The other day, I raised the question: Will Hillary go nuclear? Meaning, will she take her fight for the nomination all the way to the Denver Democratic convention this August?
While I still think the answer is no, she certainly seems headed in that direction based on her speech in New York tonight after Barack Obama apparently captured the presidential nomination.
Earlier in the day, one major news agency, the Associated Press, reported that Clinton would withdraw from the race tonight. Another agency, CBS News, reported she would not withdraw, but would recognize Obama as the party’s nominee.
Needless to say, both of those reports proved incorrect. She neither withdrew nor gave the nod to Obama.
Instead, she pointedly said she would make no major decisions right away: “This has been a long campaign and I will make no decisions tonight. In the coming days I’ll be consulting with supporters and party leaders to determine how to move forward with the best interests of our party and my country guiding my way,” she said.
Some suggest she is staying in to force Obama to offer her the number two spot on the ticket, citing that she won more popular votes than he did.
Add to that, this: Obama started out strong, but has lost most of the primaries as the campaign entered its final phase. Hardly an encouraging trend. It means his message of change fell on deaf ears in many parts of the U.S., especially the large industrial states he will need to carry to make it to the Oval Office.
Already, Obama is saying lots of nice things about Clinton, while she is saying lots of nice things about him. A prelude, perhaps, to a so-called “dream ticket?”
There are those in the party who contend that to select Clinton as his running mate would mean turning his back on his own convictions about change….unless, that is, he never really had such convictions to begin with?
In an odd sort of way, he has painted himself into a corner: If he picks Clinton to be on the ticket, he risks being labeled a fraud and no different from every other politician who will do what must be done in order to get elected. On the other hand, if he doesn’t pick Clinton, he risks losing many of those who supported her and that could mean defeat at the hands of John McCain this November.
Wow. Now we get to see just how smart Obama really is!
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