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The Permanent Campaign

Yet another Super Tuesday, and I'm sorry to say, I'm about Super Tuesdayed out. Or is this Critical Tuesday? Judgment Day? Rivalry Week? March Madness?

In difficult times, people love to say, "This too shall pass." But maybe this is an exception. I don't think the campaign will ever be over.

Already there is buzz that Clinton is in this for the duration, even if she has a rough time today in Texas, Ohio and the two rounding-error states.

Watch her tonight: At some point she'll say, "On to Wyoming!"

The Pennsylvania Primary is only 7 weeks away, my friends.

If Clinton loses there will be pressure from party leaders for her to drop out. But she might invoke the Huckabee rule, which is, you stick it out until the other guy has the required number of delegates. Or maybe she'll fight all the way to the convention, and even beyond -- because you don't really know FOR SURE the result of an election until the hand goes on the Bible on Jan. 20, you know?

[Mental note: Figure out likely location of Clinton Government In Exile.]

Even if Clinton loses today she can still hope for an 11th-hour dealbreaker error by, or revelation about, Sen. Obama. Or she can gamble that the narrative is finally turning in her favor, that women will rally around her, that Obamamania will suddenly strike voters as vapid.

And she'll keep running because it's always so hard to stop.

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Linky bits:

Roger Simon says, "The stage has been set for a Hillary Clinton comeback on Tuesday."

Mickey Kaus asks, "How much of the press drumbeat of doom designed to drive Hillary from the race is motivated by journalists contemplating the gruesome prospect of seven weeks of campaigning without a major primary--this in a hyper-covered, fast-info era in which a mere two week campaign for Texas and Ohio has seemed like a Bataan Death March?"

Clive Crook is already offering up a Clinton post-mortem: "Mrs Clinton tries hard to fake sincerity - so hard it is painful to watch." [Nah.]

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 4, 2008; 9:07 AM ET
 
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