Here are just some of the editorials running in today’s various newspapers. From the perspective of a growing number of pundits, the Clinton campaign is not only forestalling the inevitable but also hurting her party’s chances in the fall.
The LA Times laments:
“Instead, despite a grueling and often bitter campaign, Clinton’s victory Tuesday left in play the same questions that remained seven weeks ago after her 10-point victory in Ohio, another large and politically important industrial state.
What does it portend for the fall campaign that Obama is not winning working-class whites, a crucial swing voting bloc, in the Democratic primaries? Or that he has lost most of the biggest states to Clinton?”
Read the full article here.
Clinton’s “hometown” newspaper, the New York Times, suggested she took “The Low Road to Victory,” writing of her negative tactics:
“Voters are getting tired of it; it is demeaning the political process; and it does not work. It is past time for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to acknowledge that the negativity, for which she is mostly responsible, does nothing but harm to her, her opponent, her party and the 2008 election.”
Read their full assessment here.
Finally, the harshest critiques of her continued campaign call on her to quit altogether. In “It’s Over…But It’s Not Finished” [accessible here] the Philadelphia Daily News writes:
“The race for the Democratic nomination goes on, even though Clinton still has no realistic chance to catch Barack Obama in the popular vote or in elected delegates. It’s a reality her campaign can’t spin away, but she’ll keep trying. And that’s not good.
So it’s not over, but it ought to be. “