Read the TNR post. Granholm did all she could to tip this to her/our gal by holding a primary early, back when Hillary was still “inevitable.” The DNC didn’t blink and now it’s come to this.
Granholm said yesterday that the caucuses would have to be privately funded. Exit question one: Who’s paying? Exit question two: Is there a man or woman among you who thinks Hillary will win a caucus by a wide enough margin to make any significant headway in the delegate gap?
Update: Here’s Karl Rove’s advice to Hillary going forward, the first element of which is to present herself as more accomplished than he is, for all his rhetoric, about building consensus among Democrats and Republicans. Is that really what Hillary needs in the Democratic primary? To be seen as more centrist, especially in light of her Iraq vote? Obama can get away with the “bipartisan” talk because the left knows he’s a doctrinaire leftist. She’s a pragmatist. Big difference.
Update: Enjoy these empty calories too, courtesy of WaPo, about the relentless infighting and ego-tripping within Team Hillary, most of which seems to revolve around dead-weight strategist/pollster Mark Penn. The piece was obviously written as a political obituary in the expectation that she’d lose on Tuesday night and then reconfigured as a “how she almost lost” piece. Sample quote: “Longtime Clinton advisers such as Ickes, James Carville, Rahm Emanuel, John Podesta and Paul Begala openly despise him, and some even nicknamed him ‘Schlumbo.'” Or, if you prefer:
“[Expletive] you!” Ickes shouted.
“[Expletive] you!” Penn replied.
“[Expletive] you!” Ickes shouted again.
Read down a ways for the “testy” phone conversation between Billy Jeff and Ted Kennedy.