March 7th, 2008
03:30 PM ET
7 years ago

Blitzer: Clinton 'has recaptured her mojo'

Clinton bounced back this week, scoring wins in three states.
Clinton bounced back this week, scoring wins in three states.

(CNN) - This was a strong week for Hillary Clinton. It was not such a strong week for Barack Obama. Her campaign could have easily collapsed if she had lost the primaries in Texas and Ohio. He had all the political momentum going for him. Now, having won those two states plus Rhode Island, she has recaptured her mojo, even as she still remains behind him in the all-important delegate count.

Her friend and supporter, James Carville, our CNN political analyst, says that she must now win the Pennsylvania primary on April 22 and then go on to win the re-votes in Michigan and Florida – assuming they can be organized and paid for. He says that if she does win those three major states, she will get the nomination because the super delegates will flock to her. Her campaign’s argument has been that she carried the biggest states – New York, California, Ohio, Michigan, Texas, Florida, etc. – and that would make her more likely to beat John McCain in a general election.

Obama’s supporters have argued that the candidate who has won the most elected or pledged delegates should get the nomination. It’s as simple as that. Even if Hillary Clinton were to run the table on those big upcoming states, he might still be slightly ahead in pledged delegates, because of the proportionate way the Democrats divide up the delegates in the states. (The Republicans, in contrast, have a winner-take-all rule in many of the states.)

Here’s the bottom line: there’s an excellent chance this contest is heading to the Democratic Convention in Denver – August 25-28. Mark your calendars.

–CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer

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soundoff (391 Responses)
  1. Susie from Boca

    I loved you when you were first lady. I was excited about this primary because I felt we couldn't lose with two candidates like you and Barack Obama.

    Since watching you "operate" during this primary, I have changed my mind. I find myself hoping against all hopes that he wins the Democratic party nomination so I can vote for someone whose values I still respect.

    Shame on you, Hillary Clinton!! Stick to facts, and forget the slurs, slams, and slanders.

    March 7, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  2. joe

    WOLF

    THANK YOU FOR BEING A FAIR AND BALANCE JOURNALIST..

    COMPARED TO JACK...WHO IS ONE OF THE MOST BIAS

    JOURNALIST I HAVE SEEN IN MY 85 YEARS...

    YOU MIGHT NOT LIKE HILLARY BUT YOU ARE BEING REAL

    HILLARY HAS HER MOJO BACK....

    March 7, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  3. Mike

    It is clear that if the national elections were a caucus and the voters could be intimidated Obama would win because of collective misplaced guilt, but the national elections are not a caucus. It is also clear that Hillary has won the biggest and most important states in free elections. The dems can nominate Obama if they want to and he will lose. Unfortunately Hillary will also lose because all of those with collective guilt and the blacks will desert her. It is a no win situation. We are no longer a nation where free elections are valid in the primaries. I strongly believe the caucus system got us into this situation.

    March 7, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  4. Nader not looking so bad...

    I think she's got some of her personality mojo back... Too bad her math mojo is still in the hands of Dr. Evil.

    March 7, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  5. Jan Lynch

    Thank you, Wolf, for analyzing the news, and not just giving us your opinion all the time. I used to watch MSNBC, but stopped because I really don't care what they personally think; there is way too much opinion in this election year, and we don't even have two nominees yet.!
    The elephant in the room seems to me to be (unfortunately): how many Democrats will quietly vote for McCain, rather than vote for a woman or a black man? And we won't know that until it's over.

    March 7, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  6. Cheryl in Reno

    First, I keep hearing how Hilary would win all of the big states in a general election and Obama wouldn't, but I think that is a weak argument. I think almost all of the demecrats who voted for Hillary in the primary WOULD vote for Obama in the general election so he would carry the big states.
    Second, I think the Clintons are nasty people, down and dirty and there is nothing they wouldn't do to win. I've never felt that integrity was in their geneic makeup. Obama shouldn't stoop to their level, he is better than that. He can still win.

    March 7, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  7. Moni

    Strong week...pleeeease. Mrs. Clinton needs to get back on her broom and fly back to New York!

