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March 20th, 2008
02:55 PM ET

Gergen: How Hillary grabs the nomination

Hillary Clinton's detour yesterday to Michigan reflects a clear understanding within her campaign that much could hinge upon what happens there in coming hours. If the Democratic state legislature leaves for a two-week vacation this afternoon without resolving to hold a make-up primary, her chances of wresting the nomination from Barack Obama could diminish sharply.

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton holds a 'Solutions for America' event in Detroit, Michigan. Clinton came to Detroit to attempt to generate support for a Michigan democratic primary do-over.

It has been apparent for some time that Clinton's best strategy – perhaps her only strategy – is to win lop-sidedly in Pennsylvania, then rack up a string of late victories in North Carolina, Indiana, West Virginia, and Kentucky so that she could argue that while still behind in pledged delegates, she had won the second half of the season and the two candidates were basically tied.

She could then plausibly look to re-dos in Florida and Michigan as an "overtime" and with victories there (almost certain in Florida, likely in Michigan), she would be in a reasonable position to persuade superdelegates (and the party) that she is more electable.

But take Florida and Michigan off the table and the Clinton game plan becomes much more difficult.

Even if she were to win all of the states above, the lack of new votes in Florida and Michigan would mean the campaign would end with Obama still ahead in delegates, states, and total votes.

For Obama supporters, it would then seem very unfair for Democratic bigwigs to strip him of the crown.  Indeed, in light of the controversy over Reverend Wright, as Chuck Todd of NBC argued yesterday, African-Americans might read such a move as Democrats trying to protect their white vote – an interpretation that could shatter the party.

That's why Clinton is trying so hard to keep prospects alive in Michigan – and even Florida. And why she is stepping up pressure on Obama by blaming him if they don't take place. Efforts to blame him over the Florida fiasco seem entirely misplaced: The opprobrium belongs to Charlie Crist and the Republican legislature and remember, too, that both Clinton and Obama supporters in Congress and the state legislature didn't like the re-do plan. In Michigan, it was a Democratic governor who supports Clinton who signed on to the early primary and helped to create this mess. Clinton can hardly claim clean hands here, either.

This is getting down in the weeds, but if you are a political junkie, bear with me for a moment. Even though her own supporters helped to create the Michigan mess, Clinton does have a good argument that Obama partisans are dragging their feet on a re-do there. But the Obama people have a legitimate rebuttal that people who voted for the GOP candidates earlier this year should not be banned from voting in a re-do in Michigan – that is only fair. If the Clinton folks would drop the ban, Obama folks should support the re-do – or face appropriate fire for standing in the way.

If at the end of the day, the re-dos disappear in Michigan and Florida, Clinton still has one hope – and not a very appealing one for anybody: That because of the Reverend Wright affair, the bottom completely drops out for Obama and he loses big not only in places like Pennsylvania and Indiana but also in North Carolina, where he has been ahead.  That is a scenario that would bring shutters to much of the country that has a more elevated view of what America is all about.

Personally, I just don't think it will happen that way but there are others who disagree with me. We shall see. We are learning a lot in this campaign not only about the candidates but about ourselves. 

– David Gergen, CNN Senior Political Analyst

Program note: Watch David Gergen share his analysis with Anderson Cooper on tonight's 360° at 10p ET


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  1. ML

    why – in Earth- should be difficult for Hillary to win? Especially after this video of the pastor from Obama's church?

    I am horrified that Obama might even have a chance to win. He is not up to Iraq matters... i watched 360, his ideas are dangerous to safety of all of us and the world. He is so very naive in international matters. He needs to do more schooling/experience gathering.
    I am not for war, but I am not suicidal either. It would be nation suicide to let him be elected.
    He is not ready to be the honest, wonderful peace maker in the world.
    It could work if this country would be neutral – like Switzerland, but it is not.
    He is not pure and clean on this pastor. He commented his pastor only when it came out on light what he was listening for 20 years. It is hard to believe that his pastor would not talk to him the way he talked to the people in church = using hate and racism in his words.I would never continue going to church like this, I would have to be threatened on my life to do so. They would have to drag me there chained. And he went on his own, let him to marry him, let him to baptize his kids.......

