Some dude on the internet is making sense:

By being a ‘fighter’ and playing to the lowest kind of populism (and wow do we hate it), Hillary is showing that if she were somehow to get nominated, she’ll run exactly the kind of stay-on-the-offensive campaign that will force mistakes from McCain and make it more likely that she’ll win in November. She’s also making it clear that Obama will never run that kind of campaign. […]

The upshot: I’ll happily support Hillary if she ‘steals’ the nomination. Aside from the benefits of not having a crop of incompetent government-haters running government, one of the benefits of a winning Hillary campaign would be to relieve a blight on our
country: the Atwater/Rove school of Republican campaign mudslinging. It’s not about fighting back. It’s about taking the first shot. She won’t let them get their Swift Boats in the water to start with. If both sides are Atwatering it, yes, it’ll be very very ugly, cue the
‘Unity12’ theme music and hand-wringing by the delicate. But I think we’re in for ugly no matter what, because they’re not going to stop. We may as well engage or get used to losing.

Amen. However, there is a point past which this kind of pluckiness turns pathological, and it seems that point has been reached. My main concern with choosing a nominee was that the winner be someone who was able to win in a fight. Clinton gave a hell of a fight, but she couldn’t win it. So it’s over. If her campaign can’t figure this out on their own, it might be time for folks in the party to let her know it’s time to stay down.

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