    March 7, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  8. keg

    I am really dissapointed at wolf.How much did hillary give you .You are causing so much damage but he will prevail.Shame on cnn ,I no longer watch you.

    March 7, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  9. Truthhurts

    Wolf Blitzer sucks, big time. Go ahead and crown Mrs Clinton just like you and the whole of CNN led America to war.

    March 7, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  10. Teresa, Tacoma, WA

    The only real momentum that Hillary has regained is the support of the media after she complained that she wasn't getting treated fairly. Sorry, you all fell right into that trap! I have to give her credit though, she's good! Just a week ago, the media just couldn't get enough of Obama. It seems like everyone has forgotten that Obama has won 12 in a row. That is now somehow not good enough to the media. I wish you all would just stick to the facts and stop flip flopping so much.

    March 7, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  11. Sara

    you know, I never write into these things but I feel the need to respond to this blog. Hillary Clinton is getting nasty and Barack Obama has tried to take the high road more often. Why do we elect people who instead of building themselves up find it more necessary to tear others down. We learn a children not to do that , to hold onto our honor and integrity. This is the very thing this country is trying to get away from. Winning by dirty deeds is a sad state of affairs. Leaders should lead by example. I am a 55 year old white female and I am voting for Barak Obama.

    March 7, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  12. Joe N

    Hillary's choice to take a Karl Rove approach to the primary campaign has made what was a difficult choice very easy. I, like the majority of Americans, don't like the way the current administration governs and think the country is headed in the wrong direction. Hillary's gotten on the fast track in the same old direction. I for one am dissappointed that she's decided to take this approach. She could have done so much more for the American people.

    March 7, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  13. Marilyn

    Just wait and see – the people will come to their senses and Hillary will win it all in the end – she should be the nominee! Obama is not capable of winning in November when those Republicans and Independents who voted for him in the Primary vote for McCain in the election that really counts.

    March 7, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  14. Jeff from Los Angeles

    It appalls me that all the obama-ites on this message board actually think that CNN has their nose up Hillary's butt! Wolf....You have gotten it right on this one. People are finally starting to realize that they don't have any idea who this Obama guy is. It's Hillary's time....it will be Obama's later. He seems like a good guy, but hell...he only had ONE YEAR in the SENATE before beginning his campaign! People want an experienced person to be their lawyer or their restaurant server. When are people going to start realizing that a president has to have experience. It is the toughest job in the country!! If we want somebody solely based on inspiration then we might as well start electing people like Tony Robbins!!! Go Hillary!!

    March 7, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  15. Jill

    The only momentum Senator Clinton has is the momentum provided her by the main stream media, including CNN; although, I think your coverage has been slightly more fair than the others. However, the media just wants a fight, as do the Republicans, so they are all inspired by the idea that the scrap between Clinton and Obama will continue for months and months. They both win in that scenario: the losers? The Democratic Party AND Senator Obama. He has still won more states, more of the popular vote, more of the pledged delegates, and he is closing in on her superdelegates – down now to something like 40 or less. How is that momentum?

    March 7, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  16. Dan

    Clinton lost her mojo long ago when she voted fr the war any right minded clear thinking person should be morally opposed to supporting Hillary Clinton or john Mccain both of them had a severe lack of judgment. The only way clinton can regain her mojo is if she repudiates and apologizes for her vote.

    March 7, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  17. NoMoreRecounts!!!

    Clinton has no mojo.
    Thousands of Republican voters listened to Rush Limbaugh all day last Monday to take his advice... which was to not vote for Mccain, rather vote for Clinton to keep the Dems infighting. Mccain had a victory sealed, so it was a given. Therefore their vote was expendable, yet strategic.
    The reason Hillary won is a Limbaugh effect.
    The Republicans simply fear going up against Obama, as opposed to the dirt they've accumulated on Hillary.
    Clinton's ability to pull Republicans to her side this way is not going to favor the Dems, which is opposite of the way that Obama can pull Republicans to him. Because Republicans will actually vote for Obama in November!

    March 7, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  18. Chris

    The only mojo Hillary showed was getting the negative attention off or her and her husband and putting it on Obama helping John McCain. So if she can't be the democratic nominee than let Republicans win.

