Nearly $100,000 went for party platters and groceries before the Iowa caucuses, even though the partying mood evaporated quickly. Rooms at the Bellagio luxury hotel in Las Vegas consumed more than $25,000; the Four Seasons, another $5,000. And top consultants collected about $5 million in January, a month of crucial expenses and tough fund-raising.
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s latest campaign finance report, published Wednesday night, appeared even to her most stalwart supporters and donors to be a road map of her political and management failings. Several of them, echoing political analysts, expressed concerns that Mrs. Clinton’s spending priorities amounted to costly errors in judgment that have hamstrung her competitiveness against Senator Barack Obama of Illinois.
“We didn’t raise all of this money to keep paying consultants who have pursued basically the wrong strategy for a year now,” said a prominent New York donor. “So much about her campaign needs to change — but it may be too late.”
Meanwhile, Barack Obama is on course to raise between $ 45 million and $ 60 million this month alone, shattering all previous records, and speculation among Washington insiders has already started:
Speculation is mounting that Hillary Rodham Clinton may be ready to pull the plug on her faltering Presidential campaign.
Sources within the beleaguered campaign say fund raising has dried up and mounting debts may force a cutback in ads, direct mail and staff
[S]upporters and donors say the future doesn’t look that good. Even “never say die” Bill Clinton admits that if Hillary loses at least one of the big-state primaries in Texas or Ohio next week the race is over.
Others feel it is already over. Political insiders say Clinton’s only option at this point is to pull the plug and save face.
That would certainly seem to be the wise option as this becomes more and more inevitable. While Clinton said again today that she will remain in the race after March 4th regardless of how Texas and Ohio go, it’s becoming more and more evident that she is not going to win the nomination. Which means she has two choice; stay in and fight to the bitter end for every superdelegate and every delegate from Michigan and Florida, or drop out now and look forward to a long career as the senior Senator from New York.