Thursday, February 14, 2008

A variety of other clips

A variety of other clips:
Obama/Potomac Sweep: NY Observer (Steve Kornacki) “This Time, Obama Wins the Hillary Voters Too”: The losing streak has hit eight for Hillary Clinton, but that's hardly the worst news to come out of Chesapeake Tuesday for the former First Lady. Nor is the fact that she now trails in most every independent delegate count—even the counts that include the non-binding pledges of superdelegates. And nor, for that matter, is the likelihood that her skid will reach double-digits a week from tonight, when Wisconsin and Hawaii vote. No, the most troubling development for Hillary Clinton is that—for the first time—Barack Obama has demonstrated an ability to eat significantly into her base of support while retaining his, creating the possibility that the Democratic race is shifting decisively in his favor and that it is no longer a clash between opposing and immovable coalitions. Before tonight, Democratic primary voters had seemed to divide themselves along economic, gender, geographic, ethnic and age lines. Obama monopolized the black vote, scored much better among white men than white women, and attracted voters who were younger, more affluent, more educated, and more politically independent. Clinton's coalition was comprised of women, older voters, Hispanics and lower-income voters. LINK <>

Obama/Voting Demographics: Washington Post (Jonathan Wiseman) “Shifting Loyalties”: For more than a month, the grand coalitions of Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama battled to a draw: women, rural Democrats and the white working class pairing almost evenly with African Americans, young voters and affluent, educated whites. Then came Virginia and Maryland. Obama's thrashing of Clinton in the two states yesterday raised the possibility that her coalition is beginning to crack, three weeks before she reaches what will probably be more friendly territory in Ohio and Texas. LINK <>

Obama/Madison Rally: Washington Post – The Trail (Peter Slevin) “Ebullient Obama Rallies in Madison”: Tonight, an ebullient Obama rallied an ecstatic crowd of more than 16,000 in Madison, Wisc., which will hold one the two Feb. 19 primaries. The other is Hawaii. "Today, the change we seek swept through the Chesapeake and over the Potomac," Obama crowed. "We won the state of Maryland. We won the Commonwealth of Virginia, and though we won in Washington, D.C., this movement won't stop until there is change in Washington, D.C., and tonight we're on our way. At this moment, the cynics can no longer say our hope is false. We have won east and west and north and south and across the heartland of this country." "This is the new American majority," Obama went on. "This is what change looks like when it comes from the bottom up." LINK <>

Obama/Momentum: TIME (David Von Drehle) “The Meaning of Obama's Momentum”: The old head-scratcher — what happens if an irresistible force meets an immovable object? — now gets its test in the Democratic presidential primary. The force is Barack Obama. His sweep of the Potomac primaries in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC on Tuesday gives him seven straight wins since Super Tuesday, not to mention his first lead in pledged delegates. Unprecedented amounts of money are pouring into his campaign coffers. He now has momentum that any challenger would envy in any year. Indeed, in any other year, a candidate with his numbers would have the nomination locked up tight. LINK <,8816,1712803,00.html>


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