Tuesday, February 19, 2008

It's over for Hillary

As I had predicted (on my Persian blog) Barack Obama won all February contests. For all the media speculation about the so called "formidable" Clinton machine, this has been a broken-down machine that keeps stalling. Hillary Clinton's muddled, undisciplined campaign--which inspite of some (late) shake-up at the top still suffered from lack of organization and for instance, up until Friday couldn't even figure out how much time it had to dedicate to Wisconsin--not only cost her humiliating defeats against Obama, but even undermined her central argument that she is the candidate with enough experience to run an efficient operation in the capacity of the President of the United States.

The Wisconsin cross tabulations show it's probably too late for Clinton to pull this thing off. My prediction is that on March 4 she will lose both Ohio and Texas and that would be a sour end to an inefficient, arrogant campaign that turned an inevitable candidacy into one of the biggest failures in the history of US Presidential primaries.

And the buck stops with no one other than Hillary herself.

Also-From The Guardian:

The day when the first nails went into the Clinton campaign's coffin was exactly two weeks ago - on February 6. We didn't know it at the time, but February 6 was the day when there began a big blank gap on the Clinton campaign calendar. Because her team of battle-tested veterans failed to plan for much of anything after Super Tuesday... So strongly did the Clinton campaign assume that Super Tuesday, with its 1,000-plus pledged delegates up for election in more than 20 states, would be the effective end of the nomination campaign, that it failed to have a Plan B. Organising for the string of caucuses that followed Super Tuesday Opening field offices in the smaller states? Drumming up the extra fundraising needed to pay for it? None of it, or not enough of it, got done. And as a result, when Super Tuesday failed to deliver the knock-out blow that Hillary Clinton expected, her campaign was exposed to a series of rapid jabs in places like Maine, Virginia and now Wisconsin - states the Clinton campaign should have competed in strongly, not lost by double digits...