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February 26th, 2008
02:16 PM ET

Clinton campaign in “alternate universe”?

 Supporters cheer as Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, makes a campaign stop at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College.
Supporters cheer as Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, makes a campaign stop at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College.

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

It looks like some of Hillary Clinton's advisers may be avoiding the political writing on the wall.

In a terrific piece in today's Washington Post called "Team Clinton: Down, and Out of Touch", Dana Milbank writes about a breakfast held Monday with two Clinton advisers and members of the media, hich he describes as a "fascinating tour of an alternate universe."

First, one of Clinton's top advisers, Harold Ickes, talked about her campaign in a way that seemed far removed from the real-world. He said they're "on the way to locking this nomination down", that they're "on the verge of their next up cycle" and that the race is quote "tight as a tick." This is called denial.

Next came anger in the person of Clinton spokesman Phil Singer, who ripped into the media when he was asked about that photo of Barack Obama wearing Somali tribal dress. The photo first showed up on the Drudge Report, which claimed they got it from someone inside the Clinton campaign. All day yesterday there was no response to that claim from Clinton's campaign. Finally at five o'clock yesterday afternoon after the damage had been done, the Clinton campaign said they had nothing to do with releasing the picture. Singer derided the media by pointing to a sketch on Saturday Night Live.

Milbank sums it up with this, "That Clinton's spokesman is taking his cues from late-night comedy is as good an indication as any of where things stand in the onetime front-runner's campaign. To keep the press from declaring the race over before the voters of Ohio and Texas have their say next week, Clinton aides have resorted to a mixture of surreal happy talk and angry accusation."

Here’s my question to you: Is the Clinton campaign being realistic about Hillary's chances?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Vince from Lost Angeles writes:
Jack, Hillary's campaign is in so much denial, it really hurts to watch! Even if she were to win both Ohio and Texas, it would not be enough to close the pledged delegate gap. I do not understand why both she and her supporters do not see this… her ONLY hope of winning the nomination is to seat Michigan and Florida delegates and that would split the party right down the middle.

Robert writes:
I recently read that Hillary Clinton is so "focused" on her campaign, that she won't allow her staff to read negative press releases to her, stating "I don't need to hear that kind of negativity, now." Sounds like this may be the key mistake her campaign has made. She has exposed herself with this policy, as the self-absorbed demagogue she is. She just doesn't get the fact that her "birthright" to the presidency has been revoked.

Melissa writes:
Jack Cafferty, You are the biggest male chauvinist on television. Every day, without fail, your questions slam the only woman in the history of our country who has come this close to being a nominee for president of the United States. What is your problem with strong, accomplished women?

Daniel writes:
If the Clinton campaign was being realistic about this nomination, they would have planned out a campaign that went past Super Tuesday. By expecting to have the nomination wrapped up by the beginning of February and running like an incumbent, they severely misjudged what the American public wants in the next president.

Joan writes:
Ohio and Texas haven't voted yet, folks! She could "realistically" win both states. As an Obama supporter, I certainly hope he prevails but I'm not a prophet so will have to wait. If he wins, then I suspect Hillary will end her campaign for the good of the Democratic Party.

Bob writes:
This is symptomatic of the core problem of the Clinton campaign: arrogance. We are sick and tired of the smugness of Bush, the nerve of Cheney and the manipulation of Bill Clinton. This is why we have McCain, who at least comes across as a straight talker, and Obama, a breath of fresh air. Hopefully this breeze will blow through Washington and we will all be the better for it.


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  1. Jim Galvin

    She actually has a better chance of winning than Mike Huckabee, so does that mean anything?
    Bill is behind it all, he can't let go.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  2. Richard, Washington State

    Is the Clinton campaign being realistic about Hillary’s chances?

    I think some within her campaign are realisitc, they're focusing on the donuts and pizza.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  3. Vickie

    she is in the right universe it is the obama news media like you and all the rest of the fair and balanced stations that are keeping her down,ARE ALL THE NEWS REPORTERS SCARED TO ASK A BLACK MAN ANY REAL POLICY QUESTIONS,KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK JACK,,,,,

    February 26, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  4. Sara from Ithaca, NY

    This is exactly the reason why young Democrats won't vote for Hilary: Out of touch, out of sight....with her self, and most importantly, with the voters.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  5. Mike

    No, they aren't. Even if she wins Ohio and Texas, she will not catch Obama in pledged delegates. Hillary will have to rely on superdelegates and a messy floor fight at the convention over seating Michigan and Florida to be the nominee. Unfortunately, she won't put the party over her personal ambition.

    By the way, if the tables were turned and Obama had lost 11 contests in a row and was behind in the pledged delegates with no chance of catching up, everyone would be calling for him to drop out of the race. The media would be talking about how he had no chance to win and had only won a handful of primaries. The double standard being afforded to Hillary is sickening.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  6. Rex in Portland, Ore.

    Surreal? Disingenuous? Alternative universe? Spooky? Jack, what's new? It is policicians talking politics – not reality.

    Maybe now you can see the appeal of Obama. Just change it, whatever it is.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  7. Jason from Visalia, CA

    Clinton is behind in the polls in Texas among Democratic voters who have land lines. That leaves out young people who only use cell phones, Independents, and Republicans. All of those groups tend to go for Obama by large margins. Once you factor in all the likely voters I would expect a 15 point loss for Hillary in Texas at this point. The chances are slim.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  8. bill

    Anybody who supports Clinton would have to live in an alternate universe, given her record on the important issues.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  9. Debby

    Yes she still has a good chance of winning. Why else would Obama's camp have released that picture and blamed it on her camp?

    February 26, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  10. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Of course they are living in denial, which is not a river in Egypt. I have found that when people get real angry when confronted like Mr. Singer that they are lying, just like Bill got angry at the media once upon a time when he shook his finger and lied to all Americans on national TV. Besides if they were realistic, they would be working for Mr. Obama and would have from the beginning, but they know which side their bread is buttered on.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  11. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    Jack,It ain't over 'til the fat lady sings!

    February 26, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  12. Greg, NY

    Though Clinton does still have a chance at winning, the campaign is certainly not being realistic about it. Stating again and again that they are 'on the way to locking the nomination down' after 11 straight losses is positive thinking, but not realistic thinking.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  13. Patrick Murray

    Hill doesn get it, that it doesnt take 35 years to understand that the ways of Washington has to CHANGE for anything menaingful to obtain.

    For this to happen, it doesnt take rocket science to understand that Hill lacks the capable to bring about that CHANGE – being the most polarizing figure in modern United States politics.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  14. Julie VanDusky

    Jack, is Milbank trying to imply that the press should have the authority to determine the outcome of an election? I'm sorry, I thought we lived in a democracy where people vote to determine their leaders, not have that decision dictated by the oligarchy. The SNL skit was dead on; Obama is spouting reducing the power of Washington lobbyists when it is clear to this voter that we should be more concerned with reducing the power of the media. You've all took the idea of responsible journalism and threw it out the window. It's so hard for me to even to turn on CNN or read its headlines online without getting a headache in anticipation of reading a story that makes Obama look like the second coming of Jesus Christ and Hillary look like the most evil human being that ever existed. I'm voting third party in November if Hillary loses just to stick it to the oligarchy in this country who thinks they can decide who wins an election.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  15. Patrick Peavy Plano,TX

    I believe they are being realistic. It isn't over until the votes are cast and it is also an example of the fighting spirit of America. I am sure that during the Revolutionary War our prospects may have looked slim to none to some but they obviously didn't give up, and neither should Hillary.

    Hillary2008!!!

    February 26, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  16. Waltie

    Dear Jack:

    Hillary's campaign, has been out of touch with main stream America for a long time. She is counting on the female vote, to take her to the Peoples House and if they vote for her, just because of that, her being a woman, then, were in deep trouble.

    Hillary could care less about the middle class. Time and time again, she has flopped on issues, still goes into the dark on issues, changes her tune to suit her needs. All she represents is more of the past and her and Bill, should stay there.

    It is time that we tried something new, instead of the same old thing.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  17. Julie VanDusky

    Alternate universe? Um, that's where Obama and his voters have been since he decided to run in this election.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  18. Dale Wise

    The race isn't completely over, but nearly so. Clinton's team is certainly not being realistic about the situation, nor do they seem to be aware of/care about the fact that drawing out this contest is doing nothing but damaging the democratic party. Not that this is surprising since even adamant Clinton supporter Tina Fey (from Saturday Night Live) referred to her as a b**ch. – McLean, Virginia

    February 26, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  19. Gina Racine, Wisconsin

    Hell No, Jack.

    Seems to me that Hillary is surrounding herself with the same "yes" people , as President Bush.

    How anyone can look at Hillary's campaign as being successful or see her chances of wrapping up the Democratic nomination is beyond me.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  20. Tom

    Only George Bush exceeds her in the ability to stare at the truth and report the exact opposite.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  21. Edgar

    Cafferty – be a fair journalist this election is a very, very serious election. America has many enemies and moment we bring down our guard down who knows what could happen.

    American needs a strong President, not Progressive or Liberal or Conservative. Let us all never forget 9-11.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  22. Lori Altoona Iowa

    Yes Jack they are being realistic. You are out of touch. The Hillary campaign plans on winning next Tuesday. Millions of people have been empowered to donate money recently that do not donate. Millions of people have been motivated to call using the Hillary Clinton website and Millions of people are calling on their friends and neighbors ....to vote for Hillary....Why, because no one understands why CNN wants to elect Obama so bad. You have upset millions of people, why you will not comment nor report on the one sided bias that you and CNN have created....Go online, look at the blogs, your blogs are selective to what you allow on, but other blogs are openly able to discuss the media and what role they are playing in this election. Everyone is wondering why???? Therefore, you have empowered not only WOMEN but all voters and the public will not allow you to hijack this election. You KEEP that big DREAM going that you are going to elect Obama...more power to you Jack and CNN.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  23. Michael in Canada

    I think the Clinton campaign is suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and has yet to come to terms with the fact that she didn't get the nomination the second she entered the race.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  24. shirley

    JACK,
    REMEMBER "BEWARE OF FALSE PROPHETS" HOW MANY WELL SPOKEN ORATORS HAVE LED THEIR COUNTRIES DOWN THE WRONG PATH??
    WHO WILL OBAMA HAVE IN HIS CABINET TO ADVISE HIM?? BUSH HAD CHENEY!!! I HOPE ALL OF YOU PEOPLE ARE WRONG AND HILLARY CLINTON MAKES A SERIOUS COMEBACK FOR THE SAKE OF OUR COUNTRY

    February 26, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  25. Roger

    yes they are,it is almost imposible for hillary to campain against the news media that steadely cuts her down and builds obama up,have any of you reporters got the guts to ask a black man any questions that amount to any thing instead of just trashing a good woman,you are a joke jack,

    February 26, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  26. Bob from Madison, WI

    They're not being honest, but neither are you. It IS a close race. That much isn't denial.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  27. BillieJean, Nampa Idaho

    The Clinton campaign has been in denial for quite some time. I can't help but wonder how leaders from other countries view her tactics. Could they be the next getting her finger poked at them, saying Shame on You or being mocked as children mock each other. I think the world leaders would give her a rough time, much more so than Obama and that scares me.

    I would hope our country sees into what is really happening with the Clintons. Or will Christopher Dodd be referred to as delusional too!

    February 26, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  28. Julie VanDusky

    Jack, for the last 8 years people have been paying attention to late night comedians because they're the only ones who have been making any sense! What makes them great is that they have the ability to think outside the box and see things as they are when no one else can- and they make us laugh about it! SNL was dead on- sorry CNN, you need to stop drinking the Kool Aid, this whole thing is just a little too creepy.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  29. Tom

    Hope sucks, cynical rants attacking a fellow Democrat rule!
    Vote for real change:
    bush(vp), bush (vp), bush, clinton, clinton, bush, bush, H Clinton- thats Real change.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  30. Matt Hardeman (UK)

    JACK CAFFERTY- in an alternate universe?

    "this is called denial"

    erm... no jack. it's called PR. it's also an election campaign, in which a lot has been invested.. in case you hadn't noticed.

    it's sad to see the american criteria for president is still a bag of red herrings that's seemingly enticed even the entire media. now we're really doomed.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  31. Mark - Queens, NY

    Yes, he may be out of touch, but why don't you ask the real question. "Is the media entirely in Obama's court?" Come on. You ahve to admit the SNL skit just valiadtes the state of things between the Media and Obama and the media and the Clintons. If my guess is right, this comment probably won't even be posted since it's kinda anti-Obama and anti-media.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  32. Republicrat

    Take that Bill Clinton! Now THIS is a fairytale.

    -Chicago IL

    February 26, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  33. Dennis Sean

    I think the statements made to the media by Mrs. Clinton's campaign advisors are representative of the type of entitlement their candidate comes across as having to the American Public in general. It is partly because of this perception which has contributed to Obama's momentum. To suggest they are leading this race is certainly delusional.

    Dennis Sean
    Chatham, NJ

    February 26, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  34. Gigi in Alabama

    Jack, are you and the rest of the media being realistic about this campaign? You have given Sen. Obama a pass on everything and have blasted Sen. Clinton at every turn.
    This process of nomination is far from over. She should stay the course and in the process show the country what a strong leader she will be.
    I am a Democrat and will vote for whomever our party finally selects. That being said, I wish that you in the media would give her a fair chance. I am tired of hearing your one sided comentary. Sen. Obama needs to be vetted and let us see how tough he is. The "Rovian" republicans will make mince meat out of him if everything negative (and there is bound to be some) does not come out before the general election.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  35. Mac

    They are truly living in denial...Unfortunately both candidate and her staff are becomming so negative as to be dangerous...

    February 26, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  36. American Patriot

    Yes Jack the Clinto Campaign is being very realistic.
    You and the American need to realize that the Clinto Campaign plans on stealing the Nomination through bribes and promised white house jobs to Superdelegates , that are flocking at her feet like vultures in a corps.

    Clinton said in an interview sometime back. I already know I am going to win.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  37. donna

    Is it a question of whether the campaign is being realistic or whether the media is determined to sink the campaign. The press is clearly influencing the voters against Clinton while continually praising Obama. He gives lofty speeches and is appealing, neither of which would make him a good president. Clinton is a doer & has been since her days in Arkansas. Her health care initiative as first lady was foiled by the efforts of the health care industry in order to protect their excessive profits. New York has been pleasantly surprised by her ability to get things done. They gave her 67% of the vote 2nd time around. For my money, she knows how to get things done. She's tried and true. She's more than just talk!

    February 26, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  38. Candy

    What else are they going to say? If they're in the race they've got to talk like they're going to win. Who would vote for someone who says they're not doing so hot?!

    Oakdale, CT

    February 26, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  39. Gene from New York

    Hello Jack,

    Is it me or are we witnessing the end of a political dynasty unfold before our eyes. The truth is, it seems as if America is ready for a Mccain Obama lineup and quite franckly I'm looking forward to it. This is going to be good!

