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Howard Dean Looks Into His Crystal Ball

by @ 1:15 pm on April 28, 2008. Filed under 2008 Election, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Politics

And says that the race for the Democratic nomination will be over by June:

WASHINGTON – Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean said Monday that either Hillary Rodham Clinton or Barack Obama must drop out of the Democratic presidential race after the June primaries in order to unify the party by the convention and win the election in November.

But Dean didn’t say which candidate should drop out, only that it should happen after primary voters have been to the polls.

“We want the voters to have their say. That’s over on June 3,” Dean said in an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

Dean also said that while the party rules say Democratic superdelegates can wait until the party’s Aug. 25 convention to make up their minds, that would be too late to unify the party and defeat the presumptive Republican nominee, John McCain.

“We really can’t have a divided convention. If we do it’s going to be very hard to heal the party afterwards,” Dean said. “So we’ll know who the nominee is and that’ll give us an extra 2 1/2 months to get our party together, heal the wounds of having a very closely divided race and take on Senator McCain.”

Dean said he won’t have to tell either Clinton or Obama when it’s time to leave the race.

“Either of these candidates, if it’s time for them to go, they’ll know it and they will go,” Dean said. “They don’t need any pushing from me. You know when to get in and you know when to get out. That’s just part of the deal.”

This, of course, wishful thinking on Dean’s part. He has no power to force either candidate to drop out, and no argument persuasive enough to convince either one of them to drop out. This race is going to go on long past the last primary, and straight into the convention. At the point, there’s no reason for either one of these people to give in, because they’ve both got an equal shot at winning at this point.

H/T: Donklephant

6 Responses to “Howard Dean Looks Into His Crystal Ball”

  1. Somebody shut this guy up. He’s way more vocal on issues than any Democratic Party Chairman has been in the past (or should be) and no one cares what he thinks. Comments like this only increase the devisiveness, if any, and perpetuate the prediction that chosing a candidate at the Convention is bad for the Democratic party. There was a time when the Convention was held to chose a candidate, not spend the whole time on coronation, sound bites and speeches. Relax, and enjoy the process.

  2. Mary Beth says:

    What Dean should be working on is how the DNC can come up with a way to bring MI. and FLA. back into this decision making process. It seems to me, even though they were told that because of their voting early , they would not be counted, they wanted to be heard, and they wanted their states to have more of an impact than they had in the past.
    Everything needs to be open for change, and this primary process is not excluded!! And this is what Dean needs to working on…solving this problem and doing it now!!!
    Let the people voice there concerns and ideas on how this can be solved.

  3. m press says:

    I think the only way the democractic party will have a chance is if they both unite and run as one tickiet obama for president and hillary for vice president

  4. Neal says:

    I still don’t understand why those 2 democrats are spending all of their money to run for president because it is a sure thing that John Mc Cain is going to win. I guess they don’t remember when Jessie Jackson was running for the Democratic nomination years ago and he was overheard talking to Christ about the race and Jessie asked Christ if the United States would ever have a female president and Christ said “Jessie not in your lifetime” and then he asked Christ if the United States would ever have a black president and Christ said “Jessie, NOT IN MY LIFETIME and as far as I know, both Jessie Jackson and Christ are still alive.

  5. Bud Lacy says:

    It is a scary situation that could easily destroy a Democratic Patiy’s easy chance at the Whitehouse. Howard Dean has the power to direct the dollars to the Senate and House races and leave the battlers to themselves. Wouldn’t it be easier if one of the “Presidentials” were to withdraw for the sake of the country. I don’t think Hillary’s ego would allow for that and I don’t think that Obama should have to withdraw for the sake of the Country even though he is ahead in votes. John Dean should hold the candidates to their word and the Democratic Partiy’s as well, no Michigan and no Florida.

  6. JoeK says:

    I just DON’T understand how on earth Howard Dean ever was picked to lead the DNC…. talk about setting a party up for failure. If he had any smarts he’d kick both of them out and put Al Gore in with John Edwards as his VP.

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