Saturday, May 17, 2008

Why Hillary May Be the Stronger Candidate

Attention John Edwards and the rest of the not so "super" delegates, Hillary makes an extremely sound argument as to why she would make the stronger candidate come November.

The following news article says it all:

(Reuters) - Democrat Hillary Clinton defeated Barack Obama in the Pennsylvania primary, a victory the New York senator said showed she had the broad support needed to recapture the White House.

Obama, however, still holds a narrow lead in popular votes, delegates and states won. Here is a list of which Democratic candidate has won each of the nominating contests held to date in U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and U.S. territories:

Illinois Sen. Barack Obama:

Iowa, South Carolina, Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Utah, Louisiana, Nebraska, Washington, Maine, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, Hawaii, Wisconsin, Vermont, U.S. Virgin Islands, Democrats Abroad, Wyoming.

New York Sen. Hillary Clinton:

New Hampshire, Michigan*, Nevada, Florida*, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas, American Samoa, Pennsylvania.

*Results of Democratic contests in Michigan and Florida do not count because of a party dispute over the date of the contests.

(Compiled by Patricia Zengerle in Washington)

Add to the above states in the Clinton Camp, her 40 point landslide in West Virginia.

Now compare the states the two candidates carried and it is clear that Hillary carried the states crucial to a Democratic victory in terms of the electoral college.

Although the latest Head-to-head matchups of candidates, according to the latest Reuters/Zogby poll, show Hillary trailing McCain in the popular vote 45% to 39% and Barack leading McCain 44% to 42%, as we know all too well from the last two presidential elections, its the electoral college that counts, stupid!

Compounding my unease with candidate Obama is the anticipated smear campaign about to be launched by the GOP and its unethical surrogates including the swift boaters. We can absolutely expect the race card to be played hard by the so called "religious right" as well as the false accusations and innuendo concerning Obama's religion and associations. In light of this country's pre-occupation with everything "American Idol" and "Deal or No Deal" and an attention span that has resulted in an ignorance of current events or even a working knowledge of the real issues that face us as a nation, both foreign and domestic, I am not optimistic that my Red State brethren can be counted on not to succumb to their base, shallow and ignorant instincts.

God forbid, when we are in the second year of a McCain/Pawlenty Administration with gas prices over $5.00 a gallon and Americans continuing to die at the rate of over 40 per month in Iraq, and an economy in shambles thanks to McCain selling out the middle class by endorsing making Bush's tax cuts for the ultra wealthy permanent just to win election from the greedy pigs who are the GOP, John Edwards and the rest of the so-called "super delegates" will rue the day they jumped the gun and climbed aboard the Obama bandwagon before the primary races were even finished and before taking a deep breath and accessing their role as the wise elders of the Democratic Party. As Gomer Pyle used to say: Shame, Shame, Shame!

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