April 23rd, 2008
03:15 PM ET
7 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. Adrian Fisher Sr.

    It is my opinion that Hillary's win comes with the fact that she had ties to P.A. Could she win on Obamas turf Illinoise I dont htink so, Hillary is a liar and a candidate that will stoop to any level to win. Both Bill and Hillary are liars and after what Bill did in the White House right under Hillarys nose proves that her little experience is not so good,She could not even catch her own husband tom foolery in the White House how could she be revered to run the White House. Who will be watchiing Bill? who wants to be back in the White House more than Hillary. Besides enough is enough we have already suffered one major Clinton embarrement why take a chance on another one. Besides if she does become the Candidate most Dems will be voting for Mr. Mcain.

    April 23, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  2. Mark Wright

    It is said that Barak Obama can not win the battleground states, and that may be so....But why is there so many exit polls to show how great Hillary Clinton's ten percent victory in Pennsylvania was, yet I believe it was much closer than that . Not only in Pennsylvania but also in Texas as well as Ohio and maybe other of these battleground states. One thing not getting much coverage is the fact that many Republicans is registering Democrat just to vote in there primaries, and it is my guess that they are overwhelmingly voting for Hillary...HOW ABOUT AN EXIT POLL FOR THAT.....It is apparent that the Republicans fear Barak, knowing he will slice up John Mc Cain in a debate any day of the week. They know he is walking lightly with Hillary, fearing he would look like a bully...I say go for it Barak, show the country what the Republicans already know that you can be tough and think on your feet, we know they are using any and everything to separate, while you are trying to bridge the divides.....America don't be fooled by the oakie doke!!!!

    April 23, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  3. JAZZ

    Without FL and MI the Will of the people has not been expressed.
    It appears the Obama campaign wants to win by "'fixing" the race ie by excluding FL and MI. The nomination cannot be "stolen" because Obama does not own it. Neither candidate has the 2025 delegates needed to win the nomination.
    The party rules DO NOT require the superdelegates to vote for the winner of the pledged delegate races. The nominee will be the person with the best chance to win in November because winning in November is the end game. The problem with the youth vote is it's about Obama the man and not the party. Do you really think they will continue to vote and he's not in the race in 2010 and thereafter? Just remember the party faithful vote out of duty. Older black voters also vote because they know that blood was spilled and lives were lost for their right to vote. Hillary is TOO LEGIT to QUIT!

    April 23, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  4. Brent Stevenson

    Doesn't matter if Obama or Clinton now. The democratic party is in ruins thanks to the Karl Rove playbook attacks by Hillary and throwing the kitchen sink. I am so ashamed of the democratic party. You have given the election to McCain. Hope it was worth it Hillary and all your vile kitchen sink strategy.

    You have a huge ego and you need to knocked down a few levels.

    April 23, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  5. Patrick

    Why do the pundits predict that blacks will not support Hillary if their man loses and at the same time imply or claim outright that the Clintons are racists? Are the pundits suggesting that black America will support McCain? Is this a threat or typical thoughtless utterances of the "experts"?

    92% of black voters in PA voted for a black candidate. Exactly who is the racist in this race?

    April 23, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  6. EG FROM TORONTO

    GIVE IT A REST BLITZ, AND THE REST OF THE CNN, BEST POLITICAL TEAM. YOU GUYS ARE DOING THE SPINNING. YOU WOULD LIKE US TO BELIEVE THAT THERE IS DRAMA TO UNFOLD, THAT WE STILL HAVE A HORSE RACE, WHEN IN FACT OBAMA IS HOME AND COOLED OUT. HILLARY HAS NO CHANCE OF WINNING THE NOMINATION. THE MEDIA WANTS US GLUED TO OUR TV SETS, AGONIZING OVER EVERY TWIST AND TURN AND MEDIA MANUFACTURED CONTRAVERSY, WHEN IN EFFECT, THE RACE IS OVER FOR HILLARY, AND OBAMA HAS PREVAILED. NICE TRY THOUGH, YOU MIGHT FOOL SOME OF THE OHIO AND PENNSYLVANIA CROWD.

    April 23, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  7. Grayson

    Are any of Billary's supporters concerned they didn't fight for MI and FL delegates last year when they had the chance? Or do you all believe in the win at all costs motto like your leader?

    April 23, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  8. Franky

    "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."

    I gotta say, I couldn't agree more. But to be honest, is funny how you say, "we are giving you permission to knock her out." LOL!!!!!!!!

    Now that's funny....LOL!!!

