02/20/2008 12:19 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

It's Over

The meaningless negative attacks on Barack Obama that Howard Wolfson and Mark Penn unleashed in Wisconsin in full Rovian fashion backfired. After dredging up stupid accusations about "plagiarism" the Clinton campaign seems brain dead. The old Saul Alinsky notion that "organized people" will always defeat "organized money" is playing out in the form of Obama's grassroots ground campaign. In Wisconsin, the Hillary camp bet on the idea that "organized attacks" can defeat "organized people" and ended up losing by 17 points.

Obama has closed the gap in Texas according to the recent polls and he has two more weeks to mobilize his forces. And in Texas the proportionate delegate count strongly favors African-American voters. In Ohio, Obama is also closing the gap and these two states were supposedly Hillary's "firewall." If Obama wins one of these states or is razor close in Ohio then there's no political reason for the Clinton campaign to continue for another month awaiting the Pennsylvania primary. During that period the commentariat will be asking the question: When is Hillary going to get out? And why throw money away in Pennsylvania when Obama has the nomination all but wrapped up?

John McCain echoed the Clinton attacks on Obama tonight in his humbug "victory" statement that sounded like a hackneyed Fourth of July speech to a Kiwanis club picnic in Orange County. McCain's words would have had more substance if he had simply exhaled into the microphone. He promised more fear, more war, and more same old failed policies. McCain is running for George W. Bush's third term.

Barack Obama is going to be the Democratic Party's nominee for president of the United States in 2008. His strategy must now fully engage John McCain and the record of Republican misrule he represents. He must not allow Hillary to distract him with her desperate negative attacks. Obama is defending himself on two fronts. Hillary should bow out gracefully after March 4th for the health of the party. It's time for Democrats to focus on the general election.

(Thanks to my colleague Dr. Stan Oden for his collaboration on this one.)