On behalf of the entire media and blogosphere to Howard Wolfson and the rest of Hillary Clinton's campaign aides.
We are gravely sorry that we didn't dig up seedy, nasty dirt on John Edwards back in 2007 so that you could all continue with your lazy, uninspired, short-sighted plans for Senator Clinton's campaign without actually having to be confronted with the possibility that there was a possibility of being held accountable for your lack of effort…
Sen. Hillary Clinton would be the Democratic presidential nominee if John Edwards had been caught in his lie about an extramarital affair and forced out of the race last year, insists a top Clinton campaign aide, making a charge that could exacerbate previously existing tensions between the camps of Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama.
"I believe we would have won Iowa, and Clinton today would therefore have been the nominee," former Clinton Communications Director Howard Wolfson told ABC News.com.
You know, I can understand what Wolfson is saying. And it certainly is the case that he might be right, and that if Edwards had been knocked out prior to primary season, Hillary Clinton might have recieved enough of his votes to win Iowa and get the momentum that she needed to sweep the rest of the states early on… exactly as her team expected would happen. That might be the case.
Only thing is: my time machine is broken, and I can't go back to January and verify that theory.
But do you what I know to be the case? That is Wolfson and Mark Penn and everyone else on Team Clinton had made a strategy beyond Iowa and New Hampshire — even considered the possibility that Clinton nomination might not be an abject inevitability — that Hillary Clinton would be the nominee today.
Tags: Hillary Clinton, Iowa, John Edwards, New Hampshire