April 23rd, 2008
10:00 AM ET
13 years ago

Analysis: Did Clinton victory come in time?

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/04/23/art.analysis.gi.jpg caption=" Did Clinton's win come too late?"](CNN) - Hillary Clinton scored a big victory in Pennsylvania on Tuesday to keep her hopes for the Democratic nomination alive. The question is whether the win came soon enough.

Barack Obama's loss in another big state and the margins by which he lost among blue-collar and rural voters on Tuesday, on the other hand, may raise questions about his electability.

Some polls had shown Clinton with a double-digit lead in Pennsylvania. But in the weeks between the last primaries in Ohio and Texas, Obama had whittled down Clinton's advantage.

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  1. Ben

    Thanks, Rush Limbaugh, for your interference in our party's process. Hillary thinks it's about her (tee-hee).

    April 23, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  2. Dave

    **Stop putting this post into "perpetual moderation" and let people read each others opinions. Taking it out of moderation 1-2 hrs after it was written (so that it is eclipsed by numerous posts that didn't go into moderation) is no better. Stop the one sided censorship...**

    –> As a former Obama supporter (and current Democratic Delegate) I'm amazed that so many people are blind to one of the worst dbl standards that has gone on this yr. I guarantee that if Hillary had been going to a church for the past 2yrs that had been "preaching" divisiveness and hateful (anti-Black) concepts she would be "OUT" of this race and most likely "OUT" of politics. You would have seen people like Al Sharpton leading the charge to remove her from office... Obama has over "20 YEARS" with Wright being his "spiritual advisor". He was married and had his children baptized by him. So where's the outcry to remove Obama from politics???... Where’s Al Sharpton???

    I couldn't care less about a persons particular church beliefs (catholic, Mormon, atheist, etc.. ) but the hateful and divisive beliefs/comments that Obama chose to remain around speaks volumes about his “judgement” and true unity beliefs...

    Again, what would have happened if the situation had been reversed and it was a white "preacher" spitting out black hatred... Answer: Hillary would be history. The same should apply to Obama.

    –> Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry is Just another pathetic "BANDWAGON" politician. Just like Richardson (who I used to respect). They swing with the wind and are betting on the "hope" of an Obama win and then a little "payback" to help them get re-elected. Richardson's endorsement speech was a pathetic display of reading something that was obviously written, or heavily re-written, by Obama. It was sickening to see him spend the first 2-3 minutes talking about how Obama's most recent "SPEECH" was what turned him. Gee, I guess I would expect someone to endorse based on "ISSUES" rather than "SPEECHES"... Apparently he's no more immune to the pied piper than many other Americans. It's really sad to see...

    Clinton or McCain in 08.

    April 23, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  3. The Pain Train

    A few questions to the Clinton supporters:

    1) Since when did Obama become the FAVORITE?
    2) Why counldn't she keep the 20% + lead she enjoyed in the state with every major public official on her side?
    3) Why do you get mad at being called bitter by Obama but when your called racist by Rendell, you say nothing?
    4) Aren't you all bitter or pissed?
    5) When Obama gets the nomination, and you so called switch to vote for McSame, will you not still be bitter when your children continue to die in the war, gas is close to $5 per gallon, and you are renting property from the "Educated and Wealthy" that you say Obama represents?

    Answer some of these questions and tell me the state of our country. The state of Penn. is so sad if you really think that a mixed American man is bad for the country.

    I am tired of hearing about Rev. Wright. He said excately what he did bc it is true. Look at how you will not vote for a man who is part black. Thank God he has some white in him bc you would try to tar and feather him. You look at the votes and tell me that Hillary has not done a piss poor job of running a campaign where she was the FAVORITE from the beginning and has let a rookie spank her a__!

    Yea I said it!

    April 23, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  4. Susan

    Oh yes, and today she's strutting around like a big, fat hen.

    She's still losing, even if she wants everyone to believe otherwise. Oh yes, that's the Clinton way...tell a lie often enough and it magically becomes the truth. Life is grand when you're a Clinton, right?

    Her delegate win from PA will be erased in NC May 5th, so what really is the big deal? She's so popular here in PA – why didn't she win by the original forecast of 20 points?

    All face, no grace. Go Home Hillary.

    April 23, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  5. Andrew

    This situation has become more dangerous than we could have ever imagined as Democrats. I am a Obama supporter, but my bias withstanding. This race is destroying our party and there's enough to go around on both sides. This problem goes much deeper than a race for delegates. The math says that she can't win on the popular vote alone, unless there is some unforeseen catastrophe in the Obama campaign. But I don't have to tell you that, we've all heard it. Here is the danger, here is what frightens me going in November:

    If we can't reconcile as a party, if we find a way to rally the entire party behind one candidate, whoever that may be then we will not beat John McCain in the fall. Polls suggests that 1/4 of Clinton supporters will vote for John McCain or sit on their hands. And 15% of Obama supporters have said the same thing. That is a very ominous prediction. I know that we can't take polls too seriously, but I think that there is something of substance to these polls. The in-fighting is creating a rift among our party. A rift that will cause damage for years to come. I think we all need to hold our party accountable now, we need to put pressure on them to come to an agreement. I personally think that both should be on the ticket no matter what, but we all know that is unlikely. But something needs to give.

    The bickering has to stop, there needs to be a cease fire, or I'm afraid our party is facing doom come the general election.

    April 23, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
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