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April 23rd, 2008
09:07 PM ET

Despite Pennsylvania, Obama's the Winner

Rep. Jesse L. Jackson, Jr.
(D) Illinois, Democratic superdelegate and supporter of Barack Obama

 
Senator Barack Obama is still in the lead, maintaining his strong position to win the Democratic nomination for president.

Last night, Hillary Clinton did the expected - she won the Pennsylvania primary.  For her, the contest was a "home game" in which she was the overwhelming favorite.  In tennis parlance, she "held serve."

Weeks ago, Senator Clinton had been up in the polls by a whopping 25 points.  By last night, Senator Barack Obama had cut that lead by more than half and denied Clinton her last, best chance to make significant inroads in Obama's pledged delegate lead of 171 delegates.  Senator Clinton barely made a dent, winning a net-gain of only about 10 pledged delegates.

No doubt, you'll be hearing a lot from the Clinton campaign about "big states" and their bearing on the general election.  Despite the Clinton camp's hype and hoopla, Senator Barack Obama still has won more contests, more popular votes, more states and more key battlegrounds - like Missouri, Colorado, Minnesota, Virginia, Wisconsin and Iowa - than Clinton.  Most importantly, he's won more pledged delegates.

So, let's be clear-eyed and fair-minded and dispose of the tortured, dare I say, Clintonian, logic.  This primary is a race for delegates, and Barack Obama has acquired a nearly insurmountable lead.

Between now and the last primary on June 3rd, I believe more and more superdelegates will do what's right and move to ratify - not nullify - the will and votes of the people.  Even after the Pennsylvania primary, Senator Obama remains the best candidate to take on and beat John McCain in the fall.  He's ready to unite the country and begin a new chapter in our history.  "Advantage" - the American people!   


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  1. Dolly

    How very interesting that Senator Obama when he outspends his opponent 3 to 1 and cannot win calls that a victory.

    How also very interesting that he continues to affiliate himself with the Rev. Wright. I was personally offended tonight when Roland Martin had the audacity to suggest Rev. Wright preached on what happened to the native Americans.

    Excuse me?I am a native American!

    Please be so kind sir as not to preach to me about what has happened to may people and I shall not preach to you about yours.

    Leave my people out of this.

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

    April 24, 2008 at 10:47 pm |
  2. Ruby L. Larkin

    Thank you for keeping all of us informed. Your blog was encouraging as you always have been. I continue to have the faith that Barack Obama will be the nominee, and look forward to hearing from you in the future.

    April 24, 2008 at 9:17 pm |
  3. Spider

    Let the primaries run their course. If a long race that allows everyone to vote destroys the Party, then we didn't have a Party to begin with.

    April 24, 2008 at 8:58 pm |
  4. Garth Bishop

    The idea of super delegates was concocted by the Democratic leaders to avoid another McGovern, Mondale, Dukakis 49 state wipe out when the wrong person is nominated. The new rules established a "party of elders" the Dem leaders and thinkers who would have their say, about 25% worth, to insure that the most viable candidate represents the Dem party against the Republican candidate.

    This new Dem rule is no different from an instructor telling students that 2/3 of their grade would be on daily quizzes, and the other 1/3 based on oral presentations, attendance, etc. It's an entirely fair rule everyone buys into before the race (or class) begins.

    Sorry Obama folks, if the super delegates put Hillary over the top and give her the nomination, it will be in the best interest of the Dem party to make sure McCain does NOT win-that's imperative-McCain would be like another WBush term on steriods. Think things are bad now, with McCain it would be 10x times worse. Simple put, Hillary can win against McCain, and Obama cannot.

    The Republican slime machine will make mince meat out of him, but cannot do the same with Hillary-she's been vetted for the past 20-30 years-nothing new will come out on her-she's a winner.
    Garth Bishop
    Los Angeles

    April 24, 2008 at 7:29 pm |
  5. Robert Marshall

    I trust Barack neither (Obama) nor John McCain. The former is someone untested, whose main asset is his "gift of gab." I do not believe that he has the "seasoning" to handle the job.

    The latter is mentally unstable, with wacky ideas and temperment that makes him unsuited to be president, as I see it. I fear for America and the world if eithe one of these individuals succeeds in becoming the next president of the United States.

