Here’s
a snapshot of where the Democratic race for president is right now, in
the final few days before what could be a decisive primary election
on Tuesday.

“Now it is our turn, Pennsylvania,” said Mr. Obama,
speaking at his first stop in the Philadelphia suburb of Wynnewood.
“This is a defining moment in our history. All of you are here because
you can feel it.”

If Mr. Obama’s final Saturday before the Democratic primary in
Pennsylvania appeared bucolic, as he rumbled from Philadelphia through
the lush green Amish farming country, Mrs. Clinton, by contrast, lived
up to her workhorse reputation with a day that required driving and
flying long distances to her five events. Mr. Obama drew sharp
distinctions with Mrs. Clinton, hoping to narrow her advantage, while
she barely referred to him in her remarks to voters.

This race has grown decidedly meaner and uglier in the past week.

Mrs. Clinton stayed close to her usual pitch, pressing
on the issues of education, the war in Iraq and the economy, and she
led the crowd in a chant of “Yes, we will,” her variation of Mr.
Obama’s mantra of “Yes we can.”

The two campaigns sparred over their respective health care plans,
with Mr. Obama putting forth a television commercial that attacked Mrs.
Clinton’s proposal. She returned the criticism, saying, “He chooses to
attack my solution.”

This is a no-win situation at the moment.

And the candidate of change didn’t have this in mind.

Sheila Liaugminas

Sheila Liaugminas is an Emmy award-winning Chicago-based journalist in print and broadcast media. Her writing and broadcasting covers matters of faith, culture, politics and the media....