The Obama jokes write themselves.
In Michigan, which Hillary Clinton won with over 50% of the vote, Obama supporters urged a vote for “uncommitted”. Obama… uncommitted. As Homer Simpson says “It’s funny, because its true.”
In Nevada, which Hillary Clinton also won with over 50% of the vote, Obama decided to “take a powder” – that’s Chicago style mob talk for depart without taking leave, as to avoid something unpleasant: He took a powder and left his mother to worry about his gambling debts.
Obama “took a powder” in Nevada. No, we are not cleverly raising “the drug issue”. We are raising the issue that Obama Is Never There When You Need Him. Obama volunteers, staff, supporters, and voters, after working so hard for Obama found themselves alone – to face their devastating Nevada loss. Obama was not there when they needed him.
Obama took a powder. He disappeared. Maybe Obama had to leave in a hurry to tend to the billowing stink from the upcoming REZKO trial (we’ll discuss REZKO tomorrow and the latest developments as detailed by the Chicago Sun-Times in the Saturday editions of the paper).
After his loss in Iowa, John Edwards was criticized for not congratulating Senator Obama. No such equal treatment for Obama. Obama took a powder in Las Vegas and Big Media did not say a word.
Meanwhile Hillary Clinton proved once again the value of hard work. Hillary outworked all the other candidates and she won. That simple. After working so hard Hillary Clinton attended a victory party in Las Vegas, flew to a night rally in Missouri, then flew late at night back to New York – to get up early to attend Abyssinian Baptist Church on the eve of the official celebration of Martin Luther King Day.
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All the carefully crafted Obama campaign Hoopla, all the fireworks regarding endorsements, all the divisive lies from Obama, and still Obama lost. Sad. Obama unveiled all those endorsements which impressed Big Media but left voters unpersuaded that Obama has the experience necessary to be president.
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton won the Nevada caucuses on Saturday, capturing strong support from women voters and adding a fresh boost of momentum to her campaign as the Democratic presidential race heads to South Carolina, where she is engaged in a fierce battle with her rival, Senator Barack Obama.
Mrs. Clinton’s victory in Nevada – her second straight win over Mr. Obama – underscored her strength among Hispanic voters, who comprise a large share of the electorate in several upcoming states, as the campaign expands into a coast-to-coast series of 22 contests on Feb. 5.
Hillary Clinton won among women and latino voters in the Western state of Nevada. This does not mean that African-Americans will be abandoned in this campaign. The contrary is true. African-Americans will not be taken for granted in this election. Hillary Clinton is going to contest every vote in South Carolina. Armed with testimonials, from African-Americans Hillary has worked with for decades, the Hillary Clinton Team will bring its message of accomplishment to African-Americans in South Carolina.
Mr. Obama, in a terse statement, barely acknowledged his defeat. “We ran an honest, uplifting campaign in Nevada that focused on the real problems Americans are facing, a campaign that appealed to people’s hopes instead of their fears,” he said. “That’s the campaign we’ll take to South Carolina and across America in the weeks to come, and that’s how we will truly bring about the change this country is hungry for.”
Mr. Obama said that he received more national delegates in Nevada than Mrs. Clinton because of his strong performance across the state, “including rural areas where Democrats have traditionally struggled.”
But some election officials said they were confused about Mr. Obama’s claim that he more delegates than Mrs. Clinton.
“I don’t know why they’re saying that,” said Jill Derby, president of the Nevada State Democratic Party, referring to the Obama campaign. “We don’t select our national delegates the way they’re saying. We won’t select national delegates for a few more months.”
Losers whine. Champions fight. When Hillary Clinton’s campaign and supporters were disappointed in Iowa Hillary congratulated Obama in a public election night speech then went on to work hard and WIN in New Hampshire. Obama’s gracelessness in Nevada on election night was only matched by the Big Media princes who cannot believe a girl beat them AGAIN.
Obama was graceless, Frank Rich of the New York Times was flacking division:
CONTEMPLATING the Clinton-Obama racial war, some Republicans were so excited you’d have thought Ronald Reagan had risen from the dead to slap around a welfare deