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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. Laurie

    Anderson, I don't want to answer question posed. I have to comment Jeffrey's comment. as so incorrect. I think journalist and more so pundits should be very knowledgable about history. It's so annoying when they are not and don't bring history into their response to make it more informed.

    But the bottom line is that both Clinton and Obama need to be on the same ticket. Neither one can choose another vice president when both have not won the elected delegate count and their numbers are too close-49% to 47%. Neither can be left off the ticket with those numbers. And that's the bottom line.

    April 22, 2008 at 11:58 pm |
  2. Kurian

    The world is watching! CNN needs to show the world that the Americans are not divided by race. They are not doing a good job of it by having their own African American commendator backing Barack Obama and their white commendator supporting Hillary Clinton. This could be a media circus, but does looks bad, especially when it is coming from the educated folks at CNN. It is time to rise above it!

    April 22, 2008 at 11:56 pm |
  3. Sally Saffer

    Question:

    In the past many staunch Republicans have actually admitted they voted in a Democratic primary for Hillary Clinton because they believed the Republican candidate would be able to beat her in November. Then, there were the large number of Republicans who registered as Democrats to vote in Pennsylvania's primary. I can't believe they all suddenly fell in love with her and became true Democrats, so why haven't I heard anyone suggest this may explain Clinton's "wider than expected" margin of 10 points? Please discuss on your show or ask someone else to address it. Thanks.

    April 22, 2008 at 11:47 pm |
  4. Juanita

    I fail to understand why there is so much emphasis by the media on the African American vote. Is there any state in the nation where African-Americans outnumber whites? I think not! The media seems to forget about the racial make-up of Iowa and other states where the Black population is miniscule.

    April 22, 2008 at 11:46 pm |
  5. Allen

    I don't know if anyone will ever see this but I have not yet seen my following concerns regarding Obama/Clinton in the General Election in November.
    Yes, it is true Obama is ahead in states won and in popular vote but this concerns me and seems to make sense: Obama has yet to win a large state; Clinton has won California, Texas, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, etc. Now if those states hold true at all in November for the Democrats where it is All or Nothing for Electoral Votes, the number of those votes which determine who becomes President becomes huge.
    Obama may have won many more of the tiny states but these also have a fraction of the electoral votes that the large states have.
    I guess my point is that who has the majority of votes and the number of states IS OF NO IMPORTANCE relative to Electoral College votes.

    April 22, 2008 at 11:42 pm |
  6. robbie

    observation from outside the usa...why are democrats (clinton camp) insinuating that John mcCain will do more damage to Obama than Clinton?..Is this admitting that McCain is more substantial than Clinton?..Interesting.
    I have never seen a more negative campaign as the one run by Clinton. It smacks of the bigotry of Old School America...the good old days...

    The world needs Obama to be the next President, if only the new america can get it right.
    OBAMA for PRESIDENT

    April 22, 2008 at 11:41 pm |
  7. Marvin Nichols (white man)

    First of all I am an OBAMA SUPPORTER. All the primary in Pennsylvania indicates, according to your polls, is that there are a lot of undereducated, racial, elitist, gun toting people in that state, He still leads in popular votes and in delegate count and there are many roads leading into Washington.

    April 22, 2008 at 11:37 pm |
  8. tom

    Why does CNN give this political hack, Lanny Davis, a forum for discussion? I read his article the other day about the tide turning for Hillary several days ago when she went up one day in what he said he considered the only reliable poll, the Gallup Poll. By the time he posted his article Obama was back in front by 7% in the Gallup. Every time he is on TV, I make sure that the remote changes the channel very quickly.

    April 22, 2008 at 11:37 pm |
  9. B. Adams

    By how much should the "white woman" vote in PA be discounted? There seems to be a great desire to discount the "black" vote in states with a substantial black population. Shouldn't we do the same in states with a substantial "white" population? Is there anything that might be of interest in how people are voting other than whether they are "black" or "white"? Or would that require these so-called political analysts to really provide political analysis? Why bother with Jim King and his board if his only contribution is to indicate where the population pockets are–urban/suburban, black/white. No analysis of the issues, no attempt to understand what drove the voting in any area. Quit "race-ing" the democratic process! Things really are more complicated than you apprehend.

