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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  1. Texas Voter

    Regain it...SHE NEVER HAD IT. ALL Hillary has ever had working for her are lies and deceit along with Bill's strong armed tactics.

    Hillary would become DICTATOR of what used to be America if we voters don't put an end to her political career. That end could not come soon enough.

    CNN needs to put out an in-depth report of it being Clinton's rhetoric on NAFTA in Canada that is in question. Obama was telling the truth...it never happened. Where is that story Wolf Blitzer?

    Certainly you and CNN are to afraid of the Clinton machine to be impartial journalists.

    So one of Obama's advisers called Hillary a monster...that is true. Hillary's chief adviser called Obama Ken Star...not true. So where is his apology to Obama....why doesn't Clinton fire him? Hillary herself agreed to publish her tax records, just as soon as she has time. Yeah right.

    March 7, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  2. james

    I agree Wolf. The reason she is simply this. Clout, she has more clout in the usa and around the world. Mr Obama is still in a learning curve

    March 7, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  3. rosemarie

    what on earth you silly people talking about Hillary won 65 delegates or was it 67 in Texas, and the caucaus counts are not in, so how can that be only 3.

    Wolf it is about time you started using your influences to get peoples respect for Hillary Clinton.... She is a brilliant and clever woman and most men don't like that, including you it seems.......If Obama's fans are being so vicious and nasty he isn't playing fair either, why is he allowed to get away with everything and Hillary can't.

    March 7, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  4. MCNEIL

    WOLF I AM SO PLEASED WITH THIS ARTICLE YOU HAVE WRITTEN........... I HAVE BEEN CRITICLE OF YOU IN THE PAST FOR BEING SO BIASED AGAINST HILARY ..THIS WAS A WELL WRITTEN ARTICLE AND I APPLAUD YOU FOR IT.................... I KNOW WE COULD NEVER GET A FAIR AND UNBIASED OPPINION FROM JACK.........HE IS SO ANGRY ALL THE TIME...WHAT IS HIS PROBLEM?

    March 7, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  5. Michael Sawyer

    I do not believe she has. What she has done is show just how low she will go to get the nomination. The problem with that is, she has done a great deal of damage to the democratic party. If by chance she has not gotten her mojo back, which I believe she hasn't, should she not get the nomination, how will she then turn around and support Obama if he receives the nomination. I don't think shew really understands or cares about party. Her only concern is that she get into the history books as the first female president. What about the rest of us that will suffer due to her defeat if she does get the nomination. She will lose if she goes against Mccain. They are praying for her to be the nominee.

    March 7, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  6. Barb in Ohio

    I would much rather have Hillary with her "mojo" running,
    than 4 more years with a Republican president. Look
    what bad shape our country is in today, compared to
    the Clinton's 8 years in the White House.
    and what do we "really" know about Obama?

    March 7, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  7. Changing times

    WOLF CAN SAY WHATEVER HE LIKES, IT IS CLINTON WHO HAS USED HER UGLINESS TO TURN PEOPLE AWAY. NOT OBAMA.

    HE INSPIRES AND SHE INFURIATES.

    March 7, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  8. Harry

    At the end of the day EVERYBODY is ignoring the elephant in the room. Obama is BLACK and although the press dare not discuss it there are still many places in America that are racist...including the establishment.

    Listen to people like Senator John Kerry and Senator Daschle about Obama's experience. These are not ignorant men gone astray on some bandwagon.

    PLAY BY THE RULES HILARY because you are on the verge of starting a revolution.

    March 7, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  9. Susan

    Wolf,
    I agree. I think that the 3 wins have re-energized both Hillary Clinton and her campaign organizers. There is a new sense of hope and optimism which is vital to going forward.
    I enjoy all your political commentators and their various interpretations of events in the campaigns. However, Donna Brazile's take on the Power fiasco was very strange today. Hillary was trashed by Power
    to the foreign press, but Donna moaned that poor Barack is having a tough week! Donna usually excels at keeping her own feelings out of play, but not this time..
    Lots of fun!!!

    March 7, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  10. cm baldwin

    Wolf,

    Hillary doesn't have enough mojo to become the nominee. She has done the unthinkable by tearing down Obama for the republicans. She NARROWLY took Texas and may end of losing the state when they complete the caucus counting. And why do you keep repeating Hillary WON Michigan? How do you call that a win if she was the only candidate on the ticket.

    What does it take for the MSM to just tell the truth..it's no wonder most Americans do not trust the media.

    Why hasn't CNN covered the NYTimes story on the FBI investigation into the funds missing from RNC accounts?

