,,,Most prominent among [those citing Sen. Clinton’s mistakes] at least thus far, is Karen Tumulty of Time Magazine who in last week's issue recounted Clinton's "five big mistakes, each of which compounded the others."Bevan’s entire column is here.
According to Tumulty those mistakes, in order, were: 1. She misjudged the mood, 2. She didn't master the rules, 3. She underestimated the caucus states, 4. She relied on old money, and 5. She never counted on a long haul.
All of these points are no doubt true, but miss the mark. Clinton's first and biggest mistake, which eventually led to her undoing, can be summed up in a single question: how and why did her campaign miss Obama's association with Reverend Wright?
Put simply, had Reverend Wright been introduced to voters a few days before the Iowa caucuses, odds are Barack Obama would not be a hair's breadth away from clinching the Democratic nomination for President of the United States.
And even if we assume Obama could have managed to hang on and win Iowa after the appearance of his good reverend, which is debatable, it's a near certainty he would not have won as many primaries and caucuses by as many votes around the country as he did in January and February.
In other words, it would be a totally different ballgame. …
Bevan asks how Hillary could have made such a big mistake and offers an answer.
He also leaves no doubt, at least as far as I'm concerned, that the Clinton campaign's failure to give Dem primary voters a good look at Rev. Jeremiah (“God damn America’) Wright ‘early and often” was its biggest and fatal mistake.
Bevan’s column is a don’t miss. I’d like to hear if you agree with Bevan.