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time.com — Day after day, Hillary Rodham Clinton, her husband, former president Bill Clinton, and their daughter Chelsea - travel the country stumping for support in a race that is, by almost any measure, over.

Clinton trails in Barack Obama in every meaningful metric of the Democratic nomination fight; she has fewer pledged delegates and superdelegates, has won fewer states and trails in the popular vote (unless, of course, Michigan and Florida are included in that count).

All of which begs the question: Why does she go on?

A graceful exit is never easy in a business as fraught with ego and ambition as presidential politics. Which is why in recent days, quiet calls have started going out to key supporters of Hillary Clinton who are showing signs of wanting to jump ship. Clinton's emissaries point out that she is no longer attacking Barack Obama, and they promise she won't start again. Allow her to ride out the last few primaries, they argue, and she won't do anything to make it difficult for her longtime allies to switch their allegiances when the time comes.

The latest round of calls was a tacit admission that while the battles aren't over, the war has been lost. It also raises the question, What will Clinton's terms of surrender turn out to be? Her husband, for one, seems to have a pretty clear idea what he thinks she should get as a consolation prize. In Bill Clinton's view, she has earned nothing short of an offer to be Obama's running mate, according to some who are close to the former President. Bill "is pushing real hard for this to happen," says a friend. Hillary is more opaque about what she might want, divulging little even to those who see and talk to her every day. "It's as plain as the nose on your face that this whole thing has shifted to a different mode," says a top Clinton strategist. "But I don't know what she wants. I don't know what she's thinking."

Even if Clinton is not on the ticket, the list of things she might want could range from a tangible move like help in paying off some of her campaign debt to a symbolic gesture of homage at the Democratic National Convention. Obama's team knows that Clinton and her crew above all are likely to want respect to be paid for their efforts; beyond that, it is unclear what the tab will be. "There have been no discussions between the campaigns," says chief strategist David Axelrod. "There's been no back-channel negotiations. We're respectful of her and her right to fight on." But they know the time is rapidly approaching when the two campaigns are going to have to begin peace talks. And they anticipate, given everything they have learned about the Clintons, that the negotiations won't be easy. "We're expecting sort of the worst here," says a top Obama adviser.

Posted by McNaab
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Why is Hillary Clinton still running?
An Obligation to stay in
Making the Brand
Running out the Clock
She's Winning
Looking to 2012
Vice President
A Voice at the Convention
More electable
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Posted 2653 days ago
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Clinton already collected $30m for the General Election. As soon as she drops out, that money has to be refunded, as far as I know, so this is one reason.

Another reason is that, as long as she is running, she can collect money through donations. Let's say, she makes another $20m in May, but has less costs than in earlier months. That would mean that she has a surplus that she can use to lessen her debts.

Another reason is that there are some meteors out there and she still has a good chance at winning the popular vote. Polls by Rasmussen and Quinnipiac speak in her favor and in matchups with McCain, she does better, beating him handily, while Obama struggles.

With fighting on, she does something for her image, maybe even with eyes already set on 2012. If she can establish herself as a working class hero for smalltowners, who fights for all the states, then this will help her in many ways: at the convention, in the VP debate, for 2012, for her own standing in the Senate.

Dropping out with just two more weeks to go and just three more states to do would destroy her new image.

So, all of the above.
Posted 2653 days ago
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Obama is not electable in November. Clinton knows this and is trying to save the Democrats from the Leftest. She has no reason to want VP, as that office has zero power. She as Obama's VP would have less than zero power.
Posted 2652 days ago
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Women have been messed over for many years by the Democrat Party and it appears that millions of "US" will be returning the favor, should this primary season continue on its current path. Hillary Clinton is clearly the best choice to be our party's nominee for President. As a life-long Democrat, age 55, I think the way my party has hosed Hillary and their most loyal and largest voting block; women intolerable. I am confident the Democrat Party will pay a severe price for this blatant assault on women in November. Cry all you want about this being "sour grapes" but little good will result from your on-going efforts to rally Hillary's staunch supporters around your chosen candidate instead of the people's choice. Now, the Democrat Party leaders want women to get their pre- selected from the start, elite, wimp, Barack Obama elected in November. It will be cold day in hell before I comply and I also hope Hillary walks away from this Party. Most of the women, and many men as well, with whom I have contact are finished with the Democrat Party, now and forever. Also, many of "US" are starting a grassroots movement to insure these kind of sorry tactics employed by my now soon to be former party, never happen again. This clear favoring of Obama, making him the nominee because the party doesn't want a woman, especially a Clinton woman, is more that I can tolerate. Of all the gall, the Democrat Party now expects "US" girls, including Hillary, to turn over our undying support to Obama. Sorry guys, this is not going to happen. Obama has no shot of winning in November without Hillary's help and all of us, her supporters. Not on your life or in your wildest dreams is this going to happen. Democrat Party leaders take heed and you superdelegates had better wait to declare your support until the final results of all the primaries are tallied and the voices of all 50 states and territories are heard from. At that time, the real nominee of the people can be declared for the fall election. Let it be known that the damage has already been done to the largest voting block in America. However, it remains to be seen how deep these "bitterly disappointing and highly blatant attacks" are to women. In my mind, this is a travesty and affects all women of America. I for one will change my registration to Independent, and possibly Republican, on the day I vote for Hillary Rodham Clinton at the KY state convention. Bye, bye and good riddance from Mary O'Bryan, Louisville, KY, to my former party, no matter what happens in the primaries left to come.
Posted 2650 days ago
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She's standing up for her principles. Whether or not she wins or loses the nomination she wants to make a legacy for herself. What that legacy means and how people will view it is something only historians can judge.
Posted 2649 days ago
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OBAMA is only 54 delegates away from the AGREED upon total of 2026!

Posted 2648 days ago
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