April 23rd, 2008
03:15 PM ET
10 years ago

Blitzer: Inside the spin wars

CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer

CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer

(CNN) - You can get dizzy from all the political spinning that's going on.

If you listen to the Barack Obama team, the Pennsylvania results actually showed that he was improving when it comes to winning support from white working class voters. They say he did better with this group in Pennsylvania than he did six weeks ago in Ohio, where Clinton also won by about ten points.

If you listen to the Hillary Clinton team, the results show that Obama simply can't win in major battleground states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida and Michigan. Those are states, they insist, a Democratic presidential candidate desperately would need to win in the general election.

All the spinning is designed to sway those still-undecided super delegates who will be critical in eventually determining the party's nominee. Remember – the party created those superdelegates so they would be able to ensure that the eventual nominee would be more competitive against the Republican nominee. That's why those superdelegates are so important and powerful. The rules make clear that they can choose a candidate who did not win the greatest number of pledged delegates, or the popular vote.

Right now, Clinton advisers also pursuing some of the superdelegates who earlier announced their support for Obama. They suspect the results from Ohio, and now Pennsylvania, are giving some of those Obama supporters buyer's remorse. They are hoping to change their minds. The party rules state that superdelegates can change their minds at any time until the real roll call on the convention floor.

All of which suggests this contest is not over yet – and might not be for some time.

If someone would have predicted back in early January, before the first contests in Iowa and New Hampshire, that the Democrats would still be slugging it out now, they would have been ridiculed. The assumption back then was that the Republicans would be fighting and fighting while the Democrats settled on their candidate relatively quickly. That goes to explain why politics can be so unpredictable and so much fun to cover.

soundoff (305 Responses)
  1. Veterans for Obama

    The "base" of the Democratic party is not a constant…with new, younger voters outnumbering the old, white, blue collar types. I think we need to reevaluate what the "base" is. Obama would not have the commanding lead he does if he were relying on the traditional base. We can't turn these new young voters off…they are the future of our Nation. Clintons demographic are old and will be irrelevant soon.

    April 23, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  2. Uncle Sam

    They're in it to spin it!

    April 23, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  3. Experience Trumps CHARM

    The people have seen that Obama is a lot of talk...ITs wondful talk and he has a great smile but we see through it and want defeat. Clinton can offer that. I don't care how you spin it if he can't take some of her strong core supporters then they won't win in Nov.

    April 23, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  4. Swiss in Canada

    Can somebody explain to me why Clinton has won Michigan and Florida? (This is a honest question. I really don't know!)

    April 23, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  5. Sylvia

    bottom line....Obam cannot win in the general election

    April 23, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  6. Jack Walden

    By their silence, these still-undecided super delegates are bound to get renamed as stupid delegates should McCain win in November

    April 23, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  7. GL

    Wolfe- Not enough spin out there already? You have to go out and spew your two cents??? Sorry to bring a tear to your eye, but Hillary has already lost. Do the math.

    April 23, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  8. Mike

    Super Delegates For Hillary!!!!

    NObama can't win the BIG states, thus can't win the General...

    Go Hillary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Florida...Michigan...Super Delegates...The math will add up!!!!

    April 23, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  9. Millie

    Hillary 's life story is a true example of when you work hard towards your goals, stay focus on "what you want to do when you grow up" and stay the course in the face of adversity, it pays off.

    April 23, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  10. Jane Doe

    Why isn't anyone talking about the race factor. I think Ron Reagan said it right on Larry King last night. There are still plenty of racist people in America.

    April 23, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  11. David Ferdinand, Brooklyn New York


    April 23, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  12. Grif

    Well there is no more, where that came from...

    April 23, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  13. Silly Season

    And in the meantime the republicans laugh all the way to the bak.

    April 23, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  14. LifeLongDemocrat

    Obama has no one to blame but himself. He need to knock her out in N.C and Indiana and stop this MADNESS.

    I know it hard for a black man to hit hard at a white woman, but we are giving you permission to knock her out.

    The tide is turning for Hillary … Oh no it’s a Tsunami to wash her away.

    Go away Hillary!!! You will not have Rendell and Strickland in N.C and Indiana. What will you do?

    Barack Obama 08

    April 23, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  15. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    Here's my spin, for what it's worth: John McCain already, in theory, has the Republican nomination. So why did one in six Pennsylvania Republicans vote for Ron Paul?

    April 23, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  16. Nick

    I just hope that all this fighting will result with a Democrat in the White house. Who needs "American Idol" when we've got all of this political entertainment!

    April 23, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  17. Brandy- I love Obama!

    The day that Hillary steals the nomination....it will be a very sad day in America. It will damage the party in ways never imagined. I hope that does not happen.

    I'm on the train with Obama!

    April 23, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  18. Tony Z- MD

    She can call them, but they are not switching. They know her and will not be fooled. Many remember the Clinton years, the losses in the house and Senate.

    April 23, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  19. Dave

    Clinton can play all the dirty politics she wants and I'm sure she will. If she gets the nomination over the leader in pledged delegates, my family and I will be voting Republican in November as an anti-Clinton vote.

    April 23, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    They Can't overturn the will of the people ! IT will be ugly if they overturn...........

    It is very very ridiculs to think only to choose those states that only help for HRC............. IT is very unfortunate to hear........... it is a rule .... I don't mind whoever wins I am Rep and will cast for Rep. but hearing such idea makes me sad .....

    Anyways it is still widely believed that it they overtune .... i.e... "THEY STEAL" the nomination and deliver the world what democracy mean ..

    April 23, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  21. Stacy Clarks, TX



    April 23, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  22. NewMexicoForObama

    Blitzer never seems to make any sense. He seems ignorant most of the time. He is my least favorite at cnn for sure!

    April 23, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  23. A. Harrison

    Mr. Blitzer, the correct "SPIN" is that "It is what it is" CLinton won, by 10 points, double digits, and it's what everyone said she needed to do to stay in the race.

    Now folks are talking out the other sides of their mouths about how it really wasn't that great. She will end this race on top whether she gets the nomination or not because all her predictions will come to lift if/when Barack goes up against John McCain. We all know this but don't want to admit it.

    April 23, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  24. Susan MO

    Hillary is going to win.

    She is the one with the experience.

    Obama not.

    Obama insulted the people of Pennsylvania. Bad business.
    *** Hillary 08****

    April 23, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  25. Paul

    By the official Democratic Primary rules Clinton has been mathematically knocked out of this race. The only way Hillary can be the nominee is by changing the rules in midstream. The Clinton campaign wants the rules changed and is betting on the DNC giving in to them. The Obama campaign wants the rules left alone.

    Since when is it an option to change the rules in the middle of an election? That is something we hear of in other corrupt countries around the world, not in the United States of America. The Clintons are more than will to lower our election standards to the countries we've been against for so long. This is over, let's get on with it.

    April 23, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
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