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The Whiff of Inevitability

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Those of you who've been following the presidential race as closely as I have (and, really, who hasn't?) are no doubt aware of the conventional wisdom surrounding Hillary Clinton's candidacy – namely that she now appears unbeatable. Pundits and reporters alike have been buzzing about her insurmountable lead – often clocking in in the high double digits – over her next two closest rivals, Obama and Edwards, for what has seemingly been weeks now.

She has been widely praised as a “disciplined” and “polished” candidate whose policy expertise and carefully crafted speeches have earned her both the support of Democratic voters and the enmity of her Republican rivals – with frontrunners Giuliani and Romney tussling over who can reposition himself as the most virulent anti-Hillary candidate. In fact, many have practically written off her competition – portraying the upcoming New Hampshire primary and Iowa caucus as little more than stepping stones on her way to being crowned the nominee at the Democratic convention.