    Of the two, however, I would prefer Barack, if that is the only choice that I have.

    If Bloomburg runs, I will vote for him . I may do so, as a write-in candidate, even if he doesn't run, if allowed to do so.

    April 24, 2008 at 7:24 pm |
  6. Robert Marshall

    The constant demonizing of and unbrideled hatred spewed at Senator Hillary Clinton was started by the ultra right wing of the Republican party. Now, Obama's supporters have adopted this tactic and stance in their quest to get their man elected. Because of that, I see no substantial difference between Obama "fanatics" and right wing extremists. Finally, I note that Obama has not reputiated these "fanatics – and, in failing to do so, he legitimizes these tactics by whomever employs them. When these tactics are employed by right wing extremists during the general election campaign, complaints regarding the fairness of doing so will be perceived as hollow, cynical , self-serving and without merit.

    April 24, 2008 at 7:00 pm |
  7. Norma Jones

    I sincerely appreciate this blog. I let myself get thrown off course listening to Hillary and CNN. I should know better. Thank you.
    Norma

    April 24, 2008 at 6:54 pm |
  8. Robert Marshall

    No democrat is a winner. If Barack had not entered this race, there would be no doubt that a democrat would be the next president of the United States. I recall that when President Clinton was in the White House, your father – Jesse Jackson, Sr. – made it a point to be to have his picture taken with the President as often as he could. I have several that I have taken myelf. Disloyalty is the achilles' heel of democrats and is the principle reason that we have not won the White House since William Jefferson Clinton was president and will be the principle reason that we fail to do so this coming November should Barack prevail in his quest for the democratic presidential nomination.

    April 24, 2008 at 6:42 pm |
  9. Pauline Viverette

    Everyone should not forget that when this process started, only a quarter of African Americans supported Obama. When Hillary and Bill got through playing the race card, in Iowa and in New Hampshire, then in South Carolina, African Americans found themselves being driven from the Clintons into the waiting arms of Obama. I was just discussing them with a coworker. She, like myself, is African American and we both started this nomination season as Hillary supporters. Bill and Hillary, we hardly knew you!

    April 24, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  10. Pauline Viverette

    Why isn't that the commentators are not scorching Hillary Clinton for playing the race card? It is she and her supporters who've brought race into this nomination process. It seems she has no concern for the welfare of this country and its people. It's a fact, there are still multitudes of whites around who can be goaded and manipulated into voting against their best interests and for anyone who'll play to their anxieties and fears about race! Blue collar white males in Pennsylvania and everywhere should be outraged that she bases her appeal on the allegation that they will not support an African -American male for president of this country. Her attitude and behavior are more than elitist but downright racist. She's doing irreparable harm to the body politic. We need someone to appeal to the better angels of our nature. We need to get beyond our differences, our fears and anxieties and get down to talking to each other in a good faith effort to solve our many economic, social, national and foreign relations and political problems. While Hillary is playing to the basest emotions of white males, the corporations and vested interests continue to rob all of us blind! Enough is enough! The American people can be decent and fair, why not encourage our virtues rather than play to the race virus that lurks just below the surface?

    April 24, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  11. Tyrone

    If the superdelegates give the nomination to Billary after Senator Obama has beaten her fair and square (following the rules agreed to by all the candidates) that will destroy the Democratic Party. Changing the rules in the middle of the game is unacceptable and a slap to the face of fair minded persons regardless of what race they happen to be. Fair is fair, right is right, and God don't like ugly. Dr. Wright served in the military for six years (as a volunteer) and has every right to
    speak truth to power. I am a bit disappointed that Obama succumbed to the biased media coverage and distanced himself from such a highly respected and accomplished patriot as Dr. Wright. This country needs Obama more than they need more of the Clinton's business as usual agenda.

    April 24, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  12. DC Insider

    It's time to put that old billygoat Hillary out to pasture! No more lies, no more negativity, no more Clinton in the Bushes! No more McCaineyBush! It's over!

