Who Will Show Clinton the Door?

Novak studies an increasingly touchy question
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 25, 2008 1:30 PM CST
Who Will Show Clinton the Door?
Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., autographs a campaign sign for a supporter as she makes a campaign stop at the Rhode Island College Recreation Center, in Providence, R.I., Sunday Feb. 24, 2008. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)   (Associated Press)

Does any Democrat have the gravitas to show Hillary Clinton the exit? Syndicated columnist Robert Novak of the Chicago Sun-Times speculates about the campaign's denouement, saying the ex-first lady's continued presence is hurting Barack Obama’s chances against John McCain in the general election. "Clinton's burden is not only Obama's charisma but also McCain's resurrection," Novak argues.

The candidate doesn’t appear to get the message, Novak contends, ticking off the ways her campaign has tried—and failed—to hold back the Obama tide. The danger that she'll mount a resurgence and tie up the primary season for months is gone, Novak writes, but looking ahead to March 4, he wonders, "If she ekes out a win in Ohio while losing Texas, who then will bell Hillary?" (Read more Hillary Clinton stories.)

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