CORRECTION: An earlier version of this item misrendered the last name of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
Barack Obama's difficulty in handling racially inflammatory comments by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and the continued push for do-over primary elections in Florida and Michigan are keeping the Clinton campaign hopeful of scoring an upset victory in the presidential race.
In two conference calls with reporters over the weekend, Hillary Clinton's strategists gave no ground and continued to claim that the campaign is on the way to victory. One reason: They feel that voters are starting to sour on Obama's campaign message of hope and trust when he is being sideswiped by the White controversy and the Chicago trial of a donor and friend, Tony Rezko.
But, said a chief surrogate, Clinton must do better than just eke out victories.
"She keeps hitting against a 20. She's got to keep drawing cards to keep in the game," said James Carville, the Democratic strategist, using a blackjack analogy. "She's in it," he said, "but she's got to win Pennsylvania, and she's got to deal with Florida and Michigan. She's got to keep on winning."
Carville also said that despite reservations, a plan to use mail-in ballots in Florida and Michigan primary do-overs "might be what you can come up with" as the best alternative. "It's not a question of what's fair to both sides, to some extent it's what's fair to the people who live in Florida and Michigan," he said.