    Kudos to Note-taker...Hillary didn't think twice about all the money she was spending in her ill-managed broke a– campaign. She NEVER even thought or cared enough to invite/involve everyman/woman to contribute (like Barack) UNTIL those Millionaires/ corporations she really serves maxxed out or ran out streams to pad her campaign. She just KNEW she was going to be the nominee after Super Tuesday, after all...it's her right, we owe it to her! it's her turn! it's her time! NOT!!

    It's time to move on from all this negativity with Hillary and the old broken partisan political establishment that is dragging our nation and bring a fresh intelligent, honorable, competent man to raise the bar and represent ALL of us well in this world! Go OBAMA! he's the one!

    April 24, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  13. JoAnn Sunkett

    Hilary is trying to prove that she is "man enough" for the job by consistently running a smear campaign. Isn't that politics as usual? That is just what we don't need. Let's try to stick to the issues that really matter to the American public. I think the Clintons don't really have any answers and cannot really motivate or inspire the country to resolve these issues so they do what has been successul in the past: character assasination, mistatements, and a few tears.

    April 24, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  14. Geogre A Jones

    Shirley you hit the nail on the head!

    April 24, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  15. Truth Seeker

    Blessings to ALL !!!~Unconditionally ! ~ even to those "fair weather" Democrats (??), who like "fair weather friends" are NOT worth a D**n !!
    ... it's amazing how superficial some voters are (at least on this blog) ... you go ahead and vote for "Old Mac," which will be a VOTE for further War(NOT Peace), and further Economic DEStruction...you must still have your house (mortgage must be paid up, so you have the "luxury" of that position)...enjoying the gASS prices?!?...YOU can thank BUSH(it), Cheney, and the other "Oil Barons" for that !!

    As former Pres. "Nafta" Clinton was told once, "K.I.S.S. !! "...for those who have a memory beyond that of an ant, via this acronym, he was being reminded to FOCUS on the ISSUES, in particular, the ECONOMY !! ... remember that ?!?, the REAL Issue, and the "unending" War, that Sen. Clinton AUTHORIZED by her vote ?!??...yeah, "real leadership"...by consensus, right ?!? ... For Anderson Cooper (my "coz," as my family name is also Cooper...aka the "Meeting David Wilson" story...), AND all you others (esp. ABC "No-News" commentators) who seem to continually link Sen. Obama with Rev. J. Wright, you NEED to look into the Clintonian Connection with Rev. Wright during the White House years. (check out this link to "The N.Y. Times," March 20, '08: ; if it doesn't come out in this blog, then simply do a SEARCH at their site), if YOU are truly a "Seeker of TRUTH" or simply a political "blow-hard," who simply likes to vent on superficialities, whereby as the scriptures notes that you are simply: " as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal...," for ultimately, "The TRUTH shall set YOU free," and as Dr. King quoted someone, "Truth crushed to the ground WILL Rise again !!!, " – but if YOU aren't, then "Prove Ye ALL things ..." (esp. before you write or speak) ... oh, and please Forgive my SARCASM, for I'm one of those "Bitter Voters" that's been disenfranchised by THIS BUSH(it) Administration...& Pardon Brother Barack for NOT "speaking with forked tongue" (like Bosnia), and of Telling the TRUTH !!!

    I wish YOU all, PEACE & LOVE, for clearly, WE all are in need of these "Fruits of the SPIRIT" !!!, and of yeah, one of which is HOPE ...(without this "Fruit," most decedants of former slaves or other victims of oppression at the hands of European Imperialism/White Supremacy, eg., Native Americans & other indigenous peoples, certainly would have "thrown in the towel" and given up, BUT Thanks to HOPE & FAITH in Truth, Justice, and LOVE/GOD, as Maya Angelou writes, "And Still We RISE !!! " ...Vive HOPE !!! ~ Viva Barack Obama !!! ... " Keep HOPE Alive !!! " ... SHALOM, SHANTI, PEACE !!!

    April 24, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  16. Dinky

    Math is not everything; we are looking for the leader of the most powerful nation in the world. Mr. Obama shows great promise but proves every day that he is not yet ready for this high office. Eight years as Vice President will provide him with the experience he needs to lead the Western world. He has had his ego trip. Now is the time to recognize the true facts. He should withdraw his candidacy and prepare to be the next President after Ms Clinton.

