…I kind of admired how Dodd was playing to win in Iowa even though he didn’t have a chance in hell of winning. If you’re committed to the game, you might as well play it until the end.
I tried to be very sympathetic to the Clinton speech last night. I recognized it for what it was, much like the infamous “Dean Scream” speech it was a speech to supporters, and not to the country at large. Whether it should have been or not is another question, but nonetheless that’s what it was.
But even given that it really just wasn’t right.
Somerby (via Susie):
Some people wanted a concession on Tuesday. That’s fine, but historically, people don’t do that. By the way: It would be weird to spend all day Tuesday asking people to vote for you—then to show up at 8:30 PM and say, “I’m out of here—please vote for the other guy.” Whatever you think of Clinton’s speech, it would be somewhat odd to endorse on the night you ran in two primaries, trying to win. Historically, people don’t do that… Historically, pols don’t kick voters to the curb on the night their dream has died. They give them some time to adjust to what happened.
(Note: Somerby’s piece seems to have undergone something of a rewrite, but the thought remains the same.)