Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Where we stand

Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, et al at First Read have a nice post this moring summing up the status of the race.

Regarding delegate math, they provide this sobering take,
Clinton needs to win 58% of all remaining pledged delegates simply to get the pledged delegate lead back. Forget 2025. And if you assume Obama wins Vermont, Wyoming, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oregon, Montana, and South Dakota, then the magic percentage number in the states Clinton wins rises to 65% -- SIMPLY TO GET THE PLEDGED DELEGATE LEAD BACK...
How do the Clintons face the media, Democratic voters and operatives, donors, etc. and justify their continued campaign?

The ONLY position left to them to justify going forward is that they fully intend to strip the nomination from Obama despite his having won the primary / caucus race. They must tell their donors, supporters and even voters in the upcoming states that they deserve their support because they are going to steal this nomination.

Forget Bill Clinton, his political career is over, but when does Hillary start thinking about her future? As a retired Governor with no job, it was easy for Bill in 1992 to run a scorched earth campaign -- Like Richard Gere in 'An Officer and a Gentleman,' he had no place else to go. Hillary has a job and a very bright future in the Senate.

No comments: