January 27th, 2008
09:43 AM ET
10 years ago

What does it mean?

The Best Political Team breaks down Obama's big win in South Carolina. (Photo Credit: AP)

soundoff (323 Responses)
  1. I call for the good people of America to call the Media and insist they stop Stealing the Election

    Ready for change in NC – obviously you are working for Obama's camp. The news media started this and myself and others are looking to finish it. Your canned 'polarizing, Billary, and Clinton Machine' comments are mysogenistic,old, ignorant, and blantant lies.

    Standing for the TRUTH.

    January 27, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  2. PJ, New York

    Obama will not win. He won South Carolina because the blacks voted for him, who's racist now? If he does manage to win the DEM nomination, he will be eaten alive by the Republican's.

    January 27, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  3. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    This is not fair because media turned the situation to the wrong way. But I trust American voters, they will do the right thing. Obama is the worst candidate among Democrats and Republican. It is dangerous for our Country.

    January 27, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  4. I call for the good people of America to call the Media and insist they stop Stealing the Election

    Joe – are you aware that Obama has been airing ads all week in Florida? CNN should really give people a short quiz to bloggers to detect whether or not they have even watched or heard anything about the topic prior to them being able to blog. Joe maybe you can get a job as a journalist for them!

    January 27, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  5. George from Minneapolis

    Hillary Clinton would lose in the general election while Obama would probally win in the biggest landslide in history.

    Senator Kennedy is a smart man, he has not been a prominent politician this long by being dumb. He sees that Obama is the best candidate. The rest of the democratic party will get onboard and tell Hillary and Bill to go sit down.

    Winning the general election is the goal, and to that end the democratic party will endorse Obama or live to regret it.

    Barack Obama WILL be the president of the United States. Its up to the democrats if they want to be in the white house in 2008 or 2012.

    The ONLY reason Hillary is even in the race and people listen to her is because she married Bill. When she tries to measure up to Obama, she pales in comparison. IT IS SOOOO OBVIOUS WHO THE BETTER CANDIDATE IS. Obama is on his way to being a great man in American history while Hillary is just plain, nothing special.

    January 27, 2008 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  6. nell

    Does it also mean that whites voted twice for Bill Clinton because he is white?

    Get a grip people – blacks have a right to vote for Obama if he is the candidate of their choice!

    OBAMA 08!

    January 27, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  7. M. Brathwaite, Virgin Islands

    This is far from over. The Clintons have sent the message that they will firght in the dirt for this nomination.

    What I would like to know is why no one has exposed them as yet. They had plan their return to the White House long before they left and carpet Bagged to New York using Senator Moynahan and New Yorkers as a stepping stone.

    Why didnt she go back home to Arkansa and run?
    Why didnt she even returned to her native Illinois and run there?

    They are too disengeneous to be believed. If Bill Clinton wants to be back in the White House so bad he should have the honesty to ask the Congress and the people to amend the constitution so he can run again.

    The media is not asking these tough questions but surely Republicans will expose Hillary and the Country will be as divisive as it was or more as when they were last in the White house.

    January 27, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  8. Janet

    To those who say that Obama wouldn't be able to get out of the war carefully you must not have watched the last debate. Obama said "We have to get out of Iraq as carefully as we were carelessly getting in." He is the only Democrat not promising that we will be out of there in 60 or 90 days. He spoke out against the war from the start. He is a realist, a thinker, and most of all a man who will listen. I trust that he will analyze all the information from his military advisers and do the right thing. I don't have any confidence that the other Democratic candidates will do the same.

    January 27, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  9. bnw

    I have to change my opinion on Obama. He is slicker than Willie. He needed to be black in SC. Not only did he do it, with the help of the media, he got the blame put on the Clintons. Slick.

