Here's a change that Hillary Clinton's campaign really can believe in: there's no chance whatsoever that she will lose to Barack Obama this week.
That's because, after a remorseless march of contests that began 48 hours after the New Year dawned, there are no Democratic delegate selection contests. For a candidate on an 11-game losing streak, no less than a slumping basketball team, a break in the action offers a moment to regroup an exhausted team and refocus a strategy that hasn't worked.
The pause before March 4 battles in Ohio and Texas hardly represents an automatic Clinton advantage. Time has typically been Mr. Obama's friend, allowing his charismatic presence, grass roots energy, and cash advantage to overcome her superior familiarity. Mr. Obama's strategists--and most others, too–-see the same pattern emerging as Ohio and Texas polls draw closer.