The Hillary Clinton Deathwatch.

Down and on the way out.
April 1 2008 2:23 PM

The Hillary Deathwatch

Slow news is good news for Clinton.

1_123125_2162247_2180585_2187885_080401_dw_99

When you've got a 1-in-10 shot of winning the Democratic nomination, a day without any major screw-ups is a good one. After avoiding any major pitfalls—but also failing to lure Obama into any traps—Clinton has buoyed her chances of winning the nomination to 9.9 percent.

The good news first: Yesterday we relayed that the Wall Street Journal was reporting that Obama was going to snag seven North Carolina superdelegates in the coming days. It turns out somebody jumped the gun. He'll get endorsements, but we don't know how many. Meanwhile, in Mississippi, Obama picked up two unexpected delegates, which tightens the vise on Clinton yet again.

Advertisement

Also, Clinton crawled back to within four points of Obama in today's national Gallup poll. Even better news: Enterprising poll watchdogs discovered that Obama's Gallup numbers are routinely better when the polling window includes the weekend rather than only the workweek. Clinton and her pollster, Mark Penn, now have license to toss grains of salt all over Obama's resurgence in the polls. (Late-breaking developments may put an end to the salt-sprinkling, though.)

Nancy Pelosi offered a little more sunshine in Hillaryland when she told NPR's Morning Edition that Clinton should take the nomination fight to the convention if she feels like it. For Obama Democrats, that's like telling Clinton to take a knife and start stabbing the party's heart while she's at it.

But all good things must come to an end. Word leaked that Obama is outspending Clinton 3-to-1 in Pennsylvania, a problem for Clinton's campaign, which is already beset by rumors of financial trouble. Advertising usually leads to a surge in the polls, and Obama already trails Clinton by a moderate 11 points in the Keystone State. If she can't counteract Obama's advertising arsenal, she'll fall back to free media like her appearance on Leno on Thursday to charm her way into America's living rooms.

Worst of all, Canada has once again been injected into the Democrats' nomination fight. In an interview with Canadian public radio on Sunday, Missouri Rep. and Clinton superdelegate Emanuel Cleaver said he'd be "stunned if [Barack Obama] is not the next president of the United States." Cleaver, who is black, said the African-American community would like it if he backed Obama, but he wouldn't feel right if he made the switch. He compared her to a football team that you know isn't going to win, but you root for it anyway. That'll inspire confidence.

And finally, from the Department of Bad Omens, Clinton announced a foolish new theme song. It's the famous score from Rocky. Only problem: Rocky loses to Apollo Creed at the end of the first film.

For a full list of our Deathwatches, click here. For a primer on Hillary's sinking ship, visit our first Deathwatch entry.

TODAY IN SLATE

History

Slate Plus Early Read: The Self-Made Man

The story of America’s most pliable, pernicious, irrepressible myth.

Rehtaeh Parsons Was the Most Famous Victim in Canada. Now, Journalists Can’t Even Say Her Name.

Mitt Romney May Be Weighing a 2016 Run. That Would Be a Big Mistake.

Amazing Photos From Hong Kong’s Umbrella Revolution

Transparent Is the Fall’s Only Great New Show

The XX Factor

Rehtaeh Parsons Was the Most Famous Victim in Canada

Now, journalists can't even say her name.

Doublex

Lena Dunham, the Book

More shtick than honesty in Not That Kind of Girl.

What a Juicy New Book About Diane Sawyer and Katie Couric Fails to Tell Us About the TV News Business

Does Your Child Have Sluggish Cognitive Tempo? Or Is That Just a Disorder Made Up to Scare You?

  News & Politics
History
Sept. 29 2014 11:45 PM The Self-Made Man The story of America’s most pliable, pernicious, irrepressible myth.
  Business
Moneybox
Sept. 29 2014 7:01 PM We May Never Know If Larry Ellison Flew a Fighter Jet Under the Golden Gate Bridge
  Life
Dear Prudence
Sept. 29 2014 3:10 PM The Lonely Teetotaler Prudie counsels a letter writer who doesn’t drink alcohol—and is constantly harassed by others for it.
  Double X
Doublex
Sept. 29 2014 11:43 PM Lena Dunham, the Book More shtick than honesty in Not That Kind of Girl.
  Slate Plus
Slate Fare
Sept. 29 2014 8:45 AM Slate Isn’t Too Liberal, but … What readers said about the magazine’s bias and balance.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Sept. 29 2014 9:06 PM Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice Looks Like a Comic Masterpiece
  Technology
Future Tense
Sept. 29 2014 11:56 PM Innovation Starvation, the Next Generation Humankind has lots of great ideas for the future. We need people to carry them out.
  Health & Science
Medical Examiner
Sept. 29 2014 11:32 PM The Daydream Disorder Is sluggish cognitive tempo a disease or disease mongering?
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 28 2014 8:30 PM NFL Players Die Young. Or Maybe They Live Long Lives. Why it’s so hard to pin down the effects of football on players’ lives.