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The Cost of Egotism

Were Hillary Clinton not determined to drag out the Democratic primary despite considerable evidence that she stands no realistic chance of closing Barack Obama’s delegate lead, John McCain would, right now, be groaning under the yoke of a massive advertising campaign designed to define him and Obama in the public eye for the first time. Instead, McCain has what the New York Times rightly deems “ a valuable commodity: time he can use to unite a fractured Republican Party, ramp up his lackluster fund-raising and transform his shoestring primary operation into a general election machine.” The landscape still strongly favors the Democrats, but it’s much less favorable than it would have been were the Clintons willing to set their own interests aside in favor of those of the party and the progressive movement.

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