Edwards Cost Clinton the Nomination?

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Hillary Clinton’s former communication director, Howard Wolfson, is claiming that the media’s failure to uncover/disclose John Edwards’ affair cost Clinton the nomination. In Wolfson’s thinking, if Edwards had dropped out before Iowa, Clinton would have won that state and then cruised to the nomination.

Man, those Clinton supporters are bitter, aren’t they? Obama put up a lot of wins after Edwards dropped out, so I think it’s odd that Wolfson would think Edwards voters would have naturally gravitated to Clinton rather than to Obama. Without Edwards in the race, Obama would have likely still won Iowa.

Additionally, given that Clinton’s husband ran for the presidency while lying about his affair with Gennifer Flowers, I don’t think anyone in the Clinton camp should get too high-and-mighty about Edwards’ affair and his decision to keep the matter private.

John McCain must be loving the continued whining coming from Clinton supporters.

  • Grant Gould

    Fivethirtyeight has a good piece on this. In essence — the Iowa caucuses already take second-choice picks into account, and the polling reflects this, so it is very unlikely that Edwards actually swung a substantial number of caucus votes against Clinton.

  • http://www.usereffect.com Dr. Pete

    Honestly, no matter who you supported, how do claims like this help anyone? If they had uncovered evidence that Obama has somehow cheated the system or manipulated Edwards, that would be one thing, but timing (good and bad) is just a reality of politics. Plenty of events could’ve swung the other way for either candidate, but they didn’t.

  • kranky kritter

    Right, because among petulant children, failure is always someone else’s fault.

    Hillary Clinton lost because her team decided that they would not need to seriously contest the caucus states. It was not an entirely unreasonable assumption based on the way many recent primary campaigns unfolded. But 20/20 hindsight clearly shows that they were wrong. By looking ahead to the general election, they were WAY OFF.

    Bottom line, they showed up for a coronation, and they got a battle instead. They weren’t ready for Obama to become as viable as he did as quickly as he did. And they never really recovered. That’s no one else’s fault. Not the media’s, not Obama’s, not the vast right wing conspiracy’s… .

    Clinton’s supporters need to accept that Hillary lost because she got strategically outmaneuvered during the primaries. Or keep looking like sore losers by blaming all the usual meanie boogeymen who they think are always lined up against them.

  • mike mcEachran

    Amen Kranky. And isn’t it so incredibly Clintonian of them to act haughty about sexual relations out of wedlock?!! My god. Their ballsy, you gotta give em that…

  • http://itsthe21stcenturystupid.wordpress.com/ Jim S

    I always thought Wolfson was slime when I saw him on TV during the primaries and this just confirms my opinion.