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    February 11, 2008

    Hillary's election spin-control

    Posted by: Chris

    More evidence, this from The Nation, of Hillary Clinton's edge in election result spin control:

    Imagine if Barack Obama had lost four contests in a row over the weekend and appeared likely to lose three more on Tuesday. He wouldn't just be replacing his campaign manager. His candidacy would, for all practical purposes, be done. Such are the perks of being the frontrunner. Hillary Clinton can lose seven states in a row and remain in the race, with a very plausible shot at still capturing the nomination.

    Matthew Yglesias from the Atlantic explains how she gets away with it:

    My understanding, though, is that [Obama's win in Maine] doesn't really count because it's a small state, much as Utah doesn't count because there aren't many Democrats there, DC doesn't count because there are too many black people, Washington doesn't count because it's a caucus, Illinois doesn't count because Obama represents it in the Senate even though Hillary was born there, Hawaii won't count because Obama was born there. I'm not sure why Delaware and Connecticut don't count, but they definitely don't.

    She has, at least, lost the veneer of the frontrunner. And if Obama wins big in the Maryland-Viriginia-D.C. "Potomac Primary" on Tuesday, Obamomentum could prove unstoppable, at least in Ohio if not in Texas.

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    1. Andoni on Feb 11, 2008 10:14:43 PM:

      Something is wrong with how this race if being covered. For an "inevitable" candidate who had the equivalent of "incumbent" status, Hillary is getting a free ride here from the media and pundits.

      The very fact that Obama is still alive and giving Clinton a hard time this late in the race should make Clinton the loser. I remember 1968 when Eugene McCarthy challenged sitting president Lyndon Johnson in New Hampshire and lost 41 to 49. Even though Johnson won, it was deemed he should have done much better. About two weeks after the NH primary, Johnson himself concluded that he did not have the strength to go and win in Novemeber 1968 so he withdrew.

      Hillary Clinton is in a similar place as Johnson. The fact that such a supposed strong candidate is struggling is a big sign of weakness for her. If the chattering pundits had the courage to see and speak the truth, many of them should about Wednesday begin to suggest that she step aside.

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