So it wasn't when Senator Clinton conceded in a nationally televised speech, or when she was part of a carefully orchestrated nominating process at the convention, or even when she and her husband campaigned vigorously for now President-elect Obama in the weeks leading up to the election that took place nearly a month ago now. No, according to Alessandra Stanley of the NY Times, Senator Clinton's real concession took place yesterday.
That was hardly the case on Monday when President-elect Barack Obama introduced his national security team. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s speech was no ordinary public-service pledge; for plenty of viewers, it was the moment when Mrs. Clinton finally conceded the election for real.How much of the drama between Obama and Clinton--for that matter, how much of any drama surrounding anyone with the last name Clinton--is created out of whole cloth by a press corps who have decided that it's time to move on from covering Republican incompetence and back to scandalous behavior, even when there's no scandal there to cover.
The occasion was solemn, but like a wedding where the parents are divorced, the ceremony was carefully choreographed to avert awkward moments and camouflage past unpleasantness.