The Real Reason She Won't Quit

Hillary aims to 'save Dems from themselves'
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Apr 13, 2008 3:11 PM CDT
Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama D-Ill., shakes hands after a town hall meeting at Terre Haute North Vigo High School in Terre Haute, Ind., Friday, April 11, 2008.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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(Newser) – Hillary Clinton stubbornly refuses to drop out because she knows Barack Obama will lose in November—but she won’t come out and say it, write John Harris and Jim Vandehei in Politico. While many believe Clinton is “in kitchen-sink mode,” in fact, she’s holding back from pointing to Obama weaknesses that John McCain will exploit in the general election.

Clinton is “on a mission to save Democrats from themselves,” say insiders. "Rip off the duct tape and here is what (Clinton) would say: Obama has serious problems with Jewish voters (goodbye Florida), working-class whites (goodbye Ohio) and Hispanics (goodbye, New Mexico)," note Harris and Vandehei. Obama's real test will be a GOP portrayal of Obama as “an exotic character of uncertain values and weak patriotism.”