Wednesday, May 07, 2008

An Obama bonanza

Maybe it's just the sheer obsession with which I tracked the North Carolina and Indiana primaries last night, but it seems like there's a lot less news this morning about election results than I would have expected. BBC has nothing new, and neither does the AP. On the radio, my local morning-show hosts were breathlessly dissecting the big competition on America's mind - the final four of American Idol (and yes, they do talk politics sometimes, the closet liberals). Perhaps it's because there's actually not that much to say anymore. Take a look at the results of the primaries:

North Carolina
Barack Obama: 56 percent
Hillary Rodham Clinton: 42 percent

Clinton: 51 percent
Obama: 49 percent

(Figures from AP, via BBC)

Riddle: What do you call a two-point victory in a race this close? Defeat.

True, Obama won by a literal touchdown in the Guam caucus, but the burden wasn't on him to blow away his rival on the fair island. Hillary needed a decisive rout in Indiana, if not also North Carolina. She didn't get either. And this was with the twin momentums (momenta? memento? Mentholatum?) of a decisive Pennsylvania victory and Rev. Jeremiah Wright being oh so wrong.

Yesterday, even before the polls closed, Hillary was talking about supporting whoever wins the nomination. And supposedly, her most recent campaign e-mail allegedly doesn't call for funds, despite her coffers being drier than a Steve Martin joke. John McCain long ago chose to focus on attacking Obama rather than her. Not exactly the stuff of confidence.

On the bright side for Hillary, at least she has fervent supporters. John McCain, long ago crowned George W.'s worthy successor, got 77 percent of the vote in N.C. and 73 percent in Indiana, losing a surprising amount of votes to such luminaries as Alan Keyes! (No joke!) If that isn't not party satisfaction, I don't know what is.

By all accounts, it looks as if Barack Obama has weathered this battle the best, and will be the Democratic nominee in 2008. Any other result would not only buck the popular vote at this point, but would defy the tide of superdelegate momentum heading in Obama's direction. Even Hillary's faithful will come around, I think, just as Barack's would if fortunes were reversed.

We still have a long way to go until November. But for the Democrats, it won't seem quite as long.

1 comment:

Terry Troll said...

Fat lady has not sung but may have cleared her throat. We will support the nominee in November; she said so.