Three polls out in Pennsylvania show a Clinton lead ranging from six to fourteen points. (A noteworthy fact: the poll with the smallest lead includes several days of surveying before Snob-gate broke.) Clinton is also showing a bump in Indiana. This is a far cry from last week , when Clinton’s lead in Pennsylvania seemed to be evaporating under Barack Obama’s withering TV-ad assault and the fallout from her own repressed Bosnia memories.
Pundits can question whether Obama’s momentum had already slowed before he insulted the state. But a loss, especially a double-digit loss, has to be attributed in part to his blunder. Then, just as Texas and Ohio were Clinton’s trials-by-fire, Indiana and North Carolina will become Obama’s–tests of whether he has permanently damaged his chances or merely given John McCain a juicy target for the general election.