Hillary to McCain, I'll run as an independent, split the vote and give you the presidency. You in turn nominate me to the Supreme Court.
Much like Joe Lieberman before her, Hillary Clinton has to be feeling abandoned by the party she has spent her entire life serving. Perhaps she should return the favor. Since Mrs. Clinton has already been left for dead by Howard Dean and the likes, now is the time for her to set her sights on becoming an Independent presidential candidate. Granted her supporters and opponents will point out that splitting the Democrat vote would spell defeat for both her and Barack Obama. But, right now Hillary Clinton has the perfect amount of leverage to broker a deal with believe it or not, John McCain.
What better way to serve her country than to become a Supreme Court Judge? This is where negotiating with McCain becomes very interesting. If Hillary were to approach McCain and say, "I'll give you the election if you give me the nomination", his knee jerk reaction may be, "I can't nominate a Democrat for the supreme court". This is where Hillary would broker the deal, "John I am going to run as an Independent, write in candidate, on November's ballot, you'd actually be nominating an Independent, not a Democrat".
What is the risk to Hillary? That she is ostracized by her party? How does this change from today's treatment? Second, what if Obama actually wins? Just for the sake of argument, even though Hillary running as an Independent would split the vote and surely defeat Barack, let's say he does win... Four years later Hillary would have solidified her own separate party and be ready to take on the incumbent in a head to head election, regardless of the Republican candidate.
Depending on how much momentum Hillary would receive after the election, she may not even want to take the Court job. She could cement herself in history as the comeback kid, start a new party and be poised to run in 2012 as her new party founder and head.
Obama's 3a.m. text should be the final knife in the back from her party. Hillary should pick up the phone and give McCain a call.