    Obama's baggage is larger than Clinton's. More serious, and scary.

    March 20, 2008 at 5:38 pm |
  2. Forris

    Senator Obama is the one and only best chance to lead this country at this time. He can restore respect in the international community

    A PROUD AMERICAN!!!!!

    March 20, 2008 at 5:38 pm |
  3. Annie Kate

    David

    I am confused. On one hand its said that neither Obama or Clinton can get the number of delegates needed to win even with the delegates from Florida and Michigan. On the other hand its said that Florida and Michigan delegates need to be seated so that those voters are not disenfranchised. So if the super delegates are in the end going to be the ones to decide who the nominee is, then why not let Florida's vote count as cast in the first primary since both Obama and Clinton were listed on the ballot; and split Michigan evenly between the two candidates since only Clinton was listed there. For something that is reportedly not going to make any difference there is certainly an awful lot of energy being spent on the issue where it might be better focused elsewhere.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    March 20, 2008 at 5:37 pm |
  4. chill

    Dear David,

    You are so right in what you said. Its as clear as a crystal ball. If Hilary really cared about the Democrat party and the future of the US, she would now concede the Democrat nomination to Barack Obama, because as long as she continues to hold out for not, the Republican party will continue to gain more votes for the general election. And, no matter how you feel about Hilary or Barack, anyone that continues to add sensationalism to this primary race or to believe it without knowing what each candidates REALLY stands for is just falling for the same old Republican tactics and strategies that fooled Americans in 2000' and 2004'. And, look where it has gotten us today! And, I repeat, look where it has gotten us today! So, my MONEY is on Barack Obama! And, as a Christian, I can hate the sin, but I cannot hate the sinner. Isn't this exactly what Jesus taught us. So, America, what do you REALLY want for American? A President that voted to go to war against Iraq, but doesn't know the difference between a Sunni and a Shiaa (John McCain), A President that voted to go to war against Iraq, but didn't fully read the intel reports given to her (Hilary Clinton) or a President without having the intel reports voted against going to war against Iraq and correctly foretold what would happen as a result. Again, my money is on Barack Obama, because his judgement is much, much better than their conventional wisdom.

    March 20, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  5. brandi

    Jen in Calli – why such ill will? Praying to God he doesn't win. That's scary. Almost as scary as Bill returning to the White House. He's a liar and a cheater. She's an enabler. Where will that leave this country?

    You people scare me.

    March 20, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  6. Hardino

    David,

    Obama has so inspired me. I have always been a registered republican until this election process, and i have re registered as a Democrat in order to support his grass roots campaign. I appreciate how he has brought additional voters into the election process and tried to distance himself from typical Washington politics. He is outstanding, has fresh ideas, will be an excellent diplomat for this country. He is one of the most effective communicators of our day, which will come in handy in meeting with the world leaders and reaching accross the congressional aisle to solve our nation's problems. McCain is a non-factor, as the country is ready to move on from 8 years of tyranny in the world. HRC, while respectible – I am convinced will say and do anything to get elected – at the expense of her party and this great Country. I sincerly hope that the DNC or the SuperDelegats do not do anything foolish to stop the Obama momentum and overturn the will of the people. The people have spoken and I am convinced that Obama will be our next President. I could not be happier. The HRC folks will come around – look at the alternative – 100 more years in Iraq and American Imperialism.

    March 20, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  7. meak

    David,

    Elect-ability is the ONLY concern for November for Democrats. Clinton has a very, very, sandalous past that the Republicans can't wait to air all over again!! And, that past is not popular with most Decmocrats, and may push those Democrats towards McCain or to simply stay home!! As much as Obama may have an issue with a supporter/former pastor, he is still the more electable of both. That's just the plain math of what we have to deal with right now.