    March 7, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  11. RLL

    Your Obama supporters seem fixated on the fact that he was 20 points down before the Ohio and Texas primaries, but ignore the fact that everbody, including CNN, had written her political obituary over and over and over and over again before these primaries. He had all the momentum. He won 12 in a row. He was going to drive the final nail in her coffin. Well, it didn't happen. No matter what happens in the Texas caucases, more people voted for her in the primary. Primaries, the truly democratic vote (little "d"). Finally, the only thing that happened in the last week is that the media finally began vetting him. She has faced ten times the negative press than he has. Obama supporters: stop whining, he lost!!

    March 7, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  12. Sarah

    Hillary will only destroy the DNC in her quest to win–for sure she cannot beat Obamo in delegates so the race needs to wrap up no matter how many more contests are held.

    If she win the nomination, she will not win the Presidency because
    she won't get the votes on the premise that she stole the nomination using dirty politics–she will lose the Obamo democratic supporters which she needs to win.

    If the DNC donot do something really fast they will lose!!!

    March 7, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  13. Colin from Scotland

    You are lucky to have two excellent candidates. I like both Hillary and Obama but If I had to choose, I'd go for HILLARY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 7, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  14. Sonya

    It seems no one has noticed, but there are NO winners here! Howard Dean needs to quickly resolve this democrat on democrat crime wave. I am soon to become republican.

    March 7, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  15. Trenton Sims, Los Angeles

    We Hold These Truths To Be Self Evident....

    EVERYTHING that she is allowed to do or say ..is not allowed for her Opponent(s)

    Clinton has already done, is in the process of doing, or will do moments later, EVERYTHING that she Criticizes or Accuses Obama of.

    March 7, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  16. Joe

    Revelation 13:18 "Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is 666."

    barack/hussei/nobama = 666

    Like Damien in the Omen movies, Obama sends his staff out to do his dirty deeds – wink, wink, nudge, nudge. Then they disappear.

    All Clinton must do is wait. Obama the false prophet will show show his true colors.

    March 7, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  17. Viva Hillary

    Senator Clinton has her Mojo and is the best candidate for the democratic party. She has been in national politics longer than Senator Obama. He has been in the National stage for a year and half not including the year he has been campaigning. Does he have the jaw to take the tough questions? I don't think so when I want a preacher I go to church. When I want a leader I go to someone who has been fighting for issues since I started voting 15 years ago. She is the one who could fight for the Democratic issues and for the US...

    Let him run in 8 years when he has real legislation experience and if he can last in the hall of Congress. Through everything. Change is what I want I want to Change the current administration to one who knows what they are doing. She knows and has a proven record...

    March 7, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  18. joy

    for me hillary should be the nominee for democrats for all those big states she won and since obama is just new in politics and being 3years senator is not enought . i should be happy if he agree's to be a vp in the party.so he can learn more. he is young anyway.

    March 7, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  19. Brian

    Blitzer...you use to be so respected and popular and now are viewed by many as just another puppet...not reporting the news but rather your own bias. Trust me, your not that important.

    March 7, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  20. Joann

    What gives Clinton the momo, is the media, Everything i hear from you is all about clinton. your not fear. You guys know that Clinton carries a lot of baggage. She and her husbent as you and the rest of the media knows they cannot be trusted. Obama does have the momo and the fight. You just wait in see. Why don't you talk more about why she won't give up taxes and all she claims she did while in the white house. Why doen't she give up the record?

    March 7, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  21. Connie Ruggieri

    I listen to you almost every night , although, I must admit I switch channels when you are repetitive, and keep saying the same things over and over. I like to see Cafferty make a fool of himself. All us women have a blast, imitating him. Its good for a laugh. He's so insecure. Whatever will he do when Hillary becomes President???
    And she will.... He should go on Saturday night live.
    The latest news about the resignation, just proves what we already knew, at least most of us....Obama is no saint. And neither are the people in his campaign.
    He's human, just like Bill and Hillary. He does not walk on water.
    Now lets get down to the issues.
    Who's best suited for the Presidency. Ready on day 1.
    Who will do most for the people of the United States, and for our status on the world stage. ?
    The answer is crystal clear for those that are not dreamers.
    Hillary!!!!!

    McCain doesn't have a prayer.

    March 7, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  22. ltattoo

    don't we deserve a media that works?

    March 7, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  23. Alison Dubsky

    Hillary won the popular vote in Texas!!!! She won the state. Obama may end up with as many delegates, but saying he won Texas is the same as saying George Bush won in 2000. I think we know something a little funny happened there.

    March 7, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  24. Abe

    Republicans gave Hillary Texas and Ohio because they know she's easier to beat in the general election. All the right wing tak show host were asking their listners to switch a party and vote for hillary and thats what they exactly did. Too bad the upcoming elections are closed elections.

    March 7, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  25. MM

    Oh my gosh, and you are talking now about the monster remark YET again. Clinton has seemingly reclaimed her "mojo" because of media like you. But if you are Clinton supporters (and it sure seems like you are), your coverage is just turning off former Clinton supporters!

    March 7, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
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