Until now, the calls to â€œdrop outâ€ have been directed at Hillary Clinton, whose road to the Democratic nomination has a math problem. Recognizing she wonâ€™t do that, Slate writer Chris Wilson calls for Barack Obama to bail, saying that â€œif heâ€™s really serious about representing a new kind of politics, now is the time for him to prove it in the only meaningful way left. Moreover, were he to play it right, dropping out now nearly guarantees that heâ€™ll be elected president in 2012.â€ According to Wilsonâ€™s scenario: Obama regains â€œhis messiah creds by making the ultimate sacrifice for the good of the party.â€ His followers are so furious that they refuse to help Clinton, who loses in November. The base then turns its ire on current party leaders, allowing Obama to install his loyalists and deny John McCain re-election in 2012.
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