Former president Bill Clinton campaigning for his wife in South Dakota uttered a wistful comment about the future of her bid for the presidential nomination by saying, “this may be the last day I’m involved in a campaign of this kind.” The politically astute man from Arkansas may well have heard the proverbial fat lady’s voice echoing in the distance as the opera commences its final moments of performance. After tonight, Senator Barack Omba will undoubtedly have sufficient votes to take him over the fifty percent margin and ensure his triumph at the Democratic convention. However, Senator Hillary Clinton’s tough minded supporter, Harold Ickes, pointed out in a campaign in which over 4,000 delegates have the power to decide who wins, a margin of 150 votes reflects ” a dead heat.”
Unfortunately, for Ickes and Hillary Clinton it makes no difference if it is 150 or five or one, because in the end, whoever has a majority wins the battle. The most important issue confronting Hillary Clinto is how she will pack up the end of campaigning and join together with Barack Obama to win the November election. If she pursues the fight right up to the convention, she may come across as a hero to many women, but she will have destroyed her career in the US Senate by antagonizing every Democratic member of that body. They will never forgive her if John McCain wins.
Hillary Clinton has many years ahead of her to put her mark on history. Ted Kennedy was forced to abandon his presidential ambitions in the 1980s and went on to an illustrious career in the Senate. The same is possible for Hillary Clinton.