Clearly, the talk about Clinton getting out of the race is getting to the Clinton campaign. After the major gaffes of the past couple weeks (the Tuzla lies and the Pelosi letter for starters), that storyline has legs, as they say. So, yesterday, the campaign asked the Washington Post to interview her so she could let us know she is NEVER getting out of the race:
“I know there are some people who want to shut this down and I think they are wrong,” Clinton said in an interview during a campaign stop here Saturday. “I have no intention of stopping until we finish what we started and until we see what happens in the next 10 contests and until we resolve Florida and Michigan. And if we don’t resolve it, we’ll resolve it at the convention — that’s what credentials committees are for.
“We cannot go forward until Florida and Michigan are taken care of, otherwise the eventual nominee will not have the legitimacy that I think will haunt us,” said the senator from New York. “I can imagine the ads the Republican Party and John McCain will run if we don’t figure out how we can count the votes in Michigan and Florida.”
Asked if there was a scenario in which she would drop out before the last primaries on June 3, Clinton said no. “I am committed to competing everywhere that there is an election,” she said.
The Clinton campaign requested the interview Saturday to talk about how she could win and to emphasize her focus on Michigan and Florida.
Wow. This borders on scary and even a bit delusional. Challenge her and face the consequences. So, that’s what Democrats wake up to today — a commitment from Clinton that she is never getting out of the race. She’s just told us she’s planning on taking this fight all the way to the convention. Pretty soon, she’ll be telling us she’s staying in til November, then the Inauguration.
Since Hillary brought it up, she should also imagine the ads the Republican Party and John McCain will run using her words and the words of her out-of-control staff. For example, Barack Obama won’t be a “legitimate” candidate when he officially gets the nomination at the convention. Nice. But, none of that really matters to Hillary Clinton. This is all about her — and nothing will stand in her way.
It’s bizarre, disturbing and, yet, weirdly fascinating to watch Clinton in action these days. She continues to make up new rules and new realities. And, the fact that she will destroy not just the Democratic nominee, but the Democratic party becomes more obvious every day. The threatening letter to Speaker Pelosi from Clinton’s donors re-confirmed that.
While she using Florida and Michigan as an excuse to stay in the race, Clinton did make it clear that her real goal is superdelegates:
When asked Saturday how she could still win, Clinton immediately talked about wooing superdelegates, who she said “have a role and very important responsibility.”
“We have to nominate someone who can go toe to toe with John McCain on national security and beat him on the economy,” she said. “This will all be for naught if we don’t win in November.”
Okay, toe to toe with John McCain on national security? Well, since Hillary brought up national security and what the Republicans and John McCain will do for ads, imagine what they’ll do with this:
We need an intervention. A superdelegate intervention. We need it fast. Hillary not intends to destroy Obama, she intends to destroy the Democratic party. And, she is well on her way.