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. Laura-TX

    As I just posted on the Caroline Kennedy thread...Bill Clinton did this to Hillary–all of his tantrums, lies, etc. have turned off any would be Hillary voters. Hillary needs to step up and 'fight' Obama...not let her hubby do it. She loses credibility when she allows Bill to go all "pit bull" on Obama. It just looks desperate. If she wants this, then she needs to bring it on and go against Obama -

    January 27, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  2. Anthony

    Someone,raised a question about age comparison between Obama and McCain.Back in 1992,President Bush Sr,was twenty years older than Bill Clinton.We should not stay under the pretence,as if age is a barrier.

    January 27, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  3. Andy, New York, New York

    Race was never a factor in Obama's starting out plans. To be the only BLACK candidate in a field filled with White candidates ought to tell any sane mind that the Black candidate knew he was fighting long shot odds.

    So, how could this be a campaign about race initiated by Obama when Obama is, pardon the pun, the only Black sheep?

    For him to go into predominantly White Iowa and cleaned house, then go on to predominantly White New Hampshire turned in a spectacular performance, followed by an equally spectacular performance in heavily mixed Nevada, tells me that this candidate has cross-over appeal.

    His Blackness should be hurting instead of helping him, but everyone who is backing him, including Whites, are resonating with the content of the message and not being blinded by the color of the messenger!


    January 27, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  4. AmSoldier

    Could it be that some of your perceived racial issues are in your own mind? There was no discussion of how many blacks voted for O in Iowa because there are so many fewer there. Yet, he still won because he had a significant amount of of the popular (majority white) vote.

    SC was just one more state. Leave it at that and move on, especially if your candidate lost. I'm for Obama but I understand that he won't win EVERY state. Hillicons need to understand the same.

    Blacks loved Bill, probably as much as Obama, but I believe it was the dirty tactics he began to use that turned many of them against him, and by default, Hillary.

    January 27, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  5. A White, Female Voter for Obama

    Polls have been unreliable for two reasons: many people decide at the last minute and polls do not document the votes of people without a land line and independents. Obama has shown a huge advantage with the latter. States like California, New Jersey and New York have a very high percentage of independents.

    Some polls people are citing are not recent....Hillary was leading two months ago by 24%...and she lost by 27%...a 51% decline!

    Vote your conscience and by educating yourself...but vote..it isn't up to anyone else

    January 27, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  6. California Lady

    God – you people are really beginning to tick me off when you keep saying it was the Obama campaign brought up the race card. Where the heck have you been for the last few weeks. It may not have been Hillary so much as Bill but nevertheless, it was their campaign.
    To the person who said that because Obama brought Oprah in with him he played the race card is so absolutely ridiculous that I can't even comment any further on it. Holy cow are you dumb.
    Obama – HE IS THE ONE

    January 27, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  7. California Lady

    To Veronica Lynne
    So – when blacks voted overwhelming for Clinton in 1992 and 1996, I guess that was because he was – what – White?
    When whites vote overwhelmingly for a white candidate – are they called racist?
    Give you head a shake will ya and then go back to sleep.

    January 27, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  8. Chris

    Heck, I am freaking white. As white as can be. I turn red when i am at the beach. Am I am voting to OBAMA? Heck Yeah.!!

    So where is the race card? Let's get mature people. The Clintons are throwing in the race game to win back the white votes. Vote for the candidate not his color.

    Oh regarding Oprah, the blacks call her, white mama. Because at some situations, they feel she is more white than black. So yeah..your argument does not hold.

    January 27, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  9. ascencioncastaneda

    I, for one, want a democrat in the white house of a disastrous past 8 years. Either Barac or Hillary or Edwards. Either one has more substance as to where to take country, PERIOD. All need to simmer on down in regards to all of this bickering. Who is this helping, really? Who. Do not be naive. Dem's are acting as if this is the general elections not caring what self imposed and possibly irrevsible self imposed damage we may be doing to ourselves. If a repub. get whitehouse you will all regret what the hell you are doing.

    January 27, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  10. Helen

    BO needs to get over himself. As for mom who is white conservative republican I will replace her republican vote if BO gets the Nomination. And I am a democrat. Remember he may be on fire BUT ALL HE IS DOING IS BLOWING SMOKE!! Wake up already, HILLARY YOU GO GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He needs good ol boy of the establishment he purports to despise in washington. The Black Sheep of the Kennedy family. Teddy Boy. BO has no business using the words of JFK or RFK. It is repulsive to hear hin do so. An he should stop whining. He is a lawyer and his wife went to Harvard Law School. He knows about how most of us live? Sure he does.

    January 27, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  11. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    For me, Senator Obama's campaign is an answer to a prayer. This is a man who will work for all people of all ages and races. He has a strong vision and exceptional people skills. He will bring America great pride as our leader.

    January 27, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  12. California Lady

    Here's an In Your Face. Obama not only got Caroline Kennedy's endorsement (JFK's daughter) but he is also getting Teddy Kennedy's endoresement. While that may not seem like much to you who know and understand nothing about politics, let me spell it out for you. Ted Kennedy is very HIGHLY RESPECTED and holds a lot of power in the Democratic Party and this bodes very well for Obama. Ted Kennedy is very close friends with the Clintons and still endorses Obama. What does that tell you.
    People of America – there is a very strong movement to Stop Hillary at all costs and their are substantial and well founded reasons for this.
    Go on-line and check out "Hillary The Movie under Dick Morris web site and you will see the truth. Unfortunately they are not allowed to sell it during the election but you can buy the DVD from the web site. My eyes were opened prior to knowledge of this but when I saw trailers from the movies I was even more determined to do whatever I can to see she does not get into office
    If we are unlucky and she does win the nomination then I and my family will all vote Republican

    Obama is the only Candidate and will be the next President of the United States

    January 27, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  13. Helen Cuan

    I am from Guyana. I will vote for Hillary Clinton, and if Mr. Obama wins I will support him. In addition, we live in a great country with great people let not forget that. Let the voters make the best choice for President .


