Having failed to get Florida and Michigan to re-do their primaries, the Clinton campaign now plans to focus on winning over the hearts and minds of the superdelegates as their last best hope of winning the nomination, reports US News and World Report's Kenneth Walsh.
With Obama likely ahead of Clinton by as few as 100 or so delegates by the time the convention rolls around, according to an unnamed Clinton “senior advisor” – and perhaps as little as a dozen or so if Clinton gets to keep the Florida and Michigan delegates she would have received had those primaries counted – the race will be essentially up in the air.
Or so goes the Clinton argument. But persuading delegates, the media, and the public at large that the race is so close as to be basically a tie, with the question then being, “Who can best beat John McCain?” seems custom-designed for the PR professionals on the Clinton staff.
It's not clear that Clinton is actually the best opponent for McCain, though, as the New York Times' Adam Nagourney notes.
If Obama lost badly in Pennsylvania as well as Indiana, he notes, that might show he is unable to compete for blue-color voters. If he loses Puerto Rico, that might bolster concern about his appeal to Hispanic voters, who may provide some solid support to McCain based on his immigration positions. Neither of those outcomes are certain, though.
In any case, a subtle or not-so-subtle campaign by the Clinton campaign to denigrate Obama's electability bodes ill for the Democratic party in general, fear some of the party faithful. But is McCain making the most of this opportunity? His fundraising, often takes as a sign of health or illness within a campaign, has been relatively lackluster of late.
Perhaps a selection of VP will help energize him. Speculation in the media has been going for a while, as well as within political circles. For example, at a presentation by the Fleishman Hillard advisory board in Washington last week on presidential politics, former California Gov. Pete Wilson and former Bush chief of staff Andy Card both mentioned Mitt Romney as a solid choice, given his executive experience as governor and his corporate experience as former head of Bain.
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