Monday, April 21, 2008

Clinton campaign is over



I keep telling friends that the Democratic Presidential nomination campaign is over. Obama won (yes, he does deserve credit for running an inspirational, shrewd campaign) and Clinton lost (she ran a tone-deaf, unfocused march toward nowhere as if premised on a belief in her entitlement). People say, how can that be? There are still these primaries yet to happen ...

Here's how:

According to campaign reports filed with the Federal Election Commission over the weekend, the New York senator began the month of April with close to $32 million cash-on hand. But, according to the Associated Press, only $9 million of that total are funds that are able to be spent in the primary races. The report also showed Clinton owes more than $10 million, meaning the Democratic presidential candidate was in the red even before she heavily stepped up television advertising in Pennsylvania.

The newly released reports offer the clearest picture to date of just how much of an advantage Barack Obama holds over Clinton heading into the final stretch of the prolonged Democratic race for the White House.

CNN,
April 21, 2008

My emphasis. Clinton is no longer taking in enough money to compete. Since this end of March snapshot, Obama outspent her 2-1 on TV in Pennsylvania -- and he's only playing to keep it close there.

She'll win in Pennsylvania tomorrow, but not by enough to catch up. If she limps forward, she can even win a few more places.

But she can't win the big prize and the smart money has already jumped off her train.

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