Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Hillary Clinton's Pyrrhic Victory In Indiana

Washington Post's media columnist Howard Kurtz gave a neat summary of the outcome in his Media Notes column:

"In a nutshell: After a month of horrible coverage for Obama, the Jeremiah Wright debacle, the caricaturing of the candidate as an elitist, he nonetheless managed to fight Clinton to a virtual dead heat in a state in which she had been favored. All the media chatter about how Hillary had found her voice, won the hearts of the working class and captured the momentum didn't amount to squat. Whether she won Indiana by a few thousand votes was, by that time, beside the point.

Have I mentioned lately that the commentators have been consistently wrong in this campaign?

Clinton had claimed victory in her speech--indeed, Obama had conceded Indiana minutes earlier--but it may have been a pyrrhic victory at best." (May 7, 2008)

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