    April 24, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  17. muriel schnierow

    Senator Obama and Senator Clinton are in a close race because that is the way it played out. speculating on which is more "evil" depending on what blog you read is very foolish. All votes should be counted and when one or the other wins a state that is a WIN not a delusion. there were at least 7 or 8 candidates on stage in the debate.The demonizing of candidates is the reason we are in trouble in this country. there is no fairness, justice ,or common sense to such meanderings. We need a thinking electorate and an educated electorate. Otherwise it is time for a monarchy

    April 24, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  18. Helen

    Hillary is using FUZZY math to win. Didn't President Bush use FUZZY math also. Same old politics.

    April 24, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  19. Brian

    I'd hardly call Missouri, Colorado, Minnesota, Virginia, Wisconsin and Iowa key battle grounds. Colorado, Virginia and Iowa have been pretty "red" in general elections for the last 12 or so years. Missouri had a less than 1% difference when all was said and done- and Obama and Clinton basically split its delegates equally. Now compare those to CA, NY, NJ, PA, TX (without caucus results-no caucuses in Nov.), and OH. Now those are key states!

    As for delegates, whether the lunacy of the DNC will be upheld at the convention remains to be seen. Thus quoting delegate totals is of little use at this point. And here's a great question-why are the Obama campaign and Obama supporters trying so hard to deny the voters in FL and MI a say in choosing a nominee?

    April 24, 2008 at 1:52 pm |
  20. moe

    Hi Anderson,
    i was listening to MSNBC today, and there was this debate wether if Obama was elected as the nominee, the Blue collar workers and older Democrats (Where Hillary got her votes from) in PA would Vote for the Mccain.
    I believe this does not justify giving a First place postion to someone in second place position just because those in 2nd position feels they can do better becos they 've won some States that will be important in Nov. Election.
    ' Here what', What if the Obama voters (the young voters, the independent voters, New and first time voters......) decides to do likewise?
    Lets not tear the party aparty. There are set down rules, if we change this rules means changing the party.

    April 24, 2008 at 1:33 pm |
  21. Tiachi

    Thank you for writing this and thank you Anderson Cooper for allowing GOOD / TRUTHFUL articles to be posted and debated. I think people keep losing sight of the fact that he is winning. If the table were turned no one would be talking about how a "black man" is putting up a tough fight, they wouldn't even give him the time of day. Another thing, they would love for Barack to get angry so that they can label him the "angry black man"... he just can't seem to win in the media. This is not Hillary's time.

    April 24, 2008 at 1:04 pm |
  22. KC, Texas

    To John in Oklahoma....
    AMEN!
    How many republicans do you think have fogone their primaries (or do not have the option any longer in the repub primaries), stepped across party lines to vote for Obama for the simple fact that they KNOW McCain will beat the crap out of Obama in the general election? Or for the ones that stepped over and voted for Hillary??? The numbers are bogus and only the dimwitted would believe what a poll states as actual facts. Some poor dems are still playing the numbers game with the polls when they would have better luck with the lottery of coming out with a winner.

    I think the REAL figures would scare poor little Obama and his "followers"!

    To the brainwashed Obamaites:
    "Superdelegates" are not bound by blood and/or life to vote for either candidate on the basis of a pledge. They still have the right to "change" their minds....just like every other American...and vote as they wish.

    April 24, 2008 at 12:20 pm |
  23. atl

    If Obama wins- I will vote for McCain. I just made my first political donation to Hillary last night. Why? She is the best manager for the country. Hillary is more of a moderate with a plan. During her husbands reign, we had a balanced budget, strong economy, and strong dollar. Obama is a hoping liberal with a good speech.

    John the miskate people make is to not understand that Bill Clinton just happened to be President at the time the .com error was booming. It had nothing to do with Clinton. Also Clinton and Nafta are part responsible for the problems we are having now, with record job losses. Secondly when someone will lie blatantly and you still support them, then it shows you character. Hillary is the same as McCain.

    April 24, 2008 at 12:16 pm |
  24. Taj

    Jesse, Who will be the final winner? your verdict please. Hillary now claims that she has more popular vote by taking credit for Michigan & TX. Why is Obama is your pick as a Superdelegate? I thought you & Al Sharpton were siding Hillary. You changed your mind?