    March 7, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  19. VFH

    How about this: Obama was caught in another lie. His former adviser spilled the beans about his Iraq plan, and it's not what he's been telling voters. He's going to implode!

    March 7, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  20. Kimberly

    Yes, absolutely, she has recaptured her Mojo! My parents are registered Republican in California so they voted Republican in the primary, but both wanted to vote for Hillary. I've heard this from Independents also who could not vote for the Democrats due to glitches in the system this year. Some who vote absentee were not given the Democratic ballot as requested and they were not in town to vote in person. So there are lots of people who wanted to vote for her and will vote for her in the general election.

    March 7, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  21. David in Dallas, TX

    As long as CNN seems to be employed by Clinton. Why do you not report the story of Clinton calling Ian Brodie in the Canadian governement and giving him the wink wink on NAFTA, not Obama? The Canadian press and MSNBC are.

    Not that I expect CNN to print this.

    March 7, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  22. James France

    Look folks, do any of you realy understand why Hillary or anybody else can pull a few troops out of Iraq? There is an international private security force over there of over 50,000. They are doing just about all the dirty work, security, have nobody scoping them out or telling them what the rules of the road are. It's increasing daily. Some estimates have the number at 75,000. So if you pull back 10,000 or so troops what does it matter? A lot of guys are getting out of the military, going back as private security people and making $150,000.00 plus for doing what they used to do for chump change in the military. All of you idealists out there need a wake-up call. If oil goes to $200.00 a barrel. And, the soothsayers are saying it could, we are going to be really glad that we can control the oil flow over there which is what the invasion was about in the first place. We are stuck with oil as our main meal for many years to come. All the green planning and utilization in the world is going to take tens of years. So get your thumbs out of your mouth, see the facts, and stop trying to put somebody in the White House that would be a shoo-in on american idol.

    March 7, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  23. OBAMA YES CLINTON NO

    HILLARY CLINTON IS USING ALL THESE DISTRACTIONS TO ALLOW HER NOT TO HAVE TO DISCUSS THE ISSUES.
    1. HOW WILL SHE DEAL WITH THE MIDDLE EAST WHEN THEY HAVE NO RESPECT FOR WOMEN.
    2. HOW WILL SHE DEAL WITH A THREAT TO AMERICA THAT HAS NO COUNTRY OF ORIGIN? TERRORISM HAS NO COUNTRY TO NEGOTIATE WITH. WHAT IS HER PLAN? SPECIFICALLY
    3. HOW ABOUT SHARING HER TAX RETURNS? HIDDING SOMETHING?
    4. ITS TIME TO GET OFF SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE , WHO NEEDS A PRESIDENT WHO SPENDS TIME COURTING HOLLYWOOD, WHAT THE HECK DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH ANYTHING?
    5. WHAT ABOUT FLORIDA AND MICHIGAN? DO I WANT A PRESIDENT THAT CAN'T FOLLOW THE RULES WHEN THEY ARE NOT CONVENIENT FOR HER, DO I WANT A PRESIDENT WHO BREAKS THE LAW AND GETS AWAY WITH IT? NO NO NO NO
    6. WHAT POLICIES DID SHE ACTUALLY COME UP WITH HERSELF DURING BILL'S PRESIDENCY? WHAT SPECIFICALLY ACCOMPLISH ON HER OWN? VERY LITTLE ACTUALLY

    WAKE UP AMERICA, DO YOUR HOMEWORK. GET ON LINE AND INVESTIGATE THIS WOMAN FOR YOURSELF. YOU WILL BE SURPRISED

    March 7, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  24. Basquale

    I used to like watch CNN and read in the Internet Site. But the longer it goes and hear all the statments how Hillary will win the nomination the more I get disgusted.

    Florida and Michigan violated the rules!
    Hillary didn't win big in Texas!
    NAFTAgate started with the Clinton Campaign!

    This kind of journalism is totally wrong!

    March 7, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  25. John

    Wolf Blitzer is with the clintons He never brings the real news on his "situation room" program and he never asks the right questions. He knows the clintons well he has had many meals with them in the white house.

    March 7, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
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