I've commented on the Hillary, Geffen, Obama flap in two previous posts (here and here). While much of the press called it a draw between Clinton and Obama, I believe that Geffen's public spanking of Hillary and Bill, along with the Clinton campaign's reaction, exposed deeper trouble in Mrs. Clinton's bid for the nomination.
The poll numbers show that Hillary's January lead of 14 points over Obama declined to just 4 points last week. Hillary's ruthless sense of entitlement is turning off donors and, more significantly, turning off voters who want an alternative to the past 5 years of ruthless Bush-Cheney-Republican arrogance.
In today's Times, Andrew Sullivan offers some further insight into the Clinton camp woes. As Sullivan says, it's much too early to draw conclusions about the fate of Hillary's campaign. But at a time when arrogance and ruthlessness are very much out of favor with the American public, the Clinton tactics are just the thing to turn off swing voters who are tepid, at best, to Mrs. Clinton.
One lesson that Hillary seems congenitally incapable of learning deep down in her bones is that when it comes to electing their president, Americans generally vote for the candidate they like most as a human being. And, unless you're just itching to be the subject of a restraining order, you can't order, badger or threaten others into liking you.