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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Monday, June 02, 2008

More signs that it's over

According to Politico,
Members of Hillary Clinton's advance staff received calls and emails this evening from headquarters summoning them to New York City Tuesday night, and telling them their roles on the campaign are ending, two Clinton staffers tell my colleague Amie Parnes.....

Clinton's senior aides didn't respond to requests for comment on her Tuesday night plans.

Maybe this from FirstRead,
For yet another hint at what Clinton's week is going to look like, Terry McAuliffe announced on Morning Joe that Clinton will be giving her Tuesday night victory speech in her elective office home state: New York.

Also, reinforcing my "threat from the party heavies" theory,
On NBC’s “Today”: Andrea Mitchell said “top Senators” plan to endorse Obama some time after Tuesday’s primaries, and Clinton is deciding whether to concede by midweek.

Later: CNN reports that "most" of the uncommitted Senators will endorse Obama after Tuesday.

More: (Ambinder) Clinton campaign urging staffers to turn in receipts.

And, (AFP) "I want to say also that this may be the last day I'm ever involved in a campaign of this kind," the former president told Clinton supporters in South Dakota, ABC and NBC reported on their news websites."

And, (Politico) On Clinton's Tuesday night appearance in NY, "
And Clinton's finance director, Jonathan Mantz, sent an email out to top donors inviting them to the event, of which I've obtained a copy."


  • We've repeatedly been treated to "news" reports about impending junctures where Hillary Clinton will finally take the high road, get behind the presumptive nominee, take steps to unify the party, blah, blah, blah. At every turn... at EVERY turn... Hillary has taken the opposite tack. It's been fight, fight, fight... attack, attack, attack.... complain, complain, complain.

    I will believe Hillary is getting in line with the Democrats when she admits she came up short and Obama is the LEGITIMATE candidate who won the nomination FAIR AND SQUARE. I don't think she makes-nice this week... or next. I don't think she ever makes-nice in a compelling, truly unifying way.

    Lip service? Maybe. Rolling up her sleeves to get a Democrat in the White House who's name ISN'T Clinton? Nah. History gives me no reason to expect this.

    By Blogger -epm, at 12:48 PM  

  • Oh, I definitely didn't mean to imply the high road......

    The difference now is that some of her most loyal defenders outside the campaign, Wasserman Schulz, Rendell, Vilsack, etc, not to mention the next tier out, are beginning to abandon the cause.

    To your last point, I'm not so sure. It will be in her interests to at least be perceived to be fighting for Obama, so there will be some effort.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 1:29 PM  

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