    January 27, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  10. Chrissy, TX

    Got to love it.....everything has been thrown at the Clinton's! Everyone is talking about going forward but yet when it comes to the Clinton's everyone looks backward. If anyone can't move forward it's the biased media, pundit's and people who just don't like the Clinton's. The past is the past, but as we saw last night in South Carolina that's where they are. I have been watching CNN, MSNBC and Fox News and it's a shame on how they twist words around to satisfy their dislike for the Clinton's. I'm not saying they are saints, but they are human beings after all. If anyone has done alot for the black community it has been Bill and Hillary Clinton and I seriously doubt they are racist. If this isn't about race or gender then why does the media contantly say this is a historical event, we could have a first female president or first black president. Remember the media was the first to inject the race and gender issue not the Clinton's. And the comment that supposedly Hillary made about Martin Luther King, Jr. and President LBJ that the media made so vindictive. If you can recall, how was it in that time, MLK was fighting for equal rights for his fellow man (because the only people that had any rights were white) the only person that could make it into a reality was a president which happened to be white. So, Hillary only told the truth. But the media and all the Clinton hater's made it into a race issue which was very unfair to black people, the Clinton's, America but most of all to MLK, President LBJ and all those who fought for human right's. So I as an American of Mexican/Spanish descent thank MLK for his dream and President LBJ for his courage to make it a reality, without these two people my culture and other cultures would not have the rights and freedom we have today. So let go of the past and focus on the future and the things that are affecting our country today. I firmly believe Clinton, Obama or Edwards have what it takes to move our country forward and unite our country, all we have to do as human being's is want it! GOD BLESS AMERICA!

    January 27, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  11. v.ananthan


    January 27, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  12. d

    Good book review today on CSPAN2; I believe the title was "the Bound Man' re: Obama. No one knows who he really is or what he stands for. Author said he will not win. Obama is hiding behind the race card. Covers himself with speeches only. Good program today!

    January 27, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  13. I call for the good people of America to call the Media and insist they stop Stealing the Election

    bnw – what a smart person you are!

    January 27, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  14. Chad

    Obama should be congratulated, but not overstated. Yes he got 25% of the white vote. So what, Hillary got 18% of the black vote. Except for Iowa, Obama has consistently lost the white and latino votes. Yes, America is ready for a black president, but he has to be qualified for the job. Check out his voting record for the last 8 months. If I showed up to my job 25% of the time, I wouldn't be asking for a promotion. You can't be counted as "not voting" when you're commander in chief.

    Bill Clinton had overwhelming support from the black community in 92 and 96. In fact, he's the only person to win the presidency without winning the white vote. Now that's a real coalition.

    January 27, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  15. averagejoe

    What this means for me:
    1) B.O. may be a political neophyte as he claims, but he is one disingenuous and calculating campaigner. He kick-starts a conflict at the debate, blames his opponents for bringing in the race card during the media wars, while at the same time injecting racist stimuli in his speeches to SC voters. He used terms like "bamboozle" and "okey-doke" which to AAs connote their being deceived or oppressed by Whites. He coupled this with reminders about pre-civil rights atrocities to AAs. His reward: 70+% of AA votes. After winning the contest, he then takes out those race-sensitive elements from his speech and returns to his multi-racial mode. But the rest of America may have already noticed his two-sided campaigning style. It will be closely watched and verified when he campaigns in Georgia and Alabama where substantially many Dems are AAs. This may backfire on him in the long term and become his miscalculation. Apart from the issues they strongly believe in, a huge majority of non-AAs (Whites/Latinos/Asians) may also "lean towards their own" candidate in the person of H.C.

    2) B.0.'s support from non-AAs has now dwindled because his defeat in NH and NV have forced him to take on the "Black Candidate" title in order to forge a win in SC and gain some lost momentum in his campaign. Iowa non-AA voters where mesmerized by his non-vetted personality as theirs was the very first contest. Once his shell was cracked open, when his health care plan was dissected, when his voting records were exposed, and when his deep ties with Rezco were unmasked, he suddenly became more human and less prophet. Non-AAs now start to discover his limited capabilities and cast their votes to other candidates. They will get used to his rhetorics but will demand more answers from him in terms of the salient issues of the day.

