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. Bob, Virginia

    The Clintons are painting a picture of the Whitehouse they want us to endorse. Think about it! I voted for Bill Clinton, twice. However, his behavior and Hilary's during this campain does not lead me to believe I can have confidence in their administration. I a supporting Obama.

    January 27, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  2. veronica lynne

    Oprah is the first one to have injected race into this! She never supported a candidate before Obama did she?
    I don't see why it is always others who get blamed for bringing in race.
    I'm also sick and tired of people implying you are a racist if you don't support Obama, or if you criticize Obama's campaign.

    January 27, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  3. voter Arizona

    Who ever wins this nomination or becomes president is going to really have a big problem solving all the problems we are having. The only problem I have is the way all the media has been going after Hillary on daily basis and being so biased regarding Obama. Know one could be responsible for everything they way they say the Clintons have been. I really think it is sad that the african americans have turned on the Clintons after all these years based on how so much distortion has been used against them. I listen to speeches they give and then media says somthing totally different from what they were saying. And the people believe the media. The same people who pushed the Iraq war not act like Hillary was the only one who voted for it.

    January 27, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  4. Joe Ossai, Bedford, NH

    Bill and Hillary are a fun pair. Now she is heading to Florida and making a big deal about Florida and Michigan delegates after she, Edward and Barrack agreed to follow DNC rulings. These are rules make up by her husband and the guys that make-up DNC.

    Bill and Hillary think they can make their own rules. In the middle of a game and you don't like the scores, change the rules. The is the Clinton way.

    What a freaking loser. Got her butt kicked in SC and that is a good thing.

    Go Obama.

    Hillary and Bill you are the past, and the country is looking forward.

    January 27, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  5. Jim Beans

    Will Obama get Dick Cheneys endorsement since they are related?

    January 27, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  6. The Same Voice

    Great point kmk and Mauri must have missed the recent comment from our friend Bill. Whom compared the win in S.C. to Jessie Jackson... mmmm all the way back to Jessie Jackson? There were many whom won S.C. and didn't win the general but we can only remember the other black candidate. Still love the Clintons but let's look at the whole picture. Maybe Bill can just play us a song or two.....

    January 27, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  7. Larry

    It's time to wake up folks !
    Black people suport Black Obama, I think we should wake up, we white folks gotto suport Edward or Clinton.

    This is ridiculouse, Obama is full of good speach, but you guys gatto wake up and be wise, he does not say what he's going to do about health care, education, social security and so on........

    Dont fall for this people, i know most people that voted for him in SC do not even know the name of the Vice President, but ask them who got shot 50 times, they sure know that...........

    People dont fall for this, we will regret down the road.

    John Edward and Hillary Cliton know what they are saying about the issues.
    This guy Obama does not know _____...........

    January 27, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  8. Media Obama-Nation

    Now, it is time for people of New York and California to speak. After that despite the vote in a small racially divided Southern state that hasn't voted Democratic in the general election for over 30 years, we will have a real leader with skills and substance as a Democratic candidate. And although the vote that just taken place doesn't mean much and is not representative of America ( in my opinion), the damage inflicted by Obama campaign and media narrative has been done.
    Sadly, time and again African Americans proved that they (as a group) cannot live up to the very demands they put on our society as the whole – to rise above racial prejudice, to be fair and objective, educated and open minded. Ever since the Civil Rights movement was torn apart but exclusivity of the black power that purged Jewish Americans from the movement and turned anti-semitic and racist, African Americans could not rise above the very prejudice they've been trying to fight. The race card that media and Obama campaign played very well carried the day among Democratic voters of SC (see the racial composition of votes) This is very sad because it looks like Democrats might manage to pull another defeat from the jaws of sure victory.

    January 27, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  9. s.positive

    Like I said, some folks are locked in the past divide and you cannot do anything about it. Good job that they are now in a minority as the majority of forward thinking Americans move on...

    January 27, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  10. Thomas - Reno, NV

    The media finally has it right! The Clinton's have attempted to do what they did in 92 and 96, and American's are fed up!! I respect Clinton supporters, but I encourage you to dig deep. Why is it that you so faithfully support the Clinton's when they really have not done anything to help you? Please do more research before you jump on the bandwagon of a candidate who lacks experience, and spreads evil lies about HER opponents!

    Also, Slick Willie dropped the race card again yesterday... take a look at the clip saying "Jesse Jackson won here twice" denouncing the fact that his wife was beat by an African American! You people sicken me with your blind faith in bad leadership!! WAKE UP!

    January 27, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  11. Ariel

    Like Caroline, Sen. Ted Kennedy will time his endorsement before Super Tuesday. Who needs much less respects Ted Kennedy's endorsement, if ever, of Obama? Like the politically unknown and unheard-of Caroline, Sen. Ted Kennedy has been a political lameduck since Chappaquidick days and so pathetic in the following years that he could not even get the Democratic Presidential nomination. The Kennedy luster lasted only until JFK departure from the American scene. If some people hate Hillary as a combacking Clinton, then they should likewise denounce Caroline and Ted Kennedy as the uninvited comebacking Kennedys. Sen. Kennedy got his frustration with the defeat of his ill-advised immigration bill in the Senate. Another frustration is forthcoming for him with Hillary's Super Tueday victory.

