Second marriages are said to be victories of hope over experience. If Barack Obama had beaten Hillary Clinton in yesterday’s New Hampshire Democratic primaries, the result would have been such a victory. But he didn’t; instead, Clinton edged him out by a narrow margin of 39% to 36%.
Clinton’s win shouldn’t have come as a surprise. New Hampshire has traditionally been her stronghold with significant campaign resources poured into it. In fact, the state was considered as a possible "firewall" in case of her loss, however once improbable, in Iowa. In November, a poll gave her more than a 20% lead over Obama. Since then, the gap has narrowed dramatically, and the New Hampshire race became neck-to-neck.
But then, something bizarre has happened: on the eve of the primaries, some out-of-the-blues polls forecast Obama’s victory by as much as by double-digit margins. All of sudden, the dynamics of the contest has dramatically changed: Obama became a front-runner and Hillary a crying underdog.
Not surprisingly, when real results came in, Hillary was a big winner and Obama — with his convincing victory in Iowa and modest loss in New Hampshire — was a huge loser.
His marriage to New Hampshire hadn’t worked out.
But two comeback kids were nevertheless born to this marriage: a girl Hillary and a boy.
The boy is Sen. McCain, the winner of the Republican primaries.
Giving a victory speech, McCain correctly pointed out that at his age (he’s 71), the noun "kid" can hardly be applied to him, no matter what adjective precedes it. This is true, and the fact that McCain already won the New Hampshire primaries in 2008, but then lost the nomination, doesn’t make the costume of a "comeback kid" more fitting to him. But there is a combination of a French adverb and a French verb that, when added to "comeback kid", would make the magic:
Déjà-vu Comeback Kid