Hillary Clinton scored more than just three presidential primary victories this week. She also helped freeze a movement of top Democrats set to call on her to concede to rival Barack Obama. A group of uncommitted superdelegates were ready to make a show of support for Obama by trying to pressure Clinton to give up, said Tim Roemer, a former congressman who's rounding up backers for Obama. Now, after her wins in Texas, Ohio, and Rhode Island, many will still back Obama without calling on Clinton to quit, he said.
Yesterday I was on Capitol Hill to interview that most super of superdelegates, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. I call her "most super" because she will be chairing the Democratic convention this summer. She is staying studiously uncommitted, as well she must at this point in the race.
But I was intrigued by her answer to my question that I share with you below:
Bonnie Erbe: If Senator Clinton does not get the Democratic nomination, how will that affect women politically and culturally?
Pelosi: Let's not talk about what if she doesn't win. There's still a very good chance it may happen. Senator Clinton's candidacy is historic for women. She is the first viable candidate who could become president. That's historic in and of itself. Recognition should be given to her for that. And women shouldn't be upset if she doesn't win. But she may, so let's not go down that path. Instead, let's congratulate Senator Clinton. It's a great step forward and a source of great pride for us all.
Speaker Pelosi, you go, girl!
By Bonnie Erbe