Lib Dem Blogger Says Clinton Should Withdraw

Liberal Democratic blogger Deborah White delivers a scathing denunciation of Hillary Clinton, saying that it’s time that the New York Senator withdraws from the presidential race:

How could anyone seriously believe that, after the brutal and dishonest behavior of the Clintons since Super Tuesday, February 5th, that the American people, exhausted by the brutal and dishonest Bush administration, would lift Hillary and Bill Clinton up to electoral victory and return them to four more years in the White House? How could anyone seriously believe that Obama supporters would now vote for Hillary Clinton in 2008 (or possibly ever)?

Such fantasies defy good common sense and all rules of logic.

Yeah, this race is so over. The only remaining question is… what Democrat possesses the backbone and requisite muscle to tell the Clintons that it’s over, and to enforce it?

Read the whole thing.

I’m not interested in the validity of White’s arguments per se. I don’t do endorsements around here.

What’s so striking about White’s column is that she is such a reasonable person, not given to lashing out at fellow Democrats. Her anger may be some indication of the antipathy rank and file Democrats are feeling these days. If White’s column measures many of her fellow Democrats’ sentiments, they want the nomination fight to be over so that they can fight Senator John McCain.

Clinton’s supporters have been saying that the Senator should remain in the race at least until “the remaining ten states have been heard from.” But will that enhance the Democratic nominee’s chances in the fall? Increasingly, that’s the question that people like White are raising. But will the people to whom Senator Clinton is likely to listen raise it?

[This is being cross-posted at my personal blog.]

Author: MARK DANIELS

8 Comments

  1. How could anyone seriously believe that Obama supporters would now vote for Hillary Clinton in 2008 (or possibly ever)?

    But only 59% of Democratic voters who support Clinton say they would vote for Obama against McCain, while 28% say they would vote for the Republican McCain.

    Seventy-two percent of those who support Obama for the party’s nomination would vote for Clinton against McCain,

    She is right though. It is sooooo over. Now if anyone has the courage to just broker the convention and put Bill Richardson and Joe Biden on the ticket then we can all be happy

  2. wc:
    It's interesting…That's just the scenario I've been talking with people about in recent days. The three top finalists for the nomination (Obama, Clinton, and Edwards) were not the the three most qualified candidates in the race. They were the three with the most celebrity. (Although, of the three, I do think that Obama is the most credentialed, both because of having spent the most time in electoral politics and having the most substantive accomplishments.)

    Biden and Richardson would be better bets for the party this year.

    Mark

  3. I was a Richardson fan before he dropped out, but Obama was my backup since he seems to most consistently answer questions and knows whats going on. Always held a little hope that Richardson would be the VP nominee when all was said and done.

  4. I would have to say that I whole heartedly agree with the fact that Biden would have made a better candidate. As I tend to lean more on the Republican side of the house it is nice to have a candidate that will actually speak the truth and not constantly play down questions all the time. I have heard Biden speak and he is a very educated informed man on the world as it is today. Made alot of good points and I can tell you would have made me swing in his direction. Whoever gets in the big office I hope they remember one thing THEY WORK FOR US!

  5. I still say Obama President, Richardson VP and Biden National Security Advisor, with Edwards as AG. (Lugar and/or Hagel as Def Sec/Sec of State)

  6. Whocares, given the current emotional ferment going on right now in the primary battle, I wouldn't put too much weight on the recent polls.

    As Mark Blumenthal explains at pollster.com (http://www.pollster.com/blogs/some_context_on_t…) there's precedent for this and the “party faithful” for the most part chill out come the general.

    I wouldn't be surprised if many of the young people who were ripped from apathy and inspired by Obama to participate in the process stay home once they discovered that politics is indeed a brutal sport, but it would be interesting to see how many actually cross over (not sure we'll have that opportunity to find out tho).

  7. Isn't the real problem is that the primary (and even the general election) process is just not designed for a close rate. The 2000 general election demonstrated that the election process is not designed to accurately measure voting in a close rate. The 2008 primary election has demonstrated that the primary process is really designed to be over by super Tuesday.

    In the future, as the Republican party collapses, do we really want a process where a few states decide who the president is and that 40 states do not get to have a say?

  8. Idiosyncrat

    I would agree with your assessment but 41 percent of Hillary Supporters will not vote for Obama in that poll. I made a case why Obama cannot win the general election and I put the figure that would vote for McCain vs Obama at 5 percent. Now Im thinking it will be more like 15 percent. Certainly not 41 percent but that figure does not drop to 5 percent.

    Once the polls begin showing McCain with a very real chance to win in November I think the GOP becomes energized once again and they who have tried so hard to make the Religious right an evil word are now supporting a candidate who hails from a church who was extremely activist in politics. They no longer have a leg to stand on there.

    McCain will win the election in November because once again as a party the democrats are throwing out a far left liberal and this time he not only has no experience but he is a poster child for the Religious Right.

    But he is a dynamic person and gives great speeches. I do understand why people are drawn to him, but it will not be enough.

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