Dems Have Uncertain Path Ahead

Much depends on Clinton, who seems resolved to defeat
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 31, 2008 10:18 PM CDT
Dems Have Uncertain Path Ahead
Joh Winkleman of Sunnyside, N.Y., yells in protest after a vote by the Democratic National Committee during the meeting in Washington, Saturday, May 31, 2008.    (AP Photo/LM Otero)

(Newser) – Hillary Clinton made a very public point of keeping her options open—with Harold Ickes angrily reserving the campaign's right to appeal today's delegate decision—but she seems increasingly resolved to defeat, the New York Times reports. Instead of taking the fight to the convention, close associates think she'll drop out at some point after next week's results and endorse Barack Obama. Just don't bet the house on it.

Given the fireworks at today's rules committee meeting, the party's prospects of healing depend heavily on which route Clinton takes. “In order for us to be successful in November, the runner-up is going to have to go all out in support of the nominee,” said one party leader. Still, don't rule out a long summer. Despite her own growing pessimism, Clinton continues to insist to aides, albeit in a more subdued way, that she's the better candidate. (Read more Hillary Clinton stories.)

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