Leahy to Hillary: Get out

posted at 12:25 pm on March 28, 2008 by Allahpundit

Yeah, he’s an Obama supporter, but he’s big enough within the party that his willingness to make noise about this may embolden other big names to start making noise too. Dean’s pushing back this morning against her “all the way to the convention” plan, and while the Goracle’s not quite yet ready to drop the hammer, that “we’ll see” that he tacks on at the end doesn’t exactly foreclose the possibility.

Sen. Pat Leahy, D-Vermont, the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a high-profile supporter of Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, has called for Obama’s opponent to drop out of the race.

In an interview on Vermont Public Radio, said “There is no way that Senator Clinton is going to win enough delegates to get the nomination. She ought to withdraw and she ought to be backing Senator Obama. Now, obviously that’s a decision that only she can make frankly I feel that she would have a tremendous career in the Senate.”

Assume she loses North Carolina and Indiana. The party bigwigs, mindful of reports that “[a]ccording to those close to her, she is hoping that as spring becomes summer, the potential for finding another skeleton or two in Obama’s closet will prove him ultimately unelectable in the fall,” decide it’s time to approach her as a group and have The Chat before she descends into full blown Lady Macbeth dementia. Question: What can they threaten her with to force her out? They need an irresistible force to move the immovable object, but unless they’re willing to go nuclear and start leaking dirt on her to the press, there’s nothing realistically they can do. They’re not going to run a primary challenger against her in New York four years from now; they’re not going to strip her of her committee seats lest it send her supporters into a pre-election rage. Peggy Noonan calls Hillary’s self-delusion about her chances “the worst case of cognitive dissonance in the history of modern politics,” but that cognitive dissonance is momentarily shared by tens of millions of Clinton-loving Democrats the party needs for the general. Hillary may be a lost cause but most of them aren’t (I think). What can Pelosi et al. do to convince them that endgame is, at last, at hand?


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She’s doing this for our own good. Bless her heart.

shaken on March 28, 2008 at 12:26 PM

unless they’re willing to go nuclear and start leaking dirt on her to the press, there’s nothing realistically they can do

.
I’d love to see that – let’s hope it comes to this. I’ve stocked up on popcorn….

Think_b4_speaking on March 28, 2008 at 12:28 PM

What can Pelosi et al. do to convince them that endgame is, at last, at hand?

Convince the EU that she should be their president. They clearly are not very strict on any sort of rules, so who knows?

emailnuevo on March 28, 2008 at 12:29 PM

Prominent Republicans should start asking Hillary to leave the race. That will compel her to stay in and spend the whole convention challenging delegates.

pedestrian on March 28, 2008 at 12:29 PM

calls Hillary’s self-delusion about her chances “the worst case of cognitive dissonance in the history of modern politics,”

I love it when so called conservative pundits follow the msm/demofascist line. hillary is right. There is lots more about barry to be found out and the only way this country will ever hear it is if her allies in the media have a reason to look. If she is gone, the good soldiers in the msm will throw thier support behind barry and us conservatives can talk about his dark side all we want to each other but the rest of the country will only hear what a saint he is. hillary, for the country’s sake, needs to stay in until the convention.

peacenprosperity on March 28, 2008 at 12:31 PM

The Obamassiah can’t win outright with delegates either. Let the voters in the remaining states have their voice heard! After all, doesn’t every vote count, Democrats?

rbj on March 28, 2008 at 12:32 PM

Prominent Republicans should start asking Hillary to leave the race. That will compel her to stay in and spend the whole convention challenging delegates.

pedestrian on March 28, 2008 at 12:29 PM

Beat me to it.

bernzright777 on March 28, 2008 at 12:33 PM

Operation Chaos will continue May 6.

Les in NC on March 28, 2008 at 12:33 PM

doesn’t every vote count, Democrats?

rbj on March 28, 2008 at 12:32 PM

This is why I love this year. Unfettered democracy, their cause celebre, isn’t working out so well for them. Turns out, if you live by the masses of ignorant voters, you die by the masses of ignorant voters. How much you want to bet we won’t hear a “Man, the electoral college is unfair!” this November, now that they need it?

emailnuevo on March 28, 2008 at 12:35 PM

From what I know of the Clinton’s for the last 20 years, they are not going to listen to someone like Pat Leahy. Ever.

