I am sitting here watching Morning Joe, and I can’t help but think from the coverage that the Obama campaign is gaining a great deal of momentum. As it is right now, I have a sort of feeling of inevitability regarding the Hillary campaign. She has the super-delegates, she leads in the big states, she leads nationally, she is the establishment candidate, she has the machine and the money and knows not only where the bodies are buried but why. Hell, when the news of the Rezko arrest this morning came across the wire, the first thing I thought was “How convenient for Hillary.”
But watching the coverage this morning, I can’t help but feel that maybe the Obama campaign is reaching a sort of critical mass. A crushing win in South Carolina. Not one, but two Kennedy endorsements. Toni Morrison. Kathleen Sebelius.
Obama is running a momentum campaign, which is why people like me say things like “pretty thin gruel” when we listen to him speak. This isn’t so much a political campaign as it is a movement (which, again, explains my natural revulsion- remember, I’m the guy who hates crowds), and it is hard to not feel like, at least for right now, the movement is gaining the momentum it needs. While the Clinton campaign is about organization, brute political force, and calculating every minute detail and working the system for every ounce of advantage, the Obama campaign is going to rely on a tidal wave of support to sweep them to victory. For the first time, I see a wave beginning to form.