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What Should Hillary Do?

Fighting On, Hillary's Still Here! What's Her Next Best Move?

Obama's name might be in million-point font on the front of every paper, but hanging in there with a little Comic Sans of her own is Hillary Clinton. And now the big question remains: WWHD? What Will Hillary Do?

She posed that question last night in a speech (one that was infinitely better planned than the McCain cringer, but more on that later) to supporters in New York saying

Now, the question is: Where do we go from here? And given how far we've come and where we need to go as a party, it's a question I don't take lightly. This has been a long campaign, and I will be making no decisions tonight. But this has always been your campaign. So, to the 18 million people who voted for me, and to our many other supporters out there of all ages, I want to hear from you. I hope you'll go to my Web site at and share your thoughts with me and help in any way that you can.

In the middle of the empty auditorium, with no celebratory confetti to be found, is that big ol' elephant. Hillary has over 1,900 pledged delegates, a scant 200 or so fewer than Obama. Until she formally withdraws, those delegates stay in her pocket — a peanut for the elephant if you will. So what does she do with them?

While experts try to parse "what went wrong" with her campaign, Nancy Pelosi and pals call for a Friday deadline for the Superdelegates to decide, and people make lists of why she's still in it, the question is a little different: What Should Hillary Do?


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freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
That was a nice email from her. It's been a long, hard fight. Now, onto the battle with bigger stakes...
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
It was a good run Hillary. :)
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
Dear Harmony, I wanted you to be one of the first to know: on Saturday, I will hold an event in Washington D.C. to thank everyone who has supported my campaign. Over the course of the last 16 months, I have been privileged and touched to witness the incredible dedication and sacrifice of so many people working for our campaign. Every minute you put into helping us win, every dollar you gave to keep up the fight meant more to me than I can ever possibly tell you. On Saturday, I will extend my congratulations to Senator Obama and my support for his candidacy. This has been a long and hard-fought campaign, but as I have always said, my differences with Senator Obama are small compared to the differences we have with Senator McCain and the Republicans. I have said throughout the campaign that I would strongly support Senator Obama if he were the Democratic Party's nominee, and I intend to deliver on that promise. When I decided to run for president, I knew exactly why I was getting into this race: to work hard every day for the millions of Americans who need a voice in the White House. I made you -- and everyone who supported me -- a promise: to stand up for our shared values and to never back down. I'm going to keep that promise today, tomorrow, and for the rest of my life. I will be speaking on Saturday about how together we can rally the party behind Senator Obama. The stakes are too high and the task before us too important to do otherwise. I know as I continue my lifelong work for a stronger America and a better world, I will turn to you for the support, the strength, and the commitment that you have shown me in the past 16 months. And I will always keep faith with the issues and causes that are important to you. In the past few days, you have shown that support once again with hundreds of thousands of messages to the campaign, and again, I am touched by your thoughtfulness and kindness. I can never possibly express my gratitude, so let me say simply, thank you. Sincerely, Hillary Hillary Rodham Clinton
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
Hillary tell us what you want.
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 9 years
i think she needs a break, but she has to continue being a senator, right? i think that she'll continue being a senator and maybe try to make money by writing another bestselling book. i thought that there should be a 'retire' option on the poll though!
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
I heard HRC was going to live with her parents for a while until she got her head together. And then, you know, when she's feeling better, get a job and try and get back on her feet again.
lula29 lula29 9 years
Congratulation to Senator Obama on his hard earned victory. This is definitely a historic moment for him and I am beeming with both pride and joy, ready for the fight in the general election. Michele Obama will be the first Black woman to ever be the first lady of this country when Obama wins in November (yes I'm calling it early). Where my girls at on that one?
kastarte2 kastarte2 9 years
The remote died so CNN has pretty much been on all night while I comment and do chores. The whole night has been about her. Obama and McCain are being mentioned in passing. Originally it was going to be held on Friday. When I heard there was one more day to wait, it was almost painful. A lot of people in the news are saying we should all "give her a break" because it is hard for her now that she has lost, but she has had weeks to prepare for this moment. The math hasn't been in her favor for a long time. I have to believe that she has a motive for dragging this out.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
So the focus will be on her until Saturday....lovely. :oy:
kastarte2 kastarte2 9 years
CNN just annouced that HRC is going to have an event on Saturday where she plans to suspend her campaign and endorse Obama.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
I wish she would say something.
mondaymoos mondaymoos 9 years
I'm always blown away by people like gossipgirl782. You feel like you can't trust OBAMA? Over Hillary??? I can't believe someone that actually looks at Hillary's policies would vote for McCain over Obama. That's just... ridiculous.
liliblu liliblu 9 years
My favorite color is blue too. But ny names not lili. There is actual thought behind the name though.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
I am feeling better thanks bookish. ;) I think I just need a few days without political debate...or without ME participating anyway...and the hangover is better too.
liliblu liliblu 9 years
Bob Cesca posted a blog on Huffington titled Even in Defeat, It's All About Her. This line stood out to me, ""What does Hillary want? What does she want?" Senator Clinton asked last night. What does she want? Seriously? This misguided and self-centered attitude is what ultimately doomed her campaign." Cesca continues with "It should never have been about what she wants -- or, now, what she's demanding as ransom in exchange for releasing her supporters." He summed up a lot of my feelings about Hillary's campaign.
syako syako 9 years
read some russian lit, it's lovely. :)
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
Liliblu...I'm with steps ;) Although my name is in my login...Sarah Mom called me Sarah Lou when I was little...and my favorite color is blue. And there you go! Works pretty much everywhere.
liliblu liliblu 9 years
Harmony Jeanne is a lovely name. My name is pretty common but the spelling is a little different. I have hard time sleeping sometimes and I read a lot then. No Russian literature. But just about everything else even romance novels. I started reading them in college and have loved them ever since.
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
Goodness gracious, you guys can sure go on a long tangent. ;)
Bookish Bookish 9 years
Oh. Oops! This is what I get for reading this thread 30 seconds at a time. And thanks Harmony- that's very kind of you. :) Are you feeling any better?
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
Thanks bookish. You are very pretty. :oops:
syako syako 9 years
sadly, ellen is not cine's name but is my MOM's name :P
Bookish Bookish 9 years
I love the name Harmony. Ellen too. You guys are all very pretty AND you have pretty names. I'm impressed!
MSucre MSucre 9 years
Hillary, stop
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
:rotfl: You got it! Oh well...Guessing is over. I have to leave. I guess you will never know.
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