March 3, 2008
Nobody knows anything
We keep learning the hard way that when it comes to the 2008 election, nobody knows anything. This year, we are much better at figuring at how what it all means after each event happens than we are at knowing what will happen.
A month ago, Clinton owned Ohio and Texas. Obama began to gain and moved into a tie in both. It looked as if he would keep going and knock her out. But now polls are showing Hillary gaining in Ohio while Texas remains close. The uncertainty is so great that both camps are already posturing on the post-election interpretation.
That brings Jewish voters back into the story since unlike Texas and Ohio, the Keystone State has a large Jewish population. But wait, remind me to remind myself: nobody knows anything.
This delicious uncertainty is turning 2008 into the most extraordinary election year. We are all spectators.
The staff and consultants are jumping ship, saying they played no role in the campaign (e.g., Mark Penn), others are blaming others in the campaign, everybody’s blaming Bill, superdelegates are deserting, and the end seems nigh. Yet Clinton raised $35 million in February with 200,000 new donors, and is scoring punches on Obama.
The Clinton campaign is bleeding, fighting against getting knocked out, and may yet throw a winning haymaker. The pre-primary pressure on Clinton to pull out after tomorrow has undoubtedly backfired by steeling the Clinton spine.
Right now, it’s time to get out the popcorn and see what happens next.