Many of you will remember that I was a Hillary Clinton supporter at the beginning of the primary season. And I still like her. I do, however, think she has made some mis-steps in her campaign. And I do think it is time for her to withdraw from the race; that is, if she has the best interests of the Democratic party in mind. I'm not sure anymore if she does.
OK, what mis-steps has she made? Well, talking about non-existent sniper fire to boost her foreign policy experience was a mistake. And the contant negative barrage against Obama was not a good idea either. I'm a firm believer in a candidate talking up their positives, not in talking up the competition's negatives (or trying to create negatives where none, or few, exist).
And all the crap about experience is just that, crap! Hillary Clinton is well within her rights to talk about her experience, but is mistaken to try to tear down Obama's. The current edition of Forbes does a good job of breaking this issue down: "(Clinton) often boasts about her long resume and has used the phrase "35 years" (frequently to talk of her experience). That time frame accurately reflects her career in public service and policy-making dating to 1973, when she went to work for the Children's Defense Fund. But her math is off when she compares her own experience with that of her Democratic rival...He has spent three years as a community organizer; four years as a full-time attorney handling voting rights, employment and housing cases; eight years representing Chicago in the state Senate; and three years representing Illinois in the U.S. Senate. That's a total of 18 years in public policy matters - and Obama is 14 years younger than Clinton." So don't let her kid you, Obama has a significant amount of relevant experience.
OK, so why do I think she should withdraw? Well, it is next to impossible for her to overcome Obama's delegate lead given the remaining primaries and the rules for allocatin delegates. So Obama will have more delegates. That should give him the nomination as long as the super delegates cast their votes for the candidate with the most delegates. If that does not happen, and Hillary would win, it almost assuredly would sour the young and new voters that Obama has so successfully drawn upon to bring him to this point.
So here is the scenario that should happen. Hillary withdraws, immediately if not sooner. Unconditionally. And publicly declares her support for Obama in the general election. Then, the super delegates should work with both the Obama and Clinton camps to secure the VP slot for Hillary. No, Obama and Clinton are not the best of buddies at this point, but they would make a very formidable Democratic ticket in November. Both Obama and Clinton should embrace this ticket for the good of their party. And they should do it now!