What a difference a day makes.
Yesterday, I thought Hillary might emerge from yesterday’s primaries in the driver’s seat for the Democratic nomination. She had had a good two weeks, raising $10 million online in the twenty-four hours after her Pennsylvania victory, getting good reviews from her interview with Bill O’Reilly (and an audience of 10 million viewers), drawing large & enthusiastic crowds at her campaign appearances, earning admiration from erstwhile adversaries and rising in most polls.
At the same time, her opponent had a rough two weeks, with media focus on his former pastor and people taking notice of his contradictory explanations of his relationship with that unhappy man. I thought that ol’ Clinton luck was kicking in and she’d Indiana easily while keeping Obama’s margin in the single digits.
But, then Tarheel or Hoosier State Democrat. When they voted yesterday, things started to change.
Last night, when I went to bed, I expected to wake up to learn she had dropped out, but when I flipped on FoxNews, heard she was campaigning in West Virginia.
My best guess is that it was the trust issue which did her in. Only 54% of Democrats in Indiana think she’s honest and trustworthy. (44% do not.)* That coupled with her changing campaign persona may have factored into yesterday’s outcome.
I hate to break this to my conservative friends eager for a drawn out contest, but it’s over. It’s over. Mighty Clinton has struck out.
*Jim Geraghty links the CNN exit polls which show that only 49% of Democrats think she’s honest and trustworthy and references a Washington Post article showing an “erosion of trust” in the former First Lady.
It will only end if Hillary Clinton loses the will to keep fighting. It all comes down to her inner strength, her belief in herself and her destiny. Right now the only person who can prevent Hillary from taking this all the way is Hillary.