My girl Hillary came out swinging and came out with big wins in Ohio and Texas.
The delegate count is still ridiculously close between Clinton and Barack Obama, but Clinton’s wins tonight give her momentum, put Obama on the offensive and make this race even more interesting – if that’s even possible.
The next big race is the April 22nd primary in Pennsylvania. Yes, that’s right. Seven weeks from now. It’ll be interesting to see how the race shifts over the course of the next month and a half. It will be nearly impossible to keep the momentum from tonight’s wins in the minds of voters for over a month, let alone a week, so the Clinton campaign is going to have to pull out all the stops.
Another big story to watch: resolution of the Florida and Michigan primaries. Both of those states had their delegates revoked by the national Democratic party because they moved up the dates of their primaries without the national party’s consent. But with the race this tight, those states are now pushing for delegates. Clinton wants the delegates meted out based on the primaries already run, since she won them, while Obama wants new votes in each state. We’ll see.
But the other big news on this night, and far overshadowed by Clinton’s wins, was John McCain’s securing of the Republican nomination. The Republicans chose the best man from among their paltry field of candidates, and McCain’s liberal leanings will certainly give the Democrats a good race. Here are my predictions: If Obama wins the Democratic nod, McCain will win the White House. If Hillary Clinton wins the Democratic nod, she and Bill will be back on the Hill.
Here’s my logic: An Obama/McCain campaign will seriously piss off staunch conservative Americans, who will once again do what they did in 2004 – get out the vote. They organized themselves much better than their Democratic counterparts and won. Plus, McCain will pummel Obama on his lack of experience.
A Clinton/McCain campaign allows conservatives to relax, despite the fact that Clinton is a woman. Some conservatives actually see her as MORE conservative than McCain on some issues. They are even on the experience front, so that won’t be a factor, and they both voted for Iraq. But she’ll kick his ass on domestic policy, especially on health care and the economy. Checkmate.
And one note about Kathleen Edwards’ BRILLIANT new album before I head to bed: Marty McSorley makes a cameo on the lyrics of one track. Hee.