Hummer53 on March 28, 2008 at 12:35 PM

Staying in is perhaps one of the first great things she’s done for America.

AbaddonsReign on March 28, 2008 at 12:36 PM

Hey, don’t Leahy and Kennedy represent that old guard politics that Barry hates so much and has promised to change? Are they aware he’s going to throw them out the door, or do they, perhaps, not believe him? I also imagine Hillary still has copies of those 900 FBI files, and would be surprised if some of the superdelegates aren’t included. I think our gal still has some tricks up her sleeve. On the downside, if she does capitulate, are her supporters balmy enough to still create a stink in Denver?

a capella on March 28, 2008 at 12:39 PM

I think it’s pretty clear Hillary’s betting on Armageddon to swing this election.

You know, the end of times stuff that happens just before the world goes boom – the re-appearance of the 12th imam, the release of a watchable George Clooney movie, and the decision by Starbucks to start serving drinkable coffee.

All these things shall come to pass before Hillary and Bill resume their rightful places in the Oval Office. According to her prophecy.

Ares on March 28, 2008 at 12:42 PM

That’s right, rbj, Leahy didn’t mention his candidate can’t win by primary delegates either. The insinuation is that Obama has a huge delegate lead so she should capitulate…but the race is actually pretty close. Clinton has to be looking at Obama’s credentials and saying, “I’m supposed to drop out for THAT guy, who is pretty much a rookie?”

That’s a pretty big pill they want her to swallow.

Graybark on March 28, 2008 at 12:42 PM

A lot of men demanding her withdrawal. Do I sense some sexism here?

Vizzini on March 28, 2008 at 12:42 PM

YOU’RE ALL SEXISTS.

Allahpundit on March 28, 2008 at 12:43 PM

Operation Chaos!

Weebork on March 28, 2008 at 12:44 PM

There are three deal-breakers for me re: Hillary. One is her identity politics, which she pushes nearly as far as Jesse Jackson or Gloria Steinem. With her it’s all about groups and gender and race. Two is her prickly attitude when threatened and engaging in a fight even when none exists. Like her charges of a VRWC when in fact Bill was just horndogging around. Three is her utter lack of respect for the truth. I don’t see how the party leaders could use any of these three foibles against her. They like the identity politics, and if they accuse her of being overly contentious, she’ll just contend with that in a really big way. And if they say she’s dishonest, she’ll just lie about that.

Paul-Cincy on March 28, 2008 at 12:45 PM

“the worst case of cognitive dissonance in the history of modern politics,”

Really? Worse than Huck before he was forced out?

I really don’t see why she should give up just yet. Just a few short months ago she was the presumptive nominee. If he was able to turn things so quickly, why wouldn’t she be able to do the same?

Esthier on March 28, 2008 at 12:45 PM

Best Democratic primary EVAH!

Do you think that the party bosses would use a ‘nuclear” option on Hillary?

Something big enough to get her thrown out of the Senate? Some sort of Senate investigation?

This could turn into a HUGE fight amongst the Dems.

I can’t wait.

Talon on March 28, 2008 at 12:45 PM

us conservatives can talk about his dark side all we want

Yeah. Nobody will infer racist overtones from that.

LimeyGeek on March 28, 2008 at 12:49 PM

How much you want to bet we won’t hear a “Man, the electoral college is unfair!” this November, now that they need it?

emailnuevo on March 28, 2008 at 12:35 PM

Florida Democrat Bill Nelson just called for scrapping said Electoral College.

Del Dolemonte on March 28, 2008 at 12:50 PM

Watch the Clintoon Machine start cranking out dirt about upper echelon Democrat Elites. Soon James Carville will call Patrick ‘Leaky’ Leahy and Ted ‘The Fish’ Kennedy Pontius Pilates for ‘washing their hands’ of the matter.

SeniorD on March 28, 2008 at 12:51 PM

Just in from Rush. There may be a suspension of Operation Chaos in NC due to other important election races in the state.

Les in NC on March 28, 2008 at 12:55 PM

Del Dolemonte on March 28, 2008 at 12:50 PM

Really? Like many Democrats, then, he’s tragically condemned to a life of premature – er, thoughts. I meant that there is no way either Hillary or Obama will be able to win over the majority of the country, just like Bill couldn’t.

emailnuevo on March 28, 2008 at 12:55 PM

YOU’RE ALL SEXISTS.

