Bill May Tell Hillary to Quit on Tuesday!

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Mon, 03/03/2008 - 7:25am.

It is the burning question of the moment: who will have the courage to tell Hillary Clinton it is time to quit? Friends of the couple say the chances are that it will be her husband, and that he will tell her if she loses Texas or Ohio on Tuesday. He has already made it clear she cannot soldier on without a double victory.

If, however, she wins narrowly in both states but lags significantly behind in the number of delegates needed to clinch the nomination, then who will tell Bill Clinton to tell Hillary the game is up?

It could be Vernon Jordan, the African-American power broker who is so loyal to the Clintons that he arranged a job for the former intern Monica Lewinsky when she was no longer welcome at the White House.

The Clintons believe they could still fight on if Hillary wins the popular vote in Texas but ends up with fewer delegates under the state's peculiar system, which combines a primary election with caucuses. Hillary's camp is threatening to sue the local Democratic party if this happens but it could leave her with the reputation of a petulant, sore loser.

Leon Panetta, Bill Clinton's former White House chief of staff, said: "There comes a point where you can drag this thing on in a way that doesn't really give you the votes you need and it leaves a bad taste in the mouth."

He regards the Clintons as "pros" who will know if the race is over. "In the end the former president and Hillary are going to understand what needs to be done. They get it."

Clinton has been outshone by a candidate who resembles her husband more than she does. At a rally in Beaumont, Texas, Samantha Bartley, 40, said she had expected to vote for Hillary. "Because we knew him, we thought we knew her. Bill inspired me when I was young. Now I've got my 18-year-old, my 20-year-old and my 21-year-old all voting for the first time. Barack Obama's charisma reminds me of Bill and makes me feel young again."

Jen Psaki, a spokeswoman for Obama, said: "The Democratic Party wants to be united and is looking forward to running against John McCain. Spending millions of dollars against each other instead of the presumptive Republican nominee is not going to help the Democrats to win the presidency."

There was a rush of sympathy for Margaret Thatcher when she was ousted by her colleagues, even though the country did not want her back. If Clinton loses the race, Panetta believes, "It will be a tragedy for her. It's everything she wanted and was prepared to do.

"All of us expected that with the money, the organisation and the Clinton name, she would win.

"The other lesson with the Clintons is, they always come back and that will be true for her. She could be the next Senate majority leader."

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Submitted by SadInAmerica on Mon, 03/03/2008 - 7:25am.