    Meak, Madison, WI

    March 20, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  8. Nicole

    I just don't understand why democrates are fighting over re-do's in Florida and Michigan. My understanding is that back in January 2008, both campaigns agreed with the DNC's stance on not including these two states in the national primary results because their state poltico's chose to defy the party's rules that they not hold elections earlier than they were supposed to. They knew the consequences of preceeding with elections despite their party's firm stance on not moving ahead with their elections. Furthermore, I'm really disappointed with Clinton changing her initial position not to include delegates from both states saying that they wouldn't make a difference in election results anyway, and now appearing supporitve of the "disenfranchised" voting public. What hypocrisy! This topic of redoing elections should be a moot point. Rules are rules.....blame the statesmen's huge egos to defy party rules...don't blame the candidates. Let this situation send the message that when states defy party rules that there are consequences.

    Finally, I've read previous blog entries where people are calling Obama a liar. Let's not forget the numerous lies, broken promises, inconsistencies, suicides/homicides, controversies, waffling on issues and investigations that took place during the CLINTON administrations. . . . . .how easy is it to pass judement and forget factual events that took place in the past..... I'd like to move past all of the political distractions and diversions and continue on with our election process!

    March 20, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  9. Ricardo

    In reality, this is really the first time i have ever been so involved in polictics. Its just something about obama that makes him so likable. Hillary just as a cocky attitude and things she should and will always get her way. That Rev. Wright situation is crazy. How does obama gets in trouble for a situation he wasnt even there to hear. I have been to Black churches and they may mention some polictics in scriptures but nothing to that extreme and that is clearly what Obama is trying to relate. Can anybody find any scruptures from way back or are we just gonna hold Obama to the ones that keeps playing over and over again.

    March 20, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  10. joe johnson

    its unfortunate that both hillary and obama decided to run for president
    in the same year, because neither constituents from both sides, women or black voters will vote for the other candidate. Its john mccains presidency to loose.

    March 20, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  11. Independent

    David,
    Your thoughts on the race are appreciated but disturbing. As the "drama" plays out, McCain is gathering strength. Neither Democrat will win in November if Clinton does not stop attacking. As I see it, she is breaking apart the party in order to win the nomination at the cost of the general election. An interesting poll or survey would be to ask Independents how they see her actions.

    I'm disgusted with both Obama and Clinton and wish John Edwards had not dropped out. Each political season ends in the same disappointment- vote for Loser #1 or Loser #2 – neither representing people.

    March 20, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  12. Grab vs. Win

    Notice Gergen's story Headline: How Hillary "Grabs" the nomination. You are not suppose to grab the nomination, you are suppose to win it. If she grabs it, her party will be split, and she will not beat McCain anyway.

    March 20, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  13. Sam

    People.... Why is Obama being ridiculed for remarks he never made? They were in fact his FORMER pastor's statements. Does Obama have control of what Rev. Wright says? and if Obama agreed with Rev. Wright would he really be running for president??? Come on this is just ridiculous... This country does recognize FREEDOM of speech Right?!!! or did we just throw that right in the trash. I'm not saying I agree with Rev. Wright's rhetoric, but I am saying Obama should not be affected. Does the media have any records of any other candidates Pastors comments that may be analyzed to jeopardized THEIR Character!!!!???!?!?

    March 20, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  14. Curt

    There is an easy fix to this. The one with the most pledged delegates gets the be the presidental nominee and the other gets to be his/her running mate. Problem solved.

    March 20, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  15. Gerardo from California

    Jen in cali: please learn how to use spell check, you assertions are ridiculous: “Why Obama is still in the running is amazing. He has lied so many times and the MSM just brushes it off.” Why should anyone leading in states won, delegates and popular vote drop from the race? As to your statement that Obama has lied you offer no support, and to follow that with “MSM just brushes it off” is ludicrous, have you not been watching CNN and the other news networks as of late? All they do is loop the Wright sound bites. In your own words, your posting is “Unbelievabla” uninformed.