Allahpundit on March 28, 2008 at 12:43 PM

Not me. I want Obama to drop out.

My collie says:

RACIST!

CyberCipher on March 28, 2008 at 12:56 PM

They are trying to force her out for the good of the party. Bull. What is worse? Having your party disagree and not elect a candidate? Or, have a person who didn’t even run in the primaries and no one vote for, step in? Even if the donks loose, they will sort it out. If they start bringing in people who never ran int he primaries, that doesn’t seem very democratic to me.

Blake on March 28, 2008 at 12:57 PM

We’re either sexists or fascists, Allah. Didn’t you get the memo?

Dr. Manhattan on March 28, 2008 at 12:57 PM

Let’s give Hilary some credit here. A big win in Pennsylvania could get a victory in NC. If I were her, I’d do the same thing.

thuja on March 28, 2008 at 12:57 PM

Sexists or fascists or racists or ageists or…groan…

Dr. Manhattan on March 28, 2008 at 12:57 PM

I can’t stand Pat Leahy. He is a real $h1t for brains. I think it was Dick Cheney that had to get on his ass about being a pathilogical liar and baffoon?

saiga on March 28, 2008 at 1:01 PM

Take it to November.

ninjapirate on March 28, 2008 at 1:02 PM

YOU’RE ALL SEXISTS.

Allahpundit on March 28, 2008 at 12:43 PM

Allah please, Maggie Thather was one of my all time faves.

saiga on March 28, 2008 at 1:03 PM

Thatcher.

saiga on March 28, 2008 at 1:03 PM

Staying in is perhaps one of the first great things she’s done for America.

AbaddonsReign on March 28, 2008 at 12:36 PM

Well said.

samuelrylander on March 28, 2008 at 1:04 PM

ABC Radio announced in their top-of-the-hour broadcast that Leahy has called for Clinton to withdraw. They followed up by saying Nancy Pelosi is a hero for her stand on Tibet.

Guess that puts ABC firmly in the Obama camp.

JiangxiDad on March 28, 2008 at 1:05 PM

I think a good old fashon duel between Billy Jeff and Obama would be a good solution. We could give them both sawed off shotguns with #4 buck and let them take 3 paces, then turn around and fire.

May the best man win!

saiga on March 28, 2008 at 1:07 PM

unless they’re willing to go nuclear and start leaking dirt on her to the press, there’s nothing realistically they can do

. . . and then Hillary whips out the old FBI files and they’re all burnt toast. Hillary repels dirt like duck’s feathers repel water.

rplat on March 28, 2008 at 1:08 PM

ABC Radio announced in their top-of-the-hour broadcast that Leahy has called for Clinton to withdraw. They followed up by saying Nancy Pelosi is a hero for her stand on Tibet.

ABC is a left wing propaganda machine and it doesn’t even try to hide it anymore. And that’s good . . . at least we know exactly where they stand and can deal with it appropriately.

rplat on March 28, 2008 at 1:10 PM

But…guys!!! Hillary was the wife of the President of the United States AND she was always a Yankees fan! And she dodged sniper fire from Saruman’s minions while shielding an 8 year old Botswana refugee girl in Afghanistan!

How can she NOT win?

GEORGE BUSH IS STEALING THE 2008 DEMOCRAT NOMINATION!!!

Montana on March 28, 2008 at 1:11 PM

Who could have imagined that the Clintons would be the liberals’ biggest albatross? One can but marvel.

If they wouldn’t have excused them, and their shenanigans, for years, they wouldn’t have to contend with them now. Alas, they cultivated them, with verve and care, with tons of excuses. Now they’re here to stay, and to fight. And, it has just begun. And, the ‘vast right wing conspiracy’ doesn’t have to move a finger.

“Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.”

– Napoleon Bonaparte

Entelechy on March 28, 2008 at 1:13 PM

YOU’RE ALL SEXISTS SEXY.

Allahpundit on March 28, 2008 at 12:43 PM

Fixed that for you!!

right2bright on March 28, 2008 at 1:16 PM

I’d love to see that – let’s hope it comes to this. I’ve stocked up on popcorn….

