It is over for Hillary Clinton. She doesn’t even have to wait out March 4th, she should just watch a rerun of the debate, but I expect she knows already. Whatever semblance of a campaign she will engange in until Tuesday, she has definitely run out of options. Barack Obama managed to be the one with the Presidential aura yesterday evening, while Hillary Clinton was the complainer. Here are some quotes from English online sites of the European newspapers:
“Der Spiegel” (featuring Maureen Dowd)
Beating on the press is the lamest thing you can do. It is only because of the utter open-mindedness of the press that Hillary can lose 11 contests in a row and still be treated as a contender.
However, Mrs Clinton’s attempts to argue that she would be stronger on foreign policy than her counterpart appeared to have been undermined when she stumbled over the name of the new Russian President, Dmitri Medvedev, while predicting that he would not be an independent leader.
“The Times” is calling that her “Dubya” moment. Ouch!
Barack Obama strengthened his case to be president with a strong performance in what could prove the final debate with Hillary Clinton in their epic battle for the Democratic nomination.
Right now, she is stuck in a Greek tragedy she seems unable to interrupt. Since Super Tuesday on 5 February, Senator Obama has won 11 contests in a row to her zero. Her campaign has spiralled into recriminations, firings and confusion. Her chances of catching up are now slim. She needs to win Texas and Ohio and, because of the delegate maths, by large margins. In the Lone Star State she appears to be in a dead heat with Obama. Latest polls show her holding on to a lead in Ohio, but it, too, is shrinking fast.
Clinton did not have the luxury to appear relaxed. Her campaign has cast the next set of primaries as a last stand. If she cannot extract wins in Ohio and Texas next week – by convincing voters she is prepared to fight for their economic interests – Clinton may well be out of the race.
IT HARDLY seems possible, but there have been no fewer than 20 televised debates in the long struggle to settle the Democratic nomination. The latest was in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday February 26th. For Hillary Clinton it represented a final chance to unsettle Barack Obama ahead of the next round of primaries, and she failed.
It may be tragic to see an ambitioned and intelligent woman lose the chance to become President of the United States of America. But, it is more tragic for young men and women to lose the chance go on living at all, children to lose the chance to get to know their fathers or mothers, because of a war this woman voted to authorize. I am perfectly at ease with Hillary Clinton’s political demise. “Europeanview” wishes you a good, happy, healthy and safe day, take care!