NOTE: This is a post I had 95% finished last week, that got pushed aside by my anger over the Scaife "Race Card." That has NOT subsided—there is no possible way I will EVER regain this gracious of a position regarding Hillary or her political future. But, I decided to put it up as it reflects the way I think the party honchos like Dean, Leahy and others should handle Clinton. To his credit, Obama has been more than gracious regarding Hillary continuing her run [video], and she has repaid him with nothing but lies and misrepresentations.
At Shakes last week there were a few threads (here and here) reacting to calls for Hillary Clinton to pull out of the race. By and large, I think the denizens of Shakesville are too protective of Clinton, and too reactive to everything said about her, but after some objection from me and others, they had a point about Kristoff's column last week, and Leahy's remarks a day or two later. Care should be taken with language about Hillary's "right" to remain in the race.
I wish the race were over, but I think there is no point in calling for her to drop out from party bigwigs until reassessing after PA. I think if she wins convincingly there, she has a point (however mathematically futile) about remaining at least through the conclusions of the primaries.
If Obama beats her in PA, or she wins narrowly and fails to pick up any ground on him in the overall delegate total, I think calls for unifying behind one candidate are in order. I just wish people would be a little more Dean-esque (neutral) when making those comments.
I certainly am under no obligation to be even-handed, and won't be. My respect for Clinton after the last two months has evaporated, and I have a vested interest in Obama winning. I DON'T think the campaigns have behaved comparably at all and I think any attempts to equate Clinton(Penn)'s "kitchen sink" strategy with Obama's comparatively high(er)-road response is inaccurate and irresponsible.
EXTRA CREDIT: The title and first label are a movie quote...