Hillary Clinton was introduced to a conference call of her blog supporters Friday and had just thanked her New Media coordinator, Peter Daou, when she felt the need to apologize.
“I’ve got to clear my voice a minute,” she told the pro-Clinton bloggers. After three seconds of silence, the former first lady said, “Sorry, I’ve been talking for days now.”
Her hoarseness was the product of a grueling schedule in Kentucky and Oregon, where she kept campaigning despite the fact that reporters are already speaking of Hillary’s presidential candidacy in the past tense.
As far as the political press is concerned, Clinton is roadkill in the rearview mirror. Two days after her disappointing May 6 performance — when Hillary was clobbered in the North Carolina primary and managed only a narrow win in Indiana — Karen Tumulty of Time magazine published a campaign obituary with the title “The Five Mistakes Clinton Made.”
As more superdelegates shifted to Barack Obama and he picked up the endorsement of 2004 vice-presidential candidate John Edwards, reporters began quoting confessions of hopelessness from anonymous Clinton insiders.
This doomsaying spilled over into speculation of exactly how the end game will play out, how Hillary wll repay her campaign debt, whether she’ll be offered — and whether she would accept — a spot as Obama’s running mate.
Attempting to dispel the drumbeat of defeatism, Hillary reportedly assured her superdelegate supporters during a May 10 conference call, “Despite what some in the media are saying, this race is not over.”
EXCEPT IT WASN’T just the media saying it. Speaking two days later at Furman University, Clinton adviser James Carville told students he believed “the great likelihood is that Obama will be the nominee.”
The chorus of ravens kept cawing even though Hillary’s victory last week in West Virginia was one of the most lopsided of the primary season. She racked up 67 percent of the vote to Obama’s 26 percent, and seized the chance to declare she was still fighting to win.
“There are some who have wanted to cut this race short,” Clinton told her boisterous supporters in a Tuesday victory speech in Charleston, W. Va., “They say, ‘Give up. It’s too hard. The mountain is too high.’ But here in West Virginia, you know a thing or two about rough roads to the top of the mountain… I am more determined than ever to carry on this campaign, until everyone has had the chance to make their voices heard.”
She then segued to her pet theme that the Democratic National Committee’s disallowance of her January victories in the Florida and Michigan primaries amounts to undemocratic disenfranchisement.
“I believe we should honor the votes cast by 2.3 million people in those states and seat all of their delegates,” she said. “Under the rules of our party, when you include all 50 states, the number of delegates needed to win is 2,209 and neither of us has reached that threshold yet.”
YET NEITHER HER West Virginia win nor her combative rhetoric could quell chatter of inevitable doom coming from inside her own campaign headquarters.
“For the first time now, her people, her closest aides, are saying, ‘She knows the reality, we know the reality,’” Andrea Mitchell reported Friday morning on MSNBC. “They’re acknowledging the reality that she is not going to win this, that she is just going through the motions.”
The same day, Michelle Cottle of the New Republic published a compilation of recriminations from unnamed Clinton campaign staffers, “from high-level advisors to grunt-level assistants, from money men to on-the-ground organizers.”
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online