Hillary Can Only Lose Tonight—but She Knows How to Lose

Clinton takes on 'thankless' job of uniting party
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Aug 26, 2008 9:18 AM CDT
Clinton speaks at the Sheraton Hotel Monday, Aug. 25, 2008, in Denver.    (AP Photo/Rocky Mountain News, Ken Papaleo)
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(Newser) – Hillary Clinton's mission in Denver tonight is both painful and fraught with peril, Marie Cocco writes in the Washington Post. As “cheerleader in chief" who may want to pursue another run herself, she can't really win—surely she'll be criticized for being either too methodical or too exuberant, and her supporters will misbehave—but Clinton has to know that going in, and “Clinton is a woman who knows how to lose.”

Some pundits will blame her for what will be seen as a “demonstration of disunity.” But in fact, “it is usually the job of the nominee to build unity once a vanquished rival has conceded and made the right gestures,” Cocco notes. “Unless the loser happens to be a woman, and she must do the work.”