    April 22, 2008 at 11:34 pm |
  10. Nelly

    Watching the commentators (aka exclusively Obama supporters) it was almost difficult to realize that Clinton actually won; good thing the graphics were behind the talking heads. Spin, spin, spin. Fortunately, Hillary made a great speech, which even left a few of them momentarily speechless. Why not just admit it for once; she is a great candidate who can overcome huge differences in spending and CNN/MSNBC media hype to win the confidence of this very important state. She could probably also win huge in Michigan and Florida in a fair fight, and will do well in many, if not most of the remaining states. She is the best candidate for 2008. CNN: get over yourselves and make like legitimate journalists for once.

    April 22, 2008 at 11:30 pm |
  11. Jeff W.

    I'm a long time Republican planning to vote for Barak this election. But has nobody caught on to the genius of the current Republican machine? Use a well oiled "get out the vote machine" to register republicans in the Dems primary, and get behind Hillary. Worst case, prolong the primary and let H&O bloody each other longer. Best case, create a sub-text, trumpeted by Hillary's campaign that she is more electable in swing states. Run the numbers. Subtract the votes of newly registered "democrats" in PA and see the actual margin. Turns out the race was a deadlock.

    Poor Obama. Happy Republicans. Oh well, if its Hillary or McCain .... Mac is back. Genius.

    April 22, 2008 at 11:28 pm |
  12. j. conley

    It's a joke, if H.Clinton win most of the voters i know; will vote for J.McCan, because they are no different.

    April 22, 2008 at 11:28 pm |
  13. j. conley

    Just a quick comment;./ Just remember; the win that H.Clinton rec'd was from mostly white voters. This is a representation of the same old status quo, This status quo will never give a person of color a fair opportunity.
    The stakes are to big.

    The media continue to bash,.she continue to bash and this type of negativeity is reconized in our country as politics as usual.

    There's no wonder why our country is going to hell. Look at the voters who are putting them in.

    April 22, 2008 at 11:25 pm |
  14. Maineac

    CNN, you just don't get it! What's Hillary's demographic? White working middle aged men. Who does this demographic normally vote for? Republicans since Reagon at least. What's Barack's demographic? Blacks and young people. Who do they usually vote for? Democratic or not at all.

    So what will happen if it is perceived that Hillary has "cheated" to get the nomination, inspite of loosing the popular vote and commited delegates? Half of her nominating demographic will support her, the rest will support the republican as they usually do. Most of the usual democrats will support her, but the young and black voters will either write in Barack Obama or stay home.

    And what will happen if Barack wins the nomination? Most if not all of Hilliary's nominating demographic will vote republican or stay home. Most of the usual democratic voters will support Barack. The young and black voters will turn out in dramatic numbers (as evidenced by the remarkable number voting in the primaries).

    So who can win in November? Not Hillary!

    April 22, 2008 at 11:25 pm |
  15. Deb

    The democratic party needs to think about their future. I happen to believe that both Clinton and Obama are wonderful candidates and would be great Presidents. However, if one candidate wins the primary season, but the "super delegates" decide that the other one would be a stronger candidate, and therefore give the nomination to the candidate who is behind, then we will lose the White House in November.

    If a political party is willing to alienate the majority of their voters, then they don't deserve to win in November.

    I will proudly support either of these two candidates who wins – but if one steals the election away from the voters – then I will not be able to support that candidacy. It would be very hard for me to see John McCain win – but it would be impossible to support a party that disregards it's own voters, or to support a candidate who is willing to win without the support of the majority of the voters in their own party. The dishonesty of accepting such a nomination, while pretending to believe in democracy is untenable.

    I don't believe that the bitterness of this primary race will stop democrats from coming together against John McCain – I do believe that Democratic party leaders throwing the election to the candidate of their choice, overturning the will of the majority of voters in the Democratic primaries, will stop the democrats from coming together. This will not only put the white house at risk – but also the House and Senate. Any political party that decides their party insiders are more important than their voters will never get my vote again, at any level – local, state or national.

    April 22, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  16. Cynthia

    Lanny, as a Hilliary supporter you have known for some time that Senator Obama had previously stated that Senator Clinton would win Pennsylvania. I am sure you have seen or heard of the projection sheet of the 50 states . Their projections as written have come true (other than one that he projected for her to win and he won). The Clinton name is well known and based on that she should have already blown him out of the water a long time ago, but he is still there and is ahead in popular votes and delegates. He is the underdog and ahead without pulling out every dirty politic known to man. I don't need pundits and newspaper reporters to tell me what to think.

