What's the deal?
I've blathered enough about my thoughts on the Clinton campaign in posts and comments below. So here's your place to venture just what the hell you think Clinton is up to.
What does she want? What's she angling for?
And why is she and her campaign repeating with a straight face, including in ads, that she's gotten more votes than any other primary candidate in history, knowing that ONLY way this deceptive claim is conceivably true is:
-By counting votes cast in Michigan. Obama's name wasn't even on the ballot there, thus making the claim utterly ludicrous. And not only that, she's counting the votes cast for her, but utterly ignoring the fact that Obama would have gotten hundreds of thousands of votes HAD his name been on the ballot and if anyone thought the vote would count.
-Counting votes from the people of Puerto Rico, every single one of which can't vote in the presidential election. Votes? Yeah. Votes that repesent anything in the general election? No.
-And perhaps the most bizarre aspect of this truly strange calculus used to make this claim, Clinton simply declares that all the millions of votes cast in caucus states don't count. Yep. Every vote counted in caucus states, which surprise, surprise, went heavily to Obama, don't count. (despite the cry of "count all the votes", and attempts to make this a civil rights issue, etc. which has become their battle cry.)
If you step back and look at it, it's really beyond shameless. It's embarassing.
But what is it all for? She can't win.
So what is it that Clinton wants? What's she going to do ultimately? Is there any rhyme or reason to this? Is she trying to prove something? Is she, much like Bush and Co. and the war, simply too stubborn to quit even in the face of overwhelming evidence that victory is impossible and continuing the fight is both costly and futile?
Or does she feel that as a historic figure in women's political history, she has to fight to the bitter end to look good in the history books?
I'm utterly baffled, as to me, it's long past time when she could have, and should have, bowed out in the interest of party unity and risks hardening both factions further by insisting on taking things to the bitter end.
Pundits guess she wants to force Obama to make her his V.P. That doesn't seem likely, as I'm not sure she'd want it, and I'm not sure he'd think it was a great idea either.
They say she'll go for governor of New York, wants a seat on the Supreme Court, Attorney General, or is simply pathologically convinced she can somehow win the presidency.
Got any thoughts on all this? I'm stumped. I hope I'm just hyper-ventilating, and that everything will work out beautifully as I was confident it still could only a few weeks ago.