Some Democratic strategist let loose the other day and mentioned that Hillary Clinton will now have to employ the “Tanya Harding” approach to taking down Obama. That is, something major to cap him at the knee if she can’t take him down easily.
Here’s the story on it from ABC News:
It is improbable but, yes, still mathematically possible that New York Sen. Hillary Clinton could win the Democratic presidential nomination.
What Democratic officials across the country fear is what Clinton will have to do to party rival Illinois Sen. Barack Obama — who leads in pledged delegates and the popular vote — to make that happen.
“I don’t think she has no chance, but the route for her to victory is so bad for the Democratic Party — it’s to damage Obama so much that people feel he’s not electable,” said ABC News political contributor Matthew Dowd, a former adviser to President Bush, repeating the sentiments of many in the other party.
One Democratic Party official called Clinton’s strategy “The Tonya Harding Option” — the idea that Clinton’s only path to the gold medal is to destroy her leading competitor.
After staying away from the controversy involving Obama’s former pastor the Rev. Jeremiah Wright for almost two weeks, Clinton for the first time personally injected him into the race.
“He would not have been my pastor,” Clinton said of Wright during a news conference Tuesday in Greensburg, Pa. “You don’t choose your family, but you choose what church you want to attend.”
Here’s the video report on this as well:
Hillary is even hinting now to the pledged delegates, the delegates won through the primaries and caucuses, that they don’t technically have to vote as they were elected. As in, the pledged delegates that Obama has won through the primaries and caucuses don’t have to support him, they can technically cross over to support her instead. While this is true, it’s extremely unlikely since that would be going directly against the will of the voters.
Doesn’t look like either candidate will be stepping down soon. However, I think this could change if we finish the last 10 or 11 primaries and the results have remained the same.
We shall see.