Democratic Party Official: Clinton Pursuing 'The Tonya Harding Option' What will she have to do to Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, in order to eke out her improbable victory? She will have to "break his back," the official said. She will have to destroy Obama, make Obama completely unacceptable. "Her securing the nomination is certainly possible - but it will require exercising the 'Tonya Harding option.'" the official said.