An Insurance Policy?

Brendan Loy answers (unintentionally) my question:

With regard to why her “attempt to steal the nomination” is “obviously not going to work,” it isn’t just because the supers “don’t want to commit suicide”; it’s also because the math just isn’t there for Hillary. Even if Florida and Michigan are seated according to her best-case scenario, Obama only needs 19 percent of the undeclared supers to secure the nomination. Given that many of those supers are already in the tank for one candidate or the other — i.e., they’re not undecided, just undeclared — it’s inconceivable that Obama won’t get at least 19% of them. So he’s got the nomination wrapped up, no matter what happens with Florida and Michigan.

What, then, is Hillary playing at? I have a theory. She appears to be racheting up her rhetoric to the point where, if the Rules & Bylaws Committee does anything other than seat the Florida and Michigan delegations with full voting rights and in complete accordance with the rogue primary results, she can declare that decision an anti-democratic outrage that must be remedied, irrespective of its significance to the nomination battle, and thus use it as an excuse to keep fighting all the way to the convention, even after Obama secures the nomination by any and all mathematical standards (whether the magic number is 2,025, 2,210, or something in between). In this scenario, Hillary would most likely “suspend” her campaign, but refrain from endorsing Obama or “releasing” her delegates, and then lie in wait for the next three months, hoping some political calamity befalls him in the mean time, at which point she can sweep in like a “white knight” and take the nomination away from him.

Well, it makes morbid sense anyway.

Assist to Andrew Sullivan.