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The Hillary and Bill Clinton scorched-earth strategy of laying waste to Obama, or his supporters like Bill Richardson, is going to backfire among those in the only constituency who can put Hillary in the saddle. The super delegates.
These people are professional politicians, officials and operatives who are horrified that the Clintons et Co. are producing negative soundbytes which will become fodder for the McCain side come the real contest in the fall.
Now Bill is putting himself before party again, as is the Clinton team, by ruthlessly dissing Obama. Within hours after his good “friend” Bill Richardson defected to Obama’s team, Bill mused aloud that only McCain and Hillary were candidates who truly loved the U.S.
It was clearly a churlish remark by a guy who had courted Richardson and employed him in his cabinet and as an ambassador in a couple of countries. Then on Easter a Hillary attack dog likened Richardson to Judas who sold out his loyalty for 30 pieces of silver.
He said that the fighting must stop and Hillary must cease and desist in favor of Obama because he was a “once in a lifetime leader”.
Short of a Hail Mary Pass, the Clintons are digging themselves an early, and permanent, party grave. More super delegates are going to follow Richardson’s lead even if Hillary pulls off Pennsylvania on April 22.
National polls, after a rough week for Obama, have them tied and he is gaining again at her expense. But Obama has 730,000 more votes and 131 more super delegates than her and has it bagged even if she wins everything else in huge numbers.