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Paint By Numbers, part 2
Author: BobR    Date: 05/14/2008 12:01:27

Once again we have another election night recap. Once again, little has changed. As expected, Senator Clinton won WV by approximately a 2-to-1 margin. In real numbers, that means she got 16 delegates to Obama's 7, a net gain of nine, shrinking Obama's lead from 168 to 159. This has been described as a "symbolic victory", since it really doesn't help her in a meaningful way, but as to what it's symbolic of is anyone's guess.

It did provide Clinton with an opportunity to exclaim that if Obama couldn't win WV, he couldn't win the White House. Once again, the small fact being overlooked by everyone: Obama got more votes in WV than McCain did. Obama got 91,652 votes, while McCain got 89,683. The Popular Vote Tally has been updated. This seems important to me, considering how she likes to manipulate the numbers...

Also as expected, Clinton has vowed to stay in it to the bitter end (oops - did I say "bitter"?). Since even James Carville - a Hillary supporter - thinks Obama will win this, what's the point? Is it pride?... tenacity?... a hope for a position of power?... insanity? Or does this have to do with her $20M debt?

Her post-win speech last night (described by Terry McAuliffe as her Best Speech Ever) began with her asking her supporters to give her campaign contributions. He was also hitting up reporters for contributions. There's been talk of Obama using campaign funds to pay off some of Clinton's debt. I doubt that would make Obama's contributers very happy, and there's no indication of whether that's gotten anywhere past the idea stage. Therefore - she needs those contributions to keep coming in...

In other election news, a House seat for a district in Mississippi long held by Republicans was captured by a Democrat in a special election last night:
It's becoming a disturbing trend for Republicans: losing traditional GOP strongholds to Democrats in some hard-fought congressional races.

It happened again Tuesday, as Travis Childers beat Greg Davis in a special election to replace Republican Roger Wicker, who served in the House since 1994 and was appointed to the U.S. Senate to fill the seat vacated by Trent Lott.

Childers' win will give him the chance over the next several months left in the seat's two-year term to build a fundraising and publicity advantage as he heads into November's general election. He will again face Davis, as well as two other opponents.

Childers' win gave Democrats a 236-199 edge over Republicans in Congress.

This is an amazing time. When deep south deep red seats flip to blue, the country really IS ready for change. Once again, let me point out that looking at the sheer numbers turning out for the primaries in all of the states, either Obama or Clinton could beat McCain. Let's not alienate them by breaking the Democratic party rules, or changing them midstream. Let the people that voted in valid elections (as agreed to by the party and the candidates before the season started) have their say.

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