    April 24, 2008 at 12:13 pm |
  25. John J.

    I'd like to point out a couple of things: First of all, it should be noted that Hillary Clinton has been faced with at least 4 "do-or-die" scenarios in this campaign this year (at least according to the media, daggers ever at the ready). And every time, she's come through with flying colors, in each case exceeding the numbers suggested by the polls and completely dumbfounding the pundits. Every time.
    Second, let's address the conversation going on about Florida and Michigan: Their Democratic parties knowingly broke the rules and subsequently their delegates should definitely not be seated. Rules are rules. But at least in Florida, BOTH candidates were still on the ballot, and people went to the polling stations and cast their votes. And they voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton, not Barack Obama. So her assertion that, including these votes, she is now actually leading in the popular vote is absolutely substantiated. And this is a fact that no one in the Democratic party can afford to ignore, least of all the superdelegates. The goal, after all, is not the nomination at the convention, but the White House in the general election. For the Obama camp to 'cry foul' at Democratic superdelegates considering these numbers in their decisions would be naive at best, and at worst would suggest a cynical disenfranchisement of the votes cast by those Florida voters in particular (not that we're not used to that!). So forget the Michigan and Florida delegates, but forgetting how voters in both those states are inclined to vote in November could prove suicidal.
    Here's what I think Pennsylvania means: Obama is hurt. He has stumbled badly, and his supporters weren't expecting that. After pulling to within 5 points of her lead, in the end he lost by 10 points, or let's give the benefit of the doubt to the critics and let them have their alleged 8.9 points. Whatever way you cut it, in election terms that's what's known as a "whupin'". And that means now she's got not only tenacity on her side, a very admirable attribute indeed for a President, but also momentum.
    What all this translates into might come as a shock, but here it is; Indiana is indeed do-or-die...for Obama! If he doesn't beat Clinton in Indiana, his neighboring state, and a state that is a virtual demographic blueprint for the entire Midwest, then his credibility as an 'electable' candidate is out the window. If conservative Democrats don't go for him there, then they won't go for him nationwide in the general election in November. Which is not necessarily suggesting that they'll all go for McCain, although some will. Instead, they'll just stay home. Indiana, not North Carolina or any of the other primary states with their specialized demographics, will determine who the Democratic presidential candidate should be.
    One last note: The repeated suggestion that the prolonged Democratic battle is somehow helping John McCain is ridiculous. All the media attention on Obama and Clinton not only deprives McCain of valuable coverage, but the focus on the Democrats also serves to show just how aligned their policies are, demonstrating that, despite the campaign bickering, the party and its candidates have a unified vision. McCain, who seems to be a fine, principled man, is nevertheless stiff as a board, the camera hates him, he has no ideas and he's even despised by vast segments of his own party. Both Clinton or Obama will be able tie him up in knots in public campaigning and debates, whether they have 6 months, 3 months or 10 minutes to do it. The simple math demonstrated by the Democratic primary turnouts dictates that with similar turnout in November, either candidate will handily beat McCain.
    So take comfort Democrats and so-inclined independents. We can proudly support whichever candidate we end up getting, and if we keep this contest going competitively, we might even be able to force them into "The Dream Ticket".

    April 24, 2008 at 11:37 am |
  26. Miss Mary from Norman Oklahoma

    Representative Jackson,

    You are right.

    And it seems it will take more than a villiage to over-haul the Democratic Party machine. Senator Obama's delicate precision of proceeding to examine the wishes of the voting public in each primary and caucus will result in a Democratice party made over, and prepared to carry American forward and beyond the insider politics of Washington.

    Stay the course, YES WE CAN!

    April 24, 2008 at 11:18 am |
  27. Taj

    Jesse, Please hold your horses. We are not done yet. We will only know by June convention time. Things can change. Remember Al Gore vs GW, Florida. This is America.

    April 24, 2008 at 10:42 am |
  28. Beverly

    Cowboy Jack, were you up past your bedtime? Obama the front runner should drop out beacuse of 2 states, (FL did not count). Don't the other 48 states matter ?

