So Much for Clinton's Air of Inevitability

Obama's message of change sits better with voters
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 4, 2008 8:55 AM CST
Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., speaks at her caucus night rally with husband former president Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2008, in Des Moines,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Hillary Clinton is suddenly an underdog and must now prove she has the same resilience her husband showed after a sluggish start in the primaries 15 years ago. The strategy of running as an incumbent  didn't play with Iowans, Margaret Carlson notes on Bloomberg. "The folks in Iowa didn't seem to be yearning for a third Clinton term, hers if not his," Carlson writes. 

The Iowa results, writes Reuters' Steve Holland, show that the promise of change generated more voters and excitement than the "strength and experience" pitched by Clinton. Adding a "change" theme in recent weeks didn't convince Iowans; and the cast of gray-hairs assembled on the dais at her after-caucus party didn't help either, McClatchy notes—was that really Madeleine Albright?