Wednesday, May 07, 2008
It's over for Hilary
Out of cash, out of delegates and out of time - I think that she's coming to the end of the road.
Looking at the two 'victory' speeches last night there was a huge difference between the two candidates.
Obama striking and confident, giving his first speech of the General Election.
Hilary with bits and bobs all over the place but with pointed references to working with the Party's nominee..... She was unsure and unsteady and toward the end looked like she was reading out the words without meaning them.
The look on Bill and Chelsea's faces was an even clearer indicator. The reaction of her crowd of supporters was also an indicator they knew the end was close at hand.
Hilary has proved herself an able and dogged fighter with far more political skills than most thought she had. It's just that Obama is as well and has the edge in the campaign in terms of popular vote and more importantly delegates.
Hilary pulling out or at the least avoiding the use of her 'kitchen sink' /scorched earth approach for the next win or two would be good for the party, allow Hilary her role as Party No2 (but not probably running mate to Obama) and maximise the chances of Obama winning now that the Party has given him the advantage.
This would also settle the problem of the seating of Florida and Michigan. If Obama is designated as the Democratic Candidate the two delegations can be seated and vote for Hilary in the proportions that voted for her in that contest (hence I think the emphasis in Hilary's speech on seating the two delegations at the Convention).
Good coverage from Andrew Sullivan in his blog "The Daily Dish"
"Hilary, the time has come" from Kevin Naff of Washington Blade, previously a Clinton supporter.
From the BBC 'Clinton heading for the exit' by John Zogby (independent pollster)