    January 27, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  14. josh 7911

    three cheers for ready for change, now i see why my long comment was not put up. thank the CNN editors for putting ready for change up, he or she speaks for me as well

    January 27, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  15. Ilene, Livonia MI

    Can some of these Billary supporters please write in and tell me why her (and his) lying lips do not bother you.

    Pray for Obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am giving all my church money to him. The heck with Church. It is going to be the end of us if another Republican gets in office. And if Billary gets the nom, you can bet your sweet bippy that another republican will get in office. Smart democrats will not vote for that woman and neither will any republican. They will bury her with her dirty laundry.

    January 27, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  16. Dude

    The Press is giving him a free ride, man. while pounding on Clinton and ignoring Edwards. it is pitiful to watch our once great journalistic tradition being flushed down the toilet. thanks media!.

    January 27, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  17. Anon

    I was watching the SC debate (and previous debates) and I was impressed with Sen. Clinton SPECIFIC PLAN on our ECONOMY. Obama and Edwards are merely pitching in some and scrambling for words. Sen. Clinton may not have that kind of charm like Obama but clearly she's way ahead and ready to lead our country. Read their speeches. Listening can have some sublimal effect like Obama's with no specific plan. All these candidates are ready for change (who doesn't) but WHO HAS A SPECIFIC PLAN TO BRING CHANGE MATTERS MOST. Yes, a candidate can draw people with captivating speeches but can that candidate deliver?

    If we're voting for President of an XYZ comapny I can take a risk and vote for a candidate who has captivating speeches and if cannot deliver fire within a year but we're voting for President of tyhe US and we'll be with this President for 4 years. If the President cannot deliver we can't fire him and we'll be stuck for 4 years.

    It's sad about the bias reporting and how the R card has been brought up.

    It's very steep climb for Sen. Clinton than Sen. Obama. I believe gender is more of an issue than skin color. Many still doesn't want to see a female as commander-in-chief eventhough is best qualified. Unlike Edwards and Obama, Sen. Clinton laid out her economic plans but was taken lightly. An analyst of some network made some sexist comments to Sen. Clinton. He apologized but did it became a big deal? NO. If he made a racist comment against Obama surely that will be a big deal (Rev. Sharpton and Rev Jackson will be fired up). Sen. Clinton has been called names (without any supporting proof) like fake, ambitious witch eventhough she's well qualified among the democratic candidates. Nobody called Edwards and Obama fake and ambitious witch. Many including the media have problems accepting that a female candidate like Sen. Clinton is capable and well qualified to be the next President of the United States.

    January 27, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  18. bigrob

    What does it mean? It means that in South Carolina, people voted based upon the color of the skin not the content of the character.

    January 27, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  19. Jen

    I am a Republican and I am so impressed by Obama that unless we get a kick-butt perfect Republican candidate, I would vote for Obama for the change in the grid-locked government. I have never voted Democrat in MY LIFE (I'm older than you think, I voted for Reagan 2X!).

    If Hillary wins, you can bet your sweet spot that the govt will stay grid-locked. There is simply NO WAY to work with that woman and her husband. Even within your own Democratic party you can't get along with her. How do you imagine she and her revenge-seeking ANGRY husband will behave if 'given' (as some people say the media is STEALING the election from her) the Presidency!!!!!? Scary!

    You Clinton followers really have your heads buried! Deep in the bowels of denial!Denial that our country NEEDS CHANGE to UNITE and move forward!!!!

    January 27, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  20. bigrob

    Josh–your mom is voting for a great speaker and smiling young guy. Not someone who will do anything for a conservative. Obama is the most socialist person running. How can we afford to pay for everyone's mortgages (like he has promised) and free health care...and free everything. Nothing is more expensive than a "free" program from the federal goverment.

    We can't afford his socialist agenda. His government programs will rob us of desire to ingenuity.

    January 27, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  21. Independent in IA

    What does it mean? It means the American voter has lost all perspective and common sense.

    January 27, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  22. vp las vegas

    The South Carolina victory means one thing only. African Americans voted for an African American. That is all it means. If all the white people voted for a white candidate they would call it racism, African Americans do it and they cal it "pride". Come on CNN call the facts what they are and quit campaigning for OBAMA.

    January 27, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  23. Bencard

    i cannot understand the big fuss over obama's south carolina victory. pundits and tv-news commentators are vying against each other gushing over the man as though he had already won the presidency. the win was expected. no surprise whatsoever. it is a black-dominated state where any black candidate could win, and had won before. as bill clinton pointed out, jesse jackson won south carolina primary not once but twice.

    how can anyone ignore the racial implication of obama's garnering 81% of the black vote. why is it that when black people vote for a black candidate in overwhelming numbers against a white candidate, there is hardly any suggestion of racism. forget experience, forget gender, forget vague hopes and promises. can a black voter go past beyond color when it's a contest between a black and white candidates? who is creating a "racial divide"?

    January 27, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  24. Sylvia

    sad so sad
    we are letting the MEDIA select our president
    CNN has become the NEW FoxNews
    sad so sad
    yet I will still vote for the candidate that has true STRENGTH, Hillary
    Obama is so weak he needs the media to fight his fights and lie in their reporting
    he has never displayed STRENGTH

    January 27, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  25. elena

    Hillary will, indeed, carry southern states! I doubt that Alabama would ever vote for Obama!

    January 27, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
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