Hillary's on Her Heels

Clinton's having her 'Gore Moment'—still in control, but could truly topple, blogger says
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 12, 2007 9:25 PM CST
With President Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea looking on, Vice President Al Gore swears-in Sen. Hillary Clinton   (KRT Photos)
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(Newser) – Addressing the moment's question for all Democrat-watchers, the New York Times’ Matt Bai says Hillary Clinton is “still in command of the race” but “seriously in danger of coming undone.” He reminds readers that Al Gore—the last Democratic candidate whose nomination seemed inevitable—lost control in 1999, and almost fell to Bill Bradley. Dems have similar “profound underlying doubts” about Hillary.

Clinton has “effectively run as an incumbent,” Bai writes, a great strategy … except that voters have long postponed pausing to think on whether she’s really electable and how progressive she’d be as president. She’s still on top, but she’ll have to weather some real reservations to survive. Could Barack Obama overtake her? Writes Bai, “absolutely.”