Obama dominates NC, Clinton barely wins IN

According to MSNBC, Obama has defeated Clinton by 14 percent in North Carolina, a race called as soon as the polls closed.

Clinton’s narrow win in Indiana wasn’t certain until after 1 am—7 hours after the polls closed—where it now looks like she will have won by 2 percent.

My initial thoughts
The idea that the Rev. Wright controversy would destroy Obama is clearly false. If there was any gain for Clinton from her gas tax pander, it was minimal. Maybe this really is the beginning of a new era in our political culture?

1:00pm
Andrew Sullivan has written an interesting post about the role of the black vote in yesterday’s primaries:

Here’s what now seems obvious: African-American voters killed the Clinton candidacy. It is a fitting end to the Clintons’ campaign and an almost Shakespearean coda to their career. The Clintons were exposed in their long-running exploitation and reliance on minority votes. No group was more loyal to them than African-Americans; and in the end, like everyone else, African-Americans realized that the Clintons are frauds, disloyal to the core, cynical to their finger-tips, and finally, finally, returned the favor.

1:20pm
The New York Times is reporting that the Clinton campaign has vowed to fight on. For what? At this point it’s practically impossible for her to catch Obama in the popular vote or pledged delegate count. Under those circumstances I think it would be bordering on immoral for her to actually “fight” Obama for the duration of this race. I have no problem with her staying in the race in the hopes that Obama will implode, but she should no longer actively seek the destruction of the likely nominee of the Democratic Party.

4 Comments

  1. Ian

    So Hillary loses on total delegates and popular vote for the day, but still claims a victory and says she will win. Its become impossible for her to win at this point.

  2. Ian

    Right, cause a whole race just all of the sudden came to the realization that the Clintons are disloyal frauds. It doesn’t have anything to do with the color of Obama’s skin, I am sure. Oh wait, is that a racist statement… or is Sullivan’s equally racist? Either way you are professing to understand an entire race of people without actually asking their opinions.

  3. Chris

    It doesn’t have anything to do with the color of Obama’s skin, I am sure.

    It wasn’t always true that Obama was doing better among black voters. From the Boston Globe:

    Clinton trails Obama by 59 percent to 31 percent among African-Americans, according to the CNN/Opinion Research Poll. In October, Clinton led 57 percent to 31 percent. Since then, Obama, who is seeking to become the first black president, won the Iowa caucuses and he and Clinton have emerged as the front-runners for the Democratic nomination.

  4. Ian

    This may be where the Wright fiasco has helped Obama. Clinton and other Obama critics have been using Wright as an attack against Obama. Well what has the media been linking to Wright? The idea of the black church. You might be pushing more voters towards Obama if you attack him for being associated with a black church. Also, many black religious leaders have been heavily campaigning for Obama and it could be having an effect.