Hillary's Real Problem
It was supposed to be a certainty, Hillary Clinton's inevitability as the Democratic nominee.
Joe Sudbay @ Americablog said months ago that there would be a Clinton collapse (so early on that people were laughing at him). Even he didn't have an idea that things would implode so badly, either from that unknown factor -- the 2008 voter -- or the known factor, an arrogant team that figured this was going to be a cruise to victory. Joe:
For the past year, we were led to believe that Clinton had built an incomparable campaign team. That's proven not to be true. Top aide Mark Penn is a disaster (and according to Fineman, Penn is the one who wants to go really negative - good luck with that.) The Clinton team simply had no plan for any of the states after February 5th - they knew, and loudly told everyone who would listen, that they were going to win on Super Tuesday. Now that we're far beyond Super Tuesday, with Hillary falling more and more behind (the AP tonight called her "fading"), her campaign's bizarre response has been to dismiss any state won by Obama. Just this weekend, The Washington Post reported that the Clinton campaign just figured out the rules in Texas (the primary/caucus is only two weeks away). And, Clinton didn't field a full slate of delegates for Pennsylvania. Those are supposed to be rookie mistakes.
Hillary Clinton deserves better than the campaign she's had. But, Clinton put this campaign together. She owns it.He echoes a comment I made last night in an post from Monday ("Bidenizing Obama") in response to someone who claimed:
Have you surrendered every brain cell and shred of fairness to the Obama Borg?
I haven't endorsed Obama. I don't think he's a savior, particularly to the LGBT community, and I've blogged about his blunders of incredible magnitude (McClurkin), as well as his ability to address homophobia in the black community. I've defended Hillary Clinton against the misogyny of Chris Matthews and the talking heads at MSNBC, and I've been clear for years now, that I've never been a fan of Clinton.
It's not my fault that the arrogance of the Clinton campaign staff has led their candidate down this path, not only to bush-league weak crap tactics, but they are now in a circular firing squad trying to blame everyone else for their failures. They wanted everyone to know that her nomination was an inevitability, and with loss after loss the excuses became more desperate (caucuses don't count, states with high black voting pops don't count, etc.), and it's clear they didn't even bother to pace themselves spending money because they just knew it would be over after Super Tuesday.