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Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Houston We Have a Problem.
Hillary Clinton beat Barrack Obama by over 45 percentage points yesterday in the West Virginia Democratic primaries. Man that one legged guy on American Gladiators did better in the Eliminator than Obama did with working class voters! Ba Dum Cha! This is bad for many reasons. For one, this is going to keep Clinton around for a lot longer. The press was starting there eulogy for Clinton's campaign this week. Now, the campaign will continue and Clinton has even more of an argument for the nomination. I have said this from way back when Obama won Iowa. He is going to have a problem in the general election. He will not win the presidency without Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virgina. At this rate it looks like he may be unelectable. Which leads to problem number 2. If Obama is the nominee and loses, we will have Clinton saying I told you so for four years straight. This wouldn't have been that bad if Clinton won by 10 or even 2o points but 47 points make Obama out to look like a horrible candidate. Now I know West Virginia is ...well West Virginia, but this is a real problem with Obama. He cannot appeal to working class (racist) voters, and there are a lot of them in this country. Obama is probably going to get the nominee, so the Democrats need to decide real quick how they are going to deal with this problem. Personally, I think that Clinton as the President and Obama as the VP would have a much greater chance of winning in November than the other way around, but at this point I don't think that it will happen. I live in Western Pennsylvania not New York or other big cities so, unlike most bloggers, I have heard first hand Democrats saying things like "I can't vote for someone who has the same name as a terrorist." Its sad, but speaking pragmatically it is something the Democrats need to understand and adjust their strategy for. For Obama, I think this is where the secret weapon of Oprah needs to be brought in. Get those house wifes to nag their husbands until they vote for Obama. That is the only hope. Obama is going to get the nominee, but he will lose the easiest election for Democrats in history.