All over for Hillary?
It appears now that it is all over for Hillary Clinton. That is always a risky bet, but things surely are looking gloomy for her. Even by their own admission, they need to win in Texas and Ohio. But it is not clear any more that she is a front-runner there, with Obama cutting into her traditional support among blue-collar workers and voters without college degrees and narrowing the gap among women.
Obama is showing that his appeal is sustainable. The "Obama mania" period may be nearing its end, but he still seems to be able to drive people to vote for him. Clinton is thus forced into assuming a more attacking posture, but it is not clear if it is helping her. Obama's speech in Houston last night makes it clear that he is trying to sound more substantive. He is also making conscious attempts to counter the charge that his is empty rhetoric.
This story makes it clear that the race is not over by any means. Powerful forces are working on her behalf and they won't give up easily.