When you look at these maps, you can see why Hillary Clinton is the Democrat with the best chance of winning in the fall. Pay special attention to Ohio. Hillary does the best in all areas Democrats need to win to beat John McCain in November. She wins big all across large states like Ohio or Texas, while Obama does well only around large cities with many colleges. He does get a strong youth and professional vote, but he will not win states like Ohio in the general election because he has failed to make in-roads into the bulk of the state.
If he can’t win a state like Ohio, where the economic troubles the state has endured would seemingly put the people there in the mood for the change Obama prescribes, then he’s just not going to win the general election, no matter how large his rallies are.
Ohio and Texas saw through the razzle dazzle, it seems.
Oh, and it’s not only the GOP, apparently he is not ready to protect our country either….
One of the things that came to light in Ohio is that the bluest of the blue-collar workers, the “Archie Bunker Democrats”, were turned off by Obama long ago with his refusal to wear the American flag pin on his suit jacket.
Symbolism and pride in this country are big deals in places like Ohio, and Pennsylvania, Indiana, West Virignia, and Kentucky as well. For people struggling to pay their bills and send their kids to school, the American flag is a symbol of the hope Obama likes to talk about. Hope in America, hope that no matter how bad things are right now, we all still live in the greatest country in the world. And, most importantly, hope that all the low-income families who sent their children off to serve their country, and are now in harm’s way, will come home safe and sound to be able to benefit from the GI education benefits they have earned. Because, as Obama may know, lower-income families are most likely to have children serving in the military, not only out of pride for their country, but for the educations they can earn in the armed forces.
When you grow up in Ohio and see a lot of your classmates head into the military, you learn respect for the flag and other symbols of this nation. As Democrats, we are too often attacked on patriotism by the GOP and its Limbaugh-fueled attack machine. The best we as Democrats can ever hope for is a presidential candidate who really appreciates and honors the sacrifices struggling families make in sending their children into the military. The very least we can accept is a presidential candidate who respects the patriotic symbols the vast majority of people in this country revere.
The people of Ohio saw Obama’s refusal to wear the flag pin as a sign of disrespect. This has been said again and again, mainly from voters in the blue collar counties that make up the bulk of states like Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Kentucky. Obama has run a campaign that is all about his exotic background, his mesmerizing oration, and his very effective marketing and branding.
But, by refusing to honor the American flag by wearing that pin, a simple gesture of respect practically every other man in Congress follows, Obama shows he is not in this race for America or what’s best for the country, but he’s in it for himself. And, apparently, this is why Michelle Obama is proud of her country for the first time ever (because the Obamas are doing well).
You remember Tina Fey’s fantastic call to action to support Hillary on SNL (watch it again here).
Well, the media noticed this too…and are crediting Fey with some of Hillary’s growing momentum. Obama, as time will show this summer, lost the nomination on March 4th when he lost Ohio. No candidate, Republican or Democrat, has won the general election without winning the Ohio primary.
And Fey may have tipped the scales to Hillary.
Season pass Fey’s show 30 Rock on your Tivos. It is hilarious, and Fey deserves our support for supporting Hillary.
“Ohio was great. I don’t know how anybody could not love a primary where the big scandal involves gossip about Nafta among Canadian diplomats.”
A great point is made about how the caucus system does not represent all the people in a state, the way a primary does:
“Am I wrong in thinking (going through the chaos of a caucus) is above and beyond the call of duty? Cheers to Obama, who is caucus king thanks to the way he has mobilized his ultra-enthusiastic supporters. But if I were a superdelegate forced to choose between two attractive candidates, I’d look for the one who won the big primaries where people were actually encouraged to vote.”
Unless you have a lot of free time or work a job that lets you disappear in the middle of a shift, the caucus does not allow everyone to vote. When all people are allowed to vote, Hillary Clinton wins…as she proved again in Ohio this week.
On those delegate counts, don’t believe the Obama Camp’s attempt to dazzle, spin and bend the minds of the American people. The math is difficult on both sides. This quote, on looking towards the general (as referenced by HillBuzz earlier) and the electability question, is crucual:
Add up all the states he has won in his historic drive to become the nominee, including all of those small and deeply “red” Republican states where the Obama supporters boast of their candidate’s transcendental appeal, and so far Obama has won in places representing 193 of the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency. Add up Clinton’s victories thus far and she has triumphed in states representing 263 electoral votes.
Read the whole article here.
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The victories in Texas and Ohio, coupled with the wins in California, and New York prove one thing and that’s that Clinton can win the big states. This is the absolute minimum requirement for a Democratic nominee to have any shot at beating John McCain. Clinton’s wins in Texas and Ohio does even more. They demonstrated that she can be competitive with one powerful constituency and maintain a solid grip on the other that a Democratic nominee must either win the majority vote from or a sizeable percentage of their vote. The two constituencies are Latinos and blue collar whites. Bush got more than forty percent of the Latino vote in 2004. As other GOP presidents and candidates dating back to Ronald Reagan in 1980, Bush got the vote of the overwhelming majority of blue collar whites, especially white males. Ohio is the bluest of blue collar states and Clinton got a smash win there. That’s a hint that Ohio could be competitive for the Democrats, that is if she’s the nominee. The Democrat’s lock on the Latino vote is solid, again, only if she’s the nominee.
The weak showing among the white working class in Ohio and Rhode Island represents a wider problem for Obama, said Joe Trippi, a former senior strategist for John Edwards, who had broad appeal among those voters until he dropped out of the Democratic race last month.
Obama, 46, has “had a problem with lower-income, downscale, blue-collar Democrats from the beginning,” Trippi said. “He typically appeals to better educated, upscale Democrats.”
Ohio exit polls show Clinton beat Obama 62 percent to 35 percent among Catholics, 58 to 40 percent among those with no college degree and 56 percent to 42 percent among those who earn less than $50,000 a year. In Rhode Island, she won Catholics 66 percent to 34 percent, those with no college degree 61 percent to 38 percent, and those earning less than $50,000 by 59 percent to 39 percent.
March 4, 2008
LYNN SWEET blogs.suntimes.com/sweet
SAN ANTONIO — As Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) closed a combative press conference on Monday, where he was thrown seriously off message being asked about influence peddler Tony Rezko and why his campaign at first denied his economic adviser Austan Goolsbee met the Canadian consul in Chicago and talked about NAFTA, some reporters — me included — wanted him to take more questions.
“Guys,” said Obama, who is campaigning on a platform that there should be more government transparency. “I mean come on. I just answered like eight questions,” he said as he waved and left to a chorus of shouted questions.
Statement from Governor Ed Rendell on March 4′s Election Results
“Last night made clear that there has been a momentum shift in this race. Despite being outspent two-to-one, despite Sen. Obama benefiting from outside political funds, and despite all of the glowing press coverage he received leading up to March 4th, voters ultimately chose Senator Clinton. I am confident that Hillary is heading into Pennsylvania with momentum and a new energy.
“The people of Pennsylvania are focused on the two largest issues facing our nation – the state of our economy and national security. On both counts, Pennsylvanians understand how important it is to elect someone who is truly ready to become President and Commander-in-Chief. Hillary is ready to lead our nation, returning us to both prosperity and peace.
“We look forward to making our voice heard in the coming days and playing our part in determining the Democratic nominee. And when we do, the people of Pennsylvania will send a clear message – we want a President who is ready, not one we hope will one day be ready.”