    February 26, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  40. Michael

    In a word, No.
    Hillary's campaign is suffering from multiple personality disorder, they don't know what they are talking about. First they paint Hillary as the kind, loving senator holding hands with Barack, and then she's the wicked witch of the East scoulding her opponent.
    On March 4th, the writing will be on the wall and expect Hillary to drop out that night.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  41. LadyVoter

    I think that Cafferty is on the side of Obama and has been all this time and wish the news media would stop saying "Yes we Can" to not being neutral and instead say "Yes we Can" to being neutral.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  42. Eric Rogers/ from Foley Alabama

    Jack come on now, of course they are not being realistic, the Clintons have never really lived in our world. In there world this country belongs to bill, and we are simply a gift he planned to give to hillary, to make up for all the affairs throughout there sham of a marriage!

    February 26, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  43. Brian From Fort Mill, S.C.

    I've got some bad news, and some worse news for Hillary.

    The bad news is that she's on the ropes.

    The worse news is that she's not Muhammad Ali.

    I feel sorry for her, because there's no way she could have seen this coming a year ago. Who would have thought that a skinny little kid, with a funny name, would humiliate her like this? I mean, Obama outsmarted both Hillary and Bill, and the entire Clinton machine. That's something that has never been done before.

    Now, she's reduced to begging for money, screaming at anyone within earshot, dissing the media, dissing the small states, whining, crying and throwing tantrums.

    There's a fine line between showing your human side, and showing your stupid side.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  44. RW

    The Hillary group is in denial. It is obvious to me that even if Hillary wins Texas and Ohio, it will not be good enough to eek out a 2-5 point win. She needs to win big. Obama has won like 20+ states to her 11. Americans want change and it is not Hillary. No matter what they do or say, this thing was over two weeks ago. Hillary does not connect with americans plain and simple. Can we please move on to Obama and McCain?

    February 26, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  45. Robin

    Dear Jack,

    I sure is nice to be hopeful, but hope is not a message that Hillary or her campaign is familiar with. So, she must be hopeless. She needs to be more realistic in where she stands at this point. She doesn't even ackowledge her opponets wins or people who come out to vote for her in states that she loses, that end up not mattering.

    She can still campaign, and get a message out there (if she in fact she could pick one)...but you can't ignore the facts. It says alot about her ability to "give it to us straight" if she werePresident...you would never know where the country stood! Her reality is far different from the rest of America.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  46. Gary in CT

    Hillary's people are doing exactly what they are supposed to be doing, Jack; backing their candidate. I would give my candidate nothing less. In light of recent endorsements and polls, it's probable that the game is about to end unfavorably for Hillary, but loyalty is one characteristic that every team player must possess.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  47. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    Hillary has boxed herself into a corner where her only options are to either quit or come out slinging mud. By quitting, she can retain some political viability for the future. By coming out slinging, she only damages herself and she provides fodder for the Republicans to use in the fall campaign. Time to face reality Hillary, this is just not your time. Obama's message of hope and change has carried the day.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  48. Bill

    At this point The Clinton Campaign is behaving only slightly more realistically than The Huckabee Campaign.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  49. Michael

    In a word, No.
    Hillary’s campaign is suffering from multiple personality disorder, they don’t know what they are talking about. First they paint Hillary as the kind, loving senator holding hands with Barack, and then she’s the wicked witch of the East scoulding her opponent.
    On March 4th, the writing will be on the wall and expect Hillary to drop out that night.

    Michael, from Toronto, Canada.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  50. John M. Banks Jr. Fitzgerald Georgia

    If you abolished the electoral college vote, and did away with delegates and super delegates, who would be ahead in the poles?
    Wouldn't it be nice to give that decision to the American people and take that power away from the wealthy and corporate world?
    One last thought pertaining to foreign trades, if all of the big corporations have gone overseas then what do we have left to trade?

    February 26, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  51. gerry

    Jack, if you were getting paid what Clinton's advisors are getting paid; you'd want to keep the fairy tale alive as long as possible just like they are.

    Hillary needs to understand the Obama express is under a full head of steam and leaving the station. She either gets on board now, or misses it forever.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  52. Bill from Tennessee

    Jack,
    Hillary may well lose, but it should be the voters decision, not the press. One quote from Mr. Milbank is infurating "To keep the press from declaring the race over". Can the press just declare Barack as the winner and that's it! The press has had it in for Hillary from day one and all of you gleefully report on every little aspect of the Clinton campaign that has negative connotations. The press is supposed to be fair and objective, but it has been anywhere but fair when it comes to Hillary. The good old boy network just can't see a woman in a position of power and will do just about anything to tear her down.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  53. tco

    It's not over yet, Jack. The Clinton campaign is being hopeful, optimistic, or, perhaps, they just "xeroxed" that attitude from Obama's campaign.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  54. Gerry (Pittsburgh)

    We have had 8 years of management ineptitude from an indifferent Republican administration – whose sole goal seemed to be – let's see how bad we can make the image of government, so nobody will want it anymore. The result – jobs an factories shipped overseas in droves: more mine safety accidents than anytime in the past 50 years; lead tainted toys; more food recalls than anyone can remember (beef! its not for dinner anymore!); drug recalls (can you spell Vioxx); inept response to Hurricane Rita – and an overall ignorance of the current state of economic affairs in general, specifically the highest fuel costs EVER!!! We're all sick of it.
    Unfortunately, Hilary could have positioned herself as the voice of responsibility and the steadying hand on the till of government. Instead, she and her "high priced consulting team" have absolutely blown it by lowering herself to the political dregs that we haven't seen, well, since her husband was in office.
    At the start of this, my wife was and is a diehard Hilary supporter and a former Republican. I was sitting on the fence. My wife is now a very disappointed Hilary supporter. I am still sitting on the fence (I liked Richardson and Romney for their competence and don't care about the color of their skin or their religion). I cannot support McCain because of his stance of the war. He needs to wake up. On the other hand, Obama is very, very, very, very Green. (i.e. inexperienced). But it looks like the Green Party is going to carry the day.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  55. Mischelle from Illinois

    Jack,
    Even Blitzer has said "don't count her out yet." Why do you insist that it is an 'alternate universe' if they still feel they are in this race. Let the rest of the states vote for Heaven Sakes. Just because your 'reality' is that you don't like her. (I actually think that may YOU fall into the category that Dobbs touched on last night in his piece with Bill Schneider...white men voting against the posibility of a female president).
    Won't you feel silly when Bill Richardson endorses Hillary Clinton and that is all it takes for her to get that BUMP for sucess in Ohio and Texas. You should really make a slight attempt to seem impartial, Jack. It is killing your once loyal viewers to watch you attempt to fill their heads with your anti-Hillary message via the Obama slant that you give to everything. Seriously, PLEASE come out of the transe that you are in and come back to being a JOURNALIST....have someone pour some cold water on you or something...

    February 26, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  56. Tabor

    The Clinton campaign has continually underestimated their opponents, to the point where they are no longer in reality. She is getting desperate, and as a result, is flinging mud everywhere and is trying to paint herself in the most positive light, but it is not working for her. Her attempts to show Obama as a candidate who is not worthy to run have fallen amiss, and one could even say that she has been running the negative campaign, not him

    -Baltimore, MD

    February 26, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  57. RD

    It is unfortunate that a couple of politicians of the past are in such a state of desperate denial. From the voting results, it is abundantly clear that a majority of democratic voters want to end the Clintons' era and move on to something different and hopefully less embarrassing and if we get lucky, a whole lot better. All along this election cycle, it has been clear that "It is not the campaign, it is the Candidate, stupid!"
    – Happy to be on the verge of a more respectable Democratic party.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  58. RJ Hembree

    Hillary's tough side is showing her true colors - desperation resorting to pettiness. Only the most die-hard follower would not see her embarrassing, Deaneskian descent.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  59. Terry North Carolina

    Jack
    The Clinton campaign is in rough shape, you can see their tactics have become "try anything " if it works lets use it and beat it to death. Hillary is a different person every other day and uses a different approach, she has become desperate. Lets end this thing so the party can unite and focus on winning the election.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  60. Douglas

    I think that the cool -aid that they are drinking these days needs to be checked. Desperate times call for desperate acts, it's over for the Clinton's, even if they managed to beat Obama, Hillary would get killed in the Election by Mc Cain. All her negativity has turned the Democratic party against her and with Nader in there now, well she would get crushed. You are not going to be president acting like a 12 year old!

    February 26, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  61. Ana

    Of course Hillary's campaign is being unrealistic about her chances. She has lost the last 11 contests and the polls consistently show her to be dead even with Obama in her must-win states, Texas and Ohio. If her campaign thinks she is on the way to "locking this nomination down," they must be in a shock-induced denial about Obama's winning streak and his new front-runner status.

    San Jose, CA

    February 26, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  62. Ali

    Even though the media tries to pump up Obama as the "the new political messiah" he comes across as empty and without substance. We are talking about having a nominee for the most important and vital job of the world. The world has lost 8 yeras with the Bush experiment and cannot afford to have another experiment with a "populist cheerleader" for 4 or 8 years.
    Hillary is better and competent , i.e. a real PRESIDENTIAL candidate!

    February 26, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  63. Chuck

    This is a competitive campaign and the Clinton camp is in it to win. However, the last few days have shown that they have reached a point of desperation. Comparing Obama to Karl Rove? Ridiculous. If Clinton loses either Ohio or Texas it is time for her to step aside. That is when we'll see if she is willing to make a wreck of the Democrats chances this fall, or if she really cares aout change in our time. Obama isn't simply about rhetoric. He has some good ideas about how we can change our nation's course, and Clinton's support is going to be needed in the fall campaign.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  64. Chiman

    What happens if Hillary wins Texas and Ohio. Bill Richardson endorses Hillary. Later she win PA. What will you be saying then? Also a lot of Obama skeletons have started coming out of the closet. What will yo be saying then? My advise is – let us not rush and count anybody out. Stop the neagive Clinton publicity. Be fair with Hillary.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  65. Greg, Houston

    Dear Jack,

    Ever since Bill Clinton uttered the words "I did not have..." (you know the rest) the Clintons have been in a state of utter denial of the real world. What's even worse is that her supporters who have all been with her for the past 20 years have allied themselves so closely to them that their either caught up in the denial cycle or shell-shocked from Obamania obstructing her "right" to the presidency that they don't know what to do next. People need to realize that these are the same people she would bring to another Clinton white house. Eight years of blind loyalty and cronie-ism is about all this country can afford. It's time for Hillary to step aside and let a new day dawn for this country.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  66. David

    Take care with your commentary, Jack, lest you face a torrent of accusations of gender bias, and/or de facto anti-Hillary bias, and/or CNN-sanctioned Obama worship, and/or some other bias or 'ism' still to be named.

    On the other hand, should you denegrate Senator Obama, rail against his supposed experience deficit, and in so doing pay gratuitous homage to Senator Clinton, you'll surely be a revered pied piper, a balanced, intellectual reporter who gets it.

    The drumbeat of "Woe is me" from the "CNN is biased against Senator Clinton" is exhausting.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  67. Nora. Texas

    It is hard to imagine what they are thinking. I know it is necessary to keep up a strong front before this debate and before Texas and Ohio. I use to think Obama had no chance in Texas and now I look around me and can't believe what I am seeing and hearing. He is on fire! I think the more negative campaigns coming out of the Clinton camp the worse it gets for them. I hope Hillary will not hurt the democratic party by hanging on too long, but if she ends up being the nominee I hope Obama will do the right thing too. He is so gracious I feel he will do that.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  68. Jack Hutchinson

    Is the Clinton campaign being realistic about Hillary's chances?

    um.....no.....

    and were she to find a way to win the nomination at this point it would be a Pyrrhic victory. Her recent behaviour between sarcasm, outrage and blame assaults has gone beyond losing her support. It has created resentment among so many voters that she could not possible win a national election any time soon. There are too many who never want to see any of that from a President.

    Time to act a bit presidential. No, I guess it's too late for that. Time to walk away, leaving us embarrassed.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  69. james

    Hi Jack,

    The Clinton camp is being about as realistic about winning this nomination as George Bush is thinking that the American people will elect a GOP president.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  70. cyndy Toledo, Ohio

    Jack,

    Why do you hate Hillary so much? You all over there at CNN are looking like a bunch of jerks. SNL seems to be thinking in the same vein as a lot of us viewers. Why don't you guys wise up and start reporting the news. Leave your bias views at home with friends and family because that is where they belong. And yes they are being realistic. This race is close. There are still many out there who want to cast their votes. And many from MI and FL who want theirs to count.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  71. Tom L.

    Jack,

    I think it must be difficult for the Clinton campaign to admit defeat after
    years of expectation and hope. Also because of the reputation of being a fighter I believe this also contributes to the campaign having
    unrealistic expectations about the future. I think now would be a
    good time to end the campaign before potential embarrasing defeats
    in Ohio and Texas. Time to unite the part and move forward.

    Tom L.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  72. Panther

    Jack, no one is being realistic about "Clintons" chances not event Hillary herself. The next thing you know after Texas and Ohio will be battle on Michigan and Florida's delegates. This whole thing may end up being dragged to the DNC's floor in August. Let's how hope Al Gore steps in before that ugly day!!

    February 26, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  73. Dave

    Honestly, when, in the past 20 years, has a political campaign ever been based in reality? Everything is spun to death, remolded, sugared, and packaged for the American voter. Politics IS an alternate universe; it has long diverged from any semblance of realism.

    Let's imagine, for a moment, that Obama is the current leader not only because he attracts the most voters and therefore garners the most state delegates, but also that he is the darling of the party establishment. This race would be over. Instead, he's in the middle of what appears to be a come-from-behind victory. I understand Clinton's position. You play until the buzzer when the young neophyte is about to pull an upset. But, this is politics, not sports. There are things to consider other than winning when that win has the potential to destroy the party. To switch back to a sports example, Cubs fans would rather the Cubs not win the World Series if it meant another Chicago fire wiping out the city. (Maybe that's a bad example.)

    -Dave Denver, CO (but still a Cubs fan)

    February 26, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  74. dave

    Are you serious?? Blah blah blah...it sure is getting old.

    Yea they're realistic and you're going to find out why on March 4th when they win 4 out of 5 states.

    I'm from Texas and have voted early for Hillary. Luckily, I get to do it AGAIN March 4th at the caucus!

