While Barack Obama’s soaking up the limelight, Hillary Clinton’s plotting her next move.
Despite the rumors, Mrs. Clinton did not concede the Democratic race to Obama last night, as many thought she should. Rather, the Senator told voters and supporters in South Dakota that she’s going to take some time to make a decision:
In the coming days, I’ll be consulting with supporters and party leaders to determine how to move forward with the best interests of our party and our country guiding my way. I am committed to uniting our party so we move forward stronger and more ready than ever to take back the White House this November.
Clinton made no mention of being open to the vice-presidential slot, but vowed to keep fighting for the things she believes in: ending the war, universal health care and generally improving the American experience.
I understand that a lot of people are asking, what does Hillary want? What does she want? Well, I want what I have always fought for in this whole campaign. I want to end the war in Iraq. I want to turn this economy around. I want health care for every American. I want every child to live up to his or her God-given potential, and I want the nearly 18 million Americans who voted for me to be respected, to be heard and no longer to be invisible.
No doubt Clinton won’t be invisible during this general election. Obama desperately needs to rally her troops and bring them into his campaign fold. And, from the sound of it, top Clinton staffers are already signing on to the Obama team: strategist James Carville and Campaign chairman Terry Mcauliffe have already pledged their allegiance.
Hillary’s website, meanwhile, opens with a “Show Hillary Your Support” form, on which voters can send the former First Lady a loving message. Or a message of condolence. Regardless, that move shows that Clinton’s rallying her own troops to prove her worth. How this will pay – and play – out remains to be seen, but Mrs. Clinton’s flexing her final muscle. Some are saying, however, she should save her energy to strengthen her Senatorial career. And that wouldn’t be a bad idea….