There has been so much talk this primary season about Bill Clinton and his role in the campaign. On the one hand, he's undoubtedly been an asset when it comes to fund raising and rallying institutional support like the super delegates. On the other hand, he's been "off message" on more than one occasion, and seems to detract from Hillary's message at times. His latest stumble: He told a crowd in Texas that it was "up to them" to keep Hillary in the race. If she wins Ohio and Texas, he surmised, then she'd win the nomination, but if she loses either, she's toast.
Well, he's probably correct on part of his analysis: If she does lose either, she's most likely finished. It would be nearly impossible for her to catch Obama in "pledged" delegates, and her fundraising would dry up. But, even if she manages to win both states, it may still not be enough given the proportional allotment of delegates. According to Chuck Todd at NBC News and others, she really needs a commanding (double digit) win in both states to make a dent in Obama's lead. Given how Obama is on a Tiger Woods-esque winning streak, having won 11 straight primaries and caucuses by an average of 33% (his smallest victory being in Wisconsin at only 17%) it seems highly unlikely Hillary is going to route Obama. Moreover, polls show both states in dead heats, and Hillary didn't get the knockout punch she needed in the Texas debate.
It's time for Bubba to stay on the sidelines. He's been credited, over the years, with having terrific political instincts. It hasn't really been on display during this campaign, but he should summon them one last time and do the right thing: stay out of the fray. Hillary’s political future will be determined in the next 10 days -- it's time for her to sink or swim as a candidate on her own.