    February 26, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  75. Sarah L., Fayetteville, AR

    It doesn't matter. The only question Clinton and her supporters should be asking themselves is, "What is the continued fight for the nomination going to do to the party?" Even if her chances are realistic, in order to win, this thing will go down to the convention. We all know that gives the Republicans a good six months head start in unifying their party and solidifying their platform.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  76. Rick

    Hey Jack,

    Are you kidding? After Senator Chris Dodd’s endorsement she doesn't even have the argument over who's experienced to lead foreign affairs. As an experienced veteran he picked Obama over Clinton. What a slap in the face! More and more of the presidential rivals, super delegates and pledged delegates (including recent polls in Texas and Ohio) show that it's time to get behind Obama for the sake of the party. Clinton needs to do us all a favor and get out of the way. She's old baggage and makes the party look weak. Obama is ready to go against McCain and win the presidency

    Rick
    from Huntington Beach, Orange County, CA

    February 26, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  77. Kevin May

    Is the Clinton campaign being realistic about Hillary’s chances?

    Hell no. That's the difference between Hillary's false hope and Obama's true hope for our country.

    Kev
    De Pere, WI

    February 26, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  78. james

    Hi Jack,

    The Clinton camp is being about as realistic about winning this nomination as George Bush is in thinking that the American people will elect a GOP president.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  79. John

    They are so far from reality it's just sad, but we forgive them for they know not what they do. Thank God and God bless America for that We just couldn't survive another four years of a Clinton. Barack Obama/John Edwards 08 Yes we are...

    February 26, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  80. Demo

    Where do the media get their information from? The Clinton camp vehemently denied the allegations that it sent out that picture...and not until late last night! Unbelievable CNN.....

    February 26, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  81. edwin bronx ny

    Dear Jack
    after Hillary's love feast last Thursday Her current attitude reminds
    us older married men of our wifes post manopausal stress
    Ed

    February 26, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  82. Kathy

    I think they need to call in Doctor Phil or somebody!!! Sen Clinton's behavior at the end of last week's debate left me hopeful that the party could heal itself. Well, that all went to you know where in a hand-basket on Saturday, Sunday and Monday!!! What nut in her campaign came up with the idea to send his photo to the media? If they didn't know why does't they say that those involved will be let go? That sends a message to all minority groups. Shame on You Hillary! Be careful, when you sling mud, you get dirty!!! Just look at Cindy McCain, judging a minority woman's stuggle reconsile with the past and current practices by some in this country!!! Shame on her, too!!!

    February 26, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  83. Tom L.

    Jack,

    I think it must be difficult for the Clinton campaign to admit defeat after
    years of expectation and hope. Also because of the reputation of being a fighter I believe this also contributes to the campaign having
    unrealistic expectations about the future. I think now would be a
    good time to end the campaign before potential embarrasing defeats
    in Ohio and Texas. Time to unite the part and move forward.

    Tom L.
    Charlottesville, VA

    February 26, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  84. Jay, Texas

    Absolutely not! The tactics that the Clinton campaign uses proves this. It also proves how out of touch they really are. I'm a democrat that planned to vote for Clinton until the stunt that they pulled yesterday. Now, if Clinton finds a way to win, I will vote for Nader. If Clinton had won 10 straight, they would've tried to pressure Obama out of the race a week ago.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  85. Michael, Cleveland

    Jack, I personally feel a strong personal dislike for Obama and his wife. However, I'm trying to think positive. McCain will crush him in November and after GOP is done with Obama, his political career will be over. On the other side, if Clinton wins the nomiantion, he'd have a reasonable chances in 4 or 8 years. So this is good. Then, on Nov. 05 Clintons and their supporters will go after people who owed them so much but betrayed them – not black community (impossible), but Kennedy, Dodd, Kerry and other ultra-liberals from the party. They'll say "We've been warning you for the whole year! This is all your fault that you we've lost an election we were obligated to win". After that I hope there will be a major overhaul in Democratic party leadership and we'll look for Hillary or Al Gore for 2012.
    This is my prediction – too bad that we can't have HRC as a President now.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  86. Jorge from Monterey, California

    Jack,
    They are not being realistic, they seem to be living in the past, right before people stared to vote, and they are dividing the pary and they are running people into fighting each other... yesterday a Hillary supporter stab a brother in-law who is Obama supporter after an argument over the tactis of her campaign. It's getting REALLY ugly out there...

    February 26, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  87. TOM

    No Jack,
    they are just dreamers who are looking back at their dream with nostalgy denying the reality...

    February 26, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  88. Undesided L A California

    Love your reports,Jack.
    Soon we will hear that Black out in Florida is Hilary's fault too.
    you seems to be forgetting ,that Realistic her chance or not is not for you to decide
    Media has done more than it suppose to do without your caustic comments.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  89. james

    Hi Jack,

    The Clinton camp is being about as realistic about winning this nomination as George Bush is in thinking that the American people will elect a GOP president.

    james Cincinnati, OH

    February 26, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  90. Eric Rogers/ from Foley Alabama

    The words"realistic",and "Clintons", should not even be spoken in the same breath. Was it realistic to think that we, the people, would let the office of the president be passed from one family member to another again. We tried that expieriment, and it failed.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  91. Lisa

    Well jack.
    it looks like mccain just picked up a whole-lotta support, since claire macaskel, and the other limbo's don't have a clue!!!!!we the people didn't give them the power to spit in our faces,with obamania, and i hope you read this on air maybe by chance the demogogs will be listening, by the way have a good day jack!!!!!!!!!

    February 26, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  92. Jim N.

    Of course not, but neither is the media. It is in the realm of possibility, that Sen. Obama could make a mistake between now & the end of the primaries (and before hitting the magic number of delegates needed to win).

    Is it likely, NO. Is it possible? Yes...but the problem is the cost to the party & the nation if she wins the nomination at the convention after so many losses in a row. In the world of politics, perception is reality. And the perception of most of the country is that IF she wins, it will not be a "presumptive coronation" but a smoke-filled, back room theft of the nomination from the people. IT WILL ENSURE THAT WE WELCOME SEN. JOHN MCCAIN AS OUR NEXT PRESIDENT.

    Jim N.
    Kansas City, MO

    February 26, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  93. Jeb Jacobs

    Maybe they know something we dont? If my math is correct she will need huge wins on Tuesday and then some pretty significant wins in the remaining states plus some superdelegate help. Or maybe they are saying they are getting all they expected from the campain. Or maybe the are trying to keep their less educated supporters on board.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  94. Tracey in Ohio

    Jack,
    Realistic? Depends on your point of view, I suppose. If your someone in the "mutiple personality" state of denial that Sen. Clinton and her supporters live in, then certainly, they just may well be on the verge of capturing the nomination. My question, though, is this..If the proverbial shoe were on the other foot and Obama had lost the last 12 contests straight and Sen. Obama took the "Jekyll and Hyde" approach to his opponent, admiring her one minute and berating her the next, would anyone in the main stream media even begin to give his campain a chance? I think not. They would have called this one a long time ago. So much for the press being biased for Obama- I think Hillary has been given quite a pass on this for several weeks. Anyone else would have been counted out a long time ago.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  95. Colby Kline

    Portland, OR

    Hillary's problem, isn't as much a lack of realism, as it is a lack of perspective. She has forgotten the lesson of New Hampshire, where she was calm, personal, and relatable. Until she gives up on this, more-of-the-same, slash and burn political attacks, she will continue to loose states by bigger and bigger margins.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  96. Andrew Wharton

    Jack, please explain to me how Clinton can call Obama followers "dillusional" when people in her own campaign are saying things like they are "on the way to locking this nomination down" and the race is "tight as a tick"? She preaches that it's time for a reality check, but she's the one who cleary needs it. Since when is a 153 pledged delegate lead "tight as a tick"? Since when is losing 11 contests in a row considered being on the verge of "locking this nomination down"? If you ask me, she's the one who's dillusional, not the voters.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  97. Stephen Urbish

    Talk about drinking the koolaide. I fear Hillary is receiving terrible advice.

    She's even to down in Texas and losing ground in Ohio... it's time to think of the future. Our country's and hers.

    She should take the high road... put herself in position to help make this country a better place... I fear she's ready to do herself irreversible harm. This next week may be a very sad thing to witness.

    I hope Hillary can gather herself and understand that her time was four years ago. This isn’t her fault. Obama is where he is because of a perfect political storm. Bush’s horrendous presidency, the country’s emotion as it pertains to war and peace, the younger generation’s desire and ability to stay engaged.

    Imagine what would have happened in 1968, and where we would be today, if we could communicate then the way we do today.

    Hillary needs to take a deep breath and position herself to do her country good over the next eight years.

    I hope she does not go down the road I believe she’s contemplating.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  98. American Patriot

    I have never seen such a coward, who is telling you what to ask Jack, some Fat guy up there screening you..................

    Wow what journalism is that, thats called trash reporting.....................

    Come on Jack be a man and tell the truth about both these canddiates and the groups they belong to behind close doors

    Come jack put the booze down and spew some truth for a change instaed of this stupid ass comments and wanting opinions on them, ask a real question like how many of you think these candidates are known liers or crooks

    February 26, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  99. evans o.oseki, norway

    the clinton clan obviously think it`s easier to see things sleeping with one eye open. A one-eyed man being the king in the land of the blind doesn`t apply in this situation. I can`t re-call Her Royal Highness being so lady Mcbeth when His Highness played the cigar game!!

    February 26, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  100. Davis - Minneapolis

    It is a difficult thing for someone who has been planning for this for so many years to accept the reality of the situtation. I think many understand it is a human characteristic not to give up and sometime avoid the writing on the wall. But how can her advisors continue acting so foolishly? The action of her campaign managers suggests that like Nixon pre and post Watergate, she has surrrounded herself with "yes-men" who only tell her what she wants to hear and only say what they want the reality to be.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  101. Frank

    The Clinton campaign is so unrealistic. They have no crossover base. I am a 60 year old, upper middle class, caucasian, who, has always voted republican and donated to the RNC. I have donated 5 times to Obama's campaign. I spoke for him at our democratic caucus, and was elected a delegate. I am working hard for Barack.
    I have never been attracted to her campaign. 4 yrs. of Bush Senior, 8 yrs of Bill, 8 yrs of George Bush, and then what, 8 yrs of Billary, That's not change in my book. My message to Hillary, Quit now, use your unused funds to support the needy and save your dignity.

    Fired up in Seattle

    February 26, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  102. Sarah in Muskegon

    I'm home with the stomach flu...but I'm not sure if it is a virus or just the image of the would-be first woman president behaving like my 15 year old. First, was the stamping of her foot and whining "enough with the speeches and the big rallies," sounding just like my teen when she isn't invited to the next big "party" at school. Then came the sarcasm about the clouds opening up and the celestial voices, again, just like any teenager mocking the popular when they don't get chosen. Only thing missing was the curled lip and the hand on the hip. At this point, her chances of being invited to the big party should be nil to none. And they'll figure it out once they stop passing out the "yearbook" photo of Obama in the silly hat. Grow up and pull up your big girl panties. You're embarrassing every woman trying to take real leadership in this country.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  103. Aaron F.

    Hillary isn't stupid – she knows that she's behind in the delegate count, she knows that she's behind in the national polls, and she knows that none of the trends are going in her favor. She knows (and Bill has admitted as much) that she needs to win both Texas and Ohio.

    Hillary knows that she's behind, and that things don't look good for her campaign. She seems to think however (and someone with as much campaign experience as Hillary's ought to know) that if she admits the weakness of her position she will turn her already probable defeat into a certainty. Therefore, taking her campaign to an alternate universe – one in which she's winning – is her only hope of prevailing in this one.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  104. ari

    The report about breakfast talk is realistic and quite normal, if they are not motivated and certain belief of victory than they better quit. Also reporter probably picked and choose some comments; sounds more a casual breakfast, and pump and motivate each other to start a new day. Nothing wrong with that. And last time watched polls the next primaries are dead heat.
    Qua pic of Obama dress- drudge report has not showed any facts where pic came from. Very simple, examiner published iin beginning of february, and was on the web a while longer (date pic was 11 sept 2006) so nothing extraordinary pic was public domain.
    Reaction of obama camp gives more a question why so super-sensitive and rattled.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  105. populus

    Dear Jack,
    Denial , as you say is the word. The Clinton campaign started with denial that there was any possibility of anyone but Hillary winning, They denied the resylts of Iowa, Super Tuesday and the 10 and 0 since then. They will still be in denial when they throw in Florida, Michigan and the super delegates and LOSE.
    Populus
    Houston Texas

    February 26, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  106. Cindy

    You got to know when to hold up...
    know when to fold up.
    know when to walk away, know when to run...

    She's spent too much money, made too many promises... to walk away from the table. It's a bad hand, Hillary... just let it go.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  107. Andrew Wharton

    Jack, please explain to me how Clinton can call Obama followers “dillusional” when people in her own campaign are saying things like they are “on the way to locking this nomination down” and the race is “tight as a tick”? She preaches that it’s time for a reality check, but she’s the one who clearly needs it. Since when is a 153 pledged delegate lead “tight as a tick”? Since when is losing 11 contests in a row considered being on the verge of “locking this nomination down”? If you ask me, she’s the one who’s dillusional, not the voters.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  108. Adam

    I would not go so far as to say, Jack, that this race is over, but the window is closing and there's quite a bit of baggage for the Clinton campaign to yank through it. What's disappointing in of all this, is that Senator Clinton is a formidable candidate who is as qualified for the job as anyone currently or formerly in this race, but her campaign is being run by political snobs who believe the people should lay down and accept a coronation of sorts for their candidate. I have great respect for the Senator, but this campaign has been arrogant and mismanaged from day one, working under the assumption that the nomination was a foregone conclusion. Had they shown humility and flexibilty in the beginning, there would have been a real possibility that the race would be over, as they expected. Instead, Sen. Clinton has been made to look petty and petulant, and has thus been unable to create the kind of excitement that Senator Obama's grassroots campaign has. There is little hope for Senator Clinton to win the nomination at this point, but given large wins next week (I put little stock in the polling data that is circulating) there is still hope. But then hope is only for those without substance, right?

    February 26, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  109. Jeff

    NO! She seems to think that the country owes her this nomination just because of who she is and who her husband is. She went into this from day one thinking and expecting to be the nominee. Face it Hillary you have lost 11 primaries in a row thats not a winning campaign, that called loosing. The country is tired of politics as usual and that is what she represents.

    Port Huron MI

    February 26, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  110. Hicks, Ft. Myers, FL

    Jack,
    The very idea that Mrs. Clinton's campaign is in the midst of some kind of upsurge is not reflected in the current polls nor current comments in the blogosphere. In fact, it seems that more and more it is narrowing down to a fight over ideology between McCain and Obama–Hillary isn't in the conversation. Unlike her campaign staff I think most of us have pretty much discounted her relevance already.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  111. Matt Williams from Springfield, MO

    Of course they're not. But they're being optimistic, which is the only way they know how to be. They want to be winners, and they won't win by "giving up", which is I think what they'd consider recognizing how tight of a situation they're in. If they go on to win, they'll of course rewrite the history in their minds to consider this just a bump in the road. I'm not sure how they're going to rationalize it if they lose.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  112. Micahel F

    "Hope" and "optimism" is not only for the Obama campaign. It is a virtue that we all should possess. Unfortunately, I think in the case of the Clinton campaign, they are truly being unrealistic in describing their present situation. At best, Texas and Ohio will be close races. It is also very questionable whether Hillary will win both states. To that extent, I think Hillary needs to prepare to exit the race and put more support behind the front-runner in order to save herself and the Democratic party from destruction.

