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10:17 AM, Jan 14, 2008 • By SONNY BUNCH
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I've been arguing with friends for the last couple of weeks that Clinton's campaign is cooked once John Edwards drops out of the race and stops splitting the "change" vote with Barack Obama. Jay Carney made a point on This Week that is worth considering, however, noting of Edwards's supporters that "While there's a change vote that will favor Obama, they're also downscale Democrats who might favor Hillary Clinton." If the lower class, less educated voters who comprise Edwards's base break for Clinton--as they did in New Hampshire--once Edwards finally faces reality and drops out, Obama might be in a lot of trouble.

My favorite moment from Hillary's performance on Meet the Press? This shameless prevarication, hot on the heels of crying to gain sympathy (and a victory) in New Hampshire: "Well, you know, I don't think that either of us should use gender. I don't think this campaign is about gender, and I sure hope it's not about race. It needs to be about the individuals."

Over at Fox News Sunday, Mara Liasson pointed out that Obama can't run on shiny oratorical skills alone:

"The legitimate point that the Clintons did make about Obama in New Hampshire was this ‘where's the beef?' question. And I think that he was running out the clock in New Hampshire; he came into New Hampshire with a huge lead, he thought all he had to do was give the same inspiring speech over and over again. She, meanwhile, scared to death, answered questions for two hours at a time, pulled everything out of herself that she could. He needs to start doing that more in these upcoming contests."

Face the Nation focused on the GOP, and Romney, despite a good showing in current Michigan polls, seemed to downplay the state's importance in the grand scheme of things.

"Well, of course, I've already won one in Wyoming, and so we each now have one win. I've also got two silvers, so I've got more votes for president than anybody else in the race at this stage. I plan on winning Michigan, and there's no question, if it were just Republicans and independents, I'd win Michigan. But Democrats also get to vote in the primary here, so you can't be 100 percent sure."

The Democrats are a wild card, but what Romney doesn't mention is that the Daily Kos is running a "Mitt for Michigan" campaign. The netroots seem to think he'll make an easier target in the general.