Why Clinton May Have Lost To Obama
(Pre-Note: Sad word comes from the Massachusetts General Hospital today that Sen. Edward M. (Ted) Kennedy has been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. For decades, Kennedy has been a stalwart in the Senate and in American politics. There will be many bipartisan statements today, and prayers for his recovery).
Let's hope that New York Times writer Adam Nagourney was not jumping the gun when he wrote the article headlined today in the International Herald Tribune, "Clinton's decline: Blunders, bad luck and Bill."
Nagourney, who has not always been up to date about what is happening in the scintillating presidential race, puts it down to a variety of unfortunate happenstances and so forth. But, if she is gone, and I certainly hope she is, I don't think he has it right even now.
If Obama has prevailed in the impassioned race for the Democratic presidential nomination, I'd put it down primarily to these major factors:
1--He is superior to Clinton in both intellect and ethical sensitivity.
2--He has had a superb campaign, organized so wisely and carefully that it provides a solid indication he would also administer the White House well.
3--Like Charles de Gaulle, he never loses his composure.
4--Clinton unwisely put all her planning on the assumption she would clinch the nomination by Super Tuesday, Feb. 5. She unwisely spent extravagantly before that, and, then, when she did not, she had essentially inadequate resources left to contest Obama in the primaries and caucuses that followed later in February, when he built up a margin he has never given up in pledged delegates, and began making inroads in superdelegates.
I agree with Nagourney on one thing: Bill Clinton was not an asset to Hillary Clinton.
Now, there are those saying Obama will be another Michael Dukakis or John Kerry, if he wins the Democratic nomination.
This is bunk. As I suggested recently, Obama has never been, is not now, and will never be, a patsy. Already, he is firing back whenever Sen. John McCain, or anyone else, attacks him. And he is often quite personable about it, such as when he warned Tennessee Republicans, "Lay off my wife."
I recently offered to bet someone that Obama wins the election by getting at least 350 electoral votes. Sounds about right. Put me down for it.
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