Much of this has to do with January--really, the only three weeks in the primary season that anyone can play catch up. Hillary--whose campaign is reeling, but who has yet to draw a stupid breath--realized that going negative against Obama in the space between Iowa and New Hampshire would have no effect, or worse, would backfire.
So tomorrow, Hillary loses. And then the fun starts--as in fun that will make "Muslim" and "drug dealer" look like child's play.
If Hillary is alive on February 5th, she has a real chance, and Obama will be in trouble.
Meanwhile, we have tomorrow--one of my favorite nights of any four years--and we have my latest pleasure in life, the Hillary Deathwatch, the best sample of which was provided by Howie Carr:
Did you see the people standing behind Hillary in Iowa on Thursday night during her concession speech?
Wesley Clark, Madeleine Albright, Terry McAuliffe - it looked like a new exhibit at Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum. The Clinton theme song has gone from “Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow” to “Yesterday.”
There is nothing more out than last season’s fad. Wait 20 years, everything comes back. Just don’t try to wear it to the cotillion this year. But that’s exactly what Hillary has been doing, and Friday night she was booed when she told the 3,000 Democrat hacks in Milford, N.H., that she would always be working for “change for you.”
Keep using that line, Hillary, and you will be working for change. Spare change.
If they only had more time, the Clintons could dig up dirt, some real mud, to throw at Obama. But this yearthey’re reduced to using ham-handed fools like Billy Shaheen and Bob Kerrey to peddle half-baked lies about Muslims and cocaine dealing. And now the clock works against them. It was the Clintons who wanted to front-load everything, to hold those early caucuses in Nevada and then get all the primaries over with. There’s an old saying: Be careful what you wish for.
That's how things stand now.
Wednesday, maybe not.