The Associated Press reported that the New York Senator will concede Tuesday night that Barack Obama has the delegates to secure the Democratic nomination. Clinton’s concession speech, which would probably be delivered in New York City, will signify that Obama will have reached the 2,118 delegates needed to clinch the nomination.
However, sources from the Clinton camp say that she will not formally suspend or end her race entirely. Instead, the senator plans to continue speaking out on issues like health care. Her continued campaign presence may also give her room to negotiate with Obama on a possible vice presidential nomination.
Experts say that by conceding sooner than later, Clinton keeps more political options open. When it comes to bowing out, whether it is from the presidential race or from a position at work, timing is everything. Kathi Elster, who along with Katherine Crowley, co-wrote Working With You Is Killing Me says, “Timing is critical. You want to leave before you burn your bridges.”While Crowley feels like Clinton’s timing is not too late for her reputation, it may be too late for to share a ticket with Obama. “She wanted that voice to be heard and she had a lot of support. She has been winning along the way,” says Crowley. “But, politics is a funny game. If she wants to be vice president, she probably should have pulled out a while ago. She may have burned too many bridges at this point."
In addition to properly timing your exit, it is important to go out with dignity. There is nothing to be gained from leaving a campaign or a company by angering everyone around you. According to Crowley, there is a true art to leaving well. “You shouldn’t just up and leave. It is admirable to complete all your projects, say goodbye to everyone and leave gracefully.”