The Unraveling of the Hillary Clinton campaign

As I have been predicting for many months, the Hillary Clinton campaign will unravel. I would rather not focus on the negative qualities of Hillary Clinton, except to say the Clinton campaign grossly underestimated Senator Barack Obama.

But something that media astute people in the Clinton campaign should have seen coming, but chose to ignore the Obama “movement.” Zachary Coile writes a great piece in the San Francisco Chronicle about just what I have been blogging about since February of this year. He also talks about the youth versus the age thing. Change versus status quo. This was clearly shown by Obama who “gave his victory speech surrounded by campaign workers, including many young volunteers. Clinton spoke while flanked by a Who’s Who of figures from the last Democratic White House – her husband, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Wesley Clark, and former Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe. With the juxtaposition of Obama with youth on the stage, obviously his heroes for all the great help in the campaign. Here is part of great piece (check it all out) about the Barack Obama phenomenon. John Presta.

San Francisco Chronicle

Iowa reveals a problem with Clinton campaign strategy

New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton built her candidacy around the idea that her experience in her husband’s two-term presidency made her the best candidate to beat the Republican nominee in November and hit the ground running when she stepped into the oval office.

But her third-place finish in the Iowa caucus showed the flaw in that strategy: If what voters crave most is change, they might choose a fresher face, like Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, over someone they associate with the politics of the 1990s.

“It’s clear that in the experience versus change theme war, she is on the wrong side right now,” said Bruce Cain, director of the University of California’s Washington Center. “That could change in a couple months as circumstances shift, but right now among Democrats and independents, people want to turn the page.”

Obama’s victory in Thursday’s Iowa Democratic caucuses also shattered another pillar of Clinton’s campaign: the widely held view that she was the party’s inevitable choice for president.

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