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As most of you know (and many of you find distasteful, but that's your problem) I am a strong and committed support of Hillary Clinton's candidacy for President.  I've been observing events for the last few days and have come to this conclusion - unless she losed both Texas and Ohio on Tuesday, there is no way in the world that she will drop out of the race following these contests.  And I personally don't think she is going to lose Ohio.

My analysis is simple.  She has the money and support to go on.  She deeply and firmly believes that she is far more qualified to be President than Obama and that the nation would be better served if she wins.  And you never know what's going to happen in politics.  

As she has said many times, she has been vetted and Obama has not.  He is starting to get a little bit of scrutiny now, and who knows what may happen down the road?  

For example -- Will there be revelations from the Rezko trial that could really damage him?

Reformer: Trial Will Reveal 'Cesspool' of Obama's Allies

With the corruption trial of one of Sen. Barack Obama's longtime friends and supporters set to begin Monday in Chicago, Ill., reform watchdogs say it will reveal the "cesspool" of Illinois politics in which Obama came of age and has said little about in his campaign for president.

"We have a sick political culture," said Jay Stewart, the executive director of the Chicago Better Government Association, "and that's the environment that Barack Obama came from."

Stewart says he does not understand why Obama has lectured others about corruption in Washington and Kenya but "been noticeably silent on the issue of corruption here in his home state, including at this point, mostly Democratic politicians."

What other information may come to the fore and make Democrats think twice about their choice?  For example, that he has made a fairly abrupt U-turn in his views on the mideast?  That his true views (while some here may agree with them) will be disastrous for his chances in the election, as Jewish voters will turn away from him in droves? (and incidentally also call into serious question his honesty with the voters)

The last time I spoke to Obama was in the winter of 2004 at a gathering in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood. He was in the midst of a primary campaign to secure the Democratic nomination for the United States Senate seat he now occupies. But at that time polls showed him trailing.

As he came in from the cold and took off his coat, I went up to greet him. He responded warmly, and volunteered, "Hey, I'm sorry I haven't said more about Palestine right now, but we are in a tough primary race. I'm hoping when things calm down I can be more up front." He referred to my activism, including columns I was contributing to the The Chicago Tribune critical of Israeli and US policy, "Keep up the good work!"

Obama has not been thoroughly scrutinized and Americans just don't know enough about him yet.  Hillary will stay in the race as long as possible because the party may decide he is not a viable candidate and turn to her.  That is exactly why Superdelegates were created in the first place.  

Originally posted to markusd on Fri Feb 29, 2008 at 01:57 PM PST.

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