Think_b4_speaking on March 28, 2008 at 12:28 PM

As someone who doesn’t eat popcorn, I’m feeling marginalized. Disenfranchised, even. NUTRITIONISTS!

mikeyboss on March 28, 2008 at 1:16 PM

And I thought March Madness was going to be just basketball…

right2bright on March 28, 2008 at 1:16 PM

YOU’RE ALL SEXISTS.

Allahpundit on March 28, 2008 at 12:43 PM

Which reminds me, we haven’t seen a fembot post in a while?

Bill C on March 28, 2008 at 1:18 PM

YOU’RE ALL SEXISTS.

Allahpundit on March 28, 2008 at 12:43 PM

Just because our HA real men don’t like Cankles?

If You Want Closure In Your Relationship, Start With Your Legs

Best book title evah

Entelechy on March 28, 2008 at 1:19 PM

Mr. Pundit sir,

This democrat nomination will not, can not be decided until after all delegate votes have been counted at the convention, and the counts challenged in court. Then, and only then, will the democrats know who their nominee will be.

Just ask Robert Mugabe.

“Count every vote!”

rockhauler on March 28, 2008 at 1:21 PM

Harry Reid offered her his job already. Leahy and Pelosi can’t invent a job big enough for Hillary to consider. Without a carrot, it’s all talk.

Entelechy on March 28, 2008 at 1:23 PM

YOU’RE ALL SEXISTS.

Allahpundit on March 28, 2008 at 12:43 PM
Which reminds me, we haven’t seen a fembot post in a while?

Bill C on March 28, 2008 at 1:18 PM

Or a beta male post all day…

brtex on March 28, 2008 at 1:24 PM

It’s a lot like capitalism. Self-interest increases the public good.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on March 28, 2008 at 1:26 PM

If the Dem’s go Nuclear on Hillary, I would wager that she will retaliate with the 900 FBI files she’s had salted away all these years.

It’s doubtful she has anything on Dean, but Leahy? Pelosi?

Time to order another batch of popcorn.

evilned on March 28, 2008 at 1:29 PM

In an interview on Vermont Public Radio, said “There is no way that Senator Clinton is going to win enough delegates to get the nomination. She ought to withdraw and she ought to be backing Senator Obama.

I thought at last count, Barack could not win enough either.

Now, obviously that’s a decision that only she can make frankly I feel that she would have a tremendous career in the Senate.”

Really? She really hasn’t done much in the 7 years she’s been in the Senate. What legislation has she introduced? What exactly has she accomplished (except for lying at every turn)?

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on March 28, 2008 at 1:35 PM

Whooda thunk it. HRC giving sooo much to the Republican party and flipping off her party all while pandering for thier votes. Delicious Irony….Bwaaahaaahahahahahhaha

ihasurnominashun on March 28, 2008 at 1:37 PM

What exactly has she accomplished (except for lying at every turn)?

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on March 28, 2008 at 1:35 PM

Her resume is complete, according to the liberals…you just answered your own question.

right2bright on March 28, 2008 at 1:39 PM

I think a good old fashon duel between Billy Jeff and Obama would be a good solution. We could give them both sawed off shotguns with #4 buck and let them take 3 paces, then turn around and fire.

May the best man win!

saiga on March 28, 2008 at 1:07 PM

Yeah, like either would even know which end is which.

bernzright777 on March 28, 2008 at 1:50 PM

Just because our HA real men don’t like Cankles?

Entelechy on March 28, 2008 at 1:19 PM

You do know he’s kidding, right?

amerpundit on March 28, 2008 at 1:52 PM

The Democratic party is so juvenile, so mutually-excusing and so self-centered that it’s inevitable that this kind of battle would happen. When they decided that symbolic nominations were key, they sealed their own doom.

The nation has a long way to go before it rejects this train of thought– the worst is yet to come.

leftnomore on March 28, 2008 at 1:59 PM

The party elders know that if Hillary is forced out, her angry supporters might defect to McCain in November, but will eventually find their ways back into the Democratic Party fold. Miff some of Obama’s African-American supporters, who are far more socially conservative than the party as a whole, and they might re-examine just exactly what good it’s doing being in the party, and could become — if not Republicans — than at least free agents in future elections. Not good when you’re counting on 90 percent of the African-American vote in each election to win.

