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Staying In

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Via Marc Ambinder, it seems that Hillary Clinton’s consultants have won the spin war and two-thirds of Democrats want her to stay in the race if she wins either Ohio or Texas.

That said, this is the kind of thing that public opinion is just poorly informed about. Here’s the reality of the situation. If Wednesday morning the only shot Clinton has at winning the nomination involves getting the superdelegates to overrule a large Obama lead in pledged delegates and/or somehow getting the Michigan and Florida delegations seated, then Clinton’s chances of winning the nomination will still be extremely low, and the prospects of either person winning the general election would get quite a bit lower. Basically, Clinton would be completely burning years worth of goodwill built up by her and her husband in the progressive community and ending her shot at playing a leadership role in the Senate in exchange for a very marginal increase in the odds of her becoming president in January 2009. A choice like that would be bad for the country, bad for the party, and bad for Hillary Clinton. It would be good, primarily, for her campaign’s highest-paid operatives who would keep getting their checks, and it would be good for John McCain.

I’ve thought about it, and I don’t think she’ll do it. I don’t think she and Bill are that out of touch with reality, and I don’t think that most of her key supporters are either. If her results today are good enough to give her a realistic shot at winning the nomination through winning primaries, then of course she’ll stay in. But if the delegate math isn’t there, then I think she’ll get out.

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