    March 20, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  16. Steve E.

    Who says Obama loses big in Michigan? Who says he loses at all?
    The only states he'll lose are Penn, WV, and if there is a re-vote in Florida, yeah, he'd lose Florida pretty big. Puerto Rico probably too.
    This thing is over.

    March 20, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  17. Juan

    Jen in Cali,
    Obamas relationship with the former pastor of his church is not something he's lied about. He has said over and over that he disagrees with what the pastor said and many of his political views. If you choose to vote for someone, make sure that it is because of his policies and not his acquaintances. Although everyone you know may be saints the rest of us all have people that we know and may even love that are less than perfect. If you don't like what the pastor said then when HE runs for president make sure you don't vote for him.

    March 20, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  18. F.B.

    Hillary does not respect DNC rules now basically the rules she as Democrat signed for it , how people can trust her in future she will obey all the rules and regulations of our country. I think ,she is the best bridge for Sen. MaCain to win the November election.

    March 20, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  19. TX Democrata

    If Hillary takes the nomination w/out having more pledged delegates than Obama, I will do what I never thought I would and vote for McCain just to protest. The Clintons act like they are entitled to the presidency.

    March 20, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  20. Art

    David,

    Thanks for your always perceptive analysis. I am a life-long Democrat and will enthusiastically support whomever is nominated. I also think that Senator Obama's address will go down in history as a watershed speech that moved us off dead center on racial matters. Still, I wonder how Obama, a "new" politician can afford to take such an anti-democratic stance as he has in quietly blocking the do-overs in Florida and Michigan. It is a fairly powerful contradiction. It makes him appear to be just another politician.

    March 20, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  21. Law

    We have a choice...we can make this election about issues that will affect Americans...health care, the economy. Or, we can continue to look for and get excited by scandals. The perfect candidate with the perfect profile does not exist. As a country we should recognize this fact and accept or reject candidates based on their ability to communicate, motivate and make a difference.

    March 20, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  22. SW FLORIDA

    How can you not count the votes of all those people in Florida and Michigan. How democratic is that? It looks more and more like I'm voting Republican. If the Democrats can't even get the election process done in a fair and equitable manner, than how the heck can they run the country? This election is much too important.

    I hope McCain picks Romney as his running mate.

    March 20, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  23. Terry - Lakeland, FL

    If the do not count my vote in the FL primary, then they will not get my vote in the General Election.

    Is this math simple enough for DNC?

    March 20, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  24. NARENDER NEW JERSEY

    HOWARD DEAN DO YOUR JOB

    March 20, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  25. Craig, Seattle, WA

    COUNT THE VOTES IN FLORIDA AND MICHIGAN!.. IT'S THE ONLY WAY TO BE FAIR!

    March 20, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  26. Mac, FL

    Mischelle from Illinois – I completely agree with you.

    The superdelegates will have to do their jobs this time around. They will need to look at the big picture and nominate the candidate who has the best chance of winning the general election.

    March 20, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  27. Uba

    Angela,

    Obama has been the subject of much conversation lately – ranging from the NAFTA issue, the Rezko trial and the Reverend Wright controversy.................that's some tough stuff .......

    March 20, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  28. Stacy

    Angela, I have to agree with Bel. I am so tired of hearing "the media is harder on Senator Clinton", she gets the first question, etc.. Is that really the attitude we want our President to have ?

    I am a middle aged white woman who would love to see a female President. However, after seeing Senator Clinton's behavior in this campaign, whining & dirty politics, I am willing to wait.

    March 20, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  29. Lou

    Mischelle,

    If the superdelegates do overide the pledged delegates in favor of Hillary, recent polls indicate that at least 20% of the party will either write-in Obama, vote for McCain or stay home. I will proudly write Barack Obama's name on my ballot and vote republican for every other seat open.

