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Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Buyer's remorse?

The headlines are clear:

"Big Wins for Clinton in Texas and Ohio..."

"Clinton Beats Obama in Texas and Ohio..."

"Resurgent Clinton tops Obama in Ohio, Texas"

But is the message really that clear?

There's no question that Hillary Clinton lives to fight another day after taking three of the four Tuesday primaries. In this topsy-turvy year where a candidate can lose 11 straight contests and still remain alive, it's a given that three out of four is a momentum switcher in the eyes of the media.

But is it? As the Times notes:
Her victory in Texas was razor thin and came early Wednesday morning after most Americans had gone to bed. But by winning decisively in Ohio earlier in the night, 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.
Or the Post:
Clinton still faces daunting odds in her bid for the nomination. Obama began the day with a lead in pledged delegates that will be hard for her to overcome in the 12 primaries and caucus remaining, despite the results from the four states voting yesterday. But her advisers said that the big win in Ohio alone would force a serious look at both candidates and that the race was far from over.
It's clear we are in the buyer's remorse phase of the campaign. This is not the elusive (and now-dead) Bradley Effect which posited whites told pollsters they will vote for African-Americans than do not. Buyer's remorse is where front-running candidates suffer setbacks as primary voters get second thoughts.

And so we will go through another six weeks of ringing telephone ads and change versus experience debates with the voters of Pennsylvania likely to set things straight in April.

For progressives concerned about a continued split in the ranks, there's at least some cause for cheer this morning: John McCain is picking up George Bush's endorsement.

That need to pander to the GOP's remorseful hard right is just the ticket for the rest of the American public counting the days until the Blight of W is lifted from the land.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Honestly I don't get it. I have never understood the hatred of the right for the Clintons or the hatred of the left for the Bush's. I tend kind of Democratic on economic issues. I think the Republicans with the never tax the wealthy attitude are lost in neverland. I tend kind of Republican on social issues. I am against abortion and against gun control. I think I am pretty much where most Americans are. I respect McCain, I suspect Hillary would be a resourceful President and I am not quite sure where Obama is coming from. Being more than 50 years old, I don't really get Obama-mania.

But I really don't get it. I don't get the outrage and I don't get the frenzy. It all seems a bit extreme and a little loony to me.

March 06, 2008 11:19 AM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

Coming at it from the other far side of the aisle (and having come of age in the '60s) I think I do get it. It's the idealism brought about by a deep yearning to put the last seven years behind us.

And it appears that's especially true of younger people who have come of age in the Bush years. The frenzy of the last 16 years -- Clinton and Bush -- is a prime motivating factor IMHO. It's a loud cry of "enough already!"

March 11, 2008 7:23 PM  

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