Just About Out of Ammunition

Clinton made mess in NC—and has all but lost her crucial blue-collar argument
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted May 7, 2008 3:58 PM CDT
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama.   (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
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(Newser) – The pundits agree that Hillary Clinton barely has a leg to stand on, though explanations vary:

  • John Dickerson writes in Slate that Barack Obama closed the door on his blue-collar problem, shaking off the elitist label. Evidence is that Obama barely lost among poorer voters and actually won in “sharing your values” exit-polling; to win now, Clinton “must bring more states into the union.”

  • Marc Ambinder asserts in the Atlantic that Obama is on the “precipice of being able to declare victory”—and chalks it up to Camp Clinton’s aggressive play in North Carolina. She gave her rival “an expectations victory” there, a “costly” misstep that puts her on life support “by almost every measure.”
  • Writing in the Chicago Tribune, Lynn Sweet didn’t see a major demographic or momentum shift, but says no such thing was needed. She simply says that the numbers “remained as stacked against Clinton” this morning as they did yesterday.
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