After Hilliradicals began freaking out over the idea that Clinton might have to concede to Obama if she failed to win Texas and Ohio, the assessment was tweaked to suggest that if Hillary won those two states then she would be the Democratic nominee. Subtle change in phraseology, but one which implied, however erroneously, that Hillary is still the de-facto choice. The Clinton campaign has been selling every contest as the make-or-break, and every time she loses, the all-important primary/caucus instead becomes the next one. Her desperation scare tactics don’t seem to be working, and she seems to be losing every point in debates and ads (ignorant spin tends not to work as well when there are logical/common sense counterarguments).

As Hillary’s sees her once large leads in Texas and Ohio disappear, her campaign has taken to saying that Pennsylvania – a dreadfully long 6 weeks from now – is really the important contest. And not only that, but they are even threatening to sue in Texas, because of how unfair the primary/caucus system is to, apparently, the less popular candidate. Obama still has momentum, he continues to gain popularity, and every day it is becoming more clear that he will be the nominee, but this battle remains far from over because Hillary will not bow out gracefully. Whether it takes back-door convention deals, threats to superdelegates, or lawsuits to throw out Texas results and replace them with discarded Florida and Michigan results, the smart money is that Hillary will continue to fight tooth-and-nail for the nomination. Many fear it will destroy the party – it won’t, though it may cost them an election – but from the Clinton perspective, that is irrelevant, because no matter how much they keep insisting that something is about you, they know and you know: it’s about them.

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