Lanny Davis to MyDD: Obama Won, But Clinton Is Holding Her Delegates Anyway
by Josh Orton, Tue Jun 03, 2008 at 07:45:09 PM EDT
As the press broke down gear and supporters streamed out of the gym after Hillary's speech, I spoke to Clinton supporter Lanny Davis about his view of tonight's results:
JO: Do you consider the nomination settled?
LD: Well, the majority rules, and he's got a majority that amounts to his victory. But she said tonight she's not making a decision about releasing her delegates, and that's a significant statement. I know that she's concerned about issues in the platform such as health care, and I know she's concerned about our process - how we nominate candidates in the future. So holding onto her delegates is really the headline of the night.
This is about as clear an analysis from the Clinton side as I've heard. Hillary's campaign knows Obama's won - but they're holding their leverage for something.
In her speech, Clinton herself addressed the question of "what does Hillary want?" by talking about ending the war in Iraq, turning the economy around, and other such broadly noble goals.
But she can't actually exchange her delegates for those things.
So cynically, I think she likely wants something more concrete for herself from the Obama campaign before she concedes.
We'll see what happens in the next two days. I doubt party leaders will show much patience for this delay.