April 23rd, 2008
08:45 AM ET
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TIME.com: The real winner? John McCain

 Was John McCain the real winner Tuesday night?
Was John McCain the real winner Tuesday night?

A few months ago, the only people who talked about the possibility of a contested Democratic nomination fight extending all the way to the party's convention in August were hopeful pundits, desperate Republicans, and Chicken Little Democrats.

Most of the rational world looked at the political landscape and foresaw a smooth ride to victory for Democrats. They had, after all, the wind at their backs from the 2006 midterm elections, and a Republican President with record-high disapproval ratings thanks to an unpopular war and a tanking economy. The dueling landmark candidacies of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama seemed an embarrassment of riches, fueling record-breaking fundraising and bringing a flood of new voters to the party.

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  1. Sharon Minnesota

    Could be.

    April 23, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  2. Obama will be President

    No country for old men!

    April 23, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  3. Mary

    Both Fox and CNN had commentators this AM who said that Hillary cannot get the nomination because of the Party's fear of disenfranchising black and young voters...so no matter what else happens, Obama is your nominee....just one more reason why McCain will be elected.

    April 23, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  4. Veterans Against McCain

    Go to our website Vietnam Veterans against Mccain to see why this guy shouldn't be considered for President.

    April 23, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  5. jw, canadian,ok

    No TIME, the democratic party could nominate Elmer Fudd and McBush would still be a loser.

    April 23, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  6. Veterans for Obama

    Why did you vote down the GI Bill John? Don't send us to war and then forget about us.

    Not a hero in my book!

    April 23, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  7. DAN

    NOT IF HILLARY'S THE NOMINEE. GET USE TO IT, OBAMA HAS TO GO,

    April 23, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  8. Scott, Wichita

    Keep fighting Dems!!!
    McCain is going to pull off an underdog win in November, because the Democratic Party is imploding from those two. While they continuous try to prove why the other can't be President, McCain will surf the wave of indecisiveness to victory in '08

    April 23, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  9. ibextati

    Here is the official results from PA Secretary of State

    Clinton 54.3% 1,237,696

    Obama 45.7% 1,043,174

    Spread 8.6% 194,522

    The question is why is the media reporting double-digit?

    April 23, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  10. After further review,Texas

    But thanks to the media,it has become a three ring Circus and selling alot of news papers and Ad space.Well done.Helping the economy is such a noble cause while you screw the electorate.

    April 23, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  11. Julie M

    Time to count MI and FL Howard Dean and Nancy Pelosi! AND then resign, you have both shown very unamerican views. You both are a blight on the Democratic party,

    April 23, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  12. Sandra

    WE CAN ONLY THANK HILLARY FOR DESTROYING THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY.

    April 23, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  13. Jay

    Stop The Drama, Drop Out Obama!

    April 23, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  14. Tom

    I agree. Mc Cain benefits a lot from the Democratic race and he will win in November...

    April 23, 2008 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  15. Mike

    I think McCain being declared the real winner is going a bit too far. However, Mrs. Clinton has clearly demonstrated that she will go nuclear to win the nomination, no matter the consequences for the party.

    April 23, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  16. MD

    If McCane wins the general election, Hillary Clinton should go to jail for it.

    April 23, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  17. LifeLongDemocrat

    TIDE IS TURNING FOR HILLARY... TO WASH HER AWAY

    GO OBAMA

    April 23, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  18. kathleen retired Professional w/woman for obama

    PA. Made a big, big mistake. The Republicans are waiting for
    the Clinton's Past. Hannity and Limbaughs tactics are working.
    Hannity is obsessed with trashing Obama. EVERYNIGHT!
    Common sense tells us that the Republicans want Hillary to
    win. Google the Clintons. You will see clearly why they want
    Hillary to win. The Clinton's past tells it ALL.

    April 23, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  19. Chicagoway

    Come on people!! There isnt a chance in hell that Mccain wins the general. Just think what will happen when Mccain actually is thrust into the spotlight after Hillary finally gives up. Mccain will look horrible debating Obama. Dem party will unite and destroy Mccain.
    Also, CNN and other networks report double digits to highten drama. Networks are a bussiness and they have to push their product. Hightening the drama gets better ratings.

    Maybe this one will be posted unlike my past posts. CNN cant handle people talking about their organization.

    April 23, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  20. Chanda-Cincinnati Ohio

    OBAMA IS STILL IN THE LEAD BY MORE THAN 100 DELEGATES.....WHY DOES HE NEED TO GO? WHEN 6/3 COMES AROUND AND HE IS STILL IN THE LEAD, WILL ALL OF YOU HRC FANS FINALLY TELL HER ITS TIME TO STOP DIVIDING OUR PARTY?I GUESS YOU ALL HAVE BOUGHT INTO HILLARY'S SENSE OF ENTITLEMENT TO THE NOMINATION. THE NY TIMES HAD HER PEGGED DEAD TO RIGHT THIS MORNING. SHE KEEPS CLAIMING SHE CAN WHEN THE BIG STATES, WELL FLORIDA AND OHIO WILL NEOT ELECT A DEMOCRAT IN THE GENERAL ELECTION NO MATTER WHICH ONE OF THEM WINS. AND FOR HER TO KEEP CLAMING MICHIGAN AS A WIN IS RIDICULOUS. SHE WAS THE ONLY VIABLE DEM ON THE TICKET, AND SHE STILL ONLY GOT 55% OF THE VOTE.!!! GET REAL!!

    April 23, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  21. Ben

    I remember a comedian who said the democrats should be congratulated because they found the only man on planet earth that could not beat George Bush in 2004
    Even Kerry could beat McCain in2008"
    So why are you sky falling democrats saying Obama can't win????????????????????????????

    April 23, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  22. NJ Dem

    This way of thinking is currently popular but, in my opinion, is totally wrong. The reality is that the Republicans have nominated an old, ethically-challenged candidate (remember the savings and loan scandal?) who wants to continue the failed policies of a president with a 28% approval rating; even worse, he has stated that he is willing to keep troops in Iraq for another 100 years. The economy is in shambles, and many people are worried about their jobs. Once the Democrats have chosen a candidate, the majority of the American people will wake up and realize that change is long overdue, and it won't matter if the candidate is Obama or Clinton – anyone will look good by comparison! At least I hope so.....

    April 23, 2008 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  23. Mary

    Hillary said she will do anything to win and that a bad sign. She has lied, negative ads against her own party and a trial of debt. Anything is'nt good enough what ever happen to having standards.

    Obama gets my vote!

    April 23, 2008 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  24. chrome_daddy

    Doesn't matter which of either Hillary or Obama wins, they both lose in Nov. Too many of you emotional Dems will have your feelings hurt from being disenfranchised and you'll sit this one out.

    McCain 54-46 in Nov.

    April 23, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  25. Rex, Toledo, Ohio

    If Clinton wins the nod, McCain WILL get my vote. I refuse to vote for a criminal, a liar, a conspirator and a thief, democrat or not.

    April 23, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
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