AP: Time Running Out for Clinton
I got a chuckle out of the AP headline “Analysis: Time, delegate math working against Clinton.”
Like, this is news? The story didn’t add much light, either:
Time is running out on Hillary Rodham Clinton, the long-ago front- runner for the Democratic presidential nomination who now trails Barack Obama in delegates, states won and popular votes. Compounding Clinton’s woes, Obama appears on track to finish the primary campaign fewer than 100 delegates shy of the 2,025 needed to win.
Clinton argues to Democratic officialdom that other factors should count, an unprovable assertion that she’s more electable chief among them. But she undercut her own claim in Wednesday night’s debate, answering “yes, yes, yes” when asked whether her rival could win the White House.
There’s little if any public evidence the party’s elite, the superdelegates who will attend the convention, are buying her argument anyway.
Goodness, we’ve known this for months. She was, by her own admission, pretty much cooked if she didn’t win both Ohio and Texas. She won both primaries but actually got fewer delegates in Texas than Obama. So, now, every state is do-or-die for Clinton. And even narrow wins likely won’t win it for her. But, again, we knew that. And it’s been six weeks since the last primary!
The only real news is that Obama seems to be this era’s Teflon Kid. Clinton has been betting that Obama’s inexperience would result in some major gaffes that would convince the party elites that he’s not ready for prime time. He has. It just hasn’t mattered.