    Columbia, SC

    February 26, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  113. Matt, TN

    Most likely only a few thousand voters got the "shameful" mailers from Obama's campaign. By trying to make a mailer into a maelstrom the Clinton campaign just came off as childish and petty. She'll most likely lose Texas and win Ohio by such a small margin it won't even matter. Put a (pitch) fork in her, Jack, she's done...

    February 26, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  114. Charles, Cleveland

    I feel a strong personal dislike for Obama and his wife. However, I'm trying to think positive. McCain will crush him in November and after GOP is done with Obama, his political career will be over. On the other side, if Clinton wins the nomiantion, he'd have a reasonable chances in 4 or 8 years.So this is good. Then, on Nov. 05 Clintons and their supporters will go after people who owed them so much but betrayed them – not black community (impossible), but Kennedy, Dodd, Kerry and other ultra-liberals from the party. They'll say "We've been warning you for the freaking year! This is all your fault that you we've lost an election we were obligated to win" After that I hope there will be a major overhaul in Democratic party leadership and we'll look for Hillary or Al Gore for 2012.
    This is my prediction – too bad that we can't have HRC as a President now.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  115. ROD from Massachusetts

    Realistic according to whom? Should the campaign determine its path according to what the media says to do? Even more to the point: should the media be attempting to guide the progress of the election? What ever happened to letting the people decide without the influence of the media?

    February 26, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  116. susan v.

    Jack, Americans love the underdog. We, here in Ohio, are not counting her out yet!

    Mansfield, Ohio

    February 26, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  117. Jewel

    No I do not. You cannot count the Clinton's out ever after the "fat lady signs," as we have seen in the past. they have more than 9 lives.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  118. Dave Brooklyn, NY

    She can still win this. The media has already begun to dig dirt on Obama with the intended effect of slowing him down while Hillary picks up points. That just keeps the horse race going. If one of them wins too early, the talking heads will have nothing to talk about.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  119. Lisa

    And please enough with Bill, i'm positive he has better things to do with his plush retirement, than worry about a third term.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  120. Candace from MA

    It is as If I've seen something like this before. A star with a bright career falls off the deep end. Hillary Clinton is the new Brittney Spears.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  121. Ron from Las Vegas

    How can a campaign staff that has lost 11 in a row have any credibility? It always seems when your losing to blame someone else. The Clinton campaign controlled the media before voting started and had no complaints about bias. Now that they are losing, everyone is biased against them. They sound like the typical politicians, it is always somebody else's fault for all their problems. I guess Hillary used the same judgement about her campaign as with the vote to go into Iraq. Her vote was the fault of faulty intelligence or believing the president was more responsible. If she gets elected, I fear we will have another 4 years like the last 15 full of dissatisfaction and always someone else's fault.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  122. Julie VanDusky

    Yeah, she is, the people in control of the mass media are the ones who aren't being realistic. You guys think that all Americans think like you- well guess what, they don't. Stop pretending that Obama has a huge Democratic mandate! Half the Democrats in this country still support Hillary. Unfortunately most of those people are less wealthy Americans and don't control mass media, so their voices remain silent. I think it's sad that this election is going to be decided by rich, upper class people who have nothing to lose from a failed universal health care plan. The people who actually do have the most to lose from it- they don't want Obama, they think Hillary has the best plan for them. Doesn't that tell you guys anything?!?

    Good job guys, give yourselves a pat on the back. The voices of the less wealthy whose livilihoods are most affected by economic policy are overlooked again.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  123. Amy in Iowa

    Simply put, the Clinton campaign is living back in the 90's when it is 2008. They simply don't get it.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  124. Dennis, Dallas, Texas

    While it may be premature to say that Clinton is on the verge of nailing down the nomination, I don't think it is unrealistic for them to say that the race isn't over yet. The anger over the photo was misplaced. If they had simply denied circulating the picture, they could have put an end to the discussion. Instead, they respond with cryptic quotes and press releases saying, "we won't be distracted by this." That just kept the focus on them.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  125. carlo, baker louisiana

    Uh, no. It's their fault, by the way. If they had not been so arrogant and blindly relied on inevitability, maybe things would be different. She had no plan, no money, and no support for post Super Tuesday, and now they are running around like hyennas on speed to come up with a strategy. I

    In addition, if I were Clinton's strategists and were being paid the enormous fees they were being paid, I'd probably tell her she had a chance until they dragged her off of the convention floor. She should ask volunteers who aren't being paid if she has a chance, and she might get a more honest answer.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  126. Thomas, The Netherlands

    Definitely not. Even though confidence in your campaign is key, rationality is even more important. If they are already blatantly ignoring the actual state that they are in right now, what would it be like if Hillary actually made it to president? Admitting and acknowledging a situation or mistake might be hard – but it's a responsibility you should be willing to take when you're running for president.

    Thomas
    The Netherlands

    February 26, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  127. Lawrence Grinnell

    I can understand how the Clinton campaign has made the mistakes they have made. I can also understand that they are hoping against hope that people will vote for Hillary in Texas and Ohio. What is hard to understand is how they refuse to see that the more people see of Barack Obama, the more they seem to like him. She has not lost the last eleven primaries and caucuses by a little bit, but by a lot in all states.
    Perhaps they feel that for the future it is not good that she is perceived as someone who gives up easily. Perhaps the are calculating that Obama may not be able to win against McCain. In that case she would actually be running in the 2012 primaries, not these.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  128. Jason Martin

    They show an outward optimism, but deep down inside thet know the end is near. It is not an enviable position to be in. Its sort of like the basketball team down by 8 points with 20 seconds to go; They still have to play defense and act like they are still trying to win the game for fear of being called quitters.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  129. Bill

    The fact that Hillary Clinton and her campaign are trying to become the 'comeback kid' is just depressing. Her tatics and statements in the past week show her grasping at straws, her campaign is slipping down the drain, and she is clearly trying to make it seem like it isn't. Even worse, she is using tatics of the politics she says she can change in Washington D.C. It might be best for her to bow out gracefully now, before she makes a fool out of herself.

    -Bill
    Queensbury, NY

    February 26, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  130. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    The Clinton campaign is being as realistic as you would expect in a derailed campaign, similar to what you would call a disfunctional family.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  131. Jennifer Collins

    Jack: I am not going to count Hilary out until she actually says she is. I don't trust the Clintons at all. I also wouldn't say the advisers are in denial either, I mean how can they say to the media that they think Hilary is going to lose Texas and Ohio. I wish they would, but then Hilary would have to come out and say "Shame on you advisors... meet me in Ohio so we can have a debate".

    February 26, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  132. Michael

    "Realistic" in the same sentence as "Clinton Campaign"... Jack what were you thinking? Since the phony moment at the close of Thursday's debate to the diatribe in Ohio on Saturday, there is NOTHING realistic about the Clinton campaign. We have seen Clinton go from the "inevitable one" to the runner up, and I believe strongly that is due to the fact that every single time she speaks or appears, everything she says is calculated and seemingly insincere.

    Troy, MI

    February 26, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  133. Craig

    What else are they going to say? When stuck between a rock and a hard place there aren't many options other than denial or despair.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  134. Emma Horton

    Jack:

    Perhaps Senator Clinton see the sky opening and hear the celestial choir singing and has come to the conclusion that everything is okay.

    What do you think? Can you hear the celestial choir singing? If you can hear them, are they saying "everything is gonna be alright?" Isn't this delusional?

    Emma

    February 26, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  135. David B

    The sad part about politics is a lot of people think it is like picking the Super Bowl. They want to pick a "winner" as opposed to picking the candidate that best suits them.

    Chicago, IL

    February 26, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  136. Chris

    If Hillary can pull off wins in Ohio and Texas – both very possible – then she will tighten the race. Then this thing could drag out to the convention. That's where Geraldine Ferraro and other out-of-touch super delegates may do their best Katherine Harris impression, and steal the nomination for the candidate a majority of the American people DIDN'T vote for. Apparently Ferraro – and most of the Democrats in my beautiful, but delusional home state – inhabit that alternate universe too.

    Chris
    Pembroke Pines, Florida

    February 26, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  137. colli in Canada

    I am a Canadian, who has been closely watching the democratic campaigns. I do not think that the Clinton campaign is being realistic about Hillary's chances. However, they must remain positive and try to convince people that she is going to win, it means more pizza, more high powered consultants, better hotels, etc. etc. which she can argue as economic stimulation. Her childish outbursts, her gradeschool mocking tone, etc. are all positive strategies to ensure a continuation of the Obama momentum!!!.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  138. Ray P.

    I think that the members of the Clinton campaign are doing what is expected, remaining optimistic in uncharted territory. It wouldn't be the smartest idea to back out now before Texas and Ohio votes, however the Clinton campaign should start considering the bigger picture and not depend on super delegates if things don't turn out in Texas & Ohio. The key being Texas and Ohio. An avid Obama supporter. Glendale, Ca.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  139. Candace

    Hillary is the Britney Spears of Politics.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  140. Kathy from Michigan

    Has anyone called Dr. Phil yet??? I am serious! Someone in that campaign needs help!!!

    February 26, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  141. Nate, Portland, OR

    Jack, while Hillary's campaign might not be realistic about Hillary's chances, they are just doing their job. They're supposed to be spinning things in Hillary's favor. As you might have noticed by know, they don't appear to be very good at their jobs.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  142. James in Cape Coral, FL

    Jack,
    There is nobody more anti-Clinton than myself. The Clinton's are part of the politics of old that have systematically destroyed the interior of this great nation. But with less than 100 delegates separating Obama and Clinton and national polls showing how unreliable they can be, even I think it's presumptuous to assume defeat until the entire county has had there say in this primary fiasco.

    February 26, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  143. Brad Olesen

    While I am a Hillary fanatic, the grim and tasteless attacks used by her Husband have cost her this election. She didn't get the right people on board (James Carville), and she doesn't have the support of the full democratic constituency – i.e. Kennedy, Kerry, Gore, etc. Where did that go? That should be the question to everyone – what happened that makes everyone out there want to support an "unknown" to go up against McCain? Tell us, please!

    February 26, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  144. Jane King

    I certainly would not characterize being on the losing end of a 91 delegate difference as being “on the way to locking this nomination down”. Unless, of course, I had a closet full of smear tactics and an impeccably timed attack campaign in my back pocket. Perhaps
    Harold Ickes knows something we do not. (yet) .

    In my estimation, this election is about words, it is about change, and it is about character. In the end, we must ask ourselves this: who would you rather be in the presence of the morning after they lose: Barack or Hillary? Based on Hillary's recent, seemingly bipolar behavior, I'd say Barack would be much better company, which is why he's getting this white, thirty-nine year old white female Rhode Islander's vote.
    Jane
    Wakefield, RI

    February 26, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  145. Vinnie Vino

    Jack,
    Not at all, team Hillary is living on a hope and a pray in Texas. If the Clinton campiagn fails to win in this state they can kiss the party's nomination goodbye... It looks good for her in Ohio, however her campaign needs this state plus Texas in order to have any realistic chance at winning a spot at the top of the party's ticket... This is the reality of the situation for team Clinton in the real world...

    C.I., New York

    February 26, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  146. Richard Sternagel

    Jack, the Obama campaign will close out the Clinton campaign with either a win in Ohio and/or Texas! The grassroots support for Obama has been amazing! Go Obama!

    February 26, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  147. Lisa

    yes, hillary could get the support, but all her *friends* those we elect, turned there backs on her so next up there turn.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  148. Alan

    This campaign is not over until Bill Clinton endorses Barack Obama!

    February 26, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  149. Claris Nelson

    The Clinton campaign is in cloud-coocoo land because it's the only place where there is still any reason they should remain employed. Hillary and Bill can count all by themselves, but may want to stay in the race in case Destiny trumps reality. After all, McCain is now under scrutiny for we are not sure what, due to that loopy NY Times story.
    Kingston, NY

    February 26, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  150. John

    I think this is a democracy, and Sen. Clinton has every right to compete for the nomination right up until the last contest in June.

    But why can't she simply congratulate her opponent on his wins? Every time she loses a state she comes up with some sour excuse, and it's getting to a point where she's insulting about 2/3 of the states in America.

    Can't she just say, "Barack, you've done a good job with these states, but I want to keep the debate going?"

    February 26, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  151. Matt

    I think it depends on who you talk to. You get the sense that her campaign team is really split right now and I think that is apparent in the things she's said and done over the last couple of days. She has been all over the map – from being gracious to angry to cynical and sarcastic and it just does not seem right. I have the utmost respect Hilary Clinton, but I've been pulling for Obama from the beginning. And you can't argue with the fact that he has a great organization, he's surrounded himself with the right people, and the Clinton team seems absolutely desperate at this point.

    All the Political Analysts have done the number crunching and she has to have huge margins of Victories next week and in the weeks to come to have a chance to overtake Obama. I don't think that is realistic b/c she's only one big in 3 states (Oklahoma, Arkansas, and New York) where the demographics and her history there helped. And those were states the Obama people knew they were going to lose. The rest of the contests were relatively close (less than 10%) and Obama has proved that the longer he has to Campaign, the better he does.

    My only worry is that if, and this is possible, that she pulls off the miracle comeback – I think she will have done by going negative which plays right in to the republican hands and will essentially give the race to McCain.

    One last editorial note – I think that the American people deserve two good candidates who are different enough to give them a true choice. McCain and Obama are those candidates and I am hoping for that race.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  152. Kay

    I am wondering what happen to this women and her campaign, I have lost so much respect for her and the more this progresses I would hate to see her on the ticket at all. Is she delusional? You are not winning, you are not in a close race and if you were more realistic about your chances, Hillary you would endorse Obama with all the super delegates you are losing. I am an African American woman and when the elections begin, I was all for Hillary but as the season progressed (and yes I do mean session because at times it reminds me of a sitcom.) I have decided to back and vote for Obama, not because he is black man or because he has fancy speeches but because he gives me hope not only for the future of the United States, but for the future of my family. I believe in change and I believe in this country. It is time to come together despite our race, gender or religion. We all want the same things for ourselves and our families, we have differences but we are not as different as we would like to believe.

    Kay in Georgia

    February 26, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  153. Tom Hoang

    Is the Clinton campaign being realistic about Hillary’s chances?

    Probably not, but what else are they supposed to say ? Should they look down and out? Even if things look impossible, they have to truly believe they will win to stay in it. Otherwise they might just pack. And what better way than to talk yourself (and perhaps others) into truly believing that.

