Monday, June 02, 2008

Right? Or Wright?

First things first: if Clinton were the nominee, I'd likely be supporting her for president. That she's not makes it easier to acknowledge that she ran a poor campaign, of dubious gain and with still up in the air damages left in her wake. Will all the mud she stirred up affect Obama's chances in November? I don't think so, but if it does it all falls on Clinton's shoulders. She'd be like the anti-Gore, forever known not just for not winning but also for taking Obama down with her.

But that's not going to happen. Clinton may be power-mad, but she's not dumb. Ergo, if she finally drops out of the race, I bet we'll see her campaign for Obama like that was her purpose on earth. Not only would it be the right thing to do, it would at least partially redeem her after so many months of nonsense.

Of course, maybe Clinton won't go that way. Maybe she is selfish and venal through and through. In which case maybe she'll try to run as albatross in chief, hanging around to cause trouble, like the Rev. Wright. Or asterisk in chief, hanging around just to make Obama's election seem sketchy or suspect, the Pete Rose of presidents (though we sort of just had one of those).

But again, I don't think this will happen. She's sneaky, manipulative and disingenuous enough to pull off just the kind of public 180 degree shift that at the very least good sportsmanship demands. Expect nothing but smiles and grand gestures. But keep an eye on her (and her husband?) all the same.


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