Will Hillary Demand That She Resign From Her Own Campaign?

03/10/2008 10:05 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Hillary Clinton and her top surrogates, including Communications Director Howard Wolfson, have been very busy recently demanding the resignation of Barack Obama's policy advisors.

So you can only imagine what Clinton, Wolfson, and Clinton's other surrogates would be saying if a top Obama advisor were quoted as stating that presumptive Republican Party nominee, John McCain, would make a better commander-in-chief than Democratic Party rival Hillary Clinton. You can be sure they would be demanding that such an advisor not only be drummed out of the Obama campaign but out of the Democratic Party.

Clinton and Wolfson went after the head of Obama economic advisor Austan Goolsbee, after the Conservative Canadian government leaked a memo paraphrasing Goolsbee as telling the Canadian Consulate that on NAFTA, "Obama is less about changing the agreement and more in favor of strengthening language on labor mobility and environment and trying to establish these as 'core' priniciples of the Agreement." (The Canadian Embassy later issued a statement that "there was no intention to convey, in any way, that Senator Obama and his campaign team were taking a different position from view expressed in private.")

A few days later Wolfson and Clinton's surrogates went after the head of Obama foreign policy advisor Samantha Powers for calling Clinton a "monster" to a reporter in Scotland, demanding that "Obama needs to stand up and to publicly say this person will no longer participate in the campaign." This time they got the head of Power, a highly regarded advocate of America playing a leadership role in defending human rights around the world. (For the record, Power full quote was "she is a monster, too -- that is off the record -- she is stooping to anything".)

Yet it wasn't a campaign advisor, but Hillary Clinton herself, who proclaimed the Republican, McCain, to be a more qualified commander-in-chief than the Democrat, Obama, saying "I think it's imperative that each of us be able to demonstrate that we can cross the commander-in-chief threshold. I believe that I've done that. Certainly, Sen. McCain has done that and you'll have to ask Sen. Obama with respect to his candidacy." Calling McCain a "good friend" and a "distinguished man with a great history of service to our country," Clinton said, "Both of us will be on that stage having crossed that threshold."

The threshold Clinton actually crossed was to all but endorse the Republican presidential nominee over the nominee of her own party, if the Democratic nominee should turn out to be Barack Obama. She demonstrated that Samantha Power wasn't far off to say that Clinton "is stooping to anything." Hillary handed McCain endless sound bites to use in TV ads against Obama in a possible fall campaign. In her desperation to secure the Democratic nomination, Hillary even took away her own ability to criticize McCain as a potential commander-in-chief for, among other things, his aggressive militarism, his off-key singing of "Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran," and his unrelenting support for the Iraq War, the surge, and a 100 year occupation. Bomb Iran." (In the ultimate irony, Hillary and Bill went on the next day to suggest that Obama would be a great choice for Hillary's vice president, a position whose first qualification is the ability to step in immediately as commander-in-chief in an international crisis, if, say, the president were assassinated by a foreign terrorist.)

So here's what I want to know: When will Howard Wolfson and Hillary Clinton come forward and demand that Hillary step down from her own campaign for all but endorsing the Republican nominee over her own Democratic rival?