    April 22, 2008 at 10:36 pm |
  17. Paul Warnow

    Is Hillary Clinton running for VP on the McCain ticket?

    She’s destroying the Democratic Party and only helping McCain.

    For Hillary Clinton to surpass Barack Obama in pledged delegates, she will have to win 63% of the votes and pledged delegates, in each and every state remaining.

    And for each and every state going forward, that she fails to win 63%, she will have to win increasing %’s, in each and every state remaining.

    At this time, it would take a miracle for Hillary Clinton to win 63% of the votes and pledged delegates in Pennsylvania.

    And it would take a greater miracle, for her to win a majority of the votes and pledged delegates, in the remaining state primaries.

    Consequently, her petty and divisive attacks against Barack Obama; are doing damage to her, Barack Obama, and the democratic party; and only helping John McCain.

    Hillary Clinton should withdraw if she fails to win by at least 20% of the votes and pledged delegates in Pennsylvania.

    April 22, 2008 at 10:33 pm |
  18. Timothy Thompson

    Put this one in your pipe and smoke it–if the democratic party gives Hilary Clinton the nomination after Obama leading then i feel no need to support the democratic party any further. Sounds like the independent route is for me.

    April 22, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  19. kathy

    Hillary is desperate and will try anything to keep from losing. Has it come to anyone's attention thought that white republicans are voting for Hillary to keep Obama from winning because they do not want an African American president? If this is true she is up for a ruding awakening in the November election...no white republican votes, not small state votes (and maybe the larger ones she won earlier), and definitely not too many African American votes.

    April 22, 2008 at 10:17 pm |
  20. Jean

    The typical spin from the media seems to always minimize any win that Hillary has. No matter what, they continue to illustrate only the most negative. This has been the most obvious bias that I've seen and did not expect from organizations like CNN but they are one of the worst. As another comment mentioned, the more people find out about Mr. Obama and the people he surrounds himself with, the more worried we should all be. If he is the nominee, then I'm 100% certain that this year which should have been a slam dunk for the Democrats, will go to the Republicans in the fall. He has become totally marginalized and clearly cannot, no matter all the high-flying promises, lead this country. He is also too radically left leaning for the majority of moderate minded Americans who are focused on moving this nation forward, and who do not want us to lose even more credibility on the world stage.

    April 22, 2008 at 10:12 pm |
  21. Ex fan

    Great articles Lanny...Thinking folks will see the light...now if only the media would. When one spends as much as B.O. did ...it becomes obvious that recent news is causing a tidal turn.

    Hillary has Brains, Beauty and Ballz....to be POTUS. We are on our way to having a female sitting in the White House, and one who can saddle up to the table with a pedigree in how to micro manage her job. Move over Boys...

    April 22, 2008 at 10:04 pm |
  22. Judi Smith

    I think one of the reasons that Hillary will win the presidency nomination with much less money spent than Obama spent is because many – many of her suporters are the poor and out of work due to lack of jobs. These are the people who need her the most and this is the reason that she will become our next GREAT president. Also she has Bill by her side, almost everyone loves Bill.

    April 22, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  23. Kathy from Avalon

    Most of the negitive spin regarding Obama has to do with people AROUND him, not the man himself. Then there is Clinton. She FORGOT that there really wasn't sniper fire she had to dodge! WHAT??? She lied. She didn't vote for the war. She was voting for our president to have leverage. WHAT? She voted for the war. She changes her opinion and her story and even her accent depending on who, when and where she is speaking. Obama's story has not changed. His positions have remained constant. He has MORE legislative experience than Clinton and he will be the same age as Mr. Clinton was when he is elected president. If anyone wants to count Clinton's time in the white house as experience, then she has already served her term. And yes, I pray to God that he is the one representing our country, sitting accross those tables, speaking with the heads of state in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and even Iraq. He has the inteligence, communication skills and integrity that Clinton does not.

    April 22, 2008 at 10:01 pm |
  24. Amy

    First-Obama is not black he is black and white so I am not sure why so many people choose to elect one race to refer to him.
    Second- Clinton was married to a president-she was not running the country for those 8 years but she does make it sound like it.
    "Experience factor does not wash" and thats a fact.
    Third-Obama has the popular vote, and the delegate lead and that is the bottom line.
    He is winning and the numbers are a fact.

