The media are astounded at how the vaunted "Clinton political machine" failed to secure the Democratic nomination for the 2008 presidential election. As they attempt to try to comprehend the poor organization, the financial extravagance and the repeated bouts of foot-in-mouth disease, they fail to extrapolate that the "machine" they have heralded was vastly overrated.
The Clintons got to the White House in 1992 on only 43% of the vote of barely 1/2 of the eligible electorate. Apparently the media punditry thinks a lot more of the Clinton's political ability than the public does. That Mrs. Clinton failed to reduce her 47-50% negatives over the course of her 18 month campaign is evidence of that.