Conventional political wisdom and the delegate count would claim that Clinton won Super Tuesday. Yet by failing to achieve an over-whelming victory her campaign failed to destroy their opponent once and for all. Whether this heralds her eventual defeat is debatable. What isn’t debatable is a historical allegory.
Let’s look at another recent American political movement.
From it’s humble beginnings with “the shots heard around the world” at Lexington and Concord The Continental Army emerged to fight against the established regime of the British Empire.
From the onset (indeed, throughout the war) they faced almost constant defeat against a better organized, trained and funded British Army. Their leader, George Washington, never won many battles. His greatest victory was keeping his rag-tag army in the field.
By failing to thoroughly eliminate Washington in the early New York/New Jersey campaigns the British allowed a wounded, yet intact Continental Army to survive and Winter Quarter at Valley Forge.
As Winter passed the Continental Army swelled as allies arrived bringing numbers, know-how and provisions. Sympathy for their cause grew as the resolve and facade of their opponents invincibility began to crumble. With the ever growing support of people The Continental Army became a respectable force that shaped American history and the World.
It doesn’t take a BA in History to see where this may be heading… Or maybe it does?