Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Hillary's Big Win

First off, congrats to John McCain. I am glad we've got a nominee and that McCain can now start his general election campaign. He's got a lot of work to do and will need as much time as he can get.

I had a feeling yesterday that Hillary would win. I thought it would be close, but I felt like she would pull it off. She did and she's back in the race. This is not just a big win for Clinton, it's huge. Obama had won 11 straight contests. He had pulled ahead in the Delegate count and in national polls. The Democratic establishment was moving his way and there were calls for Hillary to drop out of the race. The fact the Hillary, facing those odds, could win in Ohio and Texas is astounding to me. The question is why.

I believe she finally found a message that resonated. And her hits on Obama finally did some damage. It wasn't the starry eyed college kids that gave her the victories. They are still with Obama. So were the liberal elite. It was the core Democrat base, the traditional working class Democrats, that put her over the top. Her new found populist message resonated with these folks. She was able to convince them that experience matters and Obama doesn't have enough of it.

There is no question that this race is far from over and Obama may win in the end. But Hillary has slowed down his momentum and picked a bit of it up herself. Now it's on to Pennsylvania.

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