Andrea Mitchell Reporting Clinton Team Expects 2nd Place
by Todd Beeton, Thu Jan 03, 2008 at 12:34:57 PM EST
Yes, more MSNBC watching...
This is interesting and probably explains the Clinton team's shift in their expectations rhetoric. On Hardball, Andrea Mitchell just said the Clinton campaign expects the order to be Obama - Clinton - Edwards.
They think they will do no worse than second. They don't think they will come in 3rd. They think that Edwards is locked in at 3rd. Their own polling mirrors what other polling shows, that if traditional Democrats turn out, they can win, if women come out, that's obviously in her favor...If Obama doesn't win by too much, they still think from their overnights in NH, which shows her back up in NH, she can still recover there, but if it's a big Obama win here, then they've got a problem, then he's got a big bounce going into New Hampshire.
She also said the Clinton campaign believes, even if they lose in NH and South Carolina, that they see February 5th as their firewall. That seems like wishful thinking.