Hillary Clinton has taken on a new strategy of comparing Michigan and Florida to the 2000 “hanging chad” debacle, civil rights struggles, women’s suffrage, and even slavery. This appears to be her one shot of convincing people that without Florida and Michigan, Obama can be considered an illegitimate candidate who won without counting every state.
The video of Clinton’s remarks from ABC News:
Plus, more of Clinton’s remarks from the Associated Press:
With all that being said, Hillary Clinton is slowly be relegated by the media to the sideline in this campaign. Coverage has shift toward the Obama/McCain battle as they see that as inevitable.
Report on Clinton’s fade from the media:
While Senator Barack Obama gingerly commended his rival’s “perseverance,” the shrinking candidacy of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton has all but vanished from the television set, sidelined by bigger news.
Even her victory speech in Kentucky on Tuesday, shown live on cable news, was given perfunctory attention – a footnote to someone else’s page in history. When MSNBC called the Kentucky primary early in the evening, Tim Russert, host of “Meet the Press,” said her success with women and blue-collar voters “means Senator Obama has a lot of work to do” and sketched a rehabilitation plan. He did not mention Clinton by name in that disquisition.
Political analysts on cable news have been saying for weeks that the delegate math did not add up for Clinton. But those warnings were belied by a constant stream of images of her in Easter-egg-colored pantsuits vigorously shaking hands and rousing crowds along the campaign trail. Her numerical odds may have dimmed quite a while ago, but her star power – and sheer tenacity – kept her on screen.
The darkening stage on Tuesday may be one reason that Clinton continues so fiercely fighting to stay in the race. The alternative to victory is not just defeat, it is a cloak of invisibility.
Even the complaints of sexism from Geraldine Ferraro, Bill Clinton and others throughout the day had a glum, postgame undertone.
And with so much attention siphoned to Senator Edward Kennedy’s brain tumor, Clinton did not have much chance to speak up for herself until after her overwhelming victory in Kentucky.
There was a hear-me-roar backbeat to her speech as she decried the “naysayers and skeptics,” dismissed “pundits chattering” and, with a sly smile, promised to keep making her case “until we have a nominee, whoever she may be.”
She was not allowed to enjoy her spoils for long. Fox News quickly resumed discussing Senator John McCain’s foreign policy attacks on Obama.
Pundits on MSNBC, perhaps stung by the Clinton campaign’s accusations of sexism against that channel and its parent network, kept emphasizing that Clinton had run out of time. Keith Olbermann compared her to Wile E. Coyote going over a cliff in the Road Runner cartoons. Russert marveled that Clinton had the gall to act as if the delegate count were a mere “loophole” and that only the popular vote mattered. He reminded viewers that the “elected delegate race is over; Obama has won that.”
The media has just about called this over and I think that may be irritating the Clinton campaign. You have to wonder though, when is the curtain coming down? How far is Hillary willing to take this fight? Michigan and Florida are valid issues as that does not bode well for the Democratic Party to have two large, important states kind of ticked off at them come November. Florida is very important is it can swing elections and, right now, Floridians are none too pleased with the Democrats.
I think the days are numbered and it may have to do with campaign cash. Obama’s counting up the dollars while Clinton is swimming in campaign debt.