It’s on to Denver

Obama wrapped up the Democratic nomination last night and with his speech he tried to look towards John McCain and praise Hillary Clinton for a hard fought race.

But Sen. Clinton refused to accept the obvious and go quietly into the night. From Maureen Dowd:

Barry has been trying to shake off Hillary and pivot for quite a long time now, but she has managed to keep her teeth in his ankle and raise serious doubts about his potency. Getting dragged across the finish line Tuesday night by Democrats who had had enough of the rapacious Clintons, who had decided, if it came to it, that they would rather lose with Obama than win with Hillary, the Illinois senator tried to celebrate at the St. Paul arena where Republicans will anoint John McCain in September.

But even as Obama was trying to savor, Hillary was refusing to sever. Ignoring the attempts of Obama and his surrogates to graciously say how ?extraordinary? she was as they showed her the exit, she and a self-pitying Bill continued to pull focus. Outside Baruch College, where she was to speak, her fierce feminist supporters screamed ?Denver! Denver! Denver!?

Even as Obama got ready to come out on stage for his victory party, the Clinton campaign announced that it had won a Wyoming superdelegate and Terry McAuliffe introduced her at Baruch as ?the next president of the United States.? She gave a brief nod to Obama without conceding that he was the nominee before rushing through a variation on her stump speech. She clung to her fuzzy math about winning the popular vote, and in one last fudge she said: ?Thanks so much to South Dakota. You had the last word? ? even though the Montana polls still had 25 minutes to go.

And so, we are left to wonder why Sen. Clinton is staying in the race. To pay off her $20 million in debt or angle for the Vice Presidency or to create enough dissonance that Obama and the Democrats lose in November so she can smugly say “I told you so” on the crest of 2012?

It might be all of those, but I think it’s something everyone can relate to. When you come so tantalizing close to something you’ve been working towards and dreaming about your entire life it’s a difficult thing to throw in the towel and just call it quits. And though some people might be harboring ill will towards Sen. Clinton for that, on one level that sort of devotion is admirable.

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