against a Clinton again! I'm switching political parties to get this done.
It will be on March 5th or 6th, Jack. Let her battle Obama to a draw in Texas and Ohio, look at the daunting math with reality and gracefully bow out. (much like Romney did)
As much as I've supported him, he's not given her a K.O. punch as a candidate that would require her to drop out now. It's almost like he's playing "not to lose" at this point. He needs to show how being the front runner means you flick a nuisance to the side and focus on the big things, like John McCain. Obama is far too ahead to continue to be drug down by her...but he's not acting like it right now.
I'm thinking it is not real smart to insult or mock voters who have not cast ballots yet. We are not naive nor are we delusional.
By now, we know the facts, we can assess the spin on so-called experience, we know the policies, we know where the candidates stand on the issues, and we know how the campaigns are conducted.
Texas just doesn't like you. I'm going with Ohio not liking you very much either.
It's time for Hillary to hang it up. Obviously, she's become so desperate she's sinking to scuzzbag smears a la Rove. Besides, that scolding tone of voice reminds me that it's exactly what I don't want to listen to for the next 4 years.
absolutely not! Hillary Clinton is a fighter!
Clinton give up? Are you kidding? This kind of "never say die' attitude is her strongest endorsement. It is this kind of leadership that is needed to resurrect our country from the failed, miserable foreign and domestic policies of the current administration. We are hated throughout the world, and the working class that drives the American economy has been brought to its knees.
The last time a Clinton was in the White House we "suffered" through record setting peace and prosperity. Enough said! Go Hill!!!
ABSOLUTELY! Before she ruins a chance for Democrats to take back the white house. There is absolutely no way she will win. Even if she beats Obama, she will loose all his supporters Especially if she continues her madness. One has to wonder if she is bypoller.
YES she needs to get out of the way before she gets ran over !
The Obama train is coming full speed ahead.
As someone said last week – Hillary should drop out, vote McCain, and retire
Simply put: Yes. With the Republicans already set to unite behind McCain and with Nader's entrance into the race, it is imperative for the Democrats to use the remaining time they have to draw all of their resources together behind a candidate who has shown time and time again in polls that he would be the best choice in the general election.
Furthermore, as the race drags on Senator Clinton's tactics become more and more repugnant. Putting an end to it would also put and end to alot of American's cringing.
Jack: Don't hold your breath waiting for Hillary to withdraw. Why should she? Because the media has tried to bury her from the beginning? Because the media continues to try to bury her? Because the media continues to report all good on Obama and all bad on Hillary? Because you and the media refuse to scrutinize Obama? Because you think you are the best person to determine when and if she should bow out of the race? Because the media refuses to acknowledge the rules of the Democratic Party, including the ability, without judgment, of the Superdelegates to give their vote to the person whom they believe is the best candidate in this very close race? I think not. Shame on each and every one of you in the media who refuses to acknowledge that America consists of more than just a few states and caucus and that each candidate has the absolute right to campaign and continue in the race until they, not you and media, decide it is time to leave the race. The viewers, readers and voters deserve fair and unbiased reporting.
Christine Karol Roberts
Newport Beach, California
No ... anymore dumb questions? It's now time for Obama to quit.
yes time for her to concede gracefully, that picture of Obama they are circulating today makes her look like a hypocrite . Shame on you Hillary! Shame on you!
Would Obama be leaving the race if the numbers were exactly reversed at this point?
Answer that question, and you have your answer.
–Kathy Riordan, Fort Myers, Florida
Hillary Clinton should drop out of the election. If we want the democrats to win the General Election and our troops out of Iraq then the only chance for that is for her to drop out now and endorse Barack Obama.
Yes, the Democrats believe it's time for Hillary to give up, but I don't believe she will. The Democrats believe that Obama will be the candidate to take the White House, and that's more important to them than the substance of the person who will sit in the big chair.
I believe that Hillary could have been a great competitor in the race to the presidency, had she not turned to such negative political tactics. As a former Edwards' supporter, it is my sincere hope that he will endorse Barak Obama so we can get on with the election; and not lose the democratic party in the process.
i know why their is so much negative about hillary on this blog ,when someone defends her their message does not get submitted.
Senator Clinton should drop out now. Her candidacy is only helping John McCain's chances by feeding him with line after line of right-wing talking points that I would have expected to come from Karl Rove.