    April 22, 2008 at 9:58 pm |
  25. Annie Kate

    Obama outspent HRC by 2 or 3 to 1 in Pennsylvania but Clinton still won the state. She won another BIG state and got the working class, white men, the Catholics and a lot of the other important base voters. HRC has experience to be in the White House; Obama does not; McCain has more experience than the two Democrats together. In the general election the Democrats need the states that Hilliary has won to have a chance to win against McCain. HRC tonight at least looks more electable in the fall.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    April 22, 2008 at 9:43 pm |
  26. Lawrence

    North Carolina will be the final nail in Hillary's coffin.

    The point that noone is picking up on is that not only did Hillary lose support over this time, but the Democratic primaries are skewed in her favor. In the Democratic primaries, the break-down is about 60% female voters, versus an almost even split in the general elections. The primaries also skew a little more heavily toward older voters.

    Barack's demographics line up much better in the fall elections. He can get alot more of the independent male voters and will get alot more younger voters to show up.

    Hillary's edge in older voters would actually be taken away from her by John McCain in the general elections.

    April 22, 2008 at 9:28 pm |
  27. Carla Ontario Canada

    Congratulations to Hillary! She's got the momentum to go all the way!!!

    April 22, 2008 at 9:23 pm |
  28. tangerine

    CNN IS AFRAID OF HRC!!! The media is so afraid that she will turn on them and say everything is in Obamas favor, blah blah blah, that they can't report the truth.

    This is NOT a huge win for HRC. Wasn't she about 25 points ahead a couple of months ago.... and now what, 8-10? If she has less of a lead now it is because people changed their minds. SHE LOST VOTES. How, how HOW is that momentum??

    April 22, 2008 at 9:16 pm |
  29. Ryan

    SHE WINS....
    Not a shock to a HRC supporter, but so it goes the campaign goes on, I could not be happier. The heart of the Dem's party is the blue collar workers, women, and the elderly....If he cannot close the deal with them we face another Republican 4 yrs. It's time for the HRC campaign to really go after Voters and Money. Beating him in PA with a great lead and while he spent 3-1 in ads, makes it that much sweeter.

    April 22, 2008 at 9:16 pm |
  30. Michael

    Okay, alright....I want the Democracts to win this year, sooooo, I'll now buckle from pressure. I'll vote for a Obama/Hillary ticket ONLY if Obama is President and SHE is V.P. I can't believe I have to listen to the name CLINTON again after her liar, cheater husband. Day, after day, after day, in 2001 I woke to my alarm clock with the media talking about Bill and his adulteress affairs. I'm sick of the Clinton's and all that they stand for!!

    April 22, 2008 at 9:05 pm |
  31. Rachel McDonald Fritz

    Watching your Pennsylvania Primary results. Where are the 'paneled' white people who support Obama? Not one. And so it goes.

    Rachel McDonald

    April 22, 2008 at 8:47 pm |
  32. Ryan

    I 100% agree that HRC should fight til then end in this. To me it seems s though the Obama supporters within gov't are trying to get her to pull out of the race before anything is decided on MI and FL. The media play the Obama camp is getting today is ridiculous just like every other day. I have heard 100x today, and Obama has conceded and left for Indiana, who cares. Can we let the votes come in. I am a HRC supporter and I am looking for a double digit win here and I hope she succeeds. HRC needs money and she needs SD's. In order to make a play to them she has to pull this out. Obama seems to be at a disconnect with key democratic voters in regards to working class and women. It seems as though she is in it for the long haul and being that she has been down before, it seems as though the campaign is going to ride it for what its worth hopefully get some momentum going a little further before the 6th.

    April 22, 2008 at 8:43 pm |
  33. James McHann

    If white men do not vote for Clinton because she is a woman, they are called sexist. If whites do not vote for Obama because he is black, they are called racists. If blacks vote for Obama because he is black, why are they not called racists?

    April 22, 2008 at 8:32 pm |
  34. Diane Glasser

    It seems to me that the press is trying to sway the public to vote for Clinton and not Obama. There seems to be too much personal feelings added to the news. Why not just give the facts and stop deleting parts of candidate's statements, and poor photo angles and let the public decide for themselves. I think the press should keep silent.

    April 22, 2008 at 8:06 pm |
  35. Phyllis

    Mildly interesting but rather flimsy evidence. I don't think the superdelegates need to rely on Lanny's supercilious advice.