    Didn't Obama talk more than half the Democratic voters into truly believing the kind of change he promises can happen? When you look at the history of this nation, the probability that Obama can change Washington is much, much slimmer than Hilarry's winning the nomination. Yet people bought it.

    The reason Clinton is in this mess is because her campaign had not found an antidose to Obama's rhetoric and Clinton herself is not as smooth a talker. But there's no shame in trying to find that formula. They may not find it in time but the effort shouldn't be criticized, as no one would criticize a sport team of fighting to the last minute even when things look impossible. On the contrary such a team is usually applauded.

    I would not even be surprised if Obama is elected president. He currently is the best showman of the three, and the American people love show biz.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  154. kathy

    If she lived in an alternate universe than why have so many people come out to vote for her – why is she still ahead in the polls in certain states and why is HE running such a nasty campaign to take her down – why does she still have so many supporters- why can she still raise so much money?

    I guess the real question is why do all the Obama supporters – including CNN – want to tell millions democrats they are living in an alternate universe. Sorry this Hillary supporter isn't going to drink the cool-aid – I still think and vote based on who I think is right for the country – and that is Hillary. Cafferty put down the cool aid and come up for some air quick.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  155. Alex

    Jack, it aint over until Hillary sings and Bill Clinton endorses Barack Obama!

    February 26, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  156. Eric

    I'm not sure who is working the Clinton campaign but its obvious they are drinking the same laced kool-aid that the Senator is. She talks about seating all the delegates from Florida and Michigan on one hand, but then derides Obama's victories as "states democrats can't win." As someone who is so adamant that every-one's votes should count, this is a level of hypocrisy that only the truly deluded can ignore.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  157. Greg Rice from PA

    Jack, the only person affiliated with Hillary's campaign that is at all realistic publically is her husband Bill. He has already committed to the fact that if Hillary does not win Texas and Ohio she has lost.
    The rest of them are pedalling on too many unrealistic events. I think up until the past few days, they really were relying on those superdelegates to overrule the people, which doesn't seem likely to happen now.
    While Bill is the only person who openely stated her real chance, I think the majority of the campaign probably feels they have the same or worse of a chance, but it would only hurt further for everyone to publically broadcast it.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  158. Chiara

    The Clinton campaign is far from being realistic about her chances. She started out with an OK campaign, but it did not take long for that to pass. Her chances are getting worse by her actions. She has shown Americans her true colors. Her recent actions is more the reason that I feel a woman doesn't need to be president. Snapping out with all of Gods children watching is not very cool. She has gone from the sweet, experienced Hillary to the Hillary that will smile in your face then stab you in the back. With all of the experience she has 30+ years she should have known that her actions and comments would come back to bite her. Is she who Americans really want lead the country. I don't think so. Hillarys only chance at this point is to take her bow and gracefully leave the nomination to ya boy Obama.
    Chiara
    Ky

    February 26, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  159. JW- Steamboat Springs CO

    Clearly the Clinton people are being realistic about Hillary's chances. While we don't know what they are saying behind closed doors her groundless accusations and feeble satire reflect their conviction that –
    DESPERATE TIMES REQUIRE DESPERATE MEASURES

    February 26, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  160. Darabebe

    If a campaign is an audition for the manner in which a candidate would run the White House, then at least we have learned Sen. Clinton is not prepared for the rigors of the job. She has mismanaged her funds; failed to develop a coherent message; managed her staff poorlyal. and now resorted to trying to ridicule those not in support of her. One disturbing trend that has existed throughout her campaign is the failure to understand the climate and electorate and this is just the latest example of that. Yes she is in deni

    February 26, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  161. Jim - Austin

    Since New Hampshire the more vocal elements of the news media have become rather circumspect when it comes to Senator Clinton's chances. Is it possible that her core voters will be mobilized once again at her being victimized, this time by a witless campaign staff?

    February 26, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  162. Darlene from Canada

    Hillary's behaviour and her campaign tactics do not illustrate presidential behaviour on her part. We have a different message and a new gutter attack every day. She is an embarrassment to her gender. Her campaign smacks of desperation, denial, a campaign which is out of touch and living in its own spin, and perhaps a recognition on the part of some in her campaign that their "ëxpectations of entitlement" may indeed be delusional. Her campaign is making Senator Obama look so good by comparison.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  163. Anthony, Iowa City, IA

    With a 10 point lead in Ohio I still think she has a very real chance. Texas is a statistical tie and no one should leave out Vermont and Rhode Island. They're voting on the 4th too. I am an Obama supporter but I believe we can't call this race until after March 4th. If Hillary learned anything in New Hampshire she'll start the water works on Sunday or Monday just in time for Tuesday.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  164. chuck cornett

    I think that Hillary and her team have been out of touch for a long time it started in Iowa and the bomb shell that Obama laid on her there I dont think she ever got over that, or ever will.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  165. KB from Iowa

    Its going downhill fast for her. She's been selling experience to people hungry for change. I totally stole the line from a newspaper editorial I read recently, but thought it summed up the whole thing perfectly.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  166. Patricia

    Jack, I think that a determined person who wants to believe in their course of action will continue to fight no matter the cost to themselves. Sen. Clinton still believes that she has something to offer as a candidate for President. She will continue to run until she is told that she has given all that she can.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  167. Michael, New Jersey

    All I have to say to Hillary is "Shame on you, Hillary Clinton. You are talking about how undemocratic Barack Obama's campaign is, but what about yours? Do you think it is democratic to doctor a mailing or a photograph in your favor and then get really angry at your opponent? Democracy is about equality, right? Whether or not these negative remarks about Obama are true or not, it is still wrong to get so ticked off. My advice to you is take a long nap, think about your actions, and walk to Obama's campaign office and apologize many times."
    You know Jack, this reminds me of a war where men on one side fight each other instead of their enemy. Take D-Day for example. Imagine Allied troops landing on Omaha Beach. Directly in front of them are Germans in pillboxes constantly firing away at the invading Allies. All of a sudden, a lightning bolt strikes on an American side, making Americans go nuts and start shooting at each other instead of at the Nazis

    February 26, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  168. Mark, Vancouver WA

    The Clinton campaign folks remind me of the builders of the "unsinkable" Titanic – believing that nothing could take it down. This campaign really does resemble the Titantic – it is just like watching a sinking ship – it is quite amazing to see the progression, or degeneration, of this campaign...

    February 26, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  169. foday

    Hi jack according to how things are going for hillary they know that their chance of winning is slipping away, so they have to be brave and pretend that they will win. But with all hillary flip flop, example :praise, anger, and did I hear her say she is proud for voting for Iraq war after all she said if I know known now what I know I then. Hillary and all his campaign staffers are delusional. They need reality check.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  170. Ruthie, Stone Mountain GA

    Are they being realistic? More like a deer in a headlight. They just don't know what to do. Her staff and advisors are grossly overpaid. They are running the same campaign for her that they ran for Bill and this time, it’s not working. Their campaign tactics are old and outdated. They need more than a reality check they need a reality slap in the face.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  171. Barbara (Canada)

    It is never over until the votes are cast but they need to be prepared for the worst. They made a huge mistake at the beginning of their campaign assuming they would blow Obama out of the water super Tuesday. Anyone that would be so high on themselves cannot make change as they will not be willing to lisen to others opinion on important issues, even if it makes more sense than theirs. America needs the type of leadership that is willing to consider other people`s idea, even if its the opposite party.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  172. Michael "C" in Lorton, Virginia

    The geniuses running Hillary's campaign are as neurotic as she is, and frankly, they are in complete denial. Hillary's campaign decisions have been as faulty as Obama's have been flawless and Obama used those differences to paint her as the status quo candidate. Hillary became obsessed and went to full time negatives of Obama not realizing that strategy enraged voters and turned them off more than the negatives themselves. If Obama is half as skillful in serving as President as he has been in running his capmaign, he can't miss. He is a candidate of change and America wants a change beyond the Bush/Clinton oscillation.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  173. Brenda Benjamin

    The Clinton campaign isn't being remotely realistic about Hillary's chances. For all their recent comparisons of Barack Obama to President Bush and Carl Rove, the similarities between Senator Clinton's campaign and the Bush administration's handling of the war in Iraq are breathtaking. Both clearly lacked proper planning, expected victory without much insurgency, and went into a complete state of denial when things went horribly wrong.

    Plainfield, Illinois

    February 26, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  174. Unbiased Jury

    It’s good to read comments from Hillary supporters who did not even think to consider an alternative. The recent victories Obama has had in "highly contested" states like VA and WI, lets me know that blind support for Hillary makes for a very uncertain base. Now that she has lost in a great majority of states and claims victory in 2 states which were effectively off the table (MI and FL). I believe that people who blindly pledge support for her experience are seeing the light and letting their conscience be their guide. Her “Solutions for America” (not to be confused with the Republicans “Contract with America”) is nothing more than the same rhetoric she is charging Obama with. What solutions has she offered and implemented as first lady or senator? What bills has she legislated successfully? What has she done to benefit her NY constituents besides post 9-11 photo ops and opposing benefits to firefighters and police offers suffering from health related issues from the WTC collapse?

    Open your minds people and don’t just decide based on your eyes. If you want to know where a person stands look deeply into their past decisions and draw a conclusion on how they shape their future decisions. Obama has been a champion for positive change since he began his career. Hillary has been padding her bank account and influence, by turning a blind eye to unethical behavior from her law partners to her bedfellow. She is simply not a leader. She may have followers, but they are only blindly allowing past feelings of her husband's presidency rule their consideration of the person they have been asked to support. You can't have it both ways Hil, Bill signed the NFTA agreement and now you want people from OH and other effected states to truly believe that you are a critic, yet you still want them to assign the tag of "experience" to the 8 years Bill did all the heavy lifting?

    If more Americans would stop voting based on their own self-interests and look at the interest of the American family as a whole, they would know Obama is the choice to bring us all together to decide on how to solve our problems, and not rely on someone who claims to have all the answers, but no credible history of seeing these answers benefit anyone.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  175. Jewel

    No I do not count them out. You cannot count the Clinton's out until the "fat Lady sings."as we have seen in the past they have more than 9 lives.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  176. paul W.Dc

    Come on Jack,

    can you name another challenger in the Democratic Party that would have a snow balls chance in Hell going up against Barrack other than Hillary? Its a tough battle for Hillary right now but she can do it .

    PS. I think Barrack looks good in that photo. That hat knocks about 15 years off his age. Doesn't he look like a teenager?

    February 26, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  177. MPLA

    Lets get real CHANGE RULES !! 11 Wins you gotta give the man some credit for running a campaign that connects to reality than fiction

    February 26, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  178. Anne Dougherty

    As much as I wanted to be able to support a woman for President, I simply cannot support Senator Clinton. She has become increasingly shrill and devisive and I believe she is now doing great harm to the Democratic party. Casting stones at one's opponent in what increasingly appears to be a losing proposition just makes reconciliation for the general election more difficult. I'm sorry, Hillary...it's time to withdraw with dignity.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  179. Mike Romeling

    Jack–Lets everyone stop the wide-eyed make-believe incredulity that the Clinton people are fighting hard (even if hopelessly) until at least March 4th. Of course–to use a tennis term–they will make Obama serve out the match and why shouldn't they? Fact is they may be doing what the press–particularly those in the cable news circus–should have been doing: asking some tough questions about the Obama bandwagon. Instead most of the press hopped on board, got drunk on the pumpkin juice, and bagan tapping their toes and singing along. Let's see, how does that song go...oh yeah..."Song Sung Blue...Who's Sorry Now...Blame it on the Bosa Nova...Heartbreak Hotel...Smoke Gets in my eyes...Fools Rush in...

    February 26, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  180. Edward Wolfe

    Insincerity, thy name is Hillary Clinton.

    Hillary has worn every face one can imagine for a presidential hopeful – happy, teary, silly, angry... but which one are we to believe actually represents the real Hillary?

    It's a bad sign when a candidate can't articulate their own core values and ideas on which to base a presidency. The Clinton campaign managers have performed terribly, but perhaps they did not have the best material to work with.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  181. Terry, Texas

    No. All of the poles indicate Sen. Clinton advisors should stop providing sound bites and start providing sound advice.

    Her advisors believe clouds will part, a golden light will shine down, and she will be around to accept the nomination. They should take Hillary's advice–face reality.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  182. Bill

    A Clinton comeback depends on Hillary's continuing and winning the debate about the real value of experience. At this point in U.S. history, learning on the job is a luxury the country can ill-afford this time around.

    Bill
    North Bay, Ontario

    February 26, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  183. frankie

    I think someone in the Clinton camp really needs to talk with HRC about a graceful exit. I'm afraid she has totally lost it –mentally and the presidency.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  184. Jessica Sharp

    It seems the Clinton campaign advisors have been hitting new lows each day for weeks now. Sadly, this is just yet another desperate attempt to paint Senator Obama and his supporters a fine shade of crazy to distract from their own sinking ship.

    The worst part is, if Hillary herself had chosen different strategists, this may have been avoided. If the campaign funds had been better spent, she might not be backed into a corner. In private, she's allegedly "so nice" - where is that? Instead she's spouting sarcastic mockeries of Obama and his supporters, responding angrily to mailers months after she knew about them, touting her "experience" in the White House while picking and choosing which victories to claim, and her theme seems to change by the hour. America is the proverbial wall and, under the direction of her extremely-highly-paid crony advisors, she's throwing anything and everything at us to see what sticks.

    Hillary Clinton says she'll be "Ready on Day One". But if her floundering campaign is any indication of how she'll lead in the White House, I, for one, am scared.

    Jessica Sharp
    Maryland

    February 26, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  185. Antwon M. Wood

    I am concerned that people really don't think Barak is getting the same questions as Mrs Bill Clinton. He is just giving more real answers. She is a good person, I just think she wants for the wrong reason, why resort to explaining what the competitor does an does not do. If you trying to when on what you can do??????? And everyone will say "that's politics"...and I say we have allowed politics to be that. Just imagined if you went to an interview and strted telling the interviewer what the person(that interviewed) before you can't do?? Well Hillary was in interviewing and we are the interviewers STOP THIS MADNESS.....!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 26, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  186. Bob from Traverse city Michigan

    Yes Jack they are in an alternitive universe. Without a doubt
    the most reviled politician in America today is bush/cheney the two headed monster in the white house. Running a close second is Mrs. Clinton. She should face reality and be gracious enough to step aside for somebody who has a chance to actually win the white house for her party . Then she would have a real chance to pursue her agenda. With an ally in the white house. Sweeping bush and his henchmen out of the white house is more important than the Clinton legacy Hillary. Do whats best for the country if your really sincere about helping the american people. Please.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  187. James Marshall

    All Obama supporters want to eat the cake even if it is not bake yet!
    Everybody has /his own freedom to exercise his/her own right, and the candidates are not excluded, especially in this Democratic process of election. The race is not over. You can't criticize a campaign which is optimistic of its own vision; only those who are pessimistic who criticize it, they are the one who has negative behaviour, so to speak!

