Hillary to quit, endorse Obama, says the NYT
Long rumored, but this time it is probably true that Hillary Clinton has thrown in the towel. The NYT reports:
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton will endorse Senator Barack Obama on Saturday, bringing a close to her 17-month campaign for the White House, aides said. Her decision came after Democrats urged her on Wednesday to leave the race and allow the party to coalesce around Mr. Obama.
Howard Wolfson, one of Mrs. Clinton’s chief strategists, and other aides said she would express support for Mr. Obama and party unity at an event in Washington that day. One adviser said that Mrs. Clinton would concede defeat, congratulate Mr. Obama and proclaim him the party’s nominee, while pledging to do what was needed to assure his victory.
The unacknowledged cost of abetting the Hillary versus Barack fight, something which Rush Limbaugh's "Operation Chaos" encouraged, was the destruction of the Clinton Machine. It was in a way like supporting Fatah versus Hamas in Gaza. Neither had much to recommend them. But perhaps there was more to be gained to seeing both factions remain viable rather than forcing a showdown in which one faction is supreme winner. There was going to be a showdown anyway. But now the Clintons have been defeated, not only on points; they have been defeated utterly. Crushed.
Barack Obama will soon move to consolidate his power within the Democratic Party. Hillary underestimated him and lost her power and fortune to hubris. Yes. The unthinkable can happen.
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