Instead of quietly conceding defeat to Obama last night, Hillary refused to acknowledge Barack’s evisceration of her candidacy by congratulating him on winning. In fact, she was introduced last night at her pep rally as the “next president of the United States.”
She also mocked Barack’s dedication to healthcare by saying she’s been fighting for fair healthcare for 16 years while Barack has only been concerned about it for 16 months.
Would it have been so awful for Hillary to at least to pretend to be gracious in her exit?
In today’s New York Times, Maureen Dowd puts her finger right in the eye of the continuing Clinton storm:
Clintonologists know that Hillary is up to something, but they aren’t sure what. Theory No. 1 is that it’s the Cassandra “I told you so” gambit: She believes intensely that he’s too black, too weak and too elitist — with all his salmon and organic tea and steamed broccoli — to beat her pal John McCain.
But she has to pretend she’ll do “whatever it takes,” even accept the vice presidency, a job she’s already had and doesn’t want again, so that nobody will blame her when he loses on Nov. 4. Then she can power on to 2012.
Since Hillary now plans to be Barack’s Vice-President, he is now in for a world of hurt. I warned Barack to avoid that Clinton squeeze play by picking his Vice-President early. He didn’t listen. Now he will have to do much more than just paying her to play her.
Or it Hillary’s master plan to stay around, sticking knives into Obama’s back and hoping for the worst?
On my private Barack Obama blog, the largest amount of comments on any article I’ve written is one titled — “If She’s In, I’m Out!” — where I argue that taking Hillary on as Vice-President would shatter any sort of Realm of Hope for his campaign as Bill Clinton, again, becomes the locus of yet another failed campaign.
Having Hillary on the ticket means we’ll be hearing about Bill Clinton nonstop for the next four months!
We’ll read more about the women he’s bedding behind her back, rumors of his dirty money dealings and the whole rest of the Clinton nightmare that traumatized our country.
We deserve a fresh start.
We voted for a new hope.
We want to follow Barack Obama — but we cannot, and shall not — do that with two Clintons hanging on his backside and hoping for their resurrection in a national tragedy that will put her in the Oval Office instead of the Vice-President’s chair.
The very antithesis of hope is the wish for death and we’ve all had enough of that to last a lifetime.