    February 26, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  188. Janice Sullivan

    No, her campaign spokespersons are not being realistic, nor are they being honest. Did it ever occur to anyone that maybe it's not her campaign that is at fault – maybe it's just her!!! Most people just don't like her. She just doesn't exude any sincerity at all.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  189. Chris Beaton

    I don't think Senator Clinton is done yet, it is still quite possible to win the nomination if she prevails in Texas and Ohio next week, and in a significant fashion.

    Short of a 55% win in both states, I hope Senator Clinton does what is best for the party, end her candidacy and support Senator Obama. President Clinton may pressure her to keep going, but I believe Senator Clinton will do the right thing if she does not win both of these key states next Tuesday.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  190. Lisa

    No way is Hillary being unrealistic! After all, she's ahead in delegates, ahead in the polls, and has won all the primaries to date. I thought it was a brilliant move when she discounted the importance of Obama winning the black vote, the young vote, the independents, the crossover Republican vote, the first-timer vote, the white male vote, and now most recently, Hispanics and young and middle aged women. Let's face it, the over-75 female vote is really the only one that matters. But when she made plagiarism the central theme of her campaign there for a week, I knew she had this one in the bag. It's just amazing to see 100,000 and 200,000 people show up at Clinton rallies, with Obama barely managing to attract a hundred at his campaign stops. She's won 53 states in a row, and counting. Obama should really concede now before it really gets ugly.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  191. kate

    Jack – Her message is confused, her finances have been mismanaged, her poll numbers are dropping and her opponent is drawing 20,000+people per speech, and SHE is the one who says she has no illusions.

    I think, just maybe, they are being unrealistic about their chances.

    kate
    Charlottesville, Virginia

    February 26, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  192. Dan Krivicich

    Texas and Ohio is Clinton's last stand and her campaign staff's reaction to the end seems to be as chaotic as Custer's 7th calvary at the "Little Big Horn".

    Dan Krivicich
    Athens, Ohio

    February 26, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  193. Jim Lacey

    How outrageous you would dare suggest we have a right to dismiss the FACTS in Michigan and Florida. Whether the popular vote and the delegate votes in those states is ultimately allowed or not does not change the fact that "x" millions of people in those 2 states are for Clinton.

    That vote must be counted by you NOW, Mr. Cafferty, because it's a fact. Whether it's allowed or not is another matter entirely. It is utterly unfair for you to assume what might have been in Michigan and Florida had other names been on the ballot. THEY WERE NOT. That's not Clinton's fault. And it's not your right to call a large difference in the popular vote to now without also including Clinton's votes in Michigan and Florida when you do.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  194. Erik

    Ok here is the deal. Hillary has hired people based on the fact that the primaries were supposed to be over on Feb 5th. They spent all of their money on the front end and didn't think anything else could happen.

    This is a pattern for her; first "I believed what Bush told me about the WMDs and the Iraq war vote." Now it is "the vote was for diplomacy and I don't agree with the war."

    I voted for no child left behind and now am against it "Because it was poorly run."

    I praised NAFTA and now am against it.

    I tried to criticize Barak about voting present in Illinois 100+ times out of 4000 votes, but less than two weeks later I don't even show up to vote on a major issue in the senate (Telecom immunity).

    She changes her mind more than pant suites!

    She and her campaign seem to have trouble thinking two steps ahead let alone ten. I would love to play her in a game of chess. It looks like Checkmate will be on the 4th!!

    February 26, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  195. Adarrah, Charlotte NC

    They say it ain't over until the fat lady sing... I think Hillary's performance on Sunday qualifies.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  196. ai from CA

    Dear Jack,

    I think Hillary Team is avoiding being realistic because the reality they are facing is pretty hard to swallow. I used to support and respect Hillary but I just can't do that any more. What Hillary has been doing to Barack is sickening, disrespectful, and Immoral. And she appears to be she does not care about her party neither. All she cares about is to win the nomiation at any cost. Can such a person deserve to become a president?

    She should respect Barack who is playing fair and straight game. I think American people know already that all the dirty tactics are coming out of her desparation and are not workin at all.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  197. Pat Adams

    I think that Hillary has bent to the will of staffers, and keeps changing whom she believes in, in her inner circle. The changes back and forth have made her look "hormonal", something the first woman candidate would not want to do. I think its unfortuante. The tactics she is using is just polarizing. Whether innocent or not, it looks so much like the old Clinton way of doing things, that she should not be surprised when it is identified as such. She looks ungracious and at times, unkind. When we see momentary flashes of a statesmenlike demeanor, she ruins it by following with ridiculousness. Whomever gave her the " Shame on You" bit, really missed the mark., unless she is trying to be Obama's grandmother. He, on the other had, has always answered with quite calm and gentlemanly behavior. That may be a contrast that Hillary does not want to show tonight, but it is one that I will remember. I am an independant, and Hillary moved my vote to Obama for sure. I am disappointed in the turn of her campaign. She does not represent the way this woman feels about a nominee. I think its shortsighted to assume all woman will follow her because of her gender.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  198. Dave

    Dear Jack
    I was born and raised in rural Africa and thanks to the inspiration of American Peace Corps, I can boast today of a Ph.D in Engineering. So I am writing to confirm that words do matter and if they don't, I don't think I would be who I am today with Senator Mccain's military experience in Vietnam. I strongly believe America needs not only to inspire but to be loved again. It would be sensational to see people the world over proudly wearing American T-shirts once agian and I definitely believe only Barack Obama can make America the America it used to be, the America that can make a difference in the lives of both Americans and non Americans because I don't believe Hillary Clinton can govern America when she can neither govern her house nor her own campaign. Chairity begins at home.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  199. Jeff M.

    The Clinton campaign isn't just out of touch with the will of the voters, it's out of touch with the Clinton campaign. It seems that every week she's pressing some new tack on Obama, trying to find something that works and failing miserably time after time. It's gotten to the point where these "true, touching" moments that she garners so much praise for are overshadowed by the rest of her less than graceful attacks with voters left trying to pick out which is the real Hillary. Let me know when we find out.

    P.S. When has SNL been anything more than pure entertainment? With every new attack, each more ridiculous than the last, it seems that more and more of her supports are becoming disenfranchised, allowing Obama to drink Hillary's milkshake. And he drinks it up!

    February 26, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  200. Keith

    Hi, Jack:

    I simply think that the Clinton's staffers are doing their job, which is to paint an optimistic and positive picture of their campaign when they are engaged with representatives from the media. It's not delusional and it's not a conspiracy. They wouldn't have this or any other staffing job if they went into the meeting and decried that their candidate is struggling to stay alive. Besides, when it gets right down to it, the American people will ultimately decide the fates of these candidates.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  201. Berkeley

    Hi Jacky
    Let me firstly say that you and wolf are two of the best political team on Televison. And now to your question-

    Yes I do think her team are really concerned about the possiblity that she may do poorly in the 4 upcomming primarie. However, it is theire duty to put a spin on things to stop further bleeding. I am very concerned about Senator Clintons' mental well bein and do no think her mood swing is an act. This woman requires intervention but her husband only sees the keys to the whitehouse. Shame on you Bill Clinton.

    Sincerely
    Ohio Democrat Resident

    February 26, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  202. Jed from Chico, CA

    Sure they're being real about the chances ... that is, if we lived in a world where people wear hats on their feet and hamburgers eat people.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  203. Phil

    Jack, you hit it on the point! The Clinton campaign has really become Bi-polar, from lubby dubby on stage, to evil-hateful win at all costs, off the stage. Its this type of hypocrisy that really make relations with others bad.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  204. damon

    I think there is something disturbingly wrong about why Hilary's supporters and staff feel so disenfranchised by the rest of the Democratic Party. Everyone knows that the two candidates have basically the same platform, but for some reason the HRC supporters think the world will end if she is not elected...almost the same way the Republicans feel about the thought of a Democrat instead of a Republican winning the Oval Office.
    I personally feel this will be to the detriment of the party if allowed to continue much longer.
    Damon – Seattle, WA

    February 26, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  205. Frank,Parkville, MO

    Jack, if campaign style says anything I would be very concerned if the Clinton campaign would actually win the nomination.

    Obama's campaign has grown effectively and efficiently into an inclusive and open movement.

    Hillary Clinton's campaign considered the primaries pro-forma, expecting the opponents and the American People to bow in admiration.

    What happened to Hillary Clinton happens to people who are out of touch and out of plans – they cannot adapt to a changing reality.

    Nobody (except of Barack Obama) thought the American People would actually be involved in the Democratic Primaries.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  206. Brian G

    When a person, team or organization becomes the underdog, it always begans to blame outside forces, instead of examining realistically why it has fallen.

    Hillary keeps slipping, not so much due to what Barack keeps saying, but what she keeps saying, which has lost its appeal for the American public.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  207. Angela

    No, The Clinton campaign is not being realistic. Every day the polls show Obama either moving past her in the upcoming races or closing the gap. What is it about losing 11 races in a row with wide margins the Clintons don't get? Hillary is looking for a miracle. Right now she's just irritating more people who look for her to end this before she damages Obama and the party so much that she essentially helps McCain get elected. Then again, maybe she's one of types who don't want anyone to have something she can't have.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  208. Joe

    I don't know if they're being realistic. All I know is that Hillary Clinton is within 150 delegates of Obama. What if Clinton wins Ohio, Rhode Island, and Texas on March 4?

    Since both candidates won't be able to reach the required amount of delegates, will Clinton then have the momentum?

    Hold your horses Jack.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  209. Jeremy - State College, PA

    Hillary's campaign lives in an imaginary world where their opinion overrules that of the majority of the nation. It is the same campaign that hilariously puts down any state that dares to give Barack Obama a win. Hillary acts like a spoiled 13 year old girl who feels entitled to everything she wants, and Hillary's campaign acts as the pushover parents.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  210. Marie in SC

    Yes, an alternate universe that is 8 years ago in time parallel...

    February 26, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  211. Kathy

    They are seriously out of touch blaming the media for Hillary's situation. Opinion polls have shown since early 2000 that Hillary's disapproval rating has remained constant. A lot of people didn't like Hillary before she ran . Now Obama supporters are now accused of cult like behavior for preferring someone over someone they never liked in the first place. I think the Clinton campaign has imbibed in too much of this sugary beverage of delusion themselves.

    Case in point...telling her to mock and insult Obama supporters...that's about the most deluded plan to win voters back from him I've ever heard. How did this play out in the meeting. "Oh, i know, lets tell them that all the smart kids are voting for Hillary and if you don't your just dumb and no one will play with you"

    The only sad thing is that I think Hillary on her own could have done this but her moron campaign staff has blown it for her and now wants to blame the "Obamoonies" and the evil press just to cover their own incompetence.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  212. Rob A. Hunter Jr

    I think it's a fair question to ask because the Clinton campaign has been making constant assertions that the media has been bias against her but, if you lose 11 caucuses and primaries in a row I think it would be pretty hard for any news service to paint 11 loses in a row as positive. Also I don't think the media had anything to do with people in her campaign resigning from their post or her lack of being able to raise money at the rate of Barack Obama. It's like the more the Clinton's complain the more it exacerbates their insufficiencies as a campaign.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  213. JackieB

    What a question! At the last count, about 59 delegates are what separated Barack and Hillary for the Democratic nomination. If she wins Ohio or Texas she has a chance. So don't be so quick to count her out.

    But a better question is, "If Barack was behind by 59 Delegates would the media be screaming for him to "back out gracefully" for the good of the party? I don't think so. I doubt that we would even hear the question.

    Both candidates have the right to run their respective campaigns until they are OVER, period.

    Come on Jack, be fair. Let the voting process work and when all the states have their say, we'll know who are Democratic candidate will be. Noone with a fair chance at the nomination should be "hounded" into leaving.

    JackieB, Brooklyn New York

    February 26, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  214. Greg From Mechanicsburg, PA

    The Clinton campaign has a better chance of landing on Mars.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  215. Mac

    Ickes and Singer HAD to take the positions they did – lest they find themselves on the same part of the pasture so many other Clinton staffers have found themselves after Super Tuesday losses. The more telling piece of the state of the Clinton campaign is the 'denial' of the hit piece on Obama by some staffers yet Maggie essentially tells everyone they did it. Gotta love that vast 'Clinton-wing' conspiracy...

    February 26, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  216. Tom form Pa

    What Clinton doesn't realize is that her aggressive statements are polarizing. It forces people to decide whether or not to like or dislike her. Once they dislike her, thats it. Obama is polite, so he is approachable to people who may have been undecided. If you didn't like him before, you can still decide to like him without feeling any shame.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  217. Terry Earle

    To me Hillary always represented power and greed and the only reason I would think for her to keep her alternate universe intact is to acquire more of it.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  218. Derek Monette

    Jack,

    Stop trying to call this game too early. We're in the 7th inning stretch right now, waiting out the clock before the last plays of the game are made, and it's not your job to sway voters in TX, OH and the like by your negative comments. Senator Clinton is still drawing huge crowd and online donations, so in the meantime, report on the policy statements, and not the overpaid campaign aides.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  219. John

    I think they are being realistic. Hillary has a fighting chance. Given that she is not giving up and she has a possative attitude about winning. She will take this to the convention. Whats really happening here is the media is always reporting on good things about Obama, but always reports negative things on Hillary. Even if something good happens, the media always has to throw in something negative or bad about Hillary. For instance, I always see in almost all articals about Hillary and her 11 losses. Why keep bring that up? Its old news and we're all aware. Also keep in mind that when Hillary was ahead of Obama a while back, Obama did not suffer the horrible treatment that Hillary is getting right now.

    -Eagan, MN

    February 26, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  220. Gilbert, Reno, Nevada

    Jack,
    I think they see the realities but as you very well point out, they are in denial. The "change you can xerox!", "shame on you!", "celestrial choirs", "meet me in Ohio!" gloats are clearly the last kicks of the inevitable defeat of the Clinton machine.
    I wish they could advise her to concede graciously and honorably.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  221. Peter Abrahams

    While Senator Clinton is still in the race ..it's obvious to even the most casual of objective observers.. that her campaign managers/advisers cannot seem to come to grips with the cold hard facts of their situation.They're beeing out-thought..out-fought..out managed..out-manouvered by a gifted and charesmatic oponent...leading an inspired campaign which they had smugly underestimated..it may be too late fot them to respond

    February 26, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  222. Tim

    Blame the press, blame the press. The republicans have used that crutch for years whenever they did something dishonest or stupid (which seems to be a lot nowadays) and now in her disperate final hour Hillary has lowered herself down to their level. Shame, shame on you Hillary!

