A half-hour after Dean alarmed party regulars over television Sunday, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton on NBC titillated worried Democrats by hesitating at closing the door for 2004.
--Robert Novak today
MR. RUSSERT: So no matter what happens, absolutely, categorically, no?
SEN. CLINTON: You know, I am going to do everything I can to support this nominee, whoever that person might be.
MR. RUSSERT: But just say no. You would...
SEN. CLINTON: I have said no and no and I’m trying to think of different ways of saying no and no. And I hope that in ’08, I’ll be supporting a Democratic president for re-election.
MR. RUSSERT: But you would never accept the nomination in 2004?
SEN. CLINTON: You know, I have said over and over again—and, you know, my view on all of this is that...
MR. RUSSERT: You’ve said over and over what?
SEN. CLINTON: That I’m not running, I’m not in this race.
MR. RUSSERT: But you wouldn’t accept the nomination?
SEN. CLINTON: The nomination—it’s not going to be offered to me, that’s one thing.
MR. RUSSERT: But if it is...
SEN. CLINTON: Oh, Tim, you know, I—it’s not going to happen. It’s not going to happen.
MR. RUSSERT: Well, but if it did happen?
SEN. CLINTON: You know, I have—I am...
MR. RUSSERT: I think the door is opening a bit, Senator.
SEN. CLINTON: Oh, no, it’s not. Now, don’t you try to make something out of nothing.
MR. RUSSERT: Oh, no, no, no.
SEN. CLINTON: No, no. I’ve said, no. I’ve said no, no, no, no. And I...
MR. RUSSERT: OK, so the door is sealed.
SEN. CLINTON: The door is shut. The door is shut.
MR. RUSSERT: “I will never accept the nomination in 2004”?
SEN. CLINTON: I am not accepting the nomination. I am going to work for whoever the nominee is.
--Transcript of Meet the Press for December 7, 2003
What the hell more do these people want?