Say what you want about her, Hillary Clinton had herself quite a week starting last Sunday when she showed up on all five of the Sunday talk shows.
( Watch her Face The Nation interview here)
That's almost never done. In the trade we call it a "full Ginsberg" because the first to do it was Monica Lewinsky's lawyer Bill Ginsberg.
Safe to say, Senator Clinton got better reviews than Brother Ginsberg. As far as I could tell, she didn't say one thing she didn't want to say. We're coming to learn she leaves nothing to chance. Before she went on those shows, Mrs. Clinton was prepped by the debate team that prepped her husband for the presidential debates.
Same story during the Democratic debate. She came on strong and the other candidates were so polite, I came away wondering if they think she already has the nomination.
At times they were almost deferential. When Joe Biden suggested she might bring baggage from old battles to the health care debate, he was quick to add, "I'm talking about policy stuff, I'm talking about policy."
The fact that the Democratic primaries are so front loaded that we'll have 25 or so in the first week in February just adds to her advantage. No candidate can campaign in 25 states at once, but she has the money to plaster those states with TV commercials.
I have no idea who'll wind up with the Republican nomination, but last week, the Democratic nomination looked like Hillary Clinton's to lose.
By Bob Schieffer