“I am in this race because I believe I am the strongest candidate.”
Not only did Hillary Clinton say those words after her big victory in West Virginia, she will no doubt believe them for the rest of her life…just like Dick Cheney, George Bush and the triple chinned Neocon echo chamber will forever believe that it was a good idea to invade Iraq.
So far, Senator Clinton has earned lots of votes, delegates and primary victories. Unfortunately for her, she has just earned less of them than her opponent.
But despite the unfavorable mathematics, Hillary probably won’t concede until the very last vote is counted in Puerto Rico…and then pray that someone discovers a love letter from a young Barack Obama to Jane Fonda, circa 1972. Something like:
I recently saw pictures of your trip to Hanoi. You are really awesome. I’d love to meet you and give you a mix tape that I made for you. Do you like David Gates? I do.
In the absence of discovering something as ‘important’ as that, she will have to retire the campaign pantsuits for a few months before returning to Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Kentucky to tell her adoring fans that they really to support the nominee, Barack Obama.
Does anyone think that when the cameras aren’t looking, she will give folks a knowing wink?
At this point, it doesn’t matter what she says about her exit, but how she accepts it from this point forward. A graceful exit will go a long way to burnish the Clinton legacy…a tacky goodbye will only tarnish it.
It’s all up to her…