by Michael O. Allen on March 3, 2008

This kind of infallible logic is exactly how you become a big city newspaper columnist.

Sen. Barack Obama, (D-IL), has won 11 straight Democratic Party primaries and caucuses in the contest with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, (D-NY), for the presidential nomination. During the past month, Mr. Obama has won states big and small, won some of them by landslide. He has won so-called ‘blue’ and ‘red’ states. In other words, he has won in every way imaginable.

This puts Sen. Obama exactly where Sen. Clinton wants him, according to New York Daily News political columnist Michael Goodwin:

You hear it everywhere: Tuesday is Hillary Clinton‘s last stand. If she can’t win Ohio and Texas, she’s history.

True, mostly. But it’s not the whole story. The rest goes like this: This is Barack Obama‘s third chance to knock her out. If he can’t close the deal this time, maybe he can’t close the deal, period.

Either the third time is the charm for him, or it could be strike three against him. Any result tomorrow that doesn’t finish her off lets her argue that Democratic voters’ love affair with Obama was just one of those flings. She’ll say buyer’s remorse has set in, and it’s time to get serious about winning the White House.

This must be a natural extension of the Clinton campaign’s weekend argument that Obama not only has win all contests on Tuesday because he spent more money than she did, but that he has to win all contests by comfortable margins. Why? Because she’s the underdog and he’s spent more money than she did.

Talk about turning weaknesses into strength.

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