The Long Way Down: Clinton Trounces Obama

With hindsight being 20/20, the minute after Barack Obama finished his keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston, Hillary Clinton should have been on the phone to party leaders in West Virginia, setting the wheels in motion to allow the state to move its primary up in the calendar.

The moment it became clear that a new star had been born in the national stratosphere that she alone was supposed to inherit, Senator Clinton should have chartered a plane to Wheeling or Charleston or Grafton to rally “her people” -- lower-income, blue-collar, rural voters hit hardest in the bad economic times and the most willing to accept her ruthless campaign style of never-say-die fighter—to pave the coal-road to the White House.

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Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
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