Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Obama's Big Day

Obama bucked the trends Tuesday night with a solid 14 point win in North Carolina and held Hillary Clinton to a two point squeaker in Indiana.

Most pundits, including yours truly, thought the result last night would be stronger in Hillary's favor (though Zogby was nearly right on the mark). When the result became clear, the pundits seemed ready to begin writing that it was all over for Hillary with some suggesting that she might get out soon.

Let's face it: it's been over for Hillary for quite a while. Obama has the money, has the delegates and has the popular vote (though only barely). Obama has been the likely nominee since Super Tuesday.

But Hillary isn't going anywhere. She's recently loaned her campaign $6.4 million from the joint bank account she enjoys as former President Bill Clinton cashes in on his legacy around the world. That's in addition to the $5 million she loaned her campaign earlier this year. It's clear she isn't going anywhere and the primary in West Virginia next Tuesday, the 13th where the Rasmussen Poll shows Hillary with a stronger lead than Obama had in North Carolina.

It's Not Over Until It's Over

As pundits labored to fill the air while waiting for the Indiana result, it gave time to reflect on prior lost causes in the Democrat Party. On Fox News, Brit Hume recalled his reporting from the Democrat convention in 1980 where Senator Ted Kennedy challenged incumbent President Jimmy Carter all the way to the convention floor despite being down by 700 delegates. Kennedy must have known that Carter could not win against Reagan just as Hillary insists Obama cannot win against McCain.

The bottom line: Hillary Clinton isn't going away!

P.S. Obama's team blames their loss in Indiana on Operation Chaos!

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