I’ve been watching the results come in all day. I haven’t missed a minute. Is this the greatest outcome for Barack Obama? No. But it’s a fantastic result for his campaign nonetheless. He has won 12 states (as of this writing) out of the 22 that were available, stands a chance at winning 14, and has proven that he is remarkably electable. He has played in all the demographics (other than the senior vote) in at least a handful of states. He bridged the sex, race, and age (almost) divide all around. Obama proved, with Super Tuesday, that he is more electable than Hillary Clinton.
Ok, that’s one side of the argument that you’re going to hear. The next is that Hillary won big. She has won more delegates. California, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts are all delegate rich, and winning by comfortable majorities in those states has, in fact, pushed Clinton closer to the nomination that she will (not) win. This is all that counts, delegates, and winning more delegates is all that counts.
What do you believe? Do you take sides with the electability debate that the Obama campaign will cite as the reason they won the day? Or will you take part in the Clinton campaign’s push of the delegate count. Of course, at the end of the day, Obama won’t be behind by any ridiculous amount (70-ish at the moment, but that doesn’t have hardly any figured in. I suspect it will get to 110 or so), or by any amount that couldn’t be reduced significantly by a good number of superdelegates coming out and endorsing Obama in the wake of winning 12+ states, and gaining more momentum.
The spin is one of the biggest players in the race, without a doubt. The way it is used by each side is an art And the campaign that wins the ‘spin wars’ can thank the media – because they are the ones who decide which ‘story’ is better to tell. And, a lot of the time, the ‘underdog’ story is more popular. That’s Obama this time around – the man who came from no where to the fore, who stands on the edge of destiny, and there is only one thing standing in his way. Granted, that thing is a Clinton, but it’s not something the popular story telling and superdelegates can’t move.
I thoroughly enjoy the spin that plays out. It’s almost as entertaining as the electioneering that happens. Almost, but not quite. The politics of it all is far more interesting – like West Virginia. There, the caucus meeting resulted in no majority for the Republicans. It was split between John McCain, Mitt Romney, and Mike Huckabee. After the first round, as I said, there was no majority. So what happened? McCain’s henchmen pulled those people voting for McCain in the meeting aside and told them to vote for Huckabee, break the deadlock and give a man who has no real chance at winning the nomination the state’s delegates. The second round of voting came, McCain’s supporters voted for Huckabee, and all of West Virginia’s delegates went to Huckabee.
Speaking of Huckabee, it looks as though he will be the number 1 name for V.P. come John McCain getting the nomination. He was won more states than I would have ever pegged him for – and they are in the South. And in the states that he didn’t win, he was getting the conservative vote. Huckabee is now a name to be reckoned with. Not for the nomination this year, but for the V.P. spot. I’ll expand on this idea in a later post.
The results are still being released, and this was really a progress post. With no locked-in delegate count, states still being decided, and a whole lot of prospects on the horizon, I’ll be doing a recap post come tomorrow. But for now, it’s been a great day to watch the race finally come to its biggest event. It could have been a little better with even one state changing sides, but things don’t always go the best way in politics. By the end of the day though, there will have only been one clear answer delivered: This primary race will be going on for a while.