Next wave will be goodbye
Mike Goodwin, a columnist at the New York Daily News, has a formula for Hillary Clinton's exit.
Goodwin says she should announce tonight that she is withdrawing from the race and putting her full support behind Barack Obama. The Associated Press reports that she will concede tonight.
A good idea. Several weeks too late.
Although there are indications that she just can't go any further. She's holding a rally tonight in Manhattan. And she's told her staff they can come, or they can go home. But if they come, the campaign isn't paying their way out of the Big Apple.
In other words, her campaign is broke.
Funny, how the wife of the last Democratic president, who was adored by his party and who balanced the federal budget, finds herself in such a bind.
She probably could have faced the inevitable in a way that was mutually beneficial, to herself and to Obama, as recently as several weeks ago. It's quite likely she could have brokered a deal. Where she'd release her delegates to Obama. In exchange for a transfer of funds from his campaign to hers. To pay off her debts.
But this gave way to ego.
In the long run, she has severely damaged herself politically. She will now be viewed in the U.S. Senate as who she is. The junior senator from New York.
All-too-often New York's senior U.S. senator, fellow Democrat Chuck Schumer, has had to stand in Clinton's shadows. No more. The Democrats in Congress recognize as well as anyone else that Clinton pressed on too long. To the determent of the party.
If she thinks her return to the well of the senate will result in a standing ovation from the Democratic side of the aisle, she's sadly mistaken.
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