In your dreams Jack. By the way most of us don't agree with the nonobjective critics you get to decide what Hillary should do. I hope she wins and you have nightmares.
At the beginning of the primary season, I was equally in favor of both candidates. However, the closer things get to the end, the more jaded about her candidacy I become. I think she is doing more to spoil her future political prospects at this point than she is to increase her chances of being President now. I'd be happier for her (and us) if she'd just bow out with a smile and a thank-you-see-you-later.
Yes! – Last Wed after she got beat in Wisconsin
In our country it is not politically correct to be racist and I agree! However, it is still acceptable to hate women and be open about it. As a woman I am offended at these constant jabs at Hillary.
Clinton and Obama are neck and neck in this race why should she give up now? Let the voters decide, not commentators.
Yes, it's been time for weeks now, look at the desperation coming from her camp. Jack if she's this desperate over a party nomination, what will happen if she's president and placed in a desperate situation, send us to WAR?
I agree, it's time for Hillary to go. When her campaign resorts to negative campaigning whether it's race baiting or using a photo of Obama in Somali garb, It's as if she can't compete on the issues. The only thing Hillary stands for is hypocrisy.
Under No Circumstances Should Hillary Give Up, In Fact I Think If She Fails To Get The Democratic Nominee I Think She Should Run As Independent Otherwise If I Have No Choices Come November I Will Be Voting McCain!
Absolutely not that would be ignorant. She still has one of the best chances to win and she is not that far behind Barack Obama. This is not the Republicans where you have an idiot like Mike Huckabee who is dilusional and thinks that even though he is over 700 delegates behind that he still has a chance. Hillary is behind Barack by about 70 delegates and if she wins in Ohio and Texas she could still win the nomination. I believe these idiots need to do some more homework before they right these idiotic columns.
Hilliary Clinton if the Best canidate for the Job. I will vote Republican if she does not win the nomination.
I think it is time for Hillary Clinton to drop out. Because it would best benefit the party and give it its best chance to defeat McCain in November.
Nope, she should stay in and keep bashing Obama. I think she only helps his campaign the more she beats up on him....
Let's look at both ways: a) Obama could eventually lose and support Hillary, or b) Hillary could quit now and support Obama. If (a) happened, the party is divided and most Obama supporters would probably just not vote because they don't like Hillary or McCain and, thus, McCain would clobber Hillary and 8 more years of Republicans in the White House. If (b) happened, the party could unite and Obama stands a great chance of beating McCain. This is the simpler, stronger solution.
Obama needs to drop out now. He has NO chance against the Republican Party. He can't win a debate against Hillary, what makes him think he can win against McCain? Obama supporters are underestimating the Republicans. It hasn’t even begun to get nasty, but just you wait. They are going to eat him up.
Simply stated – yes. Negative campaigning, bipolar temper tantrums, and stalemate debates will just serve to further divide the democratic party. It shows desperation, not patriotism. Bullheadedness, not intelligence. The democratic party needs to unite now to ensure victory in November.
From Tampa, Florida;
I think Hillary should stay! She has already shown herself to be "Presidential" and is the best qualified out of the three major candidates still running! I will definitely vote for Hillary!
There you go again cafferty. What would you talk about apart from Hillary. It is you the media who want her to quit. she is a better candidate than Obama and it is sad that all the better candidates are being pushed out by the media. Just look at John Edward, the media killed his campaign.
Hillary should ignore the nonsense coming from CNN and the media and stay the course.
go Hillary go hillary
BEFORE Texas and Ohio? No, absolutely not! The three latest polls have her ahead in both Ohio and Texas. Why would anyone even suggest that? We're not talking Huckabee here. We're talking about an extremely close race. No, we need to at least see what happens in Texas and Ohio first.
Should Hillary bow out? I can't figure out why she hasn't. She's been playing nasty and if she thinks people can't read her like a book, she's wrong. I may live in the midwest, but absolutely no one I've talked with supports her.
Formerly a Clinton supporter but now that I “know her”, I’m voting for Obama. The bout is over for Clinton, she is looking for things to “argue” about. “Plagiarism” yea right. She is losing the fight so she’s taking the Mike Tyson strategy by biting her opponent. She needs to throw in the towel before someone looses an ear.
The Clinton dynasty has come to an end. Do everyone a favor and just give it up.
