E.J. Dionne is one of the better columnists in the corporate media, but he asks a silly question:
So how did the contest for the Democratic presidential nomination come down to a choice between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton? We have become so accustomed to their pounding each other relentlessly that we’ve forgotten that this is a remarkable endgame.
And he then gives a long, well-considered answer about tactics and strategy and other irrelevancies.
You really want to know how it came down to this? Money. As I noted when John Edwards dropped out, this was the breakdown:
Hillary Clinton: Spent $40,472,775 On hand $50,463,013
Barack Obama: Spent $44,167,993 On hand $36,087,190
John Edwards: Spent $18,028,752 On hand $12,397,048
Here are the latest numbers:
Barack Obama: Spent $85,176,289 On hand $18,626,248
Hillary Clinton: Spent $80,353,785 On hand $37,947,874
Nothing at all remarkable, actually. Get it?