A fazer fé no jornalista do NY Times, Patrick Healy, a máquina eleitoral dos Clinton, mudada de alto a baixo nas últimas semanas, está a conseguir a queda no abismo de um dos clãs políticos mais badalados do Universo. A dureza do discurso de Hillary contra Obama, o facto do irmão deste estar implicado num processo-crime e o mundo hispânico dos emigrantes latino-americanos, deram mais um suplemento de fôlego à postulante. Obama que se cuide, portanto. Os caciques do Partido Democrático parece já olharem de outra maneira para a mulher de Bill. O afluxo de doações para a campanha dos Clinton atinge a soma colossal do 1 milhão de dólares por dia, nas últimas semanas.
A candidata explorou a aparente falta de experiência do senador de Illinois, houve derrapagens na campanha de Obama e a mulher de Bill evitou o pior, como se especulava. De assinalar, que Barack Obama perdeu em todos os grandes centros urbanos do Ohio e do Texas, o que “obrigou” o estado-maior do PD a pensar em dar uma cambalhota para vir, de novo, como ao longo de 2007, apoiar Hillary Clinton.
«Hillary Clinton has been enjoying her first real burst of momentum lately, thanks to her new advertisements and speeches questioning Obama's abilities in a crisis, raising the fact that he has not convened his Senate subcommittee to hold hearings on the Afghanistan war. A potentially embarrassing trial of a former Obama friend and contributor has begun. And major Clinton fund-raisers said that one big victory on Tuesday night would be enough to energize donors and keep $1 million or more flowing in daily.
"Each time people think we're down, like after Iowa, or South Carolina, or the February primaries, Hillary has found ways to come back up," said Jonathan Mantz, the national finance director of the Clinton campaign.
The results will also embolden her campaign's efforts to persuade the Democratic Party to factor in the delegates from Florida and Michigan, her advisers say. The party counted out those states after they moved up their primaries; Clinton stayed on the ballot in both and "won" them in January — despite having no real competition in Michigan and no real campaign in Florida. In a sign of her thinking, She shouted out to them in her Ohio victory speech Tuesday night.
"If we want a Democratic president, we need a Democratic nominee who can win the battleground states, just like Ohio," she said. "We've won Florida, Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona, Michigan, New Hampshire, Arkansas, California, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Oklahoma and Tennessee!"
But for all the millions of votes Clinton has now won, simple math is still her enemy. She needs to use Tuesday night to persuade superdelegates — the hundreds of party leaders who have a vote on the nomination — to stop abandoning her. Or, at least, stop long enough for Clinton to damage him with a line of attack, goad him into a colossal gaffe (or watch him make one on his own) or rely on the media to unearth a campaign-altering scandal about him.
But it is not clear if Ohio and Texas were enough to give Clinton — a politician who has been a known quantity for 16 years— a real chance for a fresh assessment by the many superdelegates who know her well.
"The great irony is, she is now the 'hope' candidate," said Dan Gerstein, a Democratic strategist who backs Obama. "She can only hope to catch some breaks and catch Obama stumbling."»
Patrick Healy. New York Times