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3/30/2008

Hillary Vows to Stay In Until the Convention

Filed under: 2008 Election — DRJ @ 8:18 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Despite widespread worries among Democrats that the Democratic race has become too divisive, Hillary Clinton says she will stay in the race until the Democratic Convention in late August:

“A day after Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean urged the candidates to end the race by July 1, Clinton defied that call by declaring that she will take her campaign all the way to the Aug. 25-28 convention if necessary, potentially setting up the prolonged and divisive contest that party leaders are increasingly anxious to avoid.

“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.”

It sounds like it will be hot in Denver this August.

— DRJ

30 Responses to “Hillary Vows to Stay In Until the Convention”

  1. Draft Gore! Draft Gore! Draft Gore!

    If that happens, half a million Kos readers’ heads will explode.

    Steven Den Beste (99cfa1)

  2. … and the Democratic Party would implode.

    DRJ (a431ca)

  3. What is really going on? Why won’t the Super Delegates simply pick The Obamessiah and put an end to this? Two possibilities have occurred to me- 1, the Clintons have massive power and have threatened, in one way or another, those who “betray” her or 2, The Obamessiah is tragically flawed and thos in the know fear public discovery before the general election.

    Demetri (c3f397)

  4. Apparently, Santa DID get my letter…

    Scott Jacobs (d3a6ec)

  5. This is High interesting! http://www.spymac.com/details/?2353878

    Matulla2008 (8b8308)

  6. What will they do when they realize that the regular delegates can jump ship too?

    Verlin Martin (899dce)

  7. I taking a real liking to her.
    You go girl.

    papertiger (0b0c9a)

  8. Draft Gore! Draft Gore! Draft Gore!
    If that happens, half a million Kos readers’ heads will explode.

    Love the imagery, Steve, I’m thinking of what happens in “Mars Attacks” when Slim Pickens song “Indian Love Call” is played….

    driver (faae10)

  9. Driver,
    LOL…I’ve been chuckling for awhile on that image!

    paul from fl (12026e)

  10. It was Slim Whitman, not Pickens,,,,I always get that wrong.

    driver (faae10)

  11. Dunno, maybe it would work on KosKids, too. For those of them who visit here, let’s try it:
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=RPp5IO07D9s

    driver (faae10)

  12. And if we don’t resolve it, we’ll resolve it at the convention — that’s what credentials committees are for.”

    And perhaps that’s what those ~900 FBI files are for?

    Old Coot (917ac3)

  13. Of course she is. She will not stop until she is dragged out shrieking and clawing. And even then she will not stop. At that point the litigation begins.

    Federal Dog (1404a2)

  14. This is going to be delicious. Remember the Democrat party is full of anti-smoking Nazis. I have this mental image of the anti-smoking Nazis crashing the party in the smoke filled rooms before the nominee deal is done. This may make 1968 Chicago look like a love-in!

    PCD (5ebd0e)

  15. Will there be a “Denver Seven”?

    Another Drew (f9dd2c)

  16. Demetri, comment # 3: What makes you think that the proper conjunction is “or?” Why couldn’t it be “and?”

    The Obama phenomenon caught them by surprise; while I’m really hoping that someone has gotten covert footage of the lovely Mrs Clinton railing about “that uppity Negro” stealing her coronation nomination, I’d guess that a lot of the superdoopers are at least wondering about how this has worked out.

    They’re caught in a bind: without the black vote, Democrats can’t win, and they know it. But they are also afraid of the Harvey Gantt example, and think — like Ed Rendell flat out said — that they can’t win with a black candidate. If they deprive Mr Obama of the nomination, black voters may very well stay home, in which case Democrats lose; if Mr Obama is nominated, he may not be able to win.

    My guess is that they’ll nominate Mr Obama, because they may give up on him winning, but the superdoopers want black voters at the polls, because a lot of them are facing re-election as well.

    Dana (3e4784)

  17. I can’t stand her; she is a liar; she has nothing to offer other than her husband; and she’s ugly. BUT would any of you who had her numbers, delegate count, and money even think about dropping out? There have been so many false political obituaries: when Nixon lost the CA governor’s race in ’62, Truman lost the presidency in ’48, and the number one number one was Abe Lincoln. People forget that Abraham Lincoln famously failed to attain nearly every elective office he sought until the 1860 presidential election. Lincoln lost early elections for the state legislature and twice fell short in U.S. Senate bids. Now that was a comeback.