    March 20, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  30. Paul, California

    According to SurveyUSA poll, Senator Obama is loosing by 36% in Kentucky. Any viable presidential candidate from democratic party should not be doomed in Kentucky like this one.

    The Wright-wrong affair is not helping democrats anywhere in the country.

    March 20, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  31. Jordan

    Wake up America! We shouldn't even be discussing how Hillary can grab the nomination- after Uncle Wrights scathing remarks, she should be handed it!

    March 20, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  32. Illinois

    If the superdelegates do their job the way they are supposed to, rather than worry about who's going to be upset with them if they don't vote they way some of their constituents want them to, they will come to the right decision. Like it or not Hillary is the best candidate for the job, especially since this whole thing about Wright has come to light. Because of it Obama has very little chance of doing well in the general election, and we cannot and should not lose the White House to the Republicans. The Republicans will use that info to their advantage and Obama will be blown out of the water. Remember, he can't win the general election on the african american vote alone. Yes, he's picking up some of the white vote but that vote is now going to go down because of his relationship with his minister. Face it Obama fans, he's not going to make it anymore.

    March 20, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  33. KDH

    Barak is losing people left and right with his recent lies. (forget his past ones) Look again in one week and I bet Clinton will look like the nominee.

    March 20, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  34. lisa

    David,
    I always enjoy your posts and also seeing you on 360. I was very much enjoying politics until the Rev Wright fiasco. I just don't get it. I am ashamed of a whole lot of my fellow Americans for their ignorant, bigoted views. I wish the press would stop playing it, NOW. Can't we move on?
    I also think the issue of revotes is a non-issue. They broke the rules. If Hillary were ahead she would not be supporting this. Obama had some very valid points in not going ahead with Michigan and isn't any kind of revote supposed to be fair for all parties??
    Hillary can't win without questionable help. How far will she go? That's what concerns me. She will never get my vote. I think John McCain is a better human being than she is and it would be easier to vote for him than allow her to win. I still believe that Obama can win this. He is everything this country needs it's a shame that more folks can't see that.

    March 20, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  35. Melissa

    In response to Jen:

    The reason that he is still in the running is that he is at present ahead in the delegate count and the popular vote, as well as the number of states won.

    March 20, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  36. Lou

    David,

    I can not see how anyone can believe that Hillary is being treated in a harsh or critical way. I think Barack Obama has been treated far more critically and held to a much higher standard than any candidate that I can remember in the last 20 years. Every candidate in this race has at least 2 or 3 individuals that are not of the character that most americans would like, having said that, I will conclude "let he who is without sin cast the first stone" Let's get back to the issues and finish this thing up. The superdelegates will decide this and hopefully the marjority of the party will be able to stomach it.

    March 20, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  37. Barry, IL

    Whoever wins the nomination, the chance for a democract to become the next president is very slim. Currently, democrats are severely ravaged with internal wars, divisions, and mistrusts. They cannot repair it for the next election. Facts abound, making history and electing the first femal or African American to be president is off-table for now. Senator John McCain, the next president of the USA!!!!!!!

    March 20, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  38. roni

    I am confused, but not about how Hillary can grab the nominee, but how, after everything with Obama's disgrace, she isn't being handed it? Being a former Obama supporter, I am disillusioned, disgusted, heartsick and frightened! Had 'Uncle" Wright's comments of racism and hatred of America been reversed and such things were spoken out against the black population, you can bet your white arse that the african americans would have been screaming and demanding that the 'white' presidential hopeful step down!

    March 20, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  39. CB

    I am amazed of how many of you dem. will cut your nose
    off to spite your face. In order to stop this man for winning
    the nominee. You all should reject your relatives and friends,
    because you have know them a life time over the unscrupulous
    remarks they have made.

    Stop listening to the media and go with
    your heart. The republican media want to cloud your mind, so the
    senile McCain can win. The republicans have never cared about
    anybody but themselves. They all have their noses up in the air and
    thumbing it at you right now.