    I love watching Lanny alienate voters and delegates alike.

    April 22, 2008 at 8:04 pm |
  36. AJ

    There is no way I would vote for Obama...ever...even if it meant not voteing or voteing for McCain.

    Obama does not have the experience to be President yet...Its like hireing a line lead to run a Fortune 500 mega-Corporation...It'd just be stupid to hire him for Americas most important position of leadership when he's under qualified!

    How can we trust Obama to make the right decisions for all Americans when he couldn't make the right decision in his own church? He could have at any point in the last 20 yrs. done the right thing. Obama could have stood up and said..."This is racism" "This is anti-American remarks" but HE DIDN'T....He could have done the right thing but didn't.....20 yrs. he chose to sit there and do nothing...Thats not my idea of CHANGE! If he in fact was someone who truelly believed in change he would have stood up in that church and made a positive change by speaking out against racist remarks by his own minister....But he didn't! Change...hmmm,probobly not with Obama.

    Friends with terrorists.....enough said there! TERRORISTS! Isn't it terrorists attacks on 911 what got us into the wars with Afganistan and Iraq??? America does not need terrorist for friends and we deserve a President that doesn't choose terrorists for friends!!!

    Oh,and FYI...this statement is coming from an American who proudly turns to religion when times are hard for guidance and peace and who has pride in America and what it stands for...an American who believes in the Constitutional right to bear arms...

    April 22, 2008 at 7:58 pm |
  37. Larry

    If Barack is getting the high-educated white-male vote along with 90+% of the African-American vote; are those 2 groups supporting Barack for the same reason(s)?

    Perhaps that could be a refined exit poll study.

    April 22, 2008 at 7:55 pm |
  38. Jim

    Lanny,

    Mr. Obama's fairy tale run for the Presidency cannot hold up against John McCain. If he is having a hard time beating Hillary, he will not win against a united Republican Party that stands behind John McCain the presumptive President of the United States.

    April 22, 2008 at 7:48 pm |
  39. Lt Webb

    The Areas mostly black will vote for Obama, because he's black. Not because he is good for the country. Other areas will vote for the candidate who is best for the country and by they issues. That is why every one predicts Obama will win N. C. because they believe the Civil War is still alive in North Carolina. Sad to say but To True

    April 22, 2008 at 7:44 pm |
  40. Dolly

    We need to wake up and smell the coffee. The senator from Illinois is outspending the Senator from new York and still cannot win. Senator Obama is not an electable candidate.

    From where and from whom is his money flowing so voluminously that allows for him to spend so outrageously, a man who professes to cry out for the poor.

    The senator from Illinois professes to have such a strong and unshakable faith. He made this an issue, completely by himself...with no help from anyone else. And yet on a Christian holiday , such as Easter, he was seen luxuriously vacationing in the islands with no hint of his previous profession of commitment to his faith.

    He has through his own words proven himself to be deceitful, untrustworthy, elitist, arrogant, out of touch and either ignorant in the issues requiring his attention or deliberate hiding of his feelings concerning them, with no help from anyone else. Either way this is a very serious issue and spells disaster for the nation.

    Senator Obama emulates the former president Clinton but there is no comparison. The former president raised the level of education in Arkansas, raised the median level of income for Arkansas citizens, raised awareness and support for children, women, and the poor.

    Let us investigate the Senators' from Illinois voting record.

    The Senator from Illinois has done more to destroy the democratic party in 6 months than all democratic candidates have since it's inception.

    He is like a spoiled rich child crying for a new toy.
    The presidency of the Untied States is not a toy. Neither is the United States a concert stage and even if it were, the senator is not a rock star, even though he appears to think he is.

    He needs, for the good of the country, to drop out of this race. He is completely unelectable.

    "Listen to your heart. Never stop listening."
    Henry Quick Bear, LAKOTA

    April 22, 2008 at 7:33 pm |
  41. Sharon Ohio

    1. Why downplay Obama’s chances to win Pennsylvania?
    Obama has always played the woe is me card, downplaying the chances he is hoping to pick up some votes, having his supports work harder to drag a few more into the polls.

    The reason he can not win the working voters is the people in Pa are realist, they see though him and see he is a phony. Pa is the melting pot of immigrants, his comment saying they did not like immigrants is the most absurd thing in history. Proud Immigrants on every corner.
    Lets say Legal Immigrants.

