The general consensus among, oh, virtually every pundit and everyone in the Democratic party is that this primary contest is over and Barack Obama is the nominee. CBS News has a good compilation of what the tone is in Washington (via Drudge):
However, Fox News has an article this morning that reports Hillary is ignoring those who say she needs to step down for the good of the party and is staying in the race.
Hillary Clinton drop out? Perish the thought.
The New York senator is still raising bucks and wearing out her campaign pedometer. She has a breathless day of coast-to-coast campaigning planned Thursday as she tunes out calls from Democrats and pundits for her to face the music and accept Barack Obama as the party’s nominee.
After campaigning in West Virginia ahead of the state’s upcoming primary Tuesday, Clinton’s marathon itinerary Thursday has her leaping from there to South Dakota to Oregon, all states that vote in the next four weeks.
“I am staying in this race,” she told donors Wednesday night at a Washington, D.C, fundraiser that netted her campaign about $500,000. Telling them she’s been counted out before, she attempted to link her electoral struggles today to those she faced before winning the New Hampshire primary in January.
“I landed in New Hampshire on a Thursday night down 9 points, and I won on Tuesday,” she said. “You can turn elections in a day. You can turn them in a week if you know what it takes to actually win. I believe I know with your help, that is exactly what we’re going to do.”
Only, when Clinton landed in New Hampshire, there still were 49 states left to vote. Now there are five, and none of them can give her the pledged delegates she needs to win.
While Clinton vowed to continue her fight “until there’s a nominee,” a general consensus was growing among Democrats on Wednesday that the contest to become the party’s presidential candidate already had been decided beyond a reasonable doubt.
It’s called scorched earth. The Clintons are not accustomed to losing and it seems they’re going to make the Democratic party pay for not choosing her. This primary may end up in court by the time the dust settles.