Monday, February 25, 2008

Hillary Should Get Out Now

Jonathan Alter wrote in If Hillary Clinton wanted a graceful exit,
Nothing about Hillary is graceful, and certainly not giving up a chance for power.
she'd drop out now—before the March 4 Texas and Ohio primaries—and endorse Barack Obama.
Why not take a page fro Joe Lieberman's book and endorse John McCain.
This would be terrible for people like me who have been dreaming of a brokered convention for decades. For selfish reasons, I want the story to stay compelling for as long as possible, which means I'm hoping for a battle into June for every last delegate and a bloody floor fight in late August in Denver.
So am I.
But to withdraw this week would be the best thing imaginable for Hillary's political career.
Being a senator is just a steping stone. What makes you think she wants to stay a senator.
She won't, of course, and for reasons that help explain why she's in so much trouble in the first place.

Withdrawing would be stupid if Hillary had a reasonable chance to win the nomination, but she doesn't. To win, she would have to do more than reverse the tide in Texas and Ohio, where polls show Obama already even or closing fast. She would have to hold off his surge, then establish her own powerful momentum within three or four days. Without a victory of 20 points or more in both states, the delegate math is forbidding.
Only if you mean get enough delegates to win without the Super Delegates.
In Pennsylvania, which votes on April 22, the Clinton campaign did not even file full delegate slates.
Can she not add more?
That's how sure they were of putting Obama away on Super Tuesday.

The much-ballyhooed race for superdelegates is now nearly irrelevant. Some will be needed in Denver to put Obama over the top,
So you admit he will not get enough not to need them. Neither will Hillary.
just as Walter Mondale had to round up a couple dozen in 1984. But these party leaders won't determine the result. At the Austin, Texas, debate last week, Hillary agreed that the process would "sort itself out" so that the will of the people would not be reversed by superdelegates. Obama has a commanding 159 lead in pledged delegates and a lead of 925,000 in the popular vote
Supose one person has the most delegates, and someone else has the most popular votes. Where will the Super Delegates go?
(excluding Michigan and Florida, where neither campaigned).
And Hillary has not given up getting those delegates.
Closing that gap would require Hillary to win all the remaining contests by crushing margins. Any takers on her chances of doing so in, say, Mississippi and North Carolina, where African-Americans play a big role?

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