So for the next few months, expect Hillary to stay in. And she won't be playing Rocky -- she'll be playing Salvatore Tessio in "The Godfather," the purportedly loyal soldier willing to sell out Michael Corleone in order to take over the Corleone family. The Clintons have lost control of their party: Howard Dean, Nancy Pelosi, Barack Obama and the Kennedys have cast them out. The only way for Hillary to regain control is to sink the party, then ride in on her white steed to save it.
Hillary will support Obama, of course. She'll make a purportedly enthusiastic endorsement, carefully noting his nomination has ushered in a new era for American politics, where race and sex are no longer barriers to success. She'll campaign with him, doing her Democratic duty while simultaneously praising John McCain as a man she has worked with in the past and for whom she has great respect.
Meanwhile, she'll train. Cue the "Eye of the Tiger" montage. She'll cultivate a more motherly personality while leading the charge against McCain's policies. She'll learn to dress more appropriately. She'll figure out how to use Bill to her advantage.
And she'll wait. When Hillary says she's like Rocky, she's not talking about "Rocky" -- she's talking about "Rocky II." Next time, she hopes, she'll take the title. In the meantime, it can't hurt to kneecap Apollo Creed.