I haven't really addressed the debate, which I see as the potential turning point in her campaign. Her performance was universally panned...by Democrats, Republicans, Independents, everyone. The answer on driver's licenses was simply unreal.
But let's move on from the debate, because I don't think that's the issue here at this point. It happened, and it could have been dealt with. Instead, I want to focus on her campaign's actions after her performance.
The campaign immediately dispatched the spin crew, who suggested that she was piled on because she was a woman (at least, I believe it was they who made that suggestion). Her opponents pounced first on the debate performance, smelling blood in the water. Then they pounced on the "gender card" story. Obama pulled out the "I Don't Play The Race Card™" tactic, which I think was effective for him.
In fact, Hillary has been addressing her gender for the last few months. She refers to the "all boys club" and what not. Strategically, I think this is a big mistake. I can only assume it's intended to galvanize the female vote, but there's not an indication it's worked.
Anyway, here are some events that lead me to ask the question. I suppose it's far too early to tell whether she is melting down.
The Debate Clip
GOP Attacks Hillary
This next one is genius: She has a bad debate performance, plays the gender card, her opponents attack her, and she plays it as "being tough enough to withstand these kids of attacks."
Hillary: Heroine Under Fire
Bush 41 Gets Into It
I think she's obviously still the frontrunner, but I do wonder how far this will go.