Now, the shoe's on the other foot.
In the wake of Hillary Clinton's unexpected comeback win in New Hampshire, Barack Obama's campaign is the one today citing poll numbers, endorsements, and numbers of volunteers to buck up the troops and spin the media.
In "Daily Talking Points" obtained by The Page, Time magazine's political website, Obama's campaign argues that it is in the strongest position in Nevada, where Democrats caucus on Jan. 19 and where the state chapter of the powerful Service Employees International Union endorsed him this morning.
It also says Obama has the support of black voters in South Carolina, which votes Jan. 26, and has "the best field operation in the history of the state."
And the memo says that Obama has a "huge head start" in the 22 states that vote in the Feb. 5 mega-primary, noting that six of them are holding caucuses like Iowa, which rewards enthusiasm by supporters.
"Barack Obama is our party's best chance of winning in November," the memo says.
Clinton's campaign issued its own rosy-scenario memo, claiming strength in Nevada, South Carolina, and Feb. 5 states such as California.
"Momentum is clearly in our side," said Clinton national campaign Chairman Terry McAuliffe. "Voters across the country are going to see what New Hampshire voters saw.