Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Playing to their Strengths

Hillary Clinton

Ohio - March 4

Barack Obama

Texas - March 4


Senator Clinton reprises her now famous "3 AM phone call" in her speech. Just what you want to do during a victory speech -- kick your opponent in the balls.

Senator Obama reprises his "Bringing America Together" talk in his speech. Laying out his differences from Senator McCain, he vows not to be swayed from his stand.

Both Clinton and Obama we could say, are playing to their strengths.

As Josh Marshall suggests at TPM, I bet the superdelegates hold off till they see how Obama responds to Clinton's attacks. If he handles the attacks well, the SD's will wait till after next weeks' elections, then start moving towards Obama. Furthermore, I agree with Hubris below, after a week (and two more predicted wins for Obama) the party leaders will move in if Obama is doing well. (It's an opportunity for folks to make certain he can handle himself in the general election against McCain.) However... If Obama bobbles Clinton's attacks, then Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow and we'll have six more weeks of increasingly negative campaigning.

The race is Obama's to lose. For Clinton to win, lots of stuff would have to break her way. On the other hand... John W. McCain is the nominee of the Republican Party. How 'bout them apples?

This is going to be such a fun week/month/summer. (That was sarcasm.)