    MI. and Fl. should not count, because, both Hillary and Obama agree
    with the DNC rules. If MI and FL want to blame anybody the should
    blame their elected official by voting them out of office next term or
    impeaching the governor. Please start laying the blame where the
    blame lies.

    Now Hillary want to flip flop, running to MI and blaming Obama. Obama
    is not the blame. This primary election was not guaranteed to Hillary.

    Where is your intelligence America?

    March 20, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  40. Carolyn

    Hillary cut MI and FL off at the knees months ago when she was crowing about her status as the "presumptive nominee", but now she's their greatest champion? What a sleezy move...and she does it with the gusto of someone who has lost all reason and intellect. We tell our kids that you can't change the rules when it suits you..she and Bill (it wasn't really sexual relations) have no moral compass that I can see and certainly no right to represent America.

    March 20, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  41. jack P

    If Rev. Wright didn't do Obama in, this comment should.

    "... .. The point I was making was not that my grandmother harbors any racial animosity. She doesn't. But she is a typical white person who, uh, if she sees somebody on the street that she doesn't know there's a reaction that's been been bred into our experiences that don't go away and that sometimes come out in the wrong way and that's just the nature of race in our society. We have to break through it. ... .." – Senator Barack Obama

    March 20, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  42. Rich

    Not fair to allow Republicans in Michigan revote as they will come out in droves for Obama, as they are licking their chops to get at him in a general election. By the way, the whole Reverend Wright thing is not a race issue, it's a legitimate character issue and if the Democrats nominate Obama, it will cost him and them the election. Obama made a great speech on race – unfortunately, the issue isn't race, but character.

    March 20, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  43. David

    Mischelle From Illinois;
    You think the superdelegates knows more about who should be the president than us the regular voter? Since you have not done your homework I will key you in, I work at a university in Ohio and one of my students (23 years old) is a superdelegate at the time he is uncommitted. Also my brothers Lawyer is also a superdelegate he is 32 years old. These so called superdelegates are not party elites as you think they are people who have big ties to others in the party. So unlike you I do not want these superdelegates over turning the vote of the people by the people.

    Angela; I live in Ohio and on the news hear they hammer Obama and you can't turn the channel witout seing and hearing paster Wright. As voters we tend to only hear the negative stuff about the person we support. Truth be told Hillary has way more stuff to be critical of.

    March 20, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  44. Jo-Ann

    Hey Penny, you sound crazy, Mccain is too old at 72 but Hillary at 60 is not. It's only a 4 year term (maybe 2 terms). And to say they don't have any new ideas – you sound uneducated. Everything Hillary wants to do is for YOU and US and it's all new ideas. God, what do you want – You probably wouldn't be happy if the Hung you with a New rope. I mean really, if you are not looking for "college tuition help", or "health care for everyone", or "cleaner air", or "alternative energy", or "lower fuel bills", or "help staying in your house", what the heck do you want? Are you one of those people who keeps having babies and don't want to work and want's everyone else to take care of you? Oh , that' s what you want. Well, Sister, forget it – grow up,

    March 20, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  45. Debra Brown

    As much as I like both Clinton abd Obama, as a Florida voter and registered democrat who voted on that day, I am very "disenfranchised". In Florida there was another item on the ballot that day so those who say that they didn't vote because they didn't think it would count are just making an excuse. It is and invalid argument. These are the same folks that probably never turn out anyway.

    If these votes are not counted in their original numbers, I am left with a choice. Either not vote at all since my first one didn't count OR vote for MCcain to speak VERY LOUDLY to the democratic bosses. Many folks here feel the same.

    We also feel that this was our Republican Governor's BAD choice and we should not have to be punished for that. I personally feel that this was nothing but strategy on the republican's part to put egg on the face of democrats ...yet again. How can they lead a nation if they can't even get an election right.

    Good going DNC!!!!....Great way to just "hand it over" to McCain and the RNC!

