Monday, January 07, 2008

Drudge Flash: Talk of Hillary Exit
Facing a double-digit defeat in New Hampshire, a sudden collapse in national polls and an expected fund-raising drought, Senator Hillary Clinton is preparing for a tough decision: Does she get out of the race? And when?! 

Drudge is just grabbing headlines.  I'm pretty skeptical about his sources on this.  The mainstream media have not abandoned her.  She's still got plenty of money to compete through super Tuesday.  There's no way, she's talking about dropping out.  It sounds like desperation coming out of the Edwards camp.  I expect him to get trounced in New Hampshire. After that, his only excuse for continuing his campaign is that Hillary will drop out and her supporters will gravitate towards him.  "Not gonna happen."
Obama seemly likely to win again in New Hampshire.  That will force Hillary to go negative if she wants the nomination.  But I don't think James Carville and company can touch Obama. Their clumsy attempts to leak drug dealing allegations backfired.  They've hinted at how the Republican racists will attack Obama so you'd better stick with a tough fighter like Hillary, but that didn't get any traction.  Obama momentum is getting stronger.  He could win the presidency in a year that looks to go Democratic no matter who the nominee is.
A while back I predicted that the Clinton campaign will have to turn to Al Gore for help.  He could save her with an endorsement.  But he's unlikely to get involved -- unless they have serious dirt on him.

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