Third Party Run for Hillary?
by MAL Contends, Wed Apr 23, 2008 at 07:25:18 AM EDT
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Most rational, honest observers (those are not whom we see on cable TV) know that absent a historic meltdown by Obama, Hillary Clinton has virtually no chance of winning the Democratic nomination.
Her nine-digit win in the quasi-machine state of Pennsylvania excites only those with a vested interest in seeing her continue in the race.
Here's an updated reposting of one rationale explaining why Hillary stays in, consistent with known facts: A third-party run.
In Hillary Clinton's willingness to blow up a historic Democratic constituency (the African-American vote, now voting against here nine-to-one), her embrace of John McCain's national security credentials over Barack Obama's, and her utilization of rightwing media organs to smear Obama, right as her money is drying up, one sees at least the outlines of a rationale for the messianic Hillary to morph into Joe Lieberman and stage an independent run for the presidency.
Said James Carville in April: "Well, you know the convention is not the end game, folks. Now, don't get me wrong I think Hillary Clinton will get the nomination in the end. But, if the Washintonian elites decide to throw her under the bus, who could blame her if she took this all the way to November."
Certainly Hillary possesses the sense of entitlement and burn-down-the-house drive to wage such a battle.
And the Clinton's loyalty to the Democratic Party has never been that strong. Hillary is a Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) Democrat, who has believed the third way is the only for some time now.
Her continued presence in the race and her general-election attacks speaks clearly that she really does not care what damage she inflicts on the Democratic nominee.
Maybe Hillary does care, and wishes to subtly inflict as much damage as possible, weakening Obama for her historic third-party run facing a weakened Obama and a historically weak GOP.
Such a run would be the realization of the ultimate triangulation.
What's to stop her? Hillary's lack of ambition, Hillary's loyalty to the Democratic Party?