I called it on Saturday, either Hillary will bail now or go on the offensive to try to salvage what's left of the campaign. It looks as though I was right....again...
Facing a double-digit defeat in New Hampshire, a sudden collapse in national polls and an expected fund-raising drought, Senator Hillary Clinton is preparing for a tough decision: Does she get out of the race? And when?!
"She can't take multiple double-digit losses in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada," laments one top campaign insider. "If she gets too badly embarrassed, it will really harm her. She doesn't want the Clinton brand to be damaged with back-to-back-to-back defeats.
Key players in Clinton's inner circle are said to be split. James Carville is urging her to fight it out through at least February and Super Tuesday, where she has a shot at thwarting Barack Obama in a big state. But others close to the former first lady now see no possible road to victory, sources claim.
In American politics, once the perception exists that you are losing a campaign and are weak, it is very difficult to recover from. Once voters hear that even campaign insiders are skeptical of her chances, then they stop donating money and effort. Americans love a winner, and Obama looks like one right now. I predict Hillary abandons the race after New Hampshire. Good riddance.