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J. Alter Makes a Better Case for One Primary With Instant Run-offs Than for Hillary to Quit

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Newsweek's Jonathan Alter wrote a well-reasoned piece on why Hillary Clinton should gracefully drop out of the presidential race now.  http://www.newsweek.com/id/114725/page/1

Well-reasoned from his point of view, but nonetheless dead wrong.

Not that she would take his advice, but she shouldn't listen to Alter's suggestion, not quit yet.  Hillary should wait at least until after Ohio and Texas, then decide.

Even though the mathematical odds make Hillary seem dead in the water, for her to quit now would give Republicans a political lifetime of ammo to use against her. 

Cut and run sound familiar? Can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen?  No stomach for a tough fight?  Give up the ship? 

It's one thing for Joe Biden, Chris Dodd, John Edwards, Dennis Kucinich, Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani to drop out when the numbers and trends clearly said they didn't have a chance in hell.  Migawd, even Rudy's kids weren't supporting him.

But now isn't quite the time for Hillary to drop out.  Numbers or not, it's still too soon to tell how the tides will shift; if Barack Obama will make a self-inflicted, suicidal gaff; or if the Obama momentum will wane.

Nobody can quite figure out why Mike "I'll Change the Constitution in My Religious Image" Huckabee is still in the Republican nominee race when Johnny "I'm the Second Coming of Bush" McCain has already been anointed the nominee.

Maybe Huckabee thinks trends can change, especially as we learn more about the "straight talker" really being anything but straight talking when it comes to being in bed with lobbyists:  Figuratively, actually, contribution and/or favor wise. 

McC also has big problems with campaign financing laws and is being called on it by the government.  So, we'll have to wait and see which way that goes.

Perhaps Huckabee hangs in the, because he figures the longer he hangs in there, the more money he can make on the rubber chicken speaking circuit.

My hunch is that he plans to use his delegate count as a hammer of some kind to nail McC with at the convention.

As anyone who's read my recent writings knows, they I'm no fan of Hillary, but I wouldn't like to see her give up now, not that she would.

Without realizing it, and I'm sure there was no intent on Alter's part, if anything he made an inadvertent argument for one primary with instant run-offs to decide who the candidate in each party should be.

Six months of campaigning and debating preceding one primary is more than enough time to vet each candidate.

Even though California moved its primary up from June to February, there were still too many states that went ahead of us.  I don't want "little" states deciding what the trends are.

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