(Also an early Hillary exit means the big media outlets no longer have to divide their loyalties between the Obama and Clinton camps. Most are on Barak’s side, but there are still enough Hillary loyalists in key media positions so that an extended battle makes it more likely any new Obama skeletons would get substantial press coverage that would end up helping McCain.)

jon1979 on March 28, 2008 at 2:02 PM

a tremendous career in the Senate

NO One was intended by the Founders to even WANT a “career” out of government.

Cankles, baby, don’t quit on us now. You are WOMAN, let us hear you ROAR!

Branch Rickey on March 28, 2008 at 2:07 PM

You do know he’s kidding, right?

amerpundit on March 28, 2008 at 1:52 PM

Yes, I do. You do know that I was too, right? :) and regards,

Entelechy on March 28, 2008 at 2:12 PM

Pat Leahy, you know what to do to yourself. Is there any hope that the people of Vermont could vote this clown out of power? One of my least favorite liberals, evah!

chief on March 28, 2008 at 3:19 PM

Hillary and Obama remind me of what the boys at Delta House said in Animal House when Flounder and Otto walked into the frat house: “A blimp and a wimp”.

Larraby on March 28, 2008 at 3:36 PM

As a decent American citizen, I call upon all true patriots to stand up and demand that the process of selecting a candidate NOT be pre-empted by empty-headed, partisan dweebs (Leahy), rancorous, feminist beef jerky (Pelosi), or others attempting to prevent the full and fair contest that we, as Americans, are entitled to.

Particularly since it provides such wonderful entertainment, with it’s “dinner with a herd of drunken cannibals” vibe.

Just say “NO” Hillary! Stay in the race! All the way! All the way!

heldmyw on March 28, 2008 at 3:42 PM

F you Leahy. We know who your child molesting, maple syrup eating, pot smokin’, communist loving Vermontins are voting for. Let the rest of the nation have its voice. Let Operation Chaos the democratic process work.

THE CHOSEN ONE on March 28, 2008 at 3:48 PM

If You Want Closure In Your Relationship, Start With Your Legs

Best book title evah

Entelechy on March 28, 2008 at 1:19 PM

I dunno. A better one would be, If You Want Openness in Your Relationship, Start With Your Legs.

Akzed on March 28, 2008 at 3:52 PM

I don’t get it, if there is no point in having primaries in those last few states when there is a technical dead heat, then why even bother having them at all?

May as well tell all those late states to save their money from this date forward. I mean, they don’t matter if a candidate has a clear lead and they don’t matter if two candidates are neck in neck…so again, what’s the point?

javamartini on March 28, 2008 at 4:19 PM

Hey Hillary, I’m pretty sure Dick Chaney wouldn’t mind if you borrwed his legendary response to that punk Leahy…

SuperCool on March 28, 2008 at 4:30 PM

I guess this means Leaky Leahy is now officially off the Clinton’s Christmas Card list.

pilamaye on March 28, 2008 at 6:39 PM

Why continue with the primaries?

The national election isn’t the only race to be settled. I live in Pa.
As tempting as it would be to switch and vote for a Dem in the primary, I can’t in all good conscience because there are local races where the GOP candidates need my vote.

Illegal immigration is one of my hot buttons; Lou Barletta of Hazleton is running against one of Murtha’s cronies (Kanjorski). I intend to give Barletta my vote.

poodlemom on March 28, 2008 at 7:10 PM

YOU CAN’T WIN THIS.

YOU ARE GOING TO LOSE.

YOU ARE BEING DEFEATED.

THE OPPOSITION IS WINNING.

PULL OUT NOW.

GIVE UP.

ALL OF THOSE ON YOUR TEAM HAVE SACRIFICED FOR NOTHING.

IT’S TIME TO GO.

THIS WAR IS LOST.

SOOOOOOO….HILLARY, NOW YOU ARE HEARING FROM YOUR OWN SIDE WHAT OUR TROOPS HAVE BEEN HEARING FOR YEARS FROM THOSE WHO SHOULD BE ON THEIR SIDE. HOW DOES IT FEEL?

AND IT WON’T EMBOLDEN YOUR ADVERSARY, NOW WILL IT?

AmericanDad on March 28, 2008 at 8:14 PM

poor hillary must hear that from guys often…

Drunk Report on March 28, 2008 at 10:03 PM