    February 26, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  223. Randolph Smith

    Clinton's desperation has been building into false attacks on Obama that are only going to damage Hilary's credibility and the democratic party. If she is going to remain in, she should play with the cards as they have been dealt and keep to the facts.

    Charlotte, North Carolina

    February 26, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  224. dave

    I don't mind if she stays. But, please do so with style. For God's sake, she was the first lady a little while ago. She probably forgot this is a primary and most voters are either democrats or democrat-leaning independents. Nobody is too thrilled to see the infight.

    Stay on the issues, highlight your differences, hightlight your accomplishment and vision. But, please, no personal attack. It's disgrace.

    CA

    February 26, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  225. Paul

    Hillary Clinton's campaign appears to be making a fatal error as witnessed by their latest barrage of tactics, mockings and disrespectful speeches directed at Sen Obama. What the Clinton campaign does not seem to understand is that this race is different in many ways from others in the past. The American people are paying attention and keeping notes in this election.

    Get a clue Hillary...you've been all over the map with your message and the American people are not the mindless sheeps that you may take them for.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  226. kevin shird

    The Clinton machine is turning into a bad comedy. If the writers were still on strike I would be wondering who is writing this stuff. Last week Clinton was telling Obama how happy she was to be acquainted with him. 72-hours later she was challenging him to a fight. Hours after that circus she was mocking Obama's push for "hope" and "change". That made her look really attractive to the voters. Hopefully after Texas and Ohio the Democratic party can get back to discussing the issues that matter to the voters.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  227. Seattle Tiffany

    Clinton (and campaign) = politically bipolar

    I'm all for knowing what to expect, not guessing.

    Obama 08'

    February 26, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  228. Sam, New Orleans, LA

    I think the Clinton camp's reaction is understandable, considering it's the only thing they can do. Since she won't just back out of the race because she has to much pride, the only thing they can do is say she's still in it...but I'm sure the voters in Ohio and Texas will make sure to give her a reality check; T-minus 7 days until this nomination process is over and we as a party can stop all this bickering over photos and mailers

    February 26, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  229. Emmanuel Otis

    Jack the truth is Hillary inherited a machine more than adequate and set for a political campaign and got stunned with a political movement that they can't figure out. They've tried everything in the playbook and nothing seems to stick. So why on earth would Jack be suprised that the Clinton camp is in shock? I think Hillary should jump of the track otherwise she will be rammed.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  230. Carol Quinley

    Unrealistic? Come on Jack, lets move on - she was unrealistic when she assumed the role of already nominated Democratic contender from the beginning of this primary. She was unrealistic when she underestimated Obama.She was unrealistic when she used up her campaign budget by assuming that it would be all over by Feb. 5th. She was unrealistic when she refused to acknowledge the power and force behind the Obama surge in polls. She was unrealistic when she let Bill loose and then insisted that she could 'control' him. And now she is being unrealistic to think that hurls and snarls and imitating and getting agressive this late in the hour of her fall is going to work.
    Please lets just move on and away form the Clinton's. Period
    Carol Q.
    Ann Arbor Michigan

    February 26, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  231. Jessica Anunwah

    No they haven't. She should drop out right now before she loses all her pride and dignity

    February 26, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  232. Tom from Boston

    While it may be true that the Clinton campaign is not being "realistic," the simple fact is that this is a close, heated political battle and they need to stay optimistic no matter what. It was really a dumb move for Bill Clinton to declare that if Hillary doesn't win Texas and Ohio the race is over. First of all, mathematically that simply isn't true. And second of all, it's a strategic blunder – one of many the Clinton campaign has made during this race (and her recent thrashing about is only making Hillary appear desperate). If she wants to win, she has to walk the fine line between being tough on Obama without appearing like a – well let's just say it rhymes with witch. Her best shot is to get people to think past Obama's charisma and actually consider what it would really be like to have a President Obama when they don't really have a clear and detailed understanding of his policies. She should stick to that angle and hope for the best. Let's see how she handles it in tonight's crucial debate. However even if she performs well, it could be too little too late.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  233. Craig

    For the salary her top advisers receive I would tell Hillary anything her heart desires.
    Craig, Hiram,Oh.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  234. Wells

    Hillary's campaign is not being realistic. She is still stuck in 2007 in which she was guarenteed victory. It is just taking her awhile to realize that her leads have disappeared and her supporters have jumped ship. March 4th will put the final nail in the coffin. Maybe 15 straight losses will finally wake her up.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  235. KT

    Sarah

    "Awesome post! I hope they read it on the air!

    Hillary is a setback to real feministst who can get the job done with intelligence and dignity without resorting to insults and tantrums. Our soldiers (male or female) in Iraq surely don't act this way, neither should their prospective Commander in Chief.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  236. Ted in Chicago

    Actually – I think it is the moderate and left leaning cable TV news stations that are in denial. For months now they have been denying how one sided their coverage of the democratic campaign is. Egad man – why does it take the eyes and ears of one who watched the first SNL show to say to his age cohorts – What have we come to when it takes SNL to show us how biased the media is with its BO can do no wrong coverage - and why can they not see it themselves? Watch that intro on SNL again – especially the panelists all agreeing with the nonsense as if it is great wisdom since it is not so called negative or desperate - and if the shoe fits – deny it but wear it you will and do.

    Ted R in Chicago (the city itself)

    February 26, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  237. Jeayn Fahey

    Realistic? Sure...IF you're trying to play the part of a mother taking her son on a guilt trip. "Shame on You!" [Barack's flyer] "You should be ashamed of your embarrassment!" [Barack's African garb pic]. What a shame and embarrassment, HILLARY.

    Jeayn Fahey
    A Former Hillary Clinton Supporter
    New Port Richey, Florida

    February 26, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  238. dre dog

    some in the camp are and some are not. Thats why the mixed signals from the clinton camp. Its a lesson we as all americans should
    learn is to take nothing for granted. If you fail to plan to play the whole game you may find yourself in the final minutes saying how did we get here.
    Dre Boston,Mass

    February 26, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  239. Diane/Allentown, PA

    No I don't think they're being realistic, and they're not helping her much either. When all else fails bring out the mud!
    You know what I'd like to see Jack? A little accountability here. Instead of asking her advisors about the Obama photo, she's out there enough – get her to answer for that. And if she skirts the issue press her on it.

    When these things hit the media, the candidates definitely know about them and approve them, and if that's not the case and she insists she has no idea, well, if you've lost control of your campaign, you cannot possibly have control of our country as president.........

    February 26, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  240. Meredith

    As the great Dr. Seuss said:

    "I'm sorry to say so but, sadly, it's true and Hang-ups can happen to you.

    You can get all hung up in a prickle-ly perch. And your gang will fly on.
    You'll be left in a Lurch.

    You'll come down from the Lurch with an unpleasant bump. And the chances are, then, that you'll be in a Slump.

    And when you're in a Slump, you're not in for much fun.
    Un-slumping yourself is not easily done."

    It seems to me that the Clinton campaign is leaving her in one lurch and leaving her with the difficult, if not impossible, task of "un-slumping" herself.

    Meredith
    Chapel Hill, NC

    February 26, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  241. ilan

    If her husband doesn't even think she can win the nomination based on what hes said the last week, why is she wasting peoples time and money....get it over with and let the real race begin

    February 26, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  242. Daryn from Toledo, Ohio

    Hillary Clinton's campaign is in a must-win position, essentially the same position Giuliani put himself in when he had to win Florida in order to continue his campaign. Bill Clinton himself said that if Hillary doesn't win Texas that it may mean the end of her campaign. To make matters worse even if they win Ohio and Texas they will need to win by large margins from now until the convention in order to pass Obama's delegate count. So to answer your question, no, Hillary's campaign is definitely not being realistic with their chances. Do they have a shot? Yes, but it is very slim. Who would have thought three months ago that Hillary would have been in this position?

    February 26, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  243. Ted in Portland OR

    Easy, Just follow the advice and direction of the advisors Dana Milbank talked to, and let the voting process take it's course. Then when she is tossed out of the running, she can sit down together with John Edwards, who she quoted in true academy award style at the last debate, and they can both say, "no matter what just happened, you know, we're gonna be just fine".

    February 26, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  244. Susan in Texas

    Mixed messages, conflicting moods - gushing praise on Obama and then scolding him - this isn't just surreal, it's psychotic. Beam me up, Scotty!

    February 26, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  245. Rob

    She has lost 11 in a row. if u fail 11 quizes before the final exam.. the odds are you will fail the class. Hillary still has a chance to bow out gracefully.... well, actually she has lost that oppertunity. She will fall flat on her face.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  246. Prince, Calgary Alberta

    Clinton campaign still have hope to win the nomination and even win the presidency after 0-11 but refuses to believe that Obama's message of hope and inspiration is what is needed for any meaningful change in Washington.
    Jack, I think Obama will rather "lock the nomination down" by knocking down Clinton in Texas.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  247. Rebecca - Fresno, CA

    Jack...
    The Clinton campaign must not have done their research. The rest of the country has moved on past the "Clinton years." It is a different world and a new electorate. Whether it is arrogance or blind optimism, the bottom line is the Clinton campaign just doesn't get it!

    February 26, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  248. Matt Persons, Selinsgrove, PA

    Hillary can't beat Obama because he is like Chance the Gardner (Peter Seller's from the movie "Being There"). He is the tabula rasa in which people project their unfulfilled hopes, an empty vessel to poor their needs, and like an elixir of magical potion, you don't get to taste it until after it is purchased. Brilliant politics. Yes. Brilliant ideas? I think not. Which one gets you elected?

    February 26, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  249. Karen P

    The Obama-Clinton show was entertaining for awhile. Now, Ms. Clinton just looks like a worst-case PMS. It's time for the band to play Barack Obama's song and the DNC to rally round their candidate. I really doubt McCain stands a chance with Obama running against him and I doubt there will be a lot of mud-slinging with Obama v McCain...but there certainly would with Hillary...that would spell defeat for Democrats for sure.

    Hey...what will all you at CNN do for entertainment when elections are over?

    February 26, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  250. Bill Schenk

    I think it is "make or break" for Hillary Clinton on March 4th. Not only that, Hillary needs to do very well in the Ohio and Texas Primaries...If she "Wins" the state but only by a 51-49 margin, it is still over for her... With Barack's 11 Straight wins he is way ahead in pledged delagates, and unless Clinton can blow out BOTH Texas and Ohio the race seems to be pretty much clinched in favor of Barack Obama. I think Hillary has placed too much focus on BIG primaries, not focusing on every state and it has drastically hurt her campaign, it is just a little too late to comeback from the lead Barack has.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  251. Daniel

    If the Clinton campaign was being realistic about this nomination, they would have planned out a campaign that went past Super Tuesday. By expecting to have the nomination wrapped up by the beginning of February and running like an incumbent, they severely misjudged what the American public wants in the next President.

    There are ways to be optimistic and yet still be real. We haven't seen this from the Clinton campaign, not at all.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  252. Vince, Los Angeles

    Jack....Hillary's campaign is in so much DE NILE, it really hurts to watch! Even if she were to win BOTH Ohio and Texas it would NOT be enough to close the pledged delgate gap. I do not understand why both she and her supporters do not see this..her ONLY hope of winning the nomination is to seat Michigan and Florida delegates and that would split the party right down the middle...I pray she doesn't go down that path because I already have my Independant voter card filled out and ready to go!

    February 26, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  253. Sharon Henderson

    The short answer is yes. There is a slim chance of Billary winning in Texas and Ohio but I think she needs to stop sailing on the river of DeNile (denial).

    February 26, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  254. Thomas, Tallahassee FL

    The media has shaped public perception in this primary to the point where even Hillary is powerless. The never ending Obama love fest in the media has cost her the nomination, but I can understand her campaign being in denial about it. After all, who would have thought the media had so much power?

    February 26, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  255. Dee, St. Louis MO

    A vote FOR Obama is not a vote AGAINST Hillary – at least it wasn't that way until recently. This is what I think the Clinton campaign never quite understood. Hillary IS more experienced and wins that vote. However, EXPERIENCE alone is not what the majority of the people feel the country needs right now. And since Obama seems to be winning in the MOST LIKELY TO UNITE THE COUNTRY and ELECTABLE category along with the popular vote, it would seem that THIS is what Hillary and her supporters should focus on and stop accusing the rest of the party of being naive. The press will always ride the polls as they did when she was ahead so please stop crying foul Hillary backers, it is unbecoming.

    The reality is, if the two candidates – AS WELL AS THEIR STAFFERS AND SUPPORTERS (hint, hint) – can keep this above the belt, it does not matter how long Hillary stays in as the party will benefit although her reputation may not.

    However, if we have to deal with existential melt downs every other week because of a photo or a flyer, then something will need to give.

    The reality is, this will likely get noisier the longer Hillary stays in the race and that's not good. Let's put the kitchen sink back in the kitchen and let the democratic voters be victorious.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  256. Sherry

    Let's see. If Hillary Clinton is guilty by association on NAFTA, this means that Obama is guilty by association with Rezco and Others. Hmmmmmm!

    Has everyone forgotten that Jimmy Carter lost 23 states and was still elected?

    Hillary '08

    February 26, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  257. Joan

    Ohio and Texas haven't voted yet folks! She could "realistically" win both states. As an Obama supporter I certainly hope he prevails but I'm not a prophet so will have to wait. IF he wins then I suspect Hillary will end her campaign for the good of the Democratic party.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  258. Robert Bauer

    I recently read that Hillary Clinton is so "focused" on her campaign, that she won't allow her staff to read negative press releases to her, stating "I don't need to hear that kind of negativity, now." Sounds like this may be the key mistake her campaign has made. She has exposed herself with this policy, as the self-absorbed demogogue she is. She just doesn't get the fact that her "birthright" to the presidency has been revoked. She should have been listening to the criticism. It might have helped her save her campaign. But alas, you can stick a fork in her – she's done.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  259. rob stockstill

    Yeah, she's out of touch, she's lived in Washington, D.C. for the last 16 years. That's about as 'alternative' a universe as you can inhabit and still be a part of this world.
    Thankfully, her bid for the presidency is all but over. If the past few weeks are any indication of what we would see in a H. Clinton Whitehouse, I say good ridance.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  260. Tony Memphis, TN

    They've been delusional since Feb. 5th. Changing gears and finding them all slipping. And this supposed love of Obama in the media is a stretch, e.g. Obama and Clinton admit that there isn't much difference in a lot of their plans to better the country, then Clinton turns around and says he has no substance... what is that saying about herself? If the media is against Hillary how did they miss an obvious goof.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  261. reza shah

    Dear Jack,first myself and my wife Michel would like to commend you for the great and informative manner in which you have conducted yourself through a process that can only be described as painful.
    I am from a third world country and have been following American politics since Pres Kennedy was assassinated.I do believe change is required in a politcal system that has been the envy of the world.
    The world is short on leaders and that is clearly evidenced by just looking at the CNN reports of all that is going on in our world.Jack in some of what I have seen animals don't treat animals that way and we are supposed to be the higher specie.
    I respect Sen Clinton but there comes a time when one has to do what is good for all and put one's personal motives/agendas aside for the good of the TEAM-which as you know spells Together Each Achieves More.
    Continuing to divide the Democratic Party that has a bigger agenda-the replacement of a president that has put your country through so much hate and discontent in the world today-serves only her own interest and can only be classified as selfish.
    To grow you have to change and there is not a more important time in the History of the USA that change is required.Let the winds of change blow on your great nation and restore it to the role that the world has always respected it for..a nation of care,most giving,most fair,most free,most tolerent and most democratic...May God continue to Bless America.
    Reza,Toronto Canada

    February 26, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  262. Melissa D.

