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stillcool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-19-08 09:24 PM
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70. The talk about a "Catastrophic Event"
sure gives me the willies...

Clinton campaign on ropes

Published: May 08. 2008 6:00AM
Murray, who has supported Bill and Hillary Clinton since 1991, said these are tough times for people like him who are in the Clinton camp but want to unify the party.

"The sense is, absent some catastrophic event that would take place in this campaign,
it's going to be very difficult to see a path to victory for Hillary given what happened" Tuesday, Murray said.

Sun May 11, 2008
Analysis: Could Clinton land the VP nomination?

Several Clinton associates say there is still a ray of hope among some in her campaign: that a "catastrophic" revelation about Obama might make it possible for her to win the presidential nomination.
But barring that, Hillary and Bill Clinton recognize that her candidacy is being abandoned and rejected by superdelegates whom she once expected to win over and that, even if she were to win the popular vote in combined primary states, she will almost certainly be denied the nomination. Reports: N.Y. Senator Now Faces Nearly Impossible Odds To Capturing Democratic Nomination
May 7, 2008

Clinton's Path To Victory Slipping Away
There is one scenario which does work for Clinton and thats a massive movement of superdelegates leaving Obama and supporting her. The party leaders could do that, but it would take some unforeseen development in the race between now and the convention for them to do so. Obama, in some way, would have to be rendered so unelectable that the party rejects him at the convention. Thats not much to hang a hat on but its starting to look like her best option.

And even that might not be a viable option, said Joe Trippi. Even if the catastrophic thing existed or happened, if she were perceived to have caused it, I think it would end her campaign too, Trippi said. I dont think theres any way now for her to gain the nomination. Shes at the point now where if she tries to make a case against Obama, it will actually speed up superdelegates joining his cause just to shut the campaign down.

But Trippi notes that the Obama campaign and Democratic leaders are still likely to give Clinton the room she needs to go forward on her own terms, provided that she does so in a positive manner. I think theres lots of tolerance for her going on, running the table into the convention and having a presence there, he said. But if she actually tries to compete in the trenches for the nomination in a way that looks like its damaging the nominee I dont think there will be any tolerance for that at all.
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