    Howard Veit (cc8b85)

  18. I think it would be great if we had a presidential election and the democrats didn’t have a candidate because their nominating process was tied up in litigation. America is the land of dreams.

    daleyrocks (906622)

  19. I too agree that the black vote is important but it will not be enough to bring the party to power. the fact is that thes raceWIL be decided by white men. we already know how blacks and women will vote. we already know that republicans will vote for McCain. we know that latinos and asians will vote for hillary. we dont know how the white man will vote however. he must ask himself if he wants the first woman as president or the first black as president? he must ask himself how his relationships in life will change. if he were to vote for hillary, he will forever be “the white man” that continues to keep the brother down. if he voted for obama, He will be the “white man” that keeps the first black president from helping the black population to “overcome” thus resulting in the “white man” continuing to keep the brother down.

    breanna (7c3689)

  20. Actually breanna, I don’t think we “know that republicans will vote for McCain”. He just gave a terrible speech in LA that put the conservatives on suicide watch.

    And Hillary is toast but not for obvious reasons. She’s gotten the press angry with her. It was the media that came out with the videos debunking the snipers of Tuzla lie. And why? Because her camp attacked Obama by raising the issue of the Rev. Wright’s racist commentary…

    This internecine war is between the democrats and their publications arm, the national media.

    However, the moment a candidate comes out with “I’m staying in until the convention” speech – it’s over. They all say that just before they get out.

    Meanwhile the answer for why she’s still in it lies in the debt she has accrued. Somebody has to pay the bills, yup, that’s you, Hillary supporters.

    Kathy (8617ca)

  21. Talk about bad karma! We knew that the lovely Mrs Clinton had gotten behind on paying her bills, but it seems that some of the unpaid bills were for her campaign staffers’ health insurance coverage!

    Remember Hillary “I can’t be responsible for every undercapitalized business” Clinton’s 1993 response to criticisms of her oh-so-nobly intentioned universal health care coverage plan? Well, it seems thet one of the undercapitalized businesses for which she cannot be responsible is her own re-election campaign!

    I wonder what would have happened if one of Mrs Clinton’s paid staffers, one with health care coverage through the campaign, had been diagnosed with some expensive disease — and was told by AETNA (or whomever), “Sorry, you aren’t covered, because your employer didn’t pay their premiums?”

    And this raises another question; if the Clinton campaign was like most companies, the employees pay a percentage of their health insurance via payroll deduction, usually something like 20%. If the Clinton campaign health insurance program was structured that way, and if the campaign withheld health insurance premiums from employee paychecks and then didn’t pay the insurance promptly, that might be a criminal act.

    Dana (3e4784)

  22. lolo and lmao…didn’t take cnn long to close their chat about 50 cents changing his mind and backing ocabamama….Now I think I’ll go jump off cliff..jack cafferty and 50 cents both backing obama..I’m sure that will do it for Hillary…lolol

    Terry (a76e2e)

  23. Gotta love that gal’s spunk. It’s really beyond funny! She’s like a movie character, fighting off the villians at every turn. If she wrests this thing from Barry, it’s going to be Revenge of the Clintons 2008 .

    Vermont Neighbor (e7ed47)

  24. “She’s like a movie character,”

    Glenn Close jumping out of the bathtub with a knife does not count as “spunk.”

    Federal Dog (1404a2)

  25. if he were to vote for hillary, he will forever be “the white man” that continues to keep the brother down. if he voted for obama, He will be the “white man” that keeps the first black president from helping the black population to “overcome” thus resulting in the “white man” continuing to keep the brother down.

    Unless you to think about voting for the best candidate for the country, otherwise you can fall victim to Breanna’s identity politics type of thought process in selecting who to vote for, a democrat tradition.

    daleyrocks (906622)

  26. It’s CHAOS!, simply CHAOS! I tell ya.

    Gbear (58b08c)

  27. I can’t tell whether I’m happy…or overjoyed.

    corwin (17077e)

  28. Meh. Edwards, Richardson, Huckabee, and Romney all said the same thing. I think it’s more about keeping your supporters energized to avoid cascade failure, to take advantage of the next few weeks on the off chance someone catches Obama sodomizing a puppy on camera. She’ll drop out after she loses N. Carolina and Indiana.

    Russell (5ecf4a)

  29. Hillary Clinton can say and do anything she wants; and she isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon: http://theseedsof9-11.com

    Peggy McGilligan (e5f306)

  30. “I have no intention of stopping until we finish what we started,” Hillary said gesticulating wildly to a supposed supporter, “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.” Fortunately, no committee, or credentials required: http://theseedsof9-11.com

    Peggy McGilligan (e731ec)


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