    Jack Cafferty,
    You are THE biggest male chavenist on television. Every day, without fail, your questions slam the only woman in the history of our country who has come this close to being a nominee for President of the United States. What is your problem with strong, accomplished women? I know you and your network would be perfectly content on handing the presidency to Obama on a silver platter, but why don't you wait on the voters on March 4 to have their say? I don't understand you. Why don't you hold Senator Obama to the same standard of scrutiny as you do Senator Clinton? It's becoming very obvious that you've partaken in the Kool-Aid being passed around and are now a borderlined cult member.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  263. andyben77@comcast.net

    hillary reminds me of the 90 pound pinned down by a 300 pound wresler and keeps saying i got him wipped pull him off of me.

    if hillary is so smart she should know the people are trying to tell her to hang it up it's over

    February 26, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  264. Wolf J. Flywheel Esq , Ho-Ho-Kus NJ

    Jack,

    it's hard to see the forest for the trees. i still think Senator Clinton has
    what it takes to win this race watchout for a surprise photo finish from this filly.

    Wolf J. Flywheel Esq Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ

    February 26, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  265. Ezra

    Someone is 'realistic' in her campaign, and apparently they talked to Sen. Clinton over Saturday breakfast. That's when she transformed from "Miz Unite-the-Party" of Friday's debate into the angry harridan calling down "shame on you" to Obama and the New York Times, Saturday Night Live, and whomever else crosses her view.

    Pity, but yes, I do think she's got a glimmer of reality.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  266. Ravi

    Hillary Clinton will take her failing candidacy to the wire, even if it means dragging Barack Obama's good name through the dirt and discrediting the Democratic Party by continuing to (i) urge superdelegates to ignore the will of the people, (ii) lobby to have the delegates from Michigan and Florida seated at the upcoming convention despite having signed a document pledging to abide by DNC rules, and (iii) chase after Obama's pledged delegates (which her campaign did not deny).

    The only winner from the desperate and at times deluded attitude that Hillary Clinton's campaign has adopted is John McCain, who is saving a lot of money by standing by and probably chuckling hard at her kamikaze tactics.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  267. Eldon , Mississauga Canada

    The Hilary Campaign is in a state of bisbelief. They shoud wake up from thier dream and face reality. Hiliary chances of winning are swiftly becoming unreal. They are likened to a drowning rat that would clutch at any straw ... really desperate.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  268. Dave W

    Hillary has a much better chance than Mike Huckabee, so the media should back off and stop calling this race for Obama. I'd like to see Obama answer some policy issues with specifics. He's getting a pretty free ride at the moment.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  269. TJ's Anti-Contrarian Blog

    Way to go Bill...the Clintonian era (error) is finally over.

    February 26, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  270. Avis, Richton Park, IL

    In a nutshell, no. And I mean NUT-SHELL! Hilliary Clinton's campaign is reminiscent of the movie Sybil. One day she's one person the next she's someone else. We can't afford to have someone like this in the White House. As a woman myself, I hate to say it but Hillary Clinton's elevator doesn't go all the way to the top!

    Avis
    Richton Park, IL

    February 26, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  271. dc on Long Island

    I have visions of Obama standing in the White House wondering, "Now what?"

    February 26, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  272. Linda from Eugene, Oregon

    It's interesting that even in the Asian Times today there is an article "Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead". Even foreign countries know. I say Mrs. Clinton needs to put this campaign to rest. Maybe she can get a lovely parting gift to a good doctor to help with her mood swings as of late (thanks Mrs. C for making the rest of us look so bad) and give Mr. Clinton a good box of cigars for all the hard work he's put in to their campaign.

    February 26, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  273. Mary

    How would you in the news media like a few extra nails so you could seal her coffin? From day one you all have done nothing but pitch a hissy fit about the Clintons while giving Barack a free ride! And they say women are emotional! You must really be feeling smug that all of your slanted news stories are finally zeroing in on the political demise of Hill and Bill. Start putting your champagne on ice........

    As far as the pic of Barack, are the Barack people afraid to have him be seen like that? Why so????

    February 26, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  274. Maureen

    I say to Hillary, it is not your time. The world is looking for something different. Hillary represents the same old stuff we have been seeing since I was born.

    Maureen from Delaware

    February 26, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  275. Jeff, Boston MA

    Jack-

    No they are not being realistic. If Clinton had won 11 States in a row, all of the Hillbots would be demanding that Obama drop out. If Hillary was ahead by 1 million votes(popular vote) she would be demanding that he drop out. If she had the insurmountable lead in pledged delegates, like Obama does, she would ask him to drop out. This whole thing is absurd. When she disingenously demands that MI and FL "be heard", it is so blatantly obvious that she is trying to manipulate the system, that it makes me want to vote for McCain if she can somehow twist the arms of the elitist "superdelegates" and get the nod.

    February 26, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  276. Michael

    Jack,

    Seems that the clouds have parted and those celestrial beings that Hillary mentioned have started to sing for Obama. The Clinton campaign is being about as realistic as anyone that says that we have prospered more under the Bush Administration than any other administration. Can't wait to see which one of Hillary's personalities makes an appearence tonight in the debate.

    -Michael
    Decatur, GA

    February 26, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  277. Vicky in Texas

    I think the Clinton campaign is spinning out of control. I am personally offended by Clinton's sarcastic tone towards Obama and the people that support him. If by some miracle she does win the nomination (by pulling some stunt with Florida and Michigan and twisting the arms of the superdelegates), I won't vote for her, and I have always voted for the Democratic nominee – she has gone too far in recent days.

    February 26, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  278. Jean

    This is the Clinton campaign's spin machine maintaining a positive outlook on the primaries. Unfortunately, it sounds just as desperate as the Guliaini spin that took place before Florida.

    February 26, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  279. Willem Pennings

    Dear Jack,

    Obama has won 11 consecutive primaries in a row. Had Hillary Clinton’s campaign pulled this off, the picture would have been presented in a very different light. Honestly, if the tables were turned, would we still be arguing who is the leading democratic nominee?

    JACK WE LOVE THE CAFFERTY FILE IN EUROPE, students for Jack

    Willem & Sabina RSM Erasmus University

    February 26, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  280. London

    The Clinton campaign is being very realistic about Hillary being the more competent candidate for President. I think Obama is off on another planet in respect of understanding what would hit him in the face from day 1 were he to be appointed to that job. Yes, I do wish her team had done her the justice of running a better camapign but the fundamental issue is who is capable of being virtually the Leader of the Western World and an awful lot of us in Europe are scared of yet more incompetence from an inexperienced politician. The media may love Obama – its in the interests to keep him up there as it will give them copy of years – the white liberal elite and fashionistas may be fawning over him as the latest thing – but would you choose someone with such little experience as the head of a major corporation. Doubt it. So why as the President? Extraordinary, quite extraordinary. God help us all.

    February 26, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  281. Joe

    I think they are, I think they believe what is best for the party is for her to stay in the race and wait to see what happens. Superdelegates will have to decide and the popular vote for Obama includes Independents and Republicans – People who really dont care about the Democratic party so they very well may go her way to do what they were designed to do, be the voice of reason to protect the party.

    Joe
    Richmond, VA

    February 26, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  282. Seth Storrs CT (writing from South Africa)

    Sure Hillary can still win the nomination. Geez, talk about the biggest fairytale we have ever seen! She could not even win Wisconsin with a significant number of Republicans voting for her. Talk about energizing the party…I mean the Republican Party. The reason why Hillary cannot win is because she is in fact polarizing. The campaigns give us a glimpse of what these folks are like under pressure. What we see is what we get. And with what we are seeing from the Clintons we owe a great debt to Obama for saving us from four more years of gridlock.

    February 26, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  283. Joel Albarella

    Is the campaign being realistic? C'mon Jack, Is it not the job of every campaign to imply, stretch and propogate agenda. However, Billary and their conflicted band of high paid mercenaries are breaking from reality with such audacity that even us average Americans are catching on! Don't insult us HRC! -Joel from NYC

    February 26, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  284. -Brian, Canada

    Canadians are praying that The United States doesn't make the same mistake they did with Bush. The majority of us Canadians want to see OBAMA win the presidential race and change the history of bad american foreign policy. We Canadians count on you to make good decisions on who should not only lead your country, but on who will lead our world. OBAMA is the clear choice and if we don't vote for him now, I am afraid our thought of the American Political System will once again be confirmed.

    GO OBAMA GO! CANADA LOVES YOU!

    February 26, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  285. James

    Seems like all the media is just drooling at the mouth at the excitement over being able to bash Hillary, and President Clinton at the same time. Frankly, I just can't get the charisma of Obama. Sen. Clinton is the best hope for this country. This is one 65 year old caucasion male who is glad to be supporting her. This country may be ready for a black candidate – but Obama is not the one.
    Al Gore, where are you when you are needed.... Looks like if Obama is the nominee for the Democrates - I'll be changing to register as an Independent - and maybe write in Bugs Bunny..
    Her campaign is too busy trying to deal with all the bad press from the media. I've not no problem at all in getting the message they put out.

    February 26, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  286. tracy

    Is Hilary in an alternate universe? Seems the onlt thing she didn't say the other day when she famously mocked Barack by watching the clouds part was "Beam me up, Scottie!"

    Tracy
    Hamilton Ontario

    February 26, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  287. Patrick

    This article is biased and completely out of touch. Considering that there is only approximately 5% difference in the delegate count between candidates I would have to say everything the Clinton campaign was factual. 1) This is a tight race, 2) It's not over yet, and 3) Hillary has a good chance of coming out the nominee. I'm sorry Mr. Cafferty, no amount of your biased ticker headlines or cnn obama-mania is going to change that. It is disheartening that the lean in the mainstream media is so mind numbingly blunt. The media should be ashamed of its self. If Clinton had a 5% lead would anyone be calling Obama's campaign out of touch? Double standard.

    February 26, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  288. John, Florida

    Very realistic, there are a large enough chunk of voters that don't make up there mind until actually being inside the voting booth. Todays debate will draw a line in the sand and if it"s possiable, i don't think you will find that outcome shown in any recent or poll to come. or we can just leave the training wheels on the Obama bike.

    February 26, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  289. Suzy Miller

    Looks like they're "standing by their WOMAN!" Wonder what color the sky is in their world? I think I hear Obama's celestial choirs warming up!
    Suzy
    Advance, NC

    February 26, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  290. Chris

    Nothing in what I've seen says that the Clinton family are gracious losers. The fact remains she does still have an outside chance, at least more so than huckleberry. And as much as I hate the expression "for the good of the party", it may be a good move for her if she plans to run again in 4 years. However I don't see that happing, she has that Pit Bull attitude.

    Rockford, IL

    February 26, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  291. Sam, Dallas TX

    Jack

    The answer is a simple one. NO!! Both are great candidates, but Hillary can only do damage to the party by continuing in these desperate views. Her camp will now destroy her legacy, now along with her campaign. Sad and unfortunate.

    February 26, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  292. Craig of Salisbury

    The Clinton camp has been in denial since the very beginning of the primary season. She began her campaign based on the premise that we the people owe her the presidency. The primary was simply a formality symbolic of the parade that leads to her coronation at the convention. Fortunately, we the people are speaking loud and clear, without any concern about the pundits or the campaign advisers, and we are saying Clinton is NOT our choice. The message, We want Obama!, is very difficult for the Clintons and their aids to accept–they are indeed experiencing a serious state of denial!

    Craig, of Salisbury

    February 26, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  293. Susan

    Seems like the major news channels have already decided how this will play out, saw for the first time last night on Nightline someone checking Sen. Obamas past in IL. , in the state office he held and what he did there and has since done in Washington, I don;t see where any news including CNN tells us how he will make the changes he states in his speeches. For the record I am an independent voter , and not acting like a herd of sheep following the crowd, but doing my own research on each of them running, seems that is the only way I can learn all the facts .

    February 26, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  294. Aaron

    All the people going on about how biased the media is against Hilary seem to forget how at the beginning of this race, it was treated as an inevitability that Clinton would win it, and lots of media outlets were more than happy to keep promoting that image. Obama forced the media to take notice by winning, and in many cases by huge margins. Acknowledging that Obama's doing well after sweeping every contest in November isn't media bias, it's facing reality. Does anyone seriously think that if the situations were reversed, that the media would even acknowledge Obama has the smallest chance? The media would still be saying that a Hilary nomination is inevitable if it weren't for the fact that Obama's successes are impossible to ignore. Hilary and her supporters need to realize that Obama is getting the coverage he gets because he's forced people to take notice.

    February 26, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  295. Rick

    The Obama photo was the final nail in the Clinton coffin. She may have picked up a few voters with that tactic, but she is now anathema to many who see it, not as hardball tactics, but as screwball tactics.

    February 26, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  296. Bob Philadelphia, PA

    Hillary still has a chance. Look at the polls in Texas. They are still very close. Plus, I think more people are realizes what a fake Obama is. She will win Texas, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. He is a word thief, an idea thief, and is very unoriginal. I will vote another candidate if Obama is elected as the Dem nominee. A Barack presidency will send people to the polls in 2010 to bring the Republicans back to Congress.

    February 26, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  297. Alex B. from San Diego

    Hillary will lose the nomination, and she has no one to blame but herself. Everybody knows she is the master of issues and analysis, but then so is a good computer program. What the voters wanted was to see her feminine, caring side – the real Hillary. That would have counter-balanced Obama's soaring oratory, but she suppressed it, out of fear of being labeled too "emotional" and thereby not qualified to be commander in chief. In other words, she over-compensated for being a woman.

    February 26, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  298. Paulette Bent Dallas,PA

    Jack, it's the "Clinton" campaign – what other spin do they have. I personallly think that Bill Clinton has a very realistic take on the situation. The public nor the media have any idea of what jockeying for accolades is being done behind the scenes. Sit back and let it play out.

    February 26, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  299. Jackson H. from Maplewood, NJ

    I think that Hilary's campaign is sunk, and it has been since Super Tuesday in my opinion. With Obama winning all these states in a row, it would take a miracle to win one of the next few primaries.

    February 26, 2008 at 4:34 pm |