    Hilary the "best manager ". How does someone with a 200 million dollar campaign war chest wind up in debt, now the milionaire is asking for handout s from the American people, priceless. I wounder who will get the blame for this one, creative bookkeeping or a vast right wing conspiracy. Sending money to her campiagn is like buying a ticket on the Titanic. I do hope she uses your funds wisely and pays her vendors and campaign workers health care.

    April 24, 2008 at 10:22 am |
  29. Paul

    Obama's difficulty in getting some voters such as the blue collar, older voters have been noted my many and could be the key in winning key states during the general election. How much difference can the vice-presidential candidate help with that...for example if it's Al Gore (someone who is popular enough and doesn't create as much animosity as Hillary amongst the general population )? Also, what are the chances Al Gore might agree to be the vice-president if Obama gets the nomination?

    April 24, 2008 at 10:21 am |
  30. naknudson

    I'd say this is only wishful thinking on the part of his supporters. Neither candidate has enough electoral votes face reality and Obama will not win.

    April 24, 2008 at 9:47 am |
  31. I faced the truth

    Mary True, look at the name of author of the article again. It was written by Rep. Jesse J ackson, Jr. not Reverend Jesse Jackson. I think youre mistaken in your comments just as you as about voting for Hillary Clinton.

    April 24, 2008 at 9:29 am |
  32. Sabina

    Hi all,

    It SEEMS clear. Obama will win.
    Despite or in spite of the odds, re: history.

    Why is it that Clinton’s supporters are Uneducated and White Seniors?

    1. These old folks still think Blacks are less than they are. They (White seniors, in general) are 'dinosaurs' and remain racists from their youth.

    2. The Uneducated are just that...they do NOT KNOW the issues, the Truths, the way things are. They go with the status quo – what they are familiar with. They are sadly ignorant.

    And Clinton takes advantage of these folks with her BS “war stories”, fear-mongering, and other tasteless distractions. Her campaign knows which ‘LOW-road buttons’ to push with these poor-working class-Uneducated-old timers.
    ______

    WHEN will you speak the TRUTH?? When will anyone call it out for what it is? I will keep saying it.....

    The larger of Clinton’s base (that is, racism* and ignorance*) IS destroying the Democratic Party and a UNITED States of America.

    Thanks JJ!
    Hope cnn posts this!

    April 24, 2008 at 8:59 am |
  33. RT

    If Obama wins the nomination, IM voting for McCain!

    April 24, 2008 at 8:36 am |
  34. steve in florida

    The rules were stated and known to the candidates: no campaigning in Florida. To say that Florida's primary was just like the others and should count is stretching the facts. Of course, this Hillary we're talking about, and what do facts matter when you've engaged in the longest running campaign ever (what...60 years?). Take your ball and go home, the game is over. End the drama, vote Obama, strawberry jama, ride your lama...to Alabama.

    April 24, 2008 at 5:31 am |
  35. Tijuana Smith

    I have a difference of opinion when it comes to asking why can't Obama close the deal with certain voters. I don't think that he can't close the deal. I think that what you have is two candidates whose views are similar and people are torn at the voting polls. I believe that if Obama is the nominee he will pick up those voters who were torn but made a personal choice because of preference.

    April 24, 2008 at 5:16 am |
  36. Bobby

    I have to tell you that I am starting to get annoyed at all this talk about 9 point 10 point win... The fact of the matter is that if you look at the amount of money that Obama spent the gap should have been closer. Also take a look at the break down of the groups. The groups that He carried he has always carried, however the groups that Clinton carried ( yes as as expected) was even in a larger amount than normal. This should say something. I dont think that this campaign has been more negative than ones in the past (think Howard Dean yelling at the top of his lungs). And lets take a look at the states that have picked the winner the last 2 times. How can Obama win in November when he is alienating the majority of the voters that he will need in November. Think about it like this he has belittled small town America (isnt that the majority of the Country). There hasnt been anymore mention about J Wright (you know McCains camp will use that) dont think that will hurt, guess again And then you still have the voters that make less than 50k a year and dont have a degree. Plus look at his voting record (one of the most liberal in the senate. You may not like Hillary, however the voters that dont arent voting for her now. I am in Amarillo Texas and can tell you that the people that I know that voted for Obama would vote for Hillary, however the opposite isnt true. I will predict now that if Obama is the nom a lot of "conservative" democrats will vote for Mcain and he will be elected.

