Momentum Shifts Back In Obama’s Favor

The last week was not one of the best periods for Obama’s campaign, but over the past day momentum has suddenly shifted back in Obama’s favor as the news has been dominated by stories which do not help Hillary Clinton.

The Washington Post did some fact checking on Clinton and gave her Four Pinocchios for her false claims about landing in Bosnia under sniper fire in 1996. Here’s a picture of her being greeted by snipers:

It appears that Clinton was greeted in the manner Dick Cheney erroneously predicted we would be greeted in Iraq, while Clinton falsely claimed she was greeted in Bosnia as Americans are actually greeted in much of Iraq.

From there it gets worse. The Washington Post also looked at her overall experience:

While Clinton’s advertisements have boasted that she is best prepared for a 3 a.m. crisis phone call, the schedules contain no evidence that Clinton was at the table during major national security decisions. They do not list her as attending National Security Council meetings or joining briefings in the Situation Room. She did not have a national security clearance. And the documents make clear that at moments of major crisis, Clinton was often busy with her own agenda.

If that isn’t bad enough, a story from The Politico which basically argues that Clinton has already lost has been widely quoted today. They report that not even Clinton’s people believe she has a meaningful chance to win:

As it happens, many people inside Clinton’s campaign live right here on Earth. One important Clinton adviser estimated to Politico privately that she has no more than a 10 percent chance of winning her race against Barack Obama, an appraisal that was echoed by other operatives.

If Clinton has any chance, it will be even harder as it now appears her campaign is in the red:

Despite a strong month of fund-raising in February in which she brought in $35 million, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton finished the month essentially in the red, once her campaign’s outstanding debts are factored in, as well as her personal loan, according to filings submitted late last night to the Federal Election Commission.

Losing the endorsement of Bill Richardson to Obama doesn’t help Clinton either. Her campaign looks even more foolish for claiming that it doesn’t matter considering that Both Bill and Hillary called Richardson as recently as eight days ago attempting to get his endorsement.

Speaking of Bill–it looks like he is at it again:

Adding a bit of fuel to the political fire, Bill Clinton made a bizarre comment on Friday, leaving the impression that he believed Barack Obama’s patriotism would be a general election issue.

MSNBC is reporting that on the campaign trail today in Charlotte, North Carolina, the former president said a general election matchup between his wife, Sen. Clinton, and Sen. John McCain would be between “two people who love this country” without “all this other stuff that always seems to intrude itself on our politics.”

It’s difficult to determine exactly what Clinton meant by this. Howard Wolfson, a spokesman for the Clinton campaign, said the former president was not implying that Obama didn’t love America. As for “this other stuff,” that Clinton referred to? He was talking about “the politics of personal destruction,” said Wolfson. “He was lamenting that these kind of distractions ‘always seems to intrude’ on our politics.”

Not everyone had the same interpretation. MSNBC, for example, was quick to suggest that the former president was implying there were doubts about Obama’s patriotism, and that those doubts would play a role in the general election. Which seems, on its face, hardly a stretch.

With all this bad news Mark Halperin presents a list of fourteen painful things Hillary Clinton knows, or should know. Obama is also well on his way to reversing one of the more serious obstacles in recent days as a CBS News poll shows his speech on race was well received:

Sixty-nine percent of voters who have heard or read about Obama’s speech say he did a good job addressing the issue of race relations, and 63 percent of voters following the events say they agree with Obama’s views on race relations. Seventy-one percent say he did a good job explaining his relationship with Wright.

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6 Comments

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    Lex says:

    That whole Bosnia, sniper fire story was transparent BS from the start.

    First, as if the Secret Service would allow a plane carrying the First Lady and the First Daughter to land on an unsecured runway.

    Second, i seriously doubt that the proscribed procedure in the First Lady coming under sniper fire is to have her execute the zig-zag run in expensive heels…if anything, they would have picked her up and carried her. Or they would have phalanxed her until an armored vehicle could be brought close enough to throw her inside.

    She probably heard gunfire off in the distance, and that was exciting to her…she obviously didn’t grow up in Detroit.

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    Christopher says:

    With Billary out there questioning Barack Obama’s patriotism and suggesting the only real Americans running for president are his wife, the Borg Queen, and Republican, John McCain, it’s little wonder to see the momentum swinging back Obama’s direction.

  3. 3
    chicagoexpat says:

    I really can’t tell any difference between Clinton and the Republicans. They’re both fighting to keep the Democrats (especially balck ones) out of the White House

  4. 4
    Marion says:

    Add to Hillary’s false claims the fact she lied about her support for the NAFTA trade policy. We don’t need more corruption and liars running our country. She should retire from politics altogether.

    http://www.thenation.com/blogs/thebeat?pid=300860

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    Vi says:

    Regarding the Nafta issue – it has been reported by the Canadian government that Hillary Clinton’s campaign staff made the first call to the Canadian embassy telling them ‘to take her words on Nafta with a grain of salt’ that she was talking politics.Just look it up on the internet. There are a lot of things that Hillary is keeping quiet about. Her upcoming $17 million dollar fraud trial in October/November, 2008. The three Clintons are presently being served with process papers seeking their sworn testimony for the trial. Ther is a hearing scheduled for April 25, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. Hillary – talk about ‘transparency’ yours is coming – Own up..

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    Ron Chusid says:

    Vi,

    It’s not necessary to look this up elsewhere on the internet. I already posted on this here.

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