Wednesday, May 21, 2008

What will Hillary Do?

By Alan Caruba

There’s an old saying that, if you owe the bank $10,000, the bank owns you. If you owe the bank $10,000,000, you own the bank. Reportedly, Hillary Clinton’s campaign is in debt to the tune of $31 million dollars.

I don’t know if that’s true or not, but it wouldn’t surprise me. What it means is that a lot of people who took part in her campaign are going to get stiffed whether they catered an event or provided music, made campaign buttons, or any one of the many things people get hired to do. My guess is that the radio and television stations that ran her ads got paid up front.

So the question, “What will Hillary do?” is easily answered. Anything she wants to. She can take her quest for the nomination straight on through to the Denver convention. She can concede at some point before then, but that seems rather pointless, so I believe her when she says she will stay in the race.

I recently saw a photo of Hillary speaking with husband Bill behind her and he did not look like a happy camper. If she wins, he will be even unhappier because the spotlight will not be on him.

There is already speculation that Hillary wants to be on the Supreme Court, but the real action is in the Senate or the White House. There are no lobbyists around to fatten a campaign chest for Supreme Court justices. And Hillary is going to need all the money she can get to clear some of that campaign debt.

So the answer to me is obvious. She says she will stay in the primary race and she will.

In Denver, the most craven breed of homo sapiens, politicians, will have to decide whether to kiss off the election with a black candidate or have any chance at all with a woman.

Me? I’m still betting on the skirt.

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