    April 24, 2008 at 4:53 am |
  37. Grandma Reed-Smith

    I never thought I would see grown women with boxing gloves on depicting a woman ready for a bloody battle. Please don't forget women our children and grandchildren are watching. I had the greatest admiration for Hillary Clinton until the negativity of her campaign set in. Obama is a class act with pride and no prejudice. I plan to support this young man with my prayers, talents, and finances. His family should be real proud. Hillary please stop before you lose more friends.

    April 24, 2008 at 4:21 am |
  38. Jonny

    Interesting how JJ makes a point to say what Obama's won more of, including more popular votes, but there's no mention of how many hypothetical electoral votes he's won. I think Clinton is right on top of him in this area. Of course, it's not a full representation because some states (Texas, Cali) most likely won't be won by a democrat come Gen El time...but still, I think Clinton gives Dems a better shot at the "Jewel" states (NY, Florida, Michigan) than Obama does.

    Either way, doesn't matter, McCain will be victorious. The closer we get to November, the more recognizable Obama's glaring flaws will be...Hillary will take care of herself.

    April 24, 2008 at 4:10 am |
  39. curtis

    neither candidate has the required 2024 delegate votes, and neither will have that number before the convention. In that case wouldn't the convention decide?

    April 24, 2008 at 3:43 am |
  40. Kat

    Concerning Florida, and Michigan votes, and the seating of their delegates, I think that in all fairness Senator Clinton can't claim them because they were not suppose to vote at that time, and she was not suppose to campaign in Florida. And, Senator Obama was not even on the ballot in Michigan. So, how is that fair? However, because Florida and Michigan are a part of our United States, if there is not going to be any campaining, and re-voting, then let the votes be split, as well as the delegates. But Senator Clinton doesn't want that, because that will leave her in the position that she is presently in, which is behind. But, for her to think that they should be counted is not fair to all the other states that did it right, and it is not fair to Senator Obama. To me, she didn't set a good example as an upstanding candidate. Sure, seat the delegates. But, in order for it to be fair at this point, the candidates have to campaign, and the people that didn't get a chance to vote would have to vote, and those that did vote would have to re-vote after seeing and hearing what the candidates have to say through their campaigning. Or the votes and the delegates need to be split between the two. What's so hard about just being fair?

    April 24, 2008 at 3:17 am |
  41. Lisette Chicago

    Rep. Jackson

    We all know Obama has already won and will b the nominee.
    Now if someone will tell the Media and Hillary we will be all set.

    April 24, 2008 at 3:15 am |
  42. Kat

    To me, alot of the media has been very "pro" Senator McCain (maybe because he threw some of the media a barbeque), and "pro" Senator Clinton, (due to all the Senator Clinton supporters they have on), and are allowing alot of negatives to be said about Senator Obama. How is it that they aired Senator Obama's one statment on "the bitter comment" for weeks, (in which he clearly explained what he meant. Clear enough for even the uneducated mind to understand). And, aired Senator Clinton's lie for only a matter of day's?

    Senator Clinton has run a very negative race, in which Senator Obama's stance is basically in defence. To watch Senator Clinton tear at him, and to hear some of the media say things like she needs to go negative in order to win, is a disgrace before the american people. This is absurd. Whatever happened to integrity, character, kindness, and ethical things that our country was built on? To indicate before the american people that you have to drag someone through the dirt, and cheat in order to win, is disdainful! This is appalling. America is better than this! I think we need to run and allow a clean race on their ability, skill and character so that we won't have Democrat's voting for Senator McCain in November, or not voting at all because the way the person who won (was really not a win), but a tactic. Unbelievable! Let's pull it together, and allow a fair campaign to take place, so the best person can win! And, may God really bless America!

    April 24, 2008 at 2:42 am |
  43. Democrat

    We are all making a big mistake and the "Bitterness" has to stop. The democrats actually need "Obama and Hillary" on the winning ticket in November. The problem is Senator Clinton do not want to be on the ticket in November as Vice President, she wants to be the front runner as president because of some sort of "ENTITLEMENT TO THE THRONE".

