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The good fight

Contrary to received wisdom, the protracted nature of the Democratic campaign is probably good news for the party—whoever wins the nomination

By Mary Fitzgerald   May 2008

Of the myriad half-truths circulating around the interminable Democratic nomination race, perhaps the most false is the notion that a protracted Obama/Clinton battle will tear the Democratic party apart.

This view is held by an increasing number of influential party elders. A couple of weeks ago Patrick Leahy, who chairs the Senate judiciary committee, added his voice to the growing chorus of calls for Clinton to quit. The longer she battles on, so the logic goes, the more ammunition she supplies for McCain’s attacks in November. As Jay Bookman in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution put it: the Clintonites have been “breathing…

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