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Tue May 3, 2016, 04:08 PM May 2016

Clinton's refusal to quit in 2008 haunts her in 2016

While some allies want her to nudge Sanders out, others say he's only behaving like she did eight years ago.

PHILADELPHIA, PA – In the wake of her victories in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut and Delaware, some of Hillary Clinton’s top operatives are ready for Bernie Sanders to call it quits. But Clinton’s own refusal to give up in 2008, even after she had no real path forward, remains an obstacle to ramping up that pressure.

Indeed, some veterans of Clinton’s 2008 campaign are urging empathy and space for Sanders, emphasizing that the decision to slog on is not about having a viable path forward — it’s about feeling that you’ve gone as far as you can go.

At rallies, “women would literally grab her hand say, ‘don’t you dare drop out, don’t you quit,’ ” recalled Howard Wolfson, Clinton’s former communications director, of the 2008 end game. “Your head told you the math didn’t add up, but your heart said, we’re continuing to win states, we’re continuing to draw big crowds, and it’s very hard to walk away from a contest when you have millions of supporters who are clearly still determined to help you get elected.”

Like others in Clinton’s 2008 brain trust, Wolfson said he understands why Sanders wants to keep fighting. “You begin to conclude this is a cause that’s bigger than yourself,” he explained of the campaign’s mindset in the spring of 2008. “I’m sure there are the same sets of pressure on the Sanders camp today.”

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Clinton's refusal to quit in 2008 haunts her in 2016 (Original Post) insta8er May 2016 OP
Hillary 2008...toned back her rallies when it was apparent obama beachbumbob May 2016 #1
I'm with Bernie...all the way! Human101948 May 2016 #3
Its a reasonable article, so I don't have prob reccing nt BootinUp May 2016 #2


(9,263 posts)
1. Hillary 2008...toned back her rallies when it was apparent obama
Tue May 3, 2016, 04:11 PM
May 2016

Had one...and never once issued a contested convention line....sanders is becoming disappointing as he ego is ruling him now more than anything else



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3. I'm with Bernie...all the way!
Tue May 3, 2016, 04:58 PM
May 2016

He represents me and I want to see him go all the way to the convention. You Hillary whiners will just have to wait.

P.S. ---didn't you read the post? Hillary kept going. You made that up about her toning down her rallies.

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