    3) As CNN analysts (G. Borger, D. Brazille, and J. King) pointed out, this will now become trench warfare. John Edwards can spin all he wants but he's basically casted in this contest as an informal loser, but definitely a fighter as he calls himself. His ulterior motives remains to be seen but it may be the case of reaping some form of consolation price in exchange for concessions and bargaining power as a potential king-maker. This scenario exists if and when each Dem candidate do not come up with the magic number of delegates come August.

    January 27, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  16. Lisa Salt Lake City UT

    bnw – did Obama make Hillary say bizarre comments such as "he hasn't done the spadework"; seriously do you know anyone who would use a term like that? Do you know anyone who considers themselves to be an advocate for Black issues that would use a term like that?

    If the Clintons weren't trying to get the anti Black votes from the Whites – then they had the worst time with communicating ever in their history. Both Clintons are well known for being effective communicators – so it would seem as if these words were carefully selected by them.

    January 27, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  17. Darth Vadik, CA


    Until 1978 Mitt and his church consdered you evil just for being black, I guess his acting and flip-floping started early in his life, and seemes to have gotten you fooled. I guess the little "who let the dogs out" act worked for you.

    A white guy for Edwards,

    January 27, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  18. Lev Klinemann, CA

    Jeff, North Dakota

    According to Republican and Democratic turnouts, any Democrat would beat any Republican in Iowa and South Carolina, the two redes states in the US.

    If you think that there will a Republican president, you are more delusional than McInsane is about the occupation of Iraq.

    January 27, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  19. Mauri

    Has anyone stopped to think what will happen to the prisoners of war at Guantanimo when Obama closes that prison when he becomes president? Seems to me one of two things could happen: Either he'll turn the prisoners loose and send them home, or he'll move them to a prison facility in the United States where they'll have the right to a lawyer and trial.

    I'm not suggesting what is right here, I'm just saying I was startled when I heard him say last night that he would close it. And one last thing.

    January 27, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  20. USMC 98-05


    You say you want to get out of Iraq, but would consider voting for McCain, the guy that wants to stay in Iraq another 100 years.

    The thinking of some people just make me wonder.

    January 27, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  21. John, NC

    No one can / should ignore that the fact of the 80%-plus vote for OBAMA over both HILLARY and EDWARDS is RACIALLY MOTIVATED.

    If it was Obama against a Republican, it'd be understood.

    But when it is in the same (Democratic) party, when it is against someone whose policies are clearly identical on many levels, and yes, when it is against the wife of the popular (among Blacks) President Clinton, IT'S GOT TO BE RACE, and the PRIDE (in one's race/gender/etc.) thing~!

    Who are we kidding? I'm a black man in NC and I'm backing HILLARY all the way, but if Obama should win the nomination in the end, I would wholeheartedly support him also.

    I only pray the Obama FANATICS (sorry, but that's how I see you folk b/cos many of you are so hot-headed for him) don't turn on HILLARY if she wins the nomination in the end.

    Black (Democratic) folk, if they are aware, cannot lose in this election! Even John Edwards will be heartily backed by me (and I'm sure many of us) should pull a shocker on all of us.

    Go HILLARY 08!

    January 27, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  22. Get over it

    I think the Clinton's used a tactic that ultimately back fired in their faces. Bill induced Race and the PEOPLE spoke Race nor Gender matters. The Issues matter the most. Give me a break about experience we want someone who will Get the job done. HIllary is not Bill, she has missed the boat on this one. This is about our FUTURE not our PAST.

    Tired of RACE vs GENDER.

    January 27, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  23. stfran

    My goodness how quickly the Dems turn on the last Democrat that actually won the White House! Sad commentary. This whole election is sad to me–all the virulent race baiting and sexism, the transparent bias of the media for Obama and against Hillary and Edwards. Yes the wonderful media, the same folks who did not do their jobs in the lead up to the war! The democratic primary has turned into American Idol–heaven help us because we surely can't help ourselves!

    January 27, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  24. Adarrah

    A.G. you came away with the same opinion you had before you watched. Isn't this true?

    January 27, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  25. Sylvia

    I am with you bnw
    if only our country was SMART enough to recognize THAT!!!!
    NO....THEY let the media tell them WHAT to think!!!!!!

    January 27, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
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