The Democratic primary contest has degenerated from a perceived battle between the party's highest ranked superheavyweights to a fight for survival between two badly damaged club fighters.
In its early phases the campaign featured only "Hillary, the Entitled." Her inevitability had been decreed by party powers still operating under the deluded assumption that the Clinton years inspired mostly positive images, especially those of economic prosperity.
Sure, there was Bill's baggage, but the country had rejected the Republicans' attitude toward it when it punished them in the 1998 congressional elections, right? The mainstream media instantly dubbed it a "referendum on impeachment," though an equally reasonable interpretation was that the GOP losses were in line with historical midterm election trends.
But there is no denying that Bill Clinton is the only Democrat to have held the presidency since Jimmy Carter -- that's 28 years. He is the only guy that consistently stuck it to the Republicans with success, despite being politically crippled. There had to be magic with this guy -- with the Clintons.
The Clintons had become the only symbol of victory for Democrats. Even Al Gore couldn't make it to the White House when he'd won -- according to Democratic propaganda -- the 2000 election. Nor could John Kerry dispose of this Dubyah "dunce" in 2004, even with the aid of equally entrenched Democratic myths that Bush lied about Iraqi WMD, had made himself king and had destroyed our civil liberties.
Notwithstanding the hard left's unrelenting angst over Hillary's unforgivable support of the Iraq War Resolution, Democrats had no one else to believe in but the Clintons. So Hillary became the presumptive nominee -- and was well on her way to the actual nomination until reality began to eclipse wishful thinking and rationalized perceptions.
Reality hit when Hillary exposed herself as an arrogant, duplicitous fraud by brazenly tying herself in knots in a presidential debate over the illegal immigrants driver's license issue. To his credit, Barack Obama seized the moment, which began a period when Obama dramatically transformed himself from a young neophyte to an agile, formidable competitor, mature way beyond his years.
Almost overnight the Clinton magic went up in smoke and was replaced by what seemed a much more powerful force: the wizardry of Barack. The MSM couldn't have been happier to discover a new object for their affection, a new vehicle for their aspirations. Hillary, after all, was never really magical -- as her persistent negatives and unlikability demonstrated.