It was not a goodnight for Hillary Clinton.
She lost North Carolina in a blow-out and won Indiana by a hair. As a result she will never have enough pledged delegates to win the nomination. (Neither, of course, will her opponent) Still, she has vowed to fight on and, as I understand it, plans to be in the field in West Virginia today.
Senator Clinton has two choices now: to watch the inevitable play out, choosing the appropriate time to concede defeat: or to fight to seat the Florida and Michigan delegations, even though the DNC has disqualified those states for holding their primaries too early.
She could, if she wanted to, force a floor fight at the convention; she would probably lose. (She would have the DNC and the Obama forces ranged against her). Win or lose she would leave the Democratic party shattered.
She may well be, as she claims, the better candidate to fight John McCain this fall. But some of her own supporters are beginning to wonder how formidable she would be if she somehow won the nomination by snatching it from Obama at the 11th hour.
Does Senator Clinton’s courageous campaign entitle her to keep on fighting?
Or for the good of the party should she bow out?
What do you think?