What happened last night is no mystery. Why Hillary Clinton reduced Barack Obama to a puddle behind a podium is easy to explain:
Annie Hillary did it again.
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What happened last night is easy to describe. What will happen next is even easier to describe. Here, this is what will happen (and what has already happened over and over again):
Act one: Hillary is way ahead. She’s supposed to win. Big. Then comes the Obama surge. That’s the beginning of Act Two.
Instead of writing off the state, he plunges in headlong, spending time and money, collecting a few key endorsements, and great press. The polls start closing up, or at least that’s the way it gets played.
Obama people start talking about not only finishing close, but actually winning, knocking Hillary out, how the whole thing could end, right here. In New Hampshire. In California, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Ohio or Texas. That’s the end of Act Two.
Obama people trying to control their anticipatory glee. Clinton people backstabbing, staff changes, pointing fingers of blame. Campaign in disarray. Impending doom.
But Hillary holding up. Bill is under attack, and mad as hell. It isn’t fair.
He’s right, but such is life. And then Act Three.
That describes the past 6 weeks. This takes us to today forward. Act Three:
Early returns, exit polls, suggest Obama could pull it off. The message is change. Drudge has the first exits.
Could this be it for Hillary? No, it couldn’t.
She wins. She is exuberant. The pundits shake their heads.
How could it be? Look at yesterday’s polls. He was closing. But he didn’t.
Will Hillary win Pennsylvania?
Ask the people who told you she wouldn’t win New Hampshire and California and New Jersey and Ohio and Texas, and a few other places I’ve neglected to mention.
They’ll tell you she could lose, that Obama is gaining steam, that she’s run a horrible campaign, that her husband has hurt her, that it has to be over. They’ll talk about how Mark Penn has to go or will go or did go (I think he did, finally, sort of). There will be a million stories about Bill Clinton.
Then, my guess is, it won’t be over, or even close. They’ll turn a sure thing into a long shot into a comeback.
Then the same people will say, well, she should drop out anyway. Since when do people respond to winning by dropping out? Since when is quitting the response to a comeback? Since never.
And so we go.
Last night might have been a wake up call for the bitter Obama incense burners. They realized how badly Obama was vetted and bloodied. It was a night of vandals pillaging the internets. We urgently implore all mental health professionals to assist these wandering hordes.
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