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Is Hillary Clinton Plotting for 2012 ?

 
 

 

 
 
Cynical Washington insiders say Hillary Clinton is so desperate to scupper Barack Obama's White House bid that she could back Republican John McCain this time
 
 
 

around - leaving her a clear run at the top job in 2012.
The "Kneecap Obama now and get the nomination next time" strategy would see Hills send husband Bill out to convince the uncommitted. superdelegates to hold off making their decision until the Convention in August.
Bill's message is "Chill out.
This knock-down, drawn-out fight is good for the party and the Democrats will still win in November".
Just this weekend, despite calls for Hillary to leave the race from top party-elected officials like Senators Chris Dodd and Patrick Leahy  (both of

 
 

whom back Mr Obama), she defiantly declared she is in this contest until the Convention. (Her "Last dog dies" strategy).
In the face of seemingly insurmountable mathematical odds, where Barack Obama currently leads in states won, popular votes, pledged delegates, and combined delegates, Mrs Clinton battles on.
Some inside the Beltway think that by reaching into her bag of tricks she has implemented both the "Kitchen Sink" and the "Tonya Harding" strategies, which include a measure of subtle racial innuendo and challenges to the readiness and patriotism of the junior senator from Illinois.They accuse Mrs Clinton and hopeful "First Laddie" Bill of resorting to pumping up John McCain in hopes of deflating Mr Obama's victory balloon.
They believe the Clintons think that with enough time she can make him "unelectable" by August, forcing him to respond to her attacks and throwing him off his more popular message.
If successful, she and cheerleader-in-chief Bill, along with her team of legal brawlers, will stage an onslaught at a brokered Convention to seat the Michigan and Florida delegates.
She may then also have to win over both committed and uncommitted delegates for Hills to regain "her rightful place" as the nominee.
If for some reason this strategy does not succeed in August, Mrs Clinton may have successfully laid the groundwork for her 2012 run.
She may have irreparably damaged Mr Obama and eliminated his opportunity to use his huge fund-raising advantage to fight John McCain before the Convention.The more jaded pundits also believe that by constant references to Mr McCain's patriotism and sound, mature judgment over Mr Obama's "other issues", Team Clinton may be sending a not-so-subtle message to the Hillary supporters – white, working-class voters - to vote for Mr McCain so she can run again.If this is their strategy, Team Clinton must execute it carefully and at the same time appear to be loyal party members committed to a Democratic win in November even if she is not the nominee.
Since Mr McCain's age could mean no second term, perhaps Hills is willing to let the Republicans win one more time, to give her a second chance for the spot she believes she has earned.
Let's face it, in 2012 Hillary will only be 65 years old - a spring chicken compared to John McCain at 78 !

 

 
     
 

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