The One Group Who Should Not Urge Hillary To Drop Out: Obama Supporters
By Big Tent Democrat
Speaking for me only.
The Obama-favoring site TPM points to this NYTimes article titled "Obama Backers Urge Clinton To Exit If She Loses." TPM turned this headline into "Clinton under pressure to drop out if she does not win big in Texas and Ohio." But with Josh Marshall doing his best Ann Althouse imitations, that kind of misleading spin is not surprising.
But I want to make a different point. The last group of folks who should be pressuring Hillary to drop out is the Obama camp. It will be counterproductive AND unseemly. It would be more likely to get Clinton's back up to hear these calls from the likes of Dick Durbin and John Kerry, fierce Obama supporters. They are not likely to be taken at their word that their concern is "the good of the Party" as opposed to Obama's candidacy.
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My own view is that if Clinton does not win both Ohio and Texas, she SHOULD drop out but I also think she has every right to continue. And if she wins both, calls for her to drop out will look ludicrous and fearful.
I long called Bill Richardson the worst serious Presidential candidate I have ever seen. He just seems a stupid man to me. His call for Hillary to drop out was of a piece with everything I saw from him in the campaign. He said:
[W]hoever has the most delegates after Tuesday, a clear lead, should be, in my judgment, the nominee.
So Richardson is saying no matter the results on Tuesday, including Clinton wins by 10 or more in both Texas and Ohio, Clinton should drop out. So the voters in Texas and Ohio would not matter according to Richardson. Well done Bill. The guy is as dumb as a bag of hammers. What he could have done was just endorse Obama. At least that would make sense.
Ironically, Karl Rove understands how unseemly this talk is:
Karl Rove, the former senior political adviser to President Bush and architect of his presidential election victories, said such calls from Democrats for Mrs. Clinton’s withdrawal were unwise and unbecoming.
“I think it’s a mistake for his campaign to be calling for her to drop out,” Mr. Rove said on Fox. That would be seen as “rubbing her nose” in the fact that she is trailing, he said. “It’s up to the delegates at the convention to decide who wins and loses,” he added.
Here is some advice for the Obama camp -- if you want a unified Party, let Clinton make her decision with dignity and without the gloating. The only thing folks like Kerry and Durbin are accomplishing is enraging Hillary's supporters and dividing the Party. Of course, there is a way the Obama camp can hasten Clinton's decision - win in Texas and Ohio. That will end it on Tuesday for sure. Why not try and do it that way?
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