Fighting over delegates in Michigan and Florida, will only divide the party you helped to shape. Prying superdelegates to vote for you will unleash a tsunami of hatred and repulsion towards the oxymoron you call a democratic primary.
Bow out gracefully and step aside.
Hillary should not get out. In fact, she sould push Barack as far as she could to let Democrats see what he's made of. Republicans will be less kind to him than she is if he's the nominee.
Yes, I think hillary should drop out as she seems to take things too personal. If she flares out that way on satellite TV against a fellow democrat, what would she do against despots like kim jong il and amadinejad. We need a diplomat, not a chiding mother.
Here is a little poem I wrote to sum up how many Democrats feel about the race between Clinton and Obama at this point.
If Barack had lost as much as Hillary,
She'd be yelling he concede!
But just because it's Bill and She
they are getting a pass to proceed.
They whine and sob and "find their voice"
But nothing seems to stick,
The truth for them is hard to take
Obama is OUR pick.
Heck no she shouldn't drop out! What does that prove except she's a quitter? Sounds like some of those comments are coming from Obama supporters.
Once again, it just goes to show how men are intimidated by strong women.
It ain't over till it's over! Go Hillary!!!!
Pathetic, this is the kind of media coverage that has unjustly got Hillary Clinton where she is today.
Hell No!!! This race is pretty much even at this point as is anyone's game.
It is time but to expect the Clintons to do anything in the best interest of the Democratic party as opposed to their own best interest is like asking, as Hillary stated in her rant today, for the skys to open up and the light to shine through. All major polls show that she cannot beat McCain yet she stays and one has to ask to what end?
Given the fact that the delagate count is fairly close, and we still have numerous contests left in the primary season, Why SHOULD she bow out? Last I checked Huckabee is still in the race, even though delegate-wise he stands a snowball chance in hell. We should let the process continue until someone WINS, not QUITS.
Hillary does not speak well for democrats, women as leaders or as our nations leader. She skirts the truth, avoids answering questions and the American people are tired of the Clintons. She should bow out.
Jack, what is with your Hillary fetish? It seems like every time I tune in your question is about her. Hillary should drop out when it becomes impossible for her to secure the nomination. Americans don't like a quitter, especially those of us who enturusted her with our vote.
And here’s why
1.) She has been unable to run an effective campaign, spending is out of control, this questions her fiscal responsibility abilities
2.) She has been ineffective at responding to Obama's momentum, this shows how she will respond to global. If you can’t take on the simple task of stopping Obama, how will you stop Raul Castro?
3.) She has been unable to convince her husband to do and say the right things in the interest of her campaign
4.) Words like experience, tradition and heritage mean the same thing, no changes, more of the same. (don’t think she get’s that people want something different)
5.) I don’t see much difference between Hillary and McCain, she would actually make a good republican
So what exactly is she in control of on this campaign please let me know?
yes she needs to leave..her disgusting smears sound like a lot of sour grapes or something the republicans would do. she is likely to cause the dems to lose the election.
Wow. Please, yes - Mrs. Clinton, PLEASE drop out. I'm literally having heart palpitations over this election thing. If Hilrary wishes to continue, then at least she should stop attacking Obama. She WILL NOT BE THE NOMINEE. Obama has pretty much won already. Attacking him is like handing the White House to McCain.
Yes, she should drop out.
Our country needs a change most have forgotten that only two families have been in either Vice President or President for the last 28 years in a row and we do not need another 4 years.
Absolutely not. She's the smartest candidate in the race, with the best health care plan, and definitely the best candidate for women. Tina Fey had it right on Saturday Night Live.
Absolutely not. If you want to call for somebody to drop out of a race, perhaps it should be Huckabee.
Look, this is the first meaningful national Democratic primary that we in Texas and our friends in Ohio have had a chance to vote in in quite some time. To suggest that Wisconsin and Democrats Abroad should decide this race is absurd, when much more important states like OH, TX, and PA have not had a say.
How dare CNN, Alter, and Novak try to disenfranchise us.
2 reasons for Hillary to leave...
1. Help the Democratic party solidify against McCain's momentum.
2. Save face and prepare for 2012. Hillary clearly needs to work on not showing her frustrations in the public's eye – The more she attacks Obama, the more she looks like a bully that's not getting her way.
