It Ain't Over Till the Wide-Hipped Lady Swings (For the Fences)

Just when you thought the Clintons couldn’t get any more cunning, we have this seemingly innocent item:

Sen. Hillary Clinton told a gathering of supporters last week that she’s looking for a “strategy” for her delegates to have their voices heard and “respected” at the Democratic National Convention — and did not rule out the possibility of having her name placed into nomination at the convention alongside Sen. Barack Obama’s.

“I happen to believe that we will come out stronger if people feel that their voices were heard and their views were respected. I think that is a very big part of how we actually come out unified,” Clinton, D-N.Y., said at a California fundraiser last Thursday, in a video clip captured by an attendee and posted on YouTube.

Let’s think about what’s going on here, for just half a sec. If Clinton gets her name put in the ring, and everybody votes the way they’re supposed to, then she gets her little moment in the sun and everybody is happy. But there’s a hidden upside.

What if Clinton were to get more votes than anyone had tallied?

Then Obama would have shown that he can’t even keep his people in line up against a dead candidate smiling. That kind of loss of face could prove fatal to him in November — leaving Clinton to pick up the pieces of her party, without even so much as an I-told-you-so, in 2012.

An unlikely scenario? Of course. But not an impossible one.

And don’t think Clinton hasn’t already thought it out.