Breaking News: Bubba concedes the nomination
June 2, 2008 Leave a comment
Former president Bill Clinton dropped a hint Monday that the end might be nigh for his wife Hillary’s dogged campaign for the Democratic White House nomination, according to reports.
“I want to say also that this may be the last day I’m ever involved in a campaign of this kind,” the former president told Clinton supporters in South Dakota, ABC and NBC reported on their news websites.
“I thought I was out of politics, till Hillary decided to run. But it has been one of the greatest honors of my life to go around and campaign for her for president,” he added at the start of his stump speech.
In the meantime, we can watch the media salivate at the prospect of the coming end of our national nightmare:
Hillary Rodham Clinton will give her post-primary speech in New York Tuesday night, a rare departure from the campaign trail.
… she is under increasing pressure to cede the Democratic nomination to Barack Obama after the final primaries. There was a sense of denouement in the campaign. She planned to rally with husband and former President Clinton and their daughter Chelsea in South Dakota Monday night—a reunion usually reserved for election nights.
It’s easy to see the concession speech if you read it under the proper light:
“I’m just very grateful we kept this campaign going until South Dakota would have the last word,” Clinton said at a restaurant visit here. “What South Dakota decides tomorrow will have a big influence in what people think going forward.”
… Clinton’s advisers privately predicted she would lose both contests …
UPDATE! Clinton has lost the delegate count and will admit that today, but she WON’T concede the nomination:
Hillary Rodham Clinton will concede Tuesday night that Barack Obama has the delegates to secure the Democratic nomination, campaign officials said, effectively ending her bid to be the nation’s first female president.
The advisers said Clinton has made a strategic decision to not formally end her campaign, giving her leverage to negotiate with Obama on various matters including a possible vice presidential nomination for her. She also wants to press him on issues he should focus on in the fall, such as health care.
It’s time for a drink!