It is always difficult to give up on a contest, especially one such as has occurred between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. It has been hard-fought and tense because for the first time we have had an African-American presidential candidate and, at the same time, a female candidate.
Both of the backing groups of these candidates feel that history is beckoning and desperately want this to be the year their candidate changes history.
Senator Clinton is losing and in my opinion has lost.
Why should she give up and additionally, why can’t she recover?
First, Senator Clinton has used up her resources. She has had to borrow money from herself and when the campaign funds are drying up somebody is trying to tell you something. She needs to get out for her own financial health.
Senator Clinton has received many requests to step down and throw her support to Obama. Failure to do so at this point strikes one as being stubborn. Her confident and determined attitude begins to be viewed as stubborn and self-serving. She simply looks beaten and seems a little out of touch; much as in sports, Obama got the momentum at the right time and has better campaign finances.
Third, if Senator Clinton remains in the race it is going to, sooner or later irritate Obama; especially if he continues his march to success and I believe he will. A withdrawal at a reasonably early time will allow her and Obama to take a look at the most effective options for the Democratic Party. There is still a general election to deal with, and, while she is losing, she obviously carries a lot of weight.
The fourth reason is exactly as the above reason and that is that if she continues to fight Obama, then the Democratic runs the risk of limping into the general election and, perhaps having more trouble with John McCain than anyone expects.
Finally, however, the real reason she should leave is that it is the right thing to do. The voters throughout the country have been speaking and they are clearly saying they want a radical change. The monkey on Hillary’s back that is not discussed much is the Presidency of Bill Clinton. I believe that at one point people felt she shouldn’t be held responsible for her husband’s actions, however, I think the reality of the electorate has started to become “We shouldn’t be held fast to that old situation either; we want a completely different direction”.
Yes, it is time for Hillary Clinton to step down. To stay longer is going to create hard feelings within the party and will be done in front of the population; it might harm her in future political endeavors.