    Therefore, Senator Clinton will do anything to be the front runner even if it means damaging the democratic party and/or Senator Obama's reputation. Personally I think this is childish. It is like we are dealing with "a spoiled little girl who gets whatever she wants". Someone needs to get involved and stop this before we end up with another Republican back in office.

    April 24, 2008 at 2:34 am |
  44. Mike Sweebe

    Keep Hillary honest: as votes from Pennsylvania still come in, the true math on the returns show that she won by 9.3% not 10%. If we're comfortable with rounding numbers, we have to realize that a .7% rounding equals 15,900 votes. Do those voters agree?

    April 24, 2008 at 2:30 am |
  45. Kelvin

    The Clinton campaign now wants to resort to fear touting Pearl Harbor, Osama Bin Laden, and the Berlin Wall? Why didn’t her campaign use more recent events that occurred during the Clinton administration like the bombing of the USS Cole (October 12, 2000) or the US embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania (August 7, 1998)?! I’ll tell you why, because the Clinton administration showed inaction on those events! Now Hillary has the audacity to use fear mongering? Hillary’s now pandering to the old and scared (hence the reference to Pearl Harbor). Hillary campaigns like the true republican she is.

    Obama 08'

    April 24, 2008 at 2:12 am |
  46. Andrew

    So let me get this straight... Hillary is going to come in second in the popular vote, pledged delegates, and primaries won, yet somehow feels she should be awarded first? Last time I checked a democracy was about who won the most votes, the most delegates, and the most primaries won.

    April 24, 2008 at 2:11 am |
  47. cc

    It is amusing to see praise of the Clinton presidency because of the strong economy during that period. Presidents have virtually no influence on the economy. They neither invent things that create a new spending cycle, nor can they force people to spend money. They can only reduce the impact of a recession. Dumb luck counts for nothing. Clinton did not invent the Internet or the intuitive personal computer. If Hillary had her way, we would already be on our knees under the burden of a government-sponsored health care system that would have us all pulling our own teeth, just like the Brits.

    April 24, 2008 at 1:55 am |
  48. Narayan Kanoor

    All the reporters are guilty of inadvertantly bringing race into the equation. I just heard John King and Bill Schneider.. when they explain about the demographics of each state they keep saying.. this is Obama’s area because it African American, and NC is a heavily African American population which favors Obama. Doesn’t that make Obama an African American candidate rather than a democrat who happens to be AA?

    April 24, 2008 at 1:50 am |
  49. neecee

    I read in a blog where a contributor stated if HC did not win the nomination he will not vote for Barack. He stated that Michelle O has no right to be in the WHITE house.
    Question? why is that building called the WHITE house? Does this mean that it is only for WHITE citizens to inhabit?

    In London there is 10 downing street, in Canada it is 24Sussex Drive.
    Just a thought!!

    April 24, 2008 at 1:48 am |
  50. Michelle

    Obama should be the nominee. I've had enough of the Billary machine and their desperate bid for the nomination. Hillary doesn't deserve to be president.

    Now the Clinton campaign is trying to goad Obama into another debate....I have had enough of these meaningless debates...saying he is running away from them. He's not running. There is no reason for Obama to debate Hillary AGAIN!

    The Clinton campaign is trying to break the rules and include primaries in which all the candidates did not participate (except Hillary, for some mysterious reason) and in which Obama's name wasn't even on one of the ballot. That reminds me of a Bush tactic...just change the rules so you can do what you want.

    Obama is not mocking, smug, attacking or scoffing when he responds to the Clinton's attacks. I'm tired of this kind of media slander.

    It is not bad that Obama has more money than Hillary. He has more money because average Americans support him ($25 donation by donation) and is loyal enough to give money to his campaign on a monthly basis.

    It is also not evidence of weakness that Obama out spends Hillary in each state. Anyone running against Hillary better outspend her because the BIllary campaign is a meat grinder with deep political ties... many favors are owed and secrets shared. If Obama can survive the Billary attack machine (with assists from FOX and the GOP) he can easily beat McCain.

    Media pundits contribute to the confusion as well...keeping controversy alive, propping up Hillary to keep her campaign afloat and casting misleading doubt on Obama just to boost ratings.

    Democrats, we need to end this contest and move on!

    April 24, 2008 at 1:47 am |
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