    He refused to "show" any Patriotism, flatly and for no good reason.

    After so long of watching him, Condeming, putting down the Country and the President and every office in the government, It was time for more than words. Showed he has no respect, and he refuse to show and Patriotism or support for the government he wants to lead?

    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).

    Obama thinks he is Gods Gift, He beleives everyone buys into the hype. He is offering, That they are gullible and naive. Not So. People
    Actually look for someone being realistic.

    April 22, 2008 at 7:28 pm |
  42. Sheila

    Think about this: If Barak Obama still leads the nomination after the last primary, how about making Bill Clinton the vice-president running mate and let Hillary go on to be the Senate Majority leader? Win/Win??? (Is it allowed for a former president to run as a vice-president?)

    April 22, 2008 at 7:25 pm |
  43. Ruth

    How many of the states that Obama won, would he have won,if all the skeltons were out in the beginning?(Rev. Wright,bitter comments,Rezko etc) I will not vote for Obama, no matter what,even if Hilary were his running mate. He is truely a sheep in wolfs clothing,& it is coming to light everyday. The American people will not deliver a democratic president with Obama running.

    April 22, 2008 at 7:18 pm |
  44. Michael Southern California,

    I don't understand why your reports concerning exit and other polls as well do not seem to take into consideration the obvious when you reports the results of those polls.

    An example in the exit poll results that were reported today saying that 50 percent of Clinton voters in Penn. would rather vote for John Mc Cain than vote for Obama if he was a nominee only state's the obvious that so many analyst and Clinton Supporter's and analyst don't want to admit, but the fact that they do not want to vote for a Black man as President which is very sad to say, but I feel that is the truth and the reason for those result's and not because of Senator Obama's policies or the things that have taken place during this election process.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:57 pm |
  45. Mr. J

    The more people learn about Mr Obama the less they like him. At least we know Hillary is a fighter. She has to stay in if we want a democrat in the whitehouse. Mr Obama doesn't have a chance against the repubilcan machine let alone the 527's. It's time to get over the love affair with BO. We want a winner not a whiner.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:57 pm |
  46. Maritza

    Lanny,

    Hillary is at her best when it's down to the wire,to the many politically naive voters out there, Obama is not qualified on any level, he can't hold his own on the issues,national security, domestic issues, foreign policy, now that is a scary one , do we really want this man sitting across the table from Iran? , tell me who your friends are and I'll tell you who you are, there is beggining to be a common anti-american theme to this candidate, how reasonable could it be for a presidential candidate to be endorsed be a terrorist organization, no hidden agenda there? I support John McCain, for all of the right reasons national security, experience , leadership skills, I wish the best for Hillary Clinton she needs to stay the course, stay focused,thank you Lanny for your contribution. I saw you the other night on FOX with Sean Hannity.

    Maritza

    Maritza

    April 22, 2008 at 6:42 pm |
  47. Tammy

    Good points. And further proof that HRC should stay in this until the bitter end. I'm not even a Democrat. I'm for McCain. But let's call fair, fair. Senator Clinton deserves to run until all voters have spoken. Obviously (much to the chagrin of Obama Fest lovers everywhere) she is still quite viable where it counts (big states where the Dems need to win in the General if they're going to stand a shot against my personal fav, John McCain). Or the Dems could give this to Obama now. And we'll be sure to think of you at the McCain inaugural parties in Washington in January with a hearty thanks for handing over the election once again.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  48. Debra Thomas

    I do not think Obama should not give up, he could win just like Clinton can win. What we as a nation should do is focus on the fact that we are in a ression and it is because of a Republican so why let McCain, finish what Bush started.
    And it is funny that when ever the Clinton's say something it is always down played and then you hear nothing else aboutl. But as soon as Obama say's something it is played over and over. We need to work together and stop being like crabs.

    April 22, 2008 at 6:07 pm |
  49. Sami

    Well It's still early and Once Hillary drops out and loses the nomination, her voters will ultimately feel a need to jump onto Obama's side. Obviously the votes between the two are split. Once Obama picks a Vice-President, it will help fill in any doubts in voters' minds.

    April 22, 2008 at 5:58 pm |
  50. xtina, chicago IL

    why is cnn posting editorials by Presidential candidates' campaign managers? Is cnn giving them free blog space in xchange for the campaigns spending money on cnn?

    April 22, 2008 at 5:58 pm |
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