This image, shot back on the ninth in Eugene, has proved to be an incredibly robust metaphor.
First there was this from ‘Obama: No victory declaration Tuesday,’ by Politico’s Carrie Budoff Brown:
Concerned about appearing presumptuous or antagonistic towards Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama will not declare victory in the Democratic nomination fight Tuesday in the event he wins enough pledged delegates to claim a majority. Rather, he’ll tiptoe right up to the line, without explicitly asserting the race is over.
And not to mention: Obama in Iowa: On His Way, But Not Without Hurdles (MoJo); Barack Obama faces an untested set of hurdles (LAT); Clinton Still In The Race, But Faces Major Hurdles (WAPO); Obama’s Hurdle (Yahoo). …You get the picture.
(image:; Jae C. Hong/AP. University of Oregon in Eugene. May 9, 2008 via chicagotribune.com)