    January 27, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  12. CHERYL


    January 27, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  13. emel, ohio

    How biased you can get with nice selection of e-mails above..When will CNN endorse Billary? We all had enough of their lies and dirty politics..Leave white -black issue alone..Aren't the Clinton's pissed because they did not get the black votes? After all Bill Clinton is the first black president and whatb happened? You should all get over it ..You lost real bad...

    January 27, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  14. Patrick

    Wow CNN your Pro-obama bias amazes me every day!

    Just so you know it is very obvious, I watched your ballot bowl and never do you show coverage of Senator Clinton!

    Get ready for thumpin on Feb. 5th, when millions of voices wil be heard!

    CLINTON 08!!

    January 27, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  15. Sean, Detroit, MI

    WOW, "Yoli", so because Obama had Oprah campaign for him, that's using the race card???

    That's the most unbelievable thing I've heard in a while!! So you're saying that Obama should only have, and showcase, white supporters? Otherwise he's "using the race card"???

    I can only hope that you were kidding and I missed the joke.

    January 27, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  16. josh 7911

    AG give me a break. For one thing Obama will of course win the blacks but thats because he is the first viable black candadate, it is a monumental step. What would you do? African Americans have every right to vote for a black candadate. LOOK WHAT THE AFRICAN AMERICAN RACE HAS ENDURED BEFORE YOU SAY THEY AREN'T voting outside racial lines! African americans have been voting for white candadates for decades, so now that they have a GREAT candadate of their race it is more than understandable that they gravatate to him. It is a wonderful symbol that America is moving out of racism with even more finality. I am a white hispanic (mom white, dad puerto rican). I am voting for Barack Obama because HE IS THE BEST AMERICAN FOR THE JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 27, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  17. Is It Racial Or Not

    Does that fact that blacks voted overwhelmingly for Obama really mean that they voted based on race? Is it not possible that they voted for Obama because they think he is the better choice for president? If not, does that also mean that every white Democrat who voted for Hillary did so because she is white? Doe this suggest that the majority of Democrats are in fact racist and will vote based on their racism given the chance to do so?

    The Clintons have chosen to make this about race because they can't accept that black people might actually believe Obama is a better choice for president. Bill Clinton's statement last week that blacks in South Carolina will vote for Obama and women in South Carolina will vote for Hillary was an admission that this is how the Clinton campaign sees the race unfolding (no pun intended).

    This is not a message of "change".

    Blacks deserve better, and I find it far more likely that they voted for Obama over Hillary because they believe they have found it. The media hasn't created this situation; liberal Democrats have and they are the ones fanning the flames.

    January 27, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  18. Statesman

    I would like to see Obama and Paul as the nominees. We would be out of the war- but one is more clear about having all troops out not only of Iraq, but the rest of the world. But who has the experience, who stands for the constitution, who has never voted to raise taxes?

    The neo-con republicans don't dare ask him questions at the debates (MSNBC Florida debate 1/24/08anyone?) and he just made McCain look like a sad excuse for a president at such a time of recession.

    Constitution '08

    January 27, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  19. Bayousara

    My point that I have been trying to make without much success is that Obama is NOT all black! His mother was a living, breathing white woman from Kansas.

    Forget it, I am not prejudiced–I have two children in my family who are of African American heritage. It is really important to me that those kids who are of both black and white heritage need to embrace BOTH, not be forced to choose one over the other!

    My question is: Why does Obama apparently disclaim his heritage from his mother? He never mentions it.

    January 27, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  20. stan pitts pa

    TO VERONICA LYNNE: so all the white folks who voted for obama so far are what? racist? obama is half-white/half-black, whites have a stake too in him and should be proud! this type of negative talk is very consistent with hrc supporters! wake up America hillary will never get anything done as the republicans will block her every step of the way remember her health care reform in 93"? folks know that the right person to end the gridlock is someone who can work on a bi-partisan level and thats obama!

    January 27, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  21. josh 7911

    And by the way my mom is a white conservative republican and even she is voting Obama!! THE MAN IS ON FIRE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 27, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  22. john smith


    January 27, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  23. James Marshall

    Up until now I have watched CNN because of how they have tried to present politics in an unbiased manner. They way they have jumped on the Obama bandwagon is disgusting. Clinton has been ahead in the national polls the entire race and is leading in all the major states for Super Tuesday. Every time Obama wins a small state, CNN and the rest of the press make him out to have won the nomination. Meanwhile, they paint Clinton's as dirty campaigners anad race-baiters when Obama started the negative campaigning back before Iowa when Clinton had a huge lead and started trying to paint the Clintons as making anti-black comments. Give me a break. When Clinton wins the nomination, I hope CNN does not treat as they have treated her up until now.

    January 27, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  24. Don

    It means little. I have posted my comments here twice and CNN has removed them. I wonder if its because I critize this news network and others for their bias reporting when it comes to Hillay Clinton and its failure to report the news with accurcay and fairness. The Daily Show summed this all up last week when it showed the media's attempt to distort the news. Voters in SC where done a great injustice by the reporting done here. Obama is riding on popularity .If the media starts asking real questions, that may change. Come on CNN. Get back to what you do best. This past few were shameful.

    January 27, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  25. GaryO Virginia Beach

    Obama does not have a chance against the Republicans in the general election largely because of his race.

    Lots of white racists in the Republican party (even more than the number of black racists in the Democratic party). Obama would draw very few crossover votes.


    . . . unless you want another Republican in the White House.;

    January 27, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
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