The Bowers Scenario

Chris Bowers makes a fair case for why Hillary Clinton ought to drop out if she loses Indiana and North Carolina. Bowers urges readers to make this idea the normative Dem position going forward.

Here is the "but."

As a matter of strategy, so long as the superdelegate option is available to Clinton and so long as the earned delegate/popular vote disparity is close, she will probably avail herself of the argument. So the counter to this would be to get the superdelegates off the fence -- perhaps the next project of the Democratic netroots.

My other sense is that the other vulnerable spot for the Clinton campaign is the sense that Bill's legacy and Hillary's Senate future are perilously close to being driven by factors out of her control.

Can you imagine, or envision, a Democratic/Netroots' based Senate challenge to Clinton in four years?

Incidentally, if Clinton wins Pennsylvania, Indiana and North Carolina, then what? The party is already employing a version of the Mondale argument -- he went into the convention losing primaries in 1984 -- as if that was among the main reasons why Ronald Reagan beat him so soundly in the fall. I doubt that argument will work later.

Presented by

Marc Ambinder is an Atlantic contributing editor. He is also a senior contributor at Defense One, a contributing editor at GQ, and a regular contributor at The Week.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register with Disqus.

Please note that The Atlantic's account system is separate from our commenting system. To log in or register with The Atlantic, use the Sign In button at the top of every page.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Cryotherapy's Dubious Appeal

James Hamblin tries a questionable medical treatment.

Video

Confessions of Moms Around the World

In Europe, mothers get maternity leave, discounted daycare, and flexible working hours.

Video

How Do Trees Know When It's Spring?

The science behind beautiful seasonal blooming

More in Politics

Just In