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Hillary rides again


By all accounts, the Chosen One is poised to take the stage at the Democratic National Convention in August and be crowned as the party’s official nominee for President. So is former rival Hillary Clinton prepared to hold hands with Obama and join the Kum Ba Ya chorus? This is a Clinton, folks… need I even ask?

Although she suspended her campaign in June, this witch still has a little magic up her sleeve. Hillary never formally dropped out of the race after all… meaning she still has all her delegates. She also still has a very angry army of 18 million awaiting their marching orders.

As ABCNews’ The Note reports:

To former President Bill Clinton’s missing praise (to say nothing of what he is saying), we add this: A steadfast refusal by Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton to rule out allowing her delegates to vent in the peculiar fashion of voting for her on the convention floor, instead of the candidate she’s campaigning for.
“I happen to believe that we will come out stronger if people feel that their voices were heard and their views were respected,” Clinton, D-N.Y., told a gathering of supporters last week, ABC News reported Wednesday. “We do not want any Democrat either in the hall or in the stadium or at home walking away saying, well, you know, I’m just not satisfied, I’m not happy.”

It’s as old as, you know, Greek drama,” Clinton said. (We couldn’t agree more.)

And guess who’ll be playing Medusa…

So is Sen. Clinton scheming to be the next comeback kid?  Maybe…. but I think that term is a little too cute to aptly describe it. Think Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction… Hillary is about to rise screaming out of the bathtub.

Note the peculiar “joint” statement issued by Clinton and Obama on Wednesday:

“We are working together to make sure the fall campaign and the convention are a success. At the Democratic Convention, we will ensure that the voices of everyone who participated in this historic process are respected and our party will be fully unified heading into the November election.”

The way things are shaping up, this show of unity will go about as smooth as a gathering of Yankees and Red Sox fans. Make no mistake, Hillary has some leverage here. Behind the scenes she is making sure the DNC knows that how she behaves and what she says during the convention will rest largely upon their cooperation.

“The refusal to publicly announce her intentions is widely seen as a bargaining chip Clinton is holding on to as party officials negotiate logistics regarding her convention speech and other activities,” per ABC News.

And the press certainly seems to like the idea of a renewed battle:

“At this point, it is as likely as not that Clinton will be formally nominated at the convention, individuals close to the negotiations said,” per The Washington Post’s Anne Kornblut. “Officials have firmly denied a report last week that Clinton had decided not to have her name put into the record. Advisers on both sides also said that relations between the two are improving.” (But still have a ways to go?)

You only thought it was over,” ABC’s John Berman said on “Good Morning America” Thursday.

Oh we never thought it was over… this Greek tragedy is only beginning.

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