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Hilllary concedes ... not exactly

(Credit: Politirazzi)


By Jeff

CBS is reporting that Sen. Hillary Clinton will announce tonight her acceptance of the fact that Obama has won the majority of delegates. Finally admitting that she has lost her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. Well, not really. That Obama has won? Well, not that either.

A senior Clinton campaign official confirms to CBS News that Hillary Clinton will "acknowledge but not concede" the race tonight. The official says "she has no plans to concede the race tonight."

So she will admit that Obama has more delegates, yet she will also remain in the race. For what purpose, exactly?

(continued) The Michigan/Florida mess is settled. Once Obama secures the majority of delegates tonight, you have to believe that the 200 superdelegates who haven’t officially supported a candidate will come out in favor of the holder of the majority of delegates.

She will pledge to continue to speak out on issues like health care. But for all intents and purposes, the two senior officials said, the campaign is over.

I’m sure Sen. Obama is going to love that; another Democrat speaking and likely disagreeing with him. Thereby further fracturing the Democratic party while the Republicans stand back and laugh.

Why on Earth would she do such a thing?

The advisers said Clinton has made a strategic decision to not formally end her campaign, giving her leverage to negotiate with Obama on various matters including a possible vice-presidential nomination for her.

I’ll hold my breath. Sen. Clinton continues to make it apparent that she wants to destroy Obama’s chance at winning this year, so she can run again in ’12.

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