Monday, March 03, 2008
Types of articles like this one from the Los Angeles Times will begin to roll in by this Wednesday unless Hillary shocks the world on Tuesday and defeats Obama by big margins in Ohio and Texas--a result that looks increasingly unlikely with every passing hour. In a nutshell, the Clinton campaign ran early on the feeling of 'inevitability', ie she was going to be the nominee no matter what. This led to a certain arrogance with her campaign and when Obama surprised everyone by winning Iowa in a near landslide (Hillary finished third, behind Edwards), it exposed the Hillary operation as being thoroughly unprepared for a long battle. She has been thumped repeatedly by Obama since then, and her message of 'experience' hasn't gained traction in what everyone agrees is shaping up to be a quintessential 'change' election.