The Race Goes On

By focusing on national security — and laughing at herself — Clinton stays alive. Now it's up to Obama to prove he's not just another politician

David Burnett / Contact for TIME

Hillary Clinton at Herrera's Cafe in Dallas Texas on March 4, 2008

On the Friday before her resurrection, Hillary Clinton seemed exhausted, played out. She attended a funeral in Dallas for a policeman who had been killed in a traffic accident while accompanying her motorcade. Her campaign plane seemed funereal as well, reporters and staff sick — the dry, incestuous campaign coughs reverberating through the fuselage — and spent after the most intense eight-week run in the history of American politics. She wandered into Waco, Texas, that afternoon, uninspiring before an unimpressive crowd. In San Antonio that night, her stump speech collapsed into unstructured chaos. She yelled hoary Democratic clichés at...

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