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  •  In all fairness to Clinton (0+ / 0-)

    what could she do?  

    Clinton was expecting to be the historic one, to be able to exemplify a break from the past by her mere existence as a credible woman candidate. Unfortunately for her, her main competitor wasn't Edwards, but someone who promises the same inherent change without having said message being diluted by a familiar old name. (good Atlantic article on this here)

    Given their nearly identical platforms, if Obama can convince the voters that he will be at least as good a president as Clinton, people will vote for him based on less substantial issues like electability, charisma, and not having the same name as a former president. This means Obama was able to focus nearly all of his energy on improving his image, creating a relatively positive campaign that meshed well with his overall theme. Clinton, on the other hand, is so well-known that her numbers are difficult to move upward. She had no real choice but to prevent Obama from reaching parity with her. This meant either negative attacks which meshed well with all of the worst stereotypes about her or ineffectual attacks like the "experience" criticism.

    For all of what seems to be a bungling campaign, I really can't think of anything she could have done once Obama was established as a serious candidate.

    "While there is a lower class, I am in it; while there is a criminal element, I am of it; while there is a soul in prison, I am not free!" -Eugene V. Debs

    by leftneck on Tue Feb 26, 2008 at 03:15:29 PM PST

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    •  It's not what she could have done; (0+ / 0-)

      it's what she shouldn't have done.  She shouldn't have taken credit for things she didn't accomplish.  She shouldn't have appealed to the past and promised a restoration of an era that's been, if nothing else, tarnished by subsequent developments.  She shouldn't have forgotten that elections are about the voters and the will of the people.  She shouldn't have tried to transform a competition (multiple individuals striving for a common goal) into a contest (opponents trying to knock each other out).  She shouldn't have looked on the grass roots as just a new source of funds.  She shouldn't have tried to lecture voters on what's best for them.  She shouldn't have painted herself as Joan of Arc.  She should have avoided using the subjunctive in talking about the future because "I would, if I could" leads to the conclusion that "I won't."

      Finally, it's my guess that Hillary Clinton doesn't have a very high opinion of men.  She's apparently not able, like that character in "As Good As It Gets," to make someone a better person.

      How do you tell a predator from a protector? The predator will eat you sooner rather than later.

      by hannah on Wed Feb 27, 2008 at 03:44:19 AM PST

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