    March 20, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  46. Doug--Los Angeles, CA

    David, I totally disagree with you that it would be an unappealing scenario if Obama's candidacy tanks because of the Rev Wright issue. I think that she will win convincingly in Pennsylvania & West Virginia, & the polls show that she is rapidly gaining ground in North Carolina. I believe that this trend will also include Indiana, & that she will ultimately win all of these late primaries, possibly by large margins. No amount of eloquent/articulate/moving/well-written speeches can explain away why any enlightened viable candidate would willingly associate with such a racist, extremist, hateful preacher. So, I again totally disagree that Americans with an "elevated" view of our country will "shudder" as this unfolds, because Obama demonstrated extremely poor judgement and an extremely unenlightened view of America by following such an individual for so many years.

    March 20, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  47. Jackie

    David – I don't see the bottom dropping out of Obama's support as bad. People were voting on him before this Wright mess came to light. He did a great job of trying to change the subject on Tuesday, but the truth is he sat in this bigot's church and listened to that hatred and venom for 20 years without speaking up. Not exactly the kind of courage and judgement I want in my President.

    March 20, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  48. Tom in North Carolina

    I'm not concerned about a re-do in those states that would diminish my vote in my state. Play by the rules and don't try and disenfranchise us in the process. As for Clinton supporters, you need to think long and hard. Any democrat needs the vote of African Americans to win in November. Are you willing to cut off one arm to save the other? This doesn't make sense. Whether you like the reality or not, you are going to tear this party apart and perhaps the country. Just please put your emotions aside and use your brains. thanks for listening.

    March 20, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  49. A.M. Saqib

    Well said David, but as soon as we take the blinders away from our eyes we see clearly that all natural circumstances are falling in favor of 'Obama', and you know why, because he is being naturally a 'Visionary', and that is why he is so cool, and that is why his chances getting the nomination is so strong. Clinton team seems to be extremely frustrated, they see their end in weeks.

    Go 'Obama' go!

    A.M. Saqib
    houston, Texas

    March 20, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  50. Bruce in Phoenix

    The issue here is integrity & NOT what the Reverend Wright (Mr. Obamas' "spiritual advisor" for 20+ years) said.

    We live in the America, where we are free to say what our conscience dictates & our beliefs foreshadow. Where Mr. Obama falls short is that he is saying that he was / is NEVER aware of Reverend Wrights' opinions, doctrine & standings. GET REAL ! This was the preacher who married him, baptized his daughters & has been his spiritual beacon for almost a quarter of a century.

    For Mr. Obama to turn a "blind-eye" now is just a FALSEHOOD, lack of integrity & a character flaw which cannot be overlooked.

    There are many Caucasian "God fearing preachers" who have also said inflammatory comments such as the Reverend Wright, however you DON'T see Ms. Clinton or Mr. McCain making open decisions to have them as close family friends & spiritual advisors. THIS WAS & STILL IS MR. OBAMAS' CHOICE to remain close to the Reverend Wright.

    Mr. Obama has always claimed he will never "pander" to the race card & agenda when he is doing that exactly by not forsaking and totally TURNING from the Reverend Wright. In doing so, he risks alienating the African American voice which he has needed to carry many of his state victories.

    Also, as we scrutinize Mr. Obamas' state victories LETS GET REAL. He's had victories in such states as Utah, Idaho, Montana just to name a few. It'll be a "COLD DAY IN HELL" before these states vote in a general election for a Democratic Presidential Candidate. History has proven this.

    Mr. Obama is also dragging his feet in supporting re-votes in MI & FL hoping they will either NOT be counted or go to caucuses. He has done SO WELL in caucuses for the fact that the average age of his supporters are younger & more gregarious in their tenacity for caucus' style primaries while the PIVITAL states that are essential for the Democrats to win in November 2008 have ALL been carried by Ms. Clinton.

    WAKE UP DEMS...........

    March 20, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
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