    April 23, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  9. Euphemia, Dublin, Ireland

    Don't count your chickens yet Senator Clinton – many of your Pennsylvania voters may not be around to vote for you in November!!!!

    April 23, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  10. Key West Sun

    Only really news worthy part of the story.

    The party rules state that superdelegates can change their minds at any time until the real roll call on the convention floor.

    Don't count your chickens till they hatch!

    April 23, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  11. Ed

    Obama: your day of reckoning with the voters of MI and FL will come sooner or later. You can deny, deny, deny and wish them away. But they have to be dealt with, and when they finally have their say about your candidacy for president, I do not think you will be too pleased.

    April 23, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  12. Simone

    So, she won by 10 points, she was winning by 25 points and she has spun negativity throughout PA and it is really a shame the way the is destroying the Democratic Party. She is truly not good for the Democratic Party nor America. She lies and her people believe her and vote for her with out reservations. I don't want this woman nor her family representing me and my family we believe in telling the truth even if it hurts us. My daughter asked me "Mom did she not say that the nominee should be the one that gets the most delegates back a few months ago and now she is saying that it is the one that has won the big states?" Come on give me a break. I am tired of her lies too mom!

    Simone
    Stone Mountain, GA

    April 23, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  13. Cindy

    If the superdelegates are anything like the last-minute undecideds of Ohio and Pennsylvania... they will not be able to vote for Obama. They're either too scared to try something new, break the old paradigm. Clinton's royalty/loyalty pressure, fear-mongering, will do them in.

    And the Democratic Party will be finished, and Rush Limbaugh / Sean Hannity and company will be laughing and dancing in the streets. Thanks a bunch, Ms. Clinton.

    April 23, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  14. Joy

    Reporters and pundits keep on marveling at the fact that he is unable to close the gap with rural white voters in some states. Well, as an outsider looking in – there is no great mystery. In some states in the U.S. some white rural voters refuse to vote for a black man and will vote for any white candidate available, regardless of their policy, character or ability to perform.

    April 23, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  15. Canadian Neighbour

    It's about time that CNN stop this 'MADNESS' in creating this 'DELUSION' that Hillary can win the democratic nomination. We clearly understand that this is all media 'HYPE', but CNN I think that you guys are really going 'OVERBOARD'. It's time to tone it down, because infact it is becoming very 'MISLEADING'

    God Bless you !

    April 23, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  16. LATINO FOR OBAMA -VA

    Obama – Let's win N. Carolina, Indiana & all the remaining states and territories. I want to see her crying again :(

    April 23, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  17. Obama is a loser

    Obama can't knock her out, he is to busy running from questions to stop and hit anyone.

    April 23, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  18. Andrew Stimpson

    I'm so sick of the "do the math" comments I DID the math and the math says NEITHER candidate can reach the magic number withour superdelegates.

    April 23, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  19. TIME FOR THE SUPERDELAGATES TO STEP TO THE PLATE

    CNN you didn't post my previous comment

    What, was I was too critical of the Wolfster? All I said was that the Wolfster himself is a spin doctor for the Clinton's by making the comments he did.

    CNN STOP THE CENSORING VIEWS THAT DO NOT FAVOR YOU OR CLINTON.

    April 23, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  20. Kim

    Yes Wolf, Hillary is the spin master and you are her puppet.

    April 23, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  21. Phong Nguyen

    After the primaries end on June 3, 2008, and neither of the candidates acquires the 2,025 delegates required for the nomination, the superdelegates will start with a new, clean slate to nominate the candidate whom they think will be able to win in November. That is how the process works!

    April 23, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  22. Franky

    "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"

    Uh-Oh, it looks like someone is doing their homework, LOL!!!!

    April 23, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  23. MMB

    Sorry, but I must not be "media savvy" enough. But who is the Blitzer guy and why is there always a picture of him? How is he an important player in this political season? Just wondering.

    April 23, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  24. Kevin

    Democratic Primaries on May 6th (IN + NC) have a whopping 187-delegates at stake. The Pennsylvania Primary was significant (158-delegates), however victories for Senator Obama on May 6th will be far more significant and lasting. The remaining Super-Delegates will likely catapolt Senator Obama into the general election as the 2008 Nominee sa early as May 7th..

    April 23, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  25. A.J.T

    If the media would stop being instigators in this primary season
    and let the candidates campaign, Barack would win the nomination and the Democrats could join forces and plan their
    strategy to beat Old-Man McCain.

    April 23, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
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