Has Our Long National Nightmare Ended?
12:02 PM, Jun 3, 2008 • By DEAN BARNETT
An AP report suggests that Hillary Clinton will indeed shut the circus down tonight:
Lord knows I don't have the Clintons' sense for nuance, but I don't understand what leverage she'll retain if she concedes that Obama has won. Seems to me she would have a lot more leverage if she disputed the results. Besides, the latter course of action would make for much grander comedy.
I'd be remiss if I didn't highlight a portion of this report that really rankles. The AP says she was making "a bid to be the nation's first female president." While it's never been my way to kick a candidate when he/she is down, this gives Hillary way too much credit for her putative path breaking. Hillary Clinton was only a serious candidate for president because of her marital circumstances. As such, even if she had won, her accomplishment would have had an asterisk next to it. It doesn't seem like the message we want to offer our daughters in the 21st century is, "You can also be president! (As long as you marry the right fella.)"