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Hillary Crippling Democratic Party With Attacks on Obama

Dick Morris & Helen McGann  
May 9th  2008  8.53 am

 Hillary is obviously entitled to keep running until Obama has secured the votes necessary for the nomination, and it is certainly understandable that she would want to run until the last popular vote is counted.

But must she run a negative, slash-and-burn campaign? Must she use her time on the platform and on television to belittle, mock, deride and try to destroy the man who will eventually be the candidate of her own party?

Former Republican Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee felt similarly justified in staying in the race for the Republican nomination until Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., reached the majority threshold required for nomination.

He contested the Texas primary vigorously, even though his earlier losses in South Carolina and Florida made it most unlikely that he could win the nomination. But he chose to run a positive campaign. He didn’t knock McCain. He just articulated the case for his own candidacy.

Hillary won’t avail herself of that option because it does not serve her long-term fallback position: a shot at the nomination in 2012. If Obama is elected this year, he will seek re-election in 2012 and Hillary would have to face taking on an incumbent in a primary in her own party if she wanted to run, a daunting task.

But if McCain wins, the nomination in 2012 will be open. And it might be worth having.  Link to complete story Newsmax>>


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