How the Air Came Out of Clinton's Tires

Poor Ind., NC showings sucked late momentum from her campaign
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 5, 2008 1:38 PM CDT
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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(Newser) – Hillary Clinton’s campaign was happiest, and picked up the most steam, late in the game, as divisive staffers departed, the blue-collar vote moved into her column and the candidate found her comfort zone. The Washington Post examines the Democrat's final months, noting its rejuvenation after Texas and Ohio victories, and the marked resignation after North Carolina and Indiana results went bad.

"She could accept losing," one Clinton adviser said. "She could not accept quitting." Camp Clinton ultimately overplayed its hands with Carolina expectations—ending the fight when it couldn’t match the hype. Said a senior adviser in late May of a campaign that had once been full of feuding and missteps, “It’s not a bad place to work anymore. Except we’re losing.”