More election news, this time from a Clinton interview in the WaPo:
In her most definitive comments to date on the subject, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton sought Saturday to put to rest any notion that she will drop out of the presidential race, pledging in an interview to not only compete in all the remaining primaries but also continue until there is a resolution of the disqualified results in Florida and Michigan.
A day after Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean urged the candidates to end the race by July 1, Clinton defied that call by declaring that she will take her campaign all the way to the Aug. 25-28 convention if necessary, potentially setting up the prolonged and divisive contest that party leaders are increasingly anxious to avoid.
“I know there are some people who want to shut this down and I think they are wrong,” Clinton said in an interview during a campaign stop here Saturday. “I have no intention of stopping until we finish what we started and until we see what happens in the next 10 contests and until we resolve Florida and Michigan. And if we don’t resolve it, we’ll resolve it at the convention — that’s what credentials committees are for.
Hillary Rodham Clinton’s cash-strapped presidential campaign has been putting off paying hundreds of bills for months — freeing up cash for critical media buys but also earning the campaign a reputation as something of a deadbeat in some small-business circles.
A pair of Ohio companies owed more than $25,000 by Clinton for staging events for her campaign are warning others in the tight-knit event production community — and anyone else who will listen — to get their cash upfront when doing business with her. Her campaign, say representatives of the two companies, has stopped returning phone calls and e-mails seeking payment of outstanding invoices. One even got no response from a certified letter.
Their cautionary tales, combined with published reports about similar difficulties faced by a New Hampshire landlord, an Iowa office cleaner and a New York caterer, highlight a less-obvious impact of Clinton’s inability to keep up with the staggering fundraising pace set by her opponent for the Democratic presidential nomination, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama.
If the Wolfson/Ickes/Penn axis of evil remains true to form, expect a mailer to be released on Monday listing ten times Obama has been late paying things, leading off with the time in 1987 when he was two weeks late returning a movie to Blockbuster. As we all kow, the thing adults do when confronted with their own failings is to attempt to minimize them by pointing out the failings in others.
Finally, Clinton is getting some rave reviews:
Does all this mean I’m ready to come out and recommend that our Democrat readers choose Sen. Clinton in Pennsylvania’s April 22 primary?
No — not yet, anyway. In fairness, we at the Trib want to hear Sen. Barack Obama’s answers to some of the same questions and to others before we make that decision.
But it does mean that I have a very different impression of Hillary Clinton today than before last Tuesday’s meeting — and it’s a very favorable one indeed.
Call it a “counterintuitive” impression.
Richard M. Scaife is the owner of the Tribune-Review.
Nice company to have, I guess, and the Clinton campaign seems comfortable with their new relationship with Scaife.
And that is where we are right now, it seems. An increasingly unpopular leader, convinced of her own infallibility and swayed by a messianic complex guiding her to believe that she alone can win, vows to fight on with no end in sight. Advised by a coterie of morally crippled degenerates and buoyed by the support of a rabid but diminishing core of die-hard loyalists, the campaign will continue on, attempting to re-write the rules and re-write history all the while branding those who refuse to remain loyal as treasonous or traitors to the cause. Certain states don’t count we are told, certain voters are irrelevant, and we must pay no attention to the losses and only look at the scant few successes and latch on to the future firewalls. When those firewalls come and go, new ones are immediately erected. The spin is uncritically swallowed, regurgitated, and those who reject it are told they are wrong or just aren’t seeing things right or just want to lose and have Clinton Derangement Syndrome.
It is so painfully clear what is happening here, and the analogy writes itself. But Hillary has vowed to fight on to the convention, no matter what, giving us all six more months of blood and treasure lost. One more Friedman Unit and everything will magically turn Hillary’s way. Just you wait. You will see.