Dear Nick Kristof

If you want to call on Hillary Clinton to withdraw from the race, but don't want to do so in the misogynist, douchebag way you did, you could perhaps emulate Sen. Pat Leahy, D-Vt.:
"There is no way that Senator Clinton is going to win enough delegates to get the nomination. She ought to withdraw and she ought to be backing Senator [Barack] Obama," said Leahy, who has endorsed the Illinois senator for the Democratic nomination.

Leahy added, "obviously that's a decision that only she can make -- frankly I feel that she would have a tremendous career in the Senate."
You see what Leahy did there, Nick? He expressed his opinion that Clinton would be best served by withdrawing, admitted that decision was hers and hers alone, and ultimately showed respect for Clinton's skill and her future in politics.

Now, one can agree or disagree with Leahy, but one can't say Leahy appears to be motivated by animus against Clinton or a belief that she's evil incarnate. Later in the interview, Leahy said, "John McCain, who has been making one gaffe after another, is getting a free ride on it because Senator Obama and Senator Clinton have to fight with each other. I think that her criticism is hurting him more than anything John McCain has said. I think that's unfortunate." And that may be. But Leahy frames it in terms of the fight Clinton and Obama are having with each other. He's not saying Clinton is even the greater aggressor -- just that he thinks Obama has the nomination sewn up, and that he thinks it's time to rally 'round the standard-bearer.

And that, Nick, is the point. While you're churlishly setting forth what Clinton would have to do to get your permission to keep running, Leahy is simply saying he doesn't think her going on is the best idea -- but it's her decision to make. Your way is the way of an asshole. Leahy's is not. Please make a note of it.

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