With the Clinton campaign in death throes, Karen Tumulty runs down its five crucial mistakes in Time:
- Mood. In a season when Democrats were desperate for change, Hillary “completely misread the mood” and went with incumbency.
- Rules. Clinton's inner circle wasn't up on them. Mark Penn thought California's primary was winner-take-all—an early flub that forced them into a big-state strategy.
- Caucuses. The campaign overlooked them, leaving Obama to build his lead in little states like Minnesota, Nebraska, and Kansas.
- Money. Hillary was so confident in her old networks that she ignored the Internet—and hit a wall when her donors maxed out.
- Pacing. Camp Clinton expected a decisive victory in Iowa and then again on Super Tuesday, even as their rivals looked months ahead.