Clinton’s Last StandFebruary 26, 2008
Well this is it, the final week before what could be the fateful moment in Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Over the last few days, it’s become clear to everyone that she is trying everything in the book to regain her momentum (and perhaps a few things that aren’t in the book). Indeed, even a casual political observer would conclude that her campaign is throwing everything they have at Barack Obama, hoping that something –anything– will stick. From today’s NYT:
After struggling for months to dent Senator Barack Obama’s candidacy, the campaign of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton is now unleashing what one Clinton aide called a “kitchen sink” fusillade against Mr. Obama, pursuing five lines of attack since Saturday in hopes of stopping his political momentum.
The effort underscores not only Mrs. Clinton’s recognition that the next round of primaries — in Ohio and Texas on March 4 — are must-win contests for her. It also reflects her advisers’ belief that they can persuade many undecided voters to embrace her at the last minute by finally drawing sharply worded, attention-grabbing contrasts with Mr. Obama.
Yep, “kitchen sink” sums it up pretty well. So well, in fact, that I couldn’t help myself:
The problem I see is that I think your average voter can see right through this. It reeks of desperation, and the scent overshadows whatever message she’s trying to get out there. That, and with such a convoluted volley, it’s hard to discern what that message is.
Anyway, it sets the stage for an interesting debate tonight.