Dear Senator Clinton,
I write with the greatest respect for your passion, your dedication to service and your significant accomplishments to express my personal—and perhaps presumptuous—conviction that you should withdraw from your quest for the presidency of the United States should the coming primaries in Texas and Ohio not provide significant evidence to the contrary.
I confess that I write these words with considerable sadness. I would have wished in any other circumstance to cast my vote for the first woman to make a serious bid for this office. I also believe that you would make an excellent President. I am awed by your command of the issues we face, and am much impressed with the strength and coherence of the solutions you propose. I am persuaded of your passionate belief in this country, as well as your qualifications and experience as the source of a much-needed change of course. I am convinced, too, that your policies are sound.
That said, I believe that the time may very soon come for a truly magnanimous and selfless gesture on your part, to step aside and lend the considerable weight of your personal support, along with your powerful political organization, to your rival, Barack Obama. After so many clear and increasingly resounding victories in recent primaries and caucuses, I think it undeniable that the people of this country are responding overwhelmingly to the vision he represents. And while I admire your persistent optimism and apparent good cheer, I believe it to be in the best interests of the country to allow this phenomenal groundswell to take its course and bring us to an important Democratic victory in the fall.
Rightly or wrongly—and I myself judge it unfair and deeply prejudicial—you bring with you a potential storm of angry rejection by that “vast right wing conspiracy” you so correctly identified a number of years ago. I do not believe it to be insurmountable, but it will certainly be bloody and divisive. Your rival brings no such baggage along with him—though your common opponents will certainly be looking for whatever they can dig up—and his voice is as yet unsullied by such personal animosity, particularly from the right but also, sad to say, from certain disaffected Democrats on the left.
After Texas and Ohio, we will have reached a point in the current election cycle where Democratic unity would give us a huge and very likely unstoppable advantage over Republican dissent and disarray. You, Senator, will be holding the key to that unity. You can achieve it with a single, dramatic decision to sacrifice your personal interests and passion to the common good. You are right: Barack Obama is in many ways unprepared for the heavy responsibilities of the presidency. He will need the wise counsel and guidance of those more experienced and more in command of the know-how of government. But if his success continues through Texas and Ohio, as I believe it well might, there will surely be no further doubt but that he has won not only the ear but also the heart of the American people in a way that no other has done for decades. It’s time to recognize the power of that voice. Further divisiveness will serve only to delay the inevitable, and to alienate potential support from independents and disaffected Republicans.
These words, I assure you, come not from the rash judgment of someone young and easily swayed by overly romantic visions, empty promises, and fine rhetoric. I have lived through more wars than your good self, long enough to recognize the perils of youthful inexperience. Coming from my initial support for John Edwards and his concern for the disadvantaged in our society—I voted early for him, by mail, in California, before he withdrew, as I suspect did many, many others—I have given much thought and discussion to the two remaining candidacies. As I said at the start—and as many others than I have observed—it is painful to be torn between two such excellent prospects. It has taken me many bull-headed years to learn to listen carefully to what others have to say, with the heart as well as the head. And now both my heart and my head concur: unless there’s a radical change in your favor in the coming three weeks, you should no longer stand in the way of this passionate reawakening of the American conscience.
[Obviously I am not the only blogger who thinks this way. Here's another.]