In retrospect, anyone following the Democratic primary campaign for the past five months could have predicted it: Senator Clinton won’t leave the stage even when she has lost the contest. Why would someone who broke the rules, invented six new ways to interpret votes and can’t count exit the stage gracefully when her opponent is awarded the prize?
The only person Crabby Old Lady is more tired of than Senator Clinton is President Bush, but at least, in the waning days of his term, we don’t have to see much of him. Clinton, on the other hand, will not get out of the country’s collective face.
The candidates’ speeches Tuesday night said it all. Senator Obama’s was all about “we.” Senator Clinton’s was all about “me.” “What does Hillary Clinton want?” she asked with her id exposed almost as much as her husband’s when, earlier that day, he – a former president! - crudely referred to a journalist as a “scumbag”.
In addition, after Senator Obama had won the necessary number of delegates Tuesday, Clinton campaign manager Terry McAuliffe had the brass to introduce Senator Clinton as “the next president of the United States,” leaving open the implication that she’s not done yet. And she is not.
Although it took the strong urging of her Congressional supporters (who, it was reported by at least one news source, were contacted by Clinton campaign operatives asking them to intervene with Clinton), late Wednesday, Senator Clinton sent an email to supporters announcing an event in Washington, D.C. on Saturday when she will "suspend" her campaign and pledge her support for Senator Obama.
Senator Clinton has still not used the word "concede," and the suspension, rather than withdrawal, allows her to technically remain a candidate.
In her obstinate refusal to observe what may be the only courtesy left in politics - concession and pledged support immediately following a loss - Senator Clinton has kept the media spotlight on herself, tainting the historic moment of celebrating the first major-party candidacy of an African-American for president. From the first woman candidate to nearly gain the nomination, her behavior is especially contemptible.
Is Crabby Old Lady the only person who has had enough of both Clintons?
[At The Elder Storytelling Place today, Mort Reichek tells another tale of his experiences in India in MEMOIR: Meeting My Boyhood Idol on Chowringhee.]