James, the real pain for Hillary is in choosing between two unpalatable options. Either (a) she keeps going and is seen by Democrats as a sore loser dividing the party, or (b) she packs it in and is seen by her supporters as a quitter who was insincere in her vow to fight it out.
One of the most persistent complaints of the Left in recent years is that Democrats don’t fight, that they roll over too easily for the Bush administration. Whether this accusation is fair or not, there could be real value for Clinton in securing her reputation as a fighter — even if it’s fighting against Obama and the DNC all the way to Denver.
If Obama subsequently goes down to defeat in November, Clinton could then say, “I told you so,” and begin her 2012 campaign with the mantle of a pugnacious candidate who never quits — which is exactly what the Democratic base has been demanding for years.
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