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Why can’t Clinton quit?

By on 5.8.08 | 12:20AM

The political press corps is now clamoring loudly for Hillary Clinton to quit the race, as witness Wednesday's question from a network reporter at her press conference in Shepherdstown, W.Va. :

"But what do you say to those Democrats who fear that you're putting the Democratic Party's chances at risk by...continuing to stay in?"
Media concern for Democrats' fears drew fire from the Commander-in-Chief of "Operation Chaos" :
"All of these media types are demanding that Hillary drop out of the race now . . . and the Drive-Bys are saying, 'Get out of the race to save the party.' Now, what's the party got to do with the media? I ask rhetorically, of course," [Rush] Limbaugh told his listeners after watching TV coverage of the Shepherdstown press conference.

Pundits pronounced Hillary's doom yesterday -- "The Democratic primary is over," John B. Judis of the New Republic stated flatly -- yet she keeps campaigning. She's scheduled for an event this morning in Charleston, W.Va., then off to Oregon for more events before flying to Kentucky for a Friday night event in Louisville.

Why is it so hard for her to call it quits? No Clinton has lost an election since 1980, when Bill got beat in his first bid for re-election as governor of Arkansas. Unless Hillary can come up with a miracle, she'll be blamed for having broken the Democratic duo's 28-year-year undefeated streak.

Can a miracle happen? John Tabin's done the math, and figures it's still too early for Hillary to stop thinkin' about tomorrow.

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