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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-11-08 03:12 PM
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Clinton Goes from Inevitable Nominee to on the Ropes
Source: Associated Press

Clinton goes from inevitable nominee to on the ropes

By CALVIN WOODWARD and NANCY BENAC (Associated Press Writers)
From Associated Press
May 11, 2008 2:26 PM EDT
WASHINGTON - Hillary Rodham Clinton began her presidential quest armed with talent, tenacity, fame, money, connections and a team that knew how to win. Many people believed her victory in the Democratic nomination battle was a sure thing. Her ultimate failing may have been in believing it, too. Clinton had one big problem out of the gate: 40 percent or more of Americans said they'd never vote for her. She was too polarizing. It's love her or hate her.

Clinton powered through that hurdle in state after state, showing grit that earned her the valuable political currency of being merely admired. White men, blue-collar workers, socially conservative Democrats - however you slice the electorate, she brought many of those people to her side, over time, and took the edge off the Hillary haters. Voters, whose No. 1 concern had been ending the Iraq war, started worrying more about the economy. That was a switch from his strength to hers. Despite all that, her campaign is on the ropes. Clinton is fighting on for a prize few believe she can win anymore, barring some game-changing development.

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"Her inevitability was based on a concept that no one would have the gumption or the resources or drive to get in - anyone with serious chances," Dick Harpootlian, a former South Carolina Democratic chairman and Barack Obama supporter, said after her Super Tuesday strategy fell short. "They had an inevitability strategy, which was sort of a political Maginot line. It was illusionary. You just went around it, and, you know, Barack Obama did that."

David Gergen, a senior adviser to a succession of presidents from both parties, thought she was not well served by her team, citing "elements of malpractice in this campaign." Any failed campaign is a combination of what the fallen did wrong, what the victor did right and happenstance. Did her loose cannon of a husband shoot a hole through their own hull? Did Florida and Michigan help to blow it for her in their rogue rush to hold early primaries against party rules, a move that sidelined delegates from two big states open to her?

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Selatius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-11-08 03:13 PM
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1. I dispute the assertion that she had a team that "knew how to win." Exhibit A: Mark Penn.
I rest my case.
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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-11-08 03:20 PM
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2. Agreed. I also think they don't give Obama enough credit in the article.
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-11-08 04:12 PM
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5. I had a few disputes with the article..like
the writers, CALVIN WOODWARD and NANCY BENAC, hadn't really investigated thoroughly and used some soundbites.

OBAMA WON TEXAS..and Obama helped the Wright issue with his own thoughts and words.

This supporter from South Carolina, Dick Harpootlian, was right on, though..

"Her inevitability was based on a concept that no one would have the gumption or the resources or drive to get in - anyone with serious chances," Dick Harpootlian, a former South Carolina Democratic chairman and Barack Obama supporter, said after her Super Tuesday strategy fell short.

"They had an inevitability strategy, which was sort of a political Maginot line. It was illusionary. You just went around it, and, you know, Barack Obama did that."


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MNBrewer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-11-08 04:02 PM
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3. Why can't Hillary close the deal?
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-11-08 04:07 PM
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4. We know ya now, hilary...the whole world knows..
"Clinton once said she is the most famous person no one knows, meaning Americans don't really get her."

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Maeve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-11-08 04:27 PM
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6. locking, analysis not LBN
Feel free to re-post in GDP
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