Yes, she should bow out now.
Excuse me men.....but can I please vote? I live in Ohio and cannot wait to cast my vote for Sen. Clinton.
I am getting tired of all the talking heads deciding this election in the media.
Maybe....just maybe...in a democrac.....waiting for people to vote might be a good idea.
Just call me radical...........................
Carefull Jack! You just might make her cry again!
As soon as yous start writing off a majority of states won my your opponent as insignificant it's probably time to leave before you make the entire county mad at your party.
Maybe if the press hadn't done everything but anoint Obama with a crown of thorns Clinton wouldn't be in this position. Even Saturday Night Live thinks the fawning over Obama has been ridiculous....something I noticed CNN avoided when choosing what skit to put on the "news". What isn't new is the media's hatred for the Clintons.
Hillary should continue on. Maybe the media will wake up and show less bias but I doubt she's holding her breath. Hillary still has many supporters and maybe we should let the voters decide.
The media wonders what happened to Hillary...look in the mirror.
Sorry Jack, but in spite that you are a sexist and you find this whole thought of a woman as a threat to your 'superiority', it ain't over. To quote somebody else, "See you in Ohio and Texas". I can just see Wolf squriming in his seat.
Oh and by the way, I was wondering how come you haven't covered the Farrakon endorsement yet.
I think it is time for Hillary to admit 'support' rather than 'defeat'. Support for the Democratic chance of Presidency. I think we all know that the Clintons do not have it in them to admit defeat, so we should set our goals for Hillary a tad lower.
Hell, NO, Hillary shouldn't give up. I'm a woman...old one at that, who supports her all the way. She should stay there until the bitter end when she becomes the winner.
It's past time, as her dignity fades by the hour with each outburst of desperation.
As much as I have come to believe in Obama's invincibility, I believe Hillary, who I started out supporting, has an obligation to her supporters to stick with it to the bitter end. I have been simply stunned by Obama's masterful rise to the top and believe he would be unbeatable against any Republican in November. That is why this morning I cast my vote for Obama in the Texas primary this morning and plan to attend the caucus in support of him next week.
The answer to the question is NO. While I do not support her as a candidate, we should let the individual get out when it is over and not before. Let the Democratic Party do what they do if crunch time comes and a decision has not been made. Otherwise, as I would suggest for any candidate, do not let anyone push you out of the race and get out when it is OVER – NOT BEFORE. Therer is too much manipulating and analyzing and decision-making by every pundit in the land and it gets disgusting afte a while. We all end up losing site of something called DEMOCRACY.
No. She won CA, NY, NJ, FL, and MA. I am sure the voters of AK, MO, NE, IL, and CO want Obama to stay in. Get my drift. The guy has won twice as many of the wrong states. Wake up Democrats. Without her states we won't win. Without her we may not win those states.
Yeah, she should get out. I never saw where she is as qualified as she says she is. I don't count being a former 1st lady as being qualified AND I dont count having the 1st gentleman as former President as being qualified either. As for being 7 years as a senator and chairing committees....whoopee. Her speeches at her rallies are yawn raisers which will give you a preview of what to expect of the Inaguarl speech as well as the state of the union speeches plus her attacks on her opponents are juvenile and solutions to foreign and economic problems appear to be parroted and not of her own original resolve.
Yes it is time. I adored the Clinton's for a very long time, it is obvious that they are both power hungry and really don't care about the people. I am saddened that I have lost respect for them . Joan
Whether she stays in it or not, she's destined to lose this season. She should regroup, and start working on four years from now.
Next time she shoudl leave boys club comments where they belong and where they have any genuine foothold... in the past.
We haven't had a chance to vote yet in Ashtabula, Ohio. The question of Hilary dropping out is one more reason we should have a national day for all primaries.
Jack...No,it's not over till it's over!Do you think some old,washed up,out of touch news guy should retire before his time? scott
Jack; I used to admire you, once upon a time, but your incessant negative attacks on Hillary indicate that you have become a eunuch! It looks like rupert murdoch and his millions have gotten to you. By the way,,,how much of a raise in pay have you received in recent weeks??
This question amazes me. If you look at the delegate count she is so close to Obama. She still has a very good chance. We as Americans just need to be patient and let the American democratic process work.
