Hillary Clinton lived in Washington for eight years, in a very large home with a big back yard and a great view. She was a local figure as first lady. She made plenty of appearances in the District, the Maryland suburbs and Northern Virginia, while Obama hadn't even gotten himself elected to the Illinois legislature. She should have had the home-field advantage.
Instead, she got walloped. The easy explanation is that there are a lot of African Americans in the District and Maryland. But Virginia? A big NASCAR state that has tended to elect moderate Democrats such as Chuck Robb, Mark Warner and Tim Kaine? Clinton should have been at least competitive, and she got creamed.
The suspense lasted until one second after 7 o'clock, when all the cable networks simultaneously projected Obama the winner in Virginia, which was supposed to be Hillary's best shot. And exit polls showing that Obama carried white men in the commonwealth underscored the depth of Clinton's dilemma. (Obama would have clinched Maryland at 8 p.m. had the sleet not prompted a judge to extend voting for another 90 minutes.)
...One other thought: Does Hillary ever acknowledge setbacks? As she pumped up a crowd in El Paso, demanding a higher minimum wage, ignoring her Potomac wipeout, she just seemed in denial. Wouldn't it have been better to take note of her tough day and vow to fight on? I'm just sayin'.
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