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The Twists and Turns of The Clinton Campaign

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The Post's Dan Balz assesses the final months of Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign. (Editor: Ed O'Keefe /, Footage: Ed O'Keefe, Jacqueline Refo, Francine Uenuma /

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Hillary Rodham Clinton is ending her quest for the presidency precisely as she began it: with a false sense of entitlement, complete self-absorption and delusional lies.

Now everyone agrees that she has lost the nomination. Barack Obama will be the nominee.

Yet she refuses to acknowledge this simple, clear truth so that the vital process of converting her supporters into supporters of the actual nominee can begin.

In her fantasy world where she is still in control, everything is upside down.

It's as if Obama should be waiting by the phone in hopes she might offer him a spot on the ticket.

When Obama called Clinton Tuesday night to (magnanimously) congratulate her on winning the South Dakota primary, her campaign twice let the calls go to voice mail.

It is true that Clinton eventually commanded a considerable force in this primary.

But she still lost. And she lost profoundly, by every metric imaginable.

This is one of those defining moments.

For Barack Obama, for the Democratic Party and, possibly, for the country.

Obama has run a campaign against the moral shortcuts and twisted truths that have been so viciously perfected by the Clintons and left American politics in ruin.

Obama should make it clear now that he has no intention whatsoever of picking Clinton as his running mate.

Picking her, especially in light of her current antics, would make a lie of Obama's campaign. And failing to rule her out now keeps the lights going on her corrosive carnival stage.

In 1992, Bill Clinton's campaign had a sign on the wall reminding them that the campaign was all about the economy.

The Obama campaign should put up a sign of their own: "It's the Clintons, stupid!"

Posted by: Anonymous | June 5, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Chelsea might like to know, that I do have some things in common with her Dad.

I enjoy Politics.

I also admire Dish-Water Blonds.

And I can enjoy a good Cigar!

Like her Daddy, I can even enjoy them all together! ;~)

Posted by: RAT-The | June 5, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

The Clinton Era is over.

Thank god.

Posted by: Chuckamok | June 4, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Hillary needs to listen to this and show some class

Posted by: Anonymous | June 4, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Why should Hillary Clinton take a back seat when she still has an excellent chance of becoming the first female US president?


If you define "excellent" as "Zero", you are correct!

Posted by: Anonymous | June 4, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

To: RG | June 4, 2008 4:59 PM

You fail at math, as much as Hillary fails as a candidate.

Posted by: Franky | June 4, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

RE: Vote McCain, Posted by: RG | June 4, 2008 4:59 PM
RG, if McCain wins, Hillary's supporters (the working class, seniors, older women, and those without a college degree) will suffer the most. Obama's "eggheads", college educated, and "affluent" supporters will likely be okay no matter what happens.

Please think about this.

Posted by: Amx | June 4, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

HRC invited comments to her website. But you can't actually ask her to quit. The email form on her website begins:

"I'm with you Hillary, and I am proud of everything we are fighting for."

Guess the only comments HRC invites from commenters are "keep fighting; you can still really win"! With Obama having 2178 delegates, she would have to be super woman to even get within a mile of winning!

Posted by: FedUpinVA | June 4, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Why should Hillary Clinton take a back seat when she still has an excellent chance of becoming the first female US president? She should run as independent with Michael Bloomberg as her running mate--the New York ticket. In a three-way race, it's not the majority vote that counts but the plurality vote, and the Clinton-Bloomberg ticket only needs 35% of each state vote with Obama and McCain probably splitting the rest evenly around 32-33% each.

In fact, the Clinton-Bloomberg ticket doesn't even need a plurality of the national vote: all it needs is a majority of the electoral votes (270). This means the ticket needs to win a plurality of the votes in seven major states (CA (55), TX (34), FL (27), PA (21), OH (20), MI (17), and NY (31)), giving the ticket the total of 205 electoral votes. In addition the ticket needs to win a plurality in about 8 out of 12 smaller states such as WV (5), KY (8), TN (11), NJ (15), AR (6), LA (9), IN (11), NV (5), AZ (10), IW (7), Mo (11), and NM (5), giving the ticket about 80 out of 106 electoral votes available from those states. It is worthwhile to note that Hillary Clinton won all seven major states and 9 of the 12 smaller states in her primary campaign.

If she and Bloomberg run, at least 1/3 of women voters probably would vote for them unwaveringly, so would about 2/3 of Hispanics, 1/3 of working class male Democrats, as well as possibly about 1/5 of Republicans who are economic conservatives distrustful of ultraliberal Obama, who runs on hope as his solution to America's problems, and skeptical of McCain who runs on economic cluelessness as his solution. When these numbers are added up, it's very close to 35% of the vote needed for the Clinton-Bloomberg ticket to win, and the ticket only has to do that in seven major states and 8 smaller ones--the Middle America strategy.

Hillary Clinton is a policy wonk and Michael Bloomberg is an extremely successful businessman, a combination that is exactly what the US needs to get back on track. Indeed, what America needs today is not a Democratic solution or Republican solution but an American solution, and what presidential ticket would fit that need better than a ticket made up of an ex-Democrat and an ex-Republican? It will be the true national unity ticket that will not only give the US its first female president but also first Jewish vice president. Imagine that--two firsts! It is a real history maker, more so than Obama presidency.

Let's stop being Democrats or Republicans and start calling for the Clinton-Bloomberg independent ticket for 2008--the strongest independent ticket since George Washington!!

Posted by: George PS. | June 4, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

With SD and MT now counted, Hillary finished this race with 18,000
more votes than Obama - EXCLUDING Michigan. Toss it in, it's a
346,000 lead.

Ladies, if you are ready to demand that Supers honor that - or you
will vote McCain - read and sign at;


Posted by: RG | June 4, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

"Whoever said that after denial comes acceptance hadn't met the Clintons." - MoDo, today.

Posted by: MadasHelinVA | June 4, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

With the General Election now started, I'm sure that the candidates are viewing all of their options for their running mate. If you want to see what America thinks who should be the VP for either dems or reps, you should go to

They started a VP poll last week, and the results from that poll have just been posted. This poll is honest and represents all of America. Help your favorite candidate choose his/her running mate.

Posted by: votenix | June 4, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Franky | June 4, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

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