This is the most interest in a Presidential election in my lifetime. Neither candidate has enough delegates to win on the first ballot. This is how the system is supposed to work. The voters are exercising their right to vote why would either candidate drop out of the race.
Hillary is a strong, great candidate as is Obama, and the electorate needs to decide.
Its exciting in Texas that we have a reason to go to vote in a Democratic Primary.
Yes Yes Yes
Actually it is past time.
She, however, will not leave even if it's the right thing to do for the Party.
It's easy to see that Hillary would rather destroy the party than to admit the people of the party don't want her as Chief Executive.
After all, she's a Clinton. She knows better than us. And she plays to WIN. After all, if she has gotten a rapist off by destroying the poor young victim then she will do anything to become President.
bob – roswell Ga
Many of the women I speak to have noticed that the media is obviously pulling the 'female' card. From the beginning, the media has reported,( how many times?), that she is done, should quit, will be finished. How come we don't hear that with the Republican men? , and when Obama was behind, we didn't hear if he needed to quit! I think Hillary is the best candidate, clearly, politics can be a compromising profession, but she has shown, done and proven her stance on helping the less fortunate and has first hand experience, having lived in the White House before, dealing with international affairs. GO HILLARY, KEEP ON GOING!!!
Hey Jack, Hillery won New York, Massachsetts, New Jersey and, California; is presently ahead in the polls for Ohio, Texas, and Pennsylvania, and racked up heavy votes in Florida and Michigan–all the big states the Dems need to win. Many of Obamas states are the ones that will go do McCain anyway. And these pundits want her to quit! Ridiculous! Pleasantville, NY
With every petty attack on Obama, she just improves the chances that the Republicans can engineer another term for the George Bush puppet show. The "vast right wing conspiracy" that she is so opposed to, is getting plenty of mileage from her attacks. Whose side is she on anyway?
This Democratic race is just getting much too ridiculous! Our Canadian papers always feature the latest update of the attacks launched at each campaign and boy, oh boy, it sure looks like your highness the Queen Hillary is getting desperate! She’s angry, she’s lashing out, she’s not acting like a mature individual and worst of all, she keeps polarizing the Democratic party! I am just not interested in hearing about her latest outburst. She can do ME a favour and just drop out.
She needs to stay in, even if it just to highlight Barack's "pie in the sky" rhetoric. I couldn't help but stand up and cheer when she did her impression of his "uniting" of the people. She really made her point clear and boy, the Obamatons did not like it. The truth hurts.
Should Barack Obama have dropped out after New Hampshire? Should Barack Obama have dropped out after failing to take New York, California, or Massachusetts? They really aren't that far apart in delegates and it would be an insult to her supporters to leave the race while she is still obviously a part of it. It's a long way to November and there is plenty of time for the Democrats to rally around the eventual nominee.
Vancouver, British Columbia
She does not and should not need to get out of the race, it has quite a long time to go and not ALL the people have had their opportunity to vote. She has never been a quitter in her entire life, has always been there for the people since a very young woman.! IF the media would stop tearing her down daily exactly like the skit on SNL (which portrayed truly how the media has been treating her throughout this election). People need to research the background of Obama, it is much different than what has been portrayed. PLUS, these caucuses have not been fair & balanced with Republicans/Indepents voting in what was supposed to be a "Democratic" Caucus. It has been acknowled that the Republicans have infiltrated them to vote for Obama to ensure H. Clinton would not win.
It is past time for Hillary to go back to her day job. Her display of vicious behavior over the news fliers and her low ball politics towards Senator Obama will not help her when meeting with enemy leaders either. Hillary's behavior toward world peace when things aren't going her way and negative attitude, won't work. She may as well not talk to them as President Bush does. God help us if she has her finger on the button! No more Clinton's in the White House.
Jack, I've been a fan of yours for some time now but you have lost my respect. For weeks now your comments toward Hillary have all been very negative, well past a position of fairness or even objectivity. It indicates an strong underlying hatred in you probably toward women. What hurt did some woman do to you. I feel very badly for you but Hillary doesn't deserve all this anger you exude toward her. She's not your enemy !
