Saturday, April 12, 2008

From Scotland: Gore and Carter to Pressure Clinton to Step Aside?

I don’t know how to take this. According to this article in “The Scotsman”, a UK journal, President Carter and former VP Al Gore are being positioned to call on Hillary Clinton to cease and desist all anti-Democratic activities and fold her tent.

There is nothing about this in the American press, and that gives it some credence. Imagine all of the future headlines that wouldn’t ever be printed, headlines that sell newspapers.

Here’s what they say:

“DEMOCRAT grandees Jimmy Carter and Al Gore are being lined-up to deliver the coup de grâce to Hillary Clinton and end her campaign to become president. Falling poll numbers and a string of high-profile blunders have convinced party elders that she must now bow out of the primary race.”

“Former president Carter and former vice-president Gore have already held high-level discussions about delivering the message that she must stand down for the good of the Democrats.”

“’They're in discussions,’ a source close to Carter told Scotland on Sunday. ‘Carter has been talking to Gore. They will act, possibly together, or in sequence.’”
Now there’s all sorts of downside to this, like the 30% of Hillary supporters who say that they’ll vote for McCain if Clinton fails to get the nomination. This could be virtually assured if it is perceived that Hillary Clinton was forced to step aside by party elders.

My guess is that if this is indeed in the offing, they will wait for an opportune moment in the campaign, where it will be more obvious that she stands little chance to succeed, but stands a great chance to divide a party that should, by all rights, have an easy climb to the White House this fall.

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