The New York Times on Tuesday will carry story describing the Hillary Clinton campaign as a death-watch (h/t Drudge). It’s worth noting that on January 7, I wrote the Kerry campaign obituary prematurely. Still, the problems Hillary faces are of the sort that spells doom to candidates, either in their nomination quest or, later, in the general election. Shuffling top staff, borrowing money from the candidate, asking staff to work without pay are all symptoms of a campaign in deep trouble. Ed Muskie went through such turmoil in the 1972, losing to the dark-horse George McGovern. Ford won the GOP nomination over Ronald Reagan in 1976, but his campaign was in tatters by the convention and he hobbled to a defeat in November. More recently, Mitt Romney faced money issues that led him to pull advertising in the South; he was out a week later.
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