In a presidential election season that has already been filled with surprises, something extraordinary is now happening. We’re seeing Hillary Clinton win the Democratic nomination through sheer force of will.
She ends the primaries and caucuses in June trailing in the number of delegates determined by voters? It doesn’t matter. She trails in the number of states won? It doesn’t matter. She trails in the popular vote? It doesn’t matter. Hillary has made it clear that she will be her party’s presidential nominee, and that’s that.
From the moment she announced she was running for a U.S. Senate seat in New York, if not before, she considered it pre-ordained that she would be the Democratic presidential standard bearer and then president. A year ago a pundit said, “Hillary knows she is the Democratic nominee and she knows she is president. To the extent she is campaigning now, it is for re-election in 2012.” Whether or not that was true then, she considers it true now.
Behind on the scoreboard with virtually no chance of catching up, Hillary hints at offering the number two slot on the ticket to Barack Obama. Nerve? It’s like the New England Patriots offering the New York Giants possession of the Super Bowl trophy for a few days over the next year. But, like Lola in the song, what Hillary wants Hillary gets.
I don’t claim to know how she will convince the so-called super delegates to hand her the nomination regardless of what happened from January to June at the ballot box. Bribery? Blackmail? Threats? She is, after all, a Clinton. But she knows it’s going to happen. Can you really picture anyone other than Hillary standing on the podium at the Democratic convention in August delivering the acceptance speech?
And the next major speech she delivers after that will likely be preceded by her placing her hand on the Bible in front of the Capitol. Ironic for someone who has seemingly made a deal with the Devil to defy gravity. Hillary wants to be president so Hillary will be president. Case closed.
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