April 22nd, 2008
05:43 PM ET

Two Questions for the Obama Spin Machine on Pennsylvania Primary Day

Lanny J. Davis
Friend of Senator Hillary Clinton, and fundraiser for her presidential campaign

Two Questions for the Obama Spin Machine on Pennsylvania Primary Day:

1. Why downplay Obama's chances to win Pennsylvania?

2. Why Is Obama is running even (actually losing 48%-46%) in.... get ready.....MASSACHUSETTS (!!!) (Senator Clinton Is Plus 15 Percent Over McCain in Same Poll)

To all readers of my blogs – those who agree, those who don't, even those who just delete:

Please read the two reports below that were posted today, the day if the Pennsylvania primary before the returns are in – one by ABC News reporter and political editor, Jake Tapper; and another by a Boston Herald columnist and radio talk show host Michael Graham.

P.S. The answer to the two questions asked above is – Barack Obama currently shows serious weakness in the general election vs. John McCain in battleground states that Democrats must win to defeat Senator McCain in November (e.g., Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida) as compared to Senator Clinton.

That is a fact.

Thus: These two pieces are MUST READS for all superdelegates who want to defeat John McCain in the general election...and who know that this is not a race to decide student body president but President of the United States.

ABC's Jake Tapper: Why Can't Obama Win Pennsylvania?

Boston Herald's Michael Graham: Fact is Obama's risky; Even Mass. Democrats starting to take notice

Filed under: Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton • Lanny Davis • Raw Politics
soundoff (104 Responses)
  1. Jay

    8 yrs of the Clintons was enough....The best thing about Pres Clinton's yrs were the cabinet he had..Nogt him or his wife...I like the statement by her campaign about picking "experience" over style.She has the same amount of experience in the Senate as Obama...And as FL, i will give her the health care issue..but nothing else..Alot of fudging of the facts by that campaign and this campaign was part of the movement to censure Fla and MIch for moving the primaries up..now that they are losing, they are trying to change the rules to benefit themselves..Get over yourselfas! And deal with it!

    May 7, 2008 at 1:00 pm |
  2. sam

    I think some of the thing rev wright has said should have came out so that other black people can see that they share these feeling but afraid to show them and choose not to HATE, we choose to love prey and vote.

    April 29, 2008 at 5:53 am |
  3. rosie

    Hilary has lasted as long as she has, because she is running against a man who has great respect for the female gender. She is also running against a man who want the democrats to win the White House, therefore has restrained from giving the Republican's any help, peradventure Hilary had become the Nominee. Hilary also knew Obama before this race began, and knew he was a man of principles and integrity. She knew he was not going to join the mud fight, which is why she chose this way as her battle ground. But the Republican will not be as Obama, for they too are in it to win at any cost, and the Clinton's has a lot of excess baggage to air to those who were too young to remember the Clinton's days in the White House, and believe me they will not hold back as Obama has, because of his respect for women; for they now see what many of the people want, not a political campaign, as Obama and McCain would like to present, but a floor show.

    April 23, 2008 at 6:48 pm |
  4. Shawn Mac

    Why are we remotely concerned about the Clinton Win?
    The fact is that she was expected to win PA. And that is how this primary season has gone. You win where you were expected to win. She didn't perform any great fete here. wake up America. Barack has won more states where he wasn't expected to win than Hillary has. As a matter of a fact, Hillary hasn't even turned a tide in this election. Has anybody looked at that? She has won in the places where she couldn't lose. But look at her margins 10, 15 percentage points therabout. When Barack wins in places where he is heavily favoured, he wins big 20, 25 percentage points.

    About closing deals? Why does a freshman senator who is black, not a millionaire, beating a millionaire first lady and a president and a whole bunch of people who benefited from eight years of Bill Clinton's leadership? The real question is Why can't she close the deal? If she can't beat Barack, how on god's earth is she going to beat McCain?

    How can you win the biggest states and still be behind with popular votes?

    There are many more questions to ask about Hillary's performance in this election than we have to ask about Barack's.

    Finally, the CNN analysts speak about a credible argument that Hillary has to make to the Super Delegates in that she can win in the places that matter come November.
    Is that really a credible argument? or is it the most credible argument she has?

    So she has moved from frontrunner to beggar.... Hmmm...

    I end by saying that Barack should have lost since Super Tuesday, he has been winning eversince. He's the real winner to me.

    April 23, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
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