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spokesman and deputy press secretary at the Republican National Committee during the 2000 presidential campaign,
Author, “Los Republicanos: Why Hispanics and Republicans Need Each Other.”
Hillary Clinton now has everything she needs to take this to Denver , and I think she will. I've said before that it will take the “”Jaws of Life” to get her out of this race. Now, I wonder if even that could do it.
Increasingly it looks like there's going to be a smoke-filled back room somewhere in Denver, and she's going into that card game with a pretty strong hand. Pennsylvania’s results put her strongly back in the race. If she performs better than expected in North Carolina and wins Indiana, she will have made it nearly impossible for Democrats to come to a fast or easy nominating decision.
Another important point that cannot be ignored is that to raise money at historic levels (now over $420 million among the two) donors have emotionally invested in their candidate, despite what the pros may say. If this continues, it could well leave each of them no choice but to join forces, and that's a recipe for disaster, especially considering the things they've already said about each other.
This is the kind of fight that leaves deep, personal and emotional wounds, the kind that last for years. It is blood sport between two of the Democrats' most reliable constituencies, and these are the kind of conventions that set up rifts that go on for decades—like the Goldwater-Rockefeller fights of the 1960s that split the GOP in two. Hillary Clinton is in a better negotiating position than Barack Obama based on the things she has to offer: the vice presidency, cabinet posts and ambassadorial appointments, and, most importantly, the availability of her husband’s fundraising prowess. She may even wind up like Lyndon Johnson, able to force herself on Obama's ticket (she, the one who told us he wasn't ready for the office).
There’s an old saying that you don’t bring a knife to a gun fight. If it comes down to back room negotiations in Denver, and I still think it more likely than not, Obama is bringing a pen knife to the battle for Pork Chop Hill.
If that happens, it bodes well for John McCain, as long as he can assemble a ticket that looks more like a team than a combat zone.
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