2008 All Over but the Speechifying: Hillary Clinton to Concede Tonight (UPDATE: Or Not)
posted by June 3 at 8:15 AMon
WASHINGTON - Hillary Rodham Clinton will concede Tuesday night that Barack Obama has the delegates to secure the Democratic nomination, campaign officials said, effectively ending her bid to be the nation’s first female president.
That only took 17 months. By comparison, the indispensable Ben Smith points out, the general election is only going to last a breezy five months.
UPDATE: Or not? This just landed in my in-box from the Clinton campaign:
The AP story is incorrect. Senator Clinton will not concede the nomination this evening.
If I can try to parse and translate here, I think what this means is that Clinton is going to admit tonight that Barack Obama has the delegates to win the nomination. That is, by most normal definitions, a concession.
However, “concede” has a more particular and final ring in the language of politics and so the Clinton campaign is pushing back against the idea that she is formally “conceding”:
The former first lady will stop short of formally suspending or ending her race in her speech in New York City.
She will pledge to continue to speak out on issues like health care. But for all intents and purposes, the two senior officials said, the campaign is over.