I never thought I’d say this… but I kinda feel sorry for Hillary Clinton. She insists on staying in the race, but the numbers are clearly stacked against her. She won Indiana by the slimmest of margins, but she maintains that it’s “full steam ahead to the White House!” The headlines on cable news have been brutal, and all of the pundits have been wondering “Why is She Still Running?” (That’s from CNN, not from me).
Is she staying in the hopes that Barack might come across some other, Reverend Wright-esque stumbling block? Does she hope to gank some of the undecided, undeclared superdelegates? Is it because she still thinks she can be the vice president? Or is it because the Clinton campaign is in desperate debt, and she needs to continue raising money to pay off some of those mounting bills?
In the meantime, the pundits are getting anxious. Tim Russert just straight up called it like he saw it. The Chicago Sun Times put it more bluntly — Face It, Hillary: It’s Over, is the headline of their editorial. And next week, Time Magazine’s cover will be a gorgeous photo of a beaming Barack Obama, next to the words “And the Winner* Is”. Jasmyne Cannick posted a hilarious funeral program for the Clinton campaign.
Stereohyped asked their readers, who would you vote for if your candidate didn’t get the nomination, and I’ve been hearing similar drumbeats for a while now — lots of “hell no’s” and “I would rather vote for McCain than for her/him.” That makes NO SENSE to me. In my view, choosing to not vote because your candidate doesn’t get nominated, or to spite the party that pissed you off by voting for their rival, is the ultimate defeat. That means people aren’t truly thinking about the issues — the ongoing, senseless war in Iraq, the economy and what will actually help us in the long run, and improving health care, among everything else the next president will be dealing with. I hope, come November — regardless of what happens, or what should happen — people vote with their heads, instead of their hearts.
Feel free to pipe up and yell if you think I’m wrong, but I think pride is what’s keeping Hillary Clinton in the race, and you know what they say about pride. I don’t pretend to know what’s going on in anyone’s head — lots of the talking heads have been playing these ludicrous “what are they thinking?” games, and obviously there’s no way to know the answer to that question. But it must be damned hard to turn your back on everything you’ve dreamed of and worked for your whole life. To watch that dream die despite your best efforts must be beyond painful. So that’s why I feel a little bad for Hillary. I look at her in her campaign stops now, and I imagine how I would feel if I were in her shoes. But you know — if I WERE in her shoes, I would have already bowed out with as much grace as I could muster. There’s a lot to be said for a campaign conducted with dignity, that ends at the ideal time to save face for those involved. I’m wondering when exactly will Hillary Clinton come to that conclusion. When will she bow out of the campaign?
What’s your prediction, bellas? Will this be a fight till the finish that won’t be finally resolved until August? Or will Hillary take the high road and end this struggle sooner than that?