I don't expect you to show this email but I felt you at least should see it , supposing of course that you read your own blog
Female , over 50, from Rosiclare, Il. > Why is it MR. Cafferty that before you ever, ever open your mouth that I know it is going to be about Hillary Clinton, and very very negative. I wish that our reporters would just report the news, and keep their personnal feelings out of it. I do beleive with all that is in me that the reporters of today swing elections, and other dicissions their way. Is it that you can not find a fair and decent word about Mrs. Clinton, then I suggest that you go through your blogs, seems like there are some nice words in there from other viewers. I would like to hear from ALL of you reporters nice things about all the canidates, and let us form are own opinion as to who we will vote for, and canidates put their name on the ticket to run, not drop out mid way through, so why would she want to step aside now. Thank you for letting me sound off.
“Meet me in Ohio”? She sounds like she wants to physically attack Obama. And if her campaign is indeed behind the circulation of this new photo, I think physically attacking Barack Obama is the only way her campaign could get any more despicable. She might as well stay in the race because leaving gracefully is no longer an option.
Jack, if the shoe were on the other foot and Hillary Clinton had won 11 contests in a row, everyone would say it was time for Obama to drop out. Why the double standard?
I am and always have been a liberal democrat. I've read and agree with both articles. Unfortunately it has become painfully obvious that the Clintons would prefer leaving behind a wasteland of the democratic party then to run a campaign and withdraw from it with class and dignity. It's tough to be classy if you have no class.
When Hillary comes up for re-election in NY, I would vote for a jailed Bernie Kerik before she got my vote.
Even if Hillary loses Texas and Ohio she should just suspend her campaign then when the truth about Obama comes out she can step back in and go on to the White House.
Jack, have the voters of Teaxs & Ohio spoken yet? So now the pundits decide when an election is over, not the voters......"shame on you" & the other commentators for even asking the question. Still many votes left to decide this primary.
When will Hillary get a clue that she cannot and will not win a general election? With a 47 % pre-general election negative opinion, who is disliked by a majority of men and independents, she would be a disaster for the democratic party.
While we haven't heard the fat lady sing yet, I have it on good authority
that Oprah has a good gargle going on in the green room and is ready to take stage and belt out a few bars.
Hillary should NOT give up! Who are these people who are saying it would be best for the Democratic party for her to throw in the Towel? How little they know. The best thing for the democratic party would be for Hillary to win the nomination and have Obama for her vice president. That way the Democrats would be in the White house for 16 years. Hillary is the only one to beat McCain. She would be in power for 8 Years and Obama would run for President after her 2 terms are up and he would be in power for another 8 years. Look what all he could learn from Hillary by being her Vice President.
I think Hillary should stay until she desides that it's time to quit, and I support Obama.
Virginia Beach, VA
Hillary Clinton should stay in the race. It's not over–some states have not voted yet. There are many of us who know she is the best qualified candidate to lead our country and would be proud to have her as our next President. Senator Clinton has my vote!
Jack, the wheels from the Clinton machine are falling off. She should quit before it crashes.
Hillary needs to drop out now.According to her sarcasm this weekend in her one of her rallies she made it sound like all the people who are voting for Obama are somehow stupid, and she showed no respect for the fact that the people who have spoken and that is the majoity so far are intelligent, articulate and have chosen Obama because we are sick of people like her who has no respect and is a divider, not a uniter and we have had enough of her.She has no right to talk to us like we are in a drem world somehow under a spell.Tell her that we here in Florida are in favor of Obame. He wasnt on the ballot so of course no one voted for him. Its time for a new America bow out gracefully Hillary
Obama shows the country that there is hope for a new approach to how the world see Americans.
As Canadians, we have somewhat "Liberal" values, with a strong sense for the global community.
Americans want to see themselves leading (as do we); however with Hillary as president, a return to the American leadership arrogance will continue to plague the US global reputation.
Remember, as fellow North Americans, what ever the US does, we are effected as well!
Hillary – "Step aside"
If Mrs. Clinton want to see the country united she have to stop her campaign, she is not consistant in her position, she is changing every single day.
How can I trust somebody who is changing the position, massage, attitude every day?
Senator Clinton should absolutely stay in the race nothing is a forgone conclusion except in the eyes of the press! Remember hope is just another four letter word. It will not be successful unless there is ability to back it up…where is his record to back it up??? Senator Clinton offers aptitude…Senator Obama offers platitudes!
(Sorry for the typo)
(from Richmond, Va.)
PLEASE air this email!! Yes she should get out!! All the other dirty attacks, altho reprehensable, can be attributed to desperation to win. But now Clinton's angry, inflammatory and "hate-mongering" speeches have become dangerous!!! Why is CNN not making a big deal of the recent safety concerns and "tightened" security on Sen. Obama???
Just look at the crazy shootings in the past 2 weeks alone. Her rhetoric pours gasoline on a country that's rampant with NUTS! There has to be a line!!! Come on!! This is no longer a matter of her winning the nomination; it goes to her lack of judgement and sensitvity, both needed to be the president.
Enough already! She (and Bill) totally underestimate the decency and intelligence of "most" of the American people who are sickened by this kind of behavior. She will NEVER get my vote! To think I used to support her. Now, she's just coming across as a shrill, desperate and bitter old woman who, along with the other tactics, is now playing the "gender" card thru her surrogates. I'll be so glad when this is over!
P.S. The commentators carrying the debates (on both channels) need to stop inciting violence, attacks and controversy to increase the ratings. You are not helping matters.)
No! Hillary Clinton should not drop out of the presidential race. This presidential election cycle is making the bias of the press more noticeable than usual and this is very troubling. This time around there is the added phenomenon that the press is clearly intimidated by the Obama Champaign and the “Black Community” – I believe this intimidation phenomenon will haunt us for years to come. There has been increasing complaints on the various blogs about the press being intimidated – and some of the less formal news programs, like Larry King, seem to be picking up on it. Larry King had John Stewart on yesterday and specifically asked him about the Obama intimidation issue and Stewart evaded the question. The significant of this is extraordinary because typically John Stewart is very out spoken. It is clear the press can manipulate the public opinion on just about any issue. The other thing that is become more clear is that the press does not like Hillary Clinton - but also does not like Hillary Clinton as a female running for president. If the press were accused of being bias against her because she is a woman the press wouldn’t even care – but the race issue with Obama is a whole different matter. Eventually, this will all come out and the effect will make Obama, if elected president, illegitimate and Hillary a victim.
"Hillary dropping out of the race is exactly what all of the commentaries on your network and other TeeVee channels have wanted all along.
You should all be apologizing for not revieving her opponent's record and presented such slanted information
She is the best qualified candidate.
If Hillary is not the democratic candidate, I will vote green."
I am so disappointed to learn that Hillary has biplar tendencies. She is a appearing to look and act mean spirited. This country can do without that kind of negative behavior. I would like to see Hillary take on Obama on her experience and explain her plan for America. Enough is Enough!!! We need peace stop the War!!! There are far too many important issues to be addressed
Why should Sen. Clinton drop Out??She has far more compassion,understanding, experience and just plain guts to withstand the verbal bashing by major magazines,newspapers and t.v. talking heads will ever attain and is still standing! Afraid of the woman??? Or just overcome by the halo the media with which the media has crowned Obama??
Go home Now Hillary and have a nice live with your new voice , you claim you just have found.
use it! to lull yourself : it is not that bad to have one president in the family!.
Senator Clinton should not bow out. There is absolutely no reason for her to leave this campaign. It is amazing that she has maintained 50 percent of the delegates and votes with the media haranguing her campaign the way they have. If she can do this well with the media establishment against her and Senator Obama's "Momentum", imagine how well she will do in the general election. As an active duty solider, I will be proud to call her commander-in-chief. This campaign is one of the most civil primaries to take place in the last 30 years, regardless of the media hype. There have been no attack ads, no personal assaults, no backstabbing or gamesmanship. Senator Obama’s supporters need to remember in the end we are all Democrats and must support the candidate least we have another 4 years of McCain’s Bush-presidency reprised.
I think so, but it doesn't matter...
Its not like we would really let her run the country. That snake-woman as no chance.. at least not in Texas.
San Antonio, Texas
No Jack she needs to stay in -eventhough she knows she gona loose Texas and probably Ohio too- until she wins Rhode Island to save her honor, just like we do in soccer games, you know you lost the game but keep on playing and hoping for a miracle goal to save the team pride.
No i do not think Hilary should drop out eventhough i dont want her to win. It's not that much that i prefer one candidate over the other because I think they are both great.But Hiliary just has a bad attitude towards everybody time and time again.
Go Away Hillary Clinton. You are just like the republicans with your Rovian campaigning. The politics of Smear, Fear, Division and Mocking.