Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton defeated Senator Barack Obama in Ohio and Texas on Tuesday, ending a string of defeats and allowing her to soldier on in a Democratic presidential nomination race that now seems unlikely to end any time soon. Mrs. Clinton also won Rhode Island, while Mr. Obama won in Vermont. But the results mean that Mrs. Clinton won the two states she most needed to keep her candidacy alive. Her victory in Texas was razor thin and came only after most Americans had gone to bed. But by winning decisively in Ohio earlier in the evening, Mrs. Clinton was able to deliver a televised victory speech in time for the late-night news. And the result there allowed her to cast Tuesday as the beginning of a comeback even though she stood a good chance of gaining no ground against Mr. Obama in the hunt for delegates. "No candidate in recent history -- Democratic or Republican -- has won the White House without winning the Ohio primary," Mrs. Clinton, of New York, said at a rally in Columbus, Ohio. "We all know that if we want a Democratic president, we need a Democratic nominee who can win Democratic states just like Ohio" ... Mrs. Clinton's twin victories in Ohio and Texas gave her, at the least, a psychological boost after a tough month in which she watched Mr. Obama, of Illinois, roll up victory after victory and build a lead in delegates. There was virtually no chance that Mrs. Clinton could have survived had she lost Ohio and Texas; her husband, former President Bill Clinton, said last month that his wife needed to win both states. Mrs. Clinton was already planning ways to capitalize on her performance; she was scheduled to appear Wednesday on all the morning news programs. But she will continue to find herself in a difficult position mathematically. Given the way the Democratic party allocates delegates, it remained unclear whether Mrs. Clinton would close Mr. Obama's lead on that front. Even before the polls closed, Mr. Obama's aides said that given their lead in delegates over Mrs. Clinton, it was not possible for her to catch up in the few remaining contests. Mr. Obama came out shortly before midnight to speak to a crowd in San Antonio, and laid out the argument his campaign would make in the days ahead. "No matter what happens tonight," he said, "we have nearly the same delegate lead that we did this morning, and we are on our way to winning this nomination." But Mrs. Clinton's supporters, exultant over the victory, tried to cast the results in Ohio and Texas as a turning point. Mrs. Clinton took the stage in Columbus before a sea of waving white-and-blue "Hillary" signs and immediately portrayed her victory in Ohio as an indication of her electability in a general election. And she reprised a line of criticism against Mr. Obama that appeared to have gained her some traction in this contest. "Americans don't need more promises," she said. "They've heard plenty of speeches. They deserve solutions, and they deserve them now." As she spoke, the crowd responded with chants of "Yes, she will!" -- apparently an orchestrated response to Mr. Obama's trademark "Yes, we can!" Turning one of Mr. Obama's themes against him, she said, "Together, we will turn promises into action, words into solutions and hope into reality."
OY ... I must admit that I am not very pleased with the fact that the Democratic party is still so divided on this matter but I am ECSTATIC that this Presidential race is really shaping up to be a very historic, very exciting event. I never really believed that I would be able to see either a female or an African-American President in my lifetime and I am absolutely convinced we are going to get one or the other. To be honest, I had a very strong feeling that Hillary was going to pull out these wins in both Ohio and Texas ... which, at the very least, is making the race very interesting -- and very exciting. It's a really cool thing to see so many people excited about the Presidential election. It reminds me of the 1992 election when voters were energized about the political process and ended up electing Bill Clinton to his first of 2 terms in office. In the end, and I've said this all along, I will happily and vigorously support whichever Democrat wins the party's nomination ... and at this point in the game, it's still not at all clear who that nominee will be. One thing's for sure ... both Clinton and Obama are still in it to win it all. [Source]
UPDATE: Hillary Clinton made the rounds on all the morning talk shows today and on the Early Show on CBS talked a bit about the possibility of sharing the Democratic ticket with Barack Obama ... check it out:
Can you imagine a Presidential and Vice Presidential ticket made up of a woman and an African American? Am I dreaming? I think it's a wee bit early to envision this as an actual reality but it's a nice thought ... Clinton/Obama has a certain ring to it.