Clinton Does Best When She's Losing

Washington Matters

Clinton Does Best When She's Losing

Hillary Clinton's finest moment in Thursday night's debate was her last one, but unlike a similar moment in New Hampshire, it may not be enough for the comeback she needs.


Clinton connected with her audience, both the one in the hall and the one at home, in a very personal answer when asked about her toughest days and how she deals with them. It brought back memories of when she choked up in response to a similar question in


The comments will help shore up those inclined to vote for her, who will feel sympathy and may put aside thoughts that it's time to get behind Obama, who many have always viewed as a very acceptable second choice. But some observers also saw her comments as something close to a concession speech, which is not what she wanted. She spent valuable time on the morning talk shows today denying it, but it may be too late to reverse the view.


The other important message in the debate was her clear suggestion that the nomination won't be decided  by the superdelegates, suggesting if she loses in Texas and Ohio, she'll bow out gracefully. That's not what her enemies expected because it doesn't fit with their notion that she'll do anything to win -- an ironic twist since that's among the characteristics that prevented many from warming up to Clinton.


The softer Hillary Clinton has always been much more appealing. It's too bad for her that her high priced consultants convinced her it was more important to show that a woman could be tough enough to be president rather than to let her finer traits show through.