Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Obama Landslide in Wisconsin
We knew our ancestral home would come through for Barack Obama, but it came through like a tornado!! Obama won 58% to 41% for Hillary Clinton, a larger margin than any poll had predicted before yesterday's primary. He gets 42 delegates and Clinton gets 32. The voters ignored the last-minute negative campaigning waged by the Clintonistas to give Obama this resounding, thumping victory in a state that was supposedly tailor-made for Clinton's constituency. In fact, Obama won every demographic except white women over 50 (which he just barely lost). His margin among independents was 2 to 1 (Wisconsin has an open primary system), an important group that Democrats will need in the general election.
Meanwhile, the Clinton camp is staying negative, despite all evidence that this is alienating more and more Democrats and independents. Look for this Thursday's debate in Texas to be one where Hillary attempts to throw Obama off his stride, commit a gaffe or come across as "too mean" to Hillary. It's said the Clintons don't give up easily, but for the good of the party, we hope they don't do too much damage before, inevitably we think, Hillary has to bow out.
(Oh, PS, Obama won in Hawaii, too. That makes 10 straight over Hillary, by increasingly large margins.)