But that is what is happening to Hillary Clinton although her latest and possibly last firewall -- the
As it is, some bloggers, myself included, have noted for some time that
Now the mainstream media has caught up and is echoing the obvious:
* The strategy of running as Ms. Inevitable has been a disaster.
* There was no Plan B for her to fall back on when Plan A came a cropper.
* An inattention to detail, notably organizing on the ground, matched by a misallocation of funds.
*A fundamental misreading of the national mood.
The point at which the Clinton campaign's slow slide became a headlong rush was the run-up to the South Carolina primary on January 19.
That was when her husband and other race-baiting surrogates unintentionally unleashed a backlash that reverberated far beyond that state that in the eyes of some voters contrasted the campaigns of a dirty-dealing Washington insider and a fresh-faced outsider.
There was secondary damage as well: The concept of a Bill and Hillary team presidency didn't fly in 1993 and the prospect of there being a rerun in 2009 is a huge turnoff to some voters.Less obvious is that Clinton's disastrous campaign has been a team effort and she
Bush has been a disaster in so many ways in the last seven-plus years, Obama has caught lightning in a bottle with his vision of a new America and voters have transformed his improbable candidacy into a phenomenon.
Although most voters would put it in kinder terms, in the end Clinton's Achilles heel was that too many voters saw her as a George Bush in skirts. She shares much of the blame for that, but it took a village.