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Does acclamation vindicate seasons of bad manners?

August 27, 2008

How big a concession was Hillary Clinton’s motion for acclamation when she stood no chance of winning anyway? 1549 to 341 hardly made for teeth-clenching tension. But she went down in victory to chants of Hill-a-ry! Hill-a-ry! for doing what she said she was going to do.

Here are some Halloweenish possibilities for Hillary’s post-acclamation reclamation.

Scenario 1: Hillary Clinton will be 68 in 2016, Joseph Biden will be 73; Hillary is nominated and runs in a clear field.

Scenario 2: Hillary will be 64 in 2012, the Near-Presumptive Romney will be barely broken in.

Scenario 3: Hillary seizes the 2012 nomination from Obama, who becomes the third president in history to run for but not win his party’s nomination for a second term (Franklin Pierce and Millard Fillmore were the others).

Scenario 4: The acclamation thing catches on. There are no more elections.

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