She wants it.
She is going to accept if offered.
He has no other choice.
Option A: Anger enough of her supporters leaving her in the same gutter he repeatedly put that bowling ball in and he's toast -- Don't bother to call the movers. Option B: Pick her (or, recognize that 17 million+ voters picked her) and actually have a shot at winning.
Can they win? Maybe. Maybe not. I'm skeptical that America will put an African-American in the White House (or a Jew, a Gay or Lesbian, a Mormon, an Atheist, a Latino, and many, many others for that matter). Upsetting millions of her supporters is not the way to accomplish the task.
When she asked her supporters to go to her site and tell her what they want her to do did they think that being told to bake cookies was an option? Her surrogates have made it quite clear what exactly she wants and they so much as gave those web surfers their marching orders:
In an interview with the Washington Post, Clinton supporter and Black Entertainment Television network founder Robert Johnson said Clinton has authorized him and others to persuade Barack Obama to pick her.
'She said if asked to do this, she must accept because she believes that it is in the best interest of the party that the party come together and win in November,' Johnson told the Post."
The "He's the future, she's the past it, will never work" argument is not good enough.
A majority of his supporters want him to pick her, too.
Can a first term US Senator be backed in to a corner and forced to pick a more senior Senator and win the White House? Been there. Done that. The last time two Senators were on the Democratic ticket was in 1960, when the younger JFK, 46, picked the older LBJ who had served in the House and Senate for more than two decades. Kennedy had arrived at the Democratic convention with less than a majority of the delegates and Johnson, along with Adlai Stevenson, Hubert Humphrey and Sen. Stuart Symington (MO), mounted a Stop Kennedy movement.
Like JFK and LBJ, they'll work it out. They have no other choice and if they do, they may actually win.