Writes the New York Times:
On what was probably one of the toughest days of her campaign so far, with pundits and analysts of all stripes declaring her presidential candidacy finished, Mrs. Clinton put on her battle face Wednesday and confronted what was at times a hostile crowd at a hastily arranged speech here at Shepherd University.Could it be that she wants the VP spot and she's holding out for a deal? George Stephanopoulos, on ABC World News last night, says yes:
There are various exit strategies right now. Number one would be, go out on a win. So, stay in until West Virginia, where Sen. Clinton is likely the winner, and Kentucky on May 20, and after that, bow out... But the big one, Charlie, and this is what some people close to the Clintons are talking about: Is there a way to negotiate a settlement with Barack Obama to have Sen. Clinton on the ticket?If this fails, if Hillary can't get the number two slot for herself, she may want some say over who gets the gig - perhaps to make sure its someone who won't be a future threat for the presidency?
There's already talk that she'll be negotiating for help retiring her campaign debt. Barack could do that much faster than the Clintons can, but on the other hand, the Clintons can certainly get it done.
Most important to Hillary, I suspect, will be her stature in Congress. Back to yesterday in West Virginia:
Well, okay. The Bill Clinton dynasty may be over, but maybe Hillary wants to build one of her own. It just may be that in 10 or 15 years, the world will look back at this moment as the birth of Hillary. That process will start with getting back to work in the U.S. Senate with an eye toward becoming the next Ted Kennedy - the person who is considered the best at being a liberal senator.
Mrs. Clinton endured boos when she mentioned her proposal for a gasoline tax holiday, catcalls when she spoke of ending the Iraq war and, most difficult of all, the heckling of her daughter, Chelsea, who introduced her.
“End the dynasty!” a young man holding an Obama poster shouted when Chelsea Clinton stepped to the microphone.
Perhaps she wants to be Barack's point man on health care?