Hilary is droping in the polls to Obama. The problem is not Obama, in that her support is mostly a rejection of Edwards and the other candidates. The problem is also a lack of courage on the part of the other candidates.
Hilary has a core of far left never married or widowed feminist and some media types.
Her support amongst unions and the far left has always been paper thin. Her spin meisters have gone out of the way to remove her from the people. Rudy Guliani can walk into a real sporting event and look like he belongs and so can Charles Schumer or Mayor Bloomburg. They appear natural and do not worry about being booed. John Kerry looked like a clod when the owner of the Red Sox placed him in a highly visable seat. The reality is that it isn't about money because Bloomburg can buy and sell Kerry even with the Heinz money. Bloomberg has a one of us persona and is a fighter. He built his fortune and knows how to move amongst real people.
Hilary was booed by the firefighters and her allies at Disney edited that out of the documentaries of 9-11. She has been shell shot ever since and appears only before packed houses or scripted interviews. The result of her PR staff is that she appears imperial and phony. The PR team did not have to excersize such tight control of Bill Clinton because he could mingle with regular folk. Hilary's legendary temper and perpetual victimhood are annoying. Rick Lazio handed her an envelope in a debate and her allies in the media spun that as Lazio bullies Hilary. If that is the case my boss must bully me hourly when he leaves cases at my desk.
The other candidates are afraid to say a word about Hilary. However Howard Dean has no love for the Clintoons and correctly blames the Clintonista faction in the media for going nutty about the scream.
The imperial image and PR control has left many Democrats unsure of who and what she is. She has been positioning herself steadily as anti-war, notably by knifing Joe Lieberman in the back by supporting Comwad Lamont. Yet the far left does not trust her. The ordinary people do not seem to think she is one of us. Hilary has been marketed much like a laxative. Buy brand X because it is brand x and not brand Y. This doesn't work for Proctor and Gamble as even Metamucil advertisements speak of the benefit of the product. Why should we vote for Hilary is never answered and the best she can do is point to her husbands record. Her record in the senate is almost as bad as Col Bernie Sanders or Gomer Kerry who have done nothing. Sanders has sponsored one bill that passed in the house of Representatives in between some wacky votes on pedophelia and the amber alert.
There is also the Clinton sleaze factor including book deals that seem more like payola. The dirty secret is that most of the Clintoon scandals are more related to Hilary than Bill including cattle futures, missing FBI files ( worse than Watergate),
travelgate and the sale of Presidential pardons by Hugh "lowlife" Rodham. The media may let Hilary skate but the people aren't so stupid. There is even among Democrats Clinton fatigue.
Hilary does not have what it takes to fix her image problem. Outside her core suporters her support has always been luke warm. Obama is a flash in the pan but the message for Edwards and Richardson is that Hilary is vulnerable. The Democrats are not smart enough to nominate Richardson so it looks more and more like Rudy in 08.