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Analysts Discuss Campaign News, Clemens Hearing

Presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., released a negative campaign ad, prominent lawmakers reconsidered their endorsements and Congress questioned pitcher Roger Clemens over steroid use allegations. Mark Shields and David Brooks discuss the week's news.

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  • JIM LEHRER:

    And finally tonight, the analysis of Shields and Brooks, syndicated columnist Mark Shields, New York Times columnist David Brooks.

    Mark, on the Democratic side, some of the pundits are suggesting that Barack Obama is now very much the favorite to win the nomination. What say you, pundit Shields?

  • MARK SHIELDS, Syndicated Columnist:

    I think Barack Obama is the favorite at this point, Jim. Hillary Clinton is the underdog.

    It's not a totally disadvantageous position for her to be in, but when you're winning in a campaign like this, of serial primaries, the beer is colder, the girls are prettier, and the world seems to be smiling at you. I mean, people show up with contributions who…

  • JIM LEHRER:

    And endorsements.

  • MARK SHIELDS:

    … endorsements. Candidates clamor to be seen on the same stage with you. You know, it's remarkable. It has a scent all its own, the winner does.

    By contrast, the losing campaign, morale gets down, the backbiting and second-guessing set in. You call some important person; you get put on hold. You spend a lot of time on hold.

    And, you know, people come up with creative excuses why they can't appear with you in public. You know, their favorite nephew is graduating from driver's school or they have an appointment at the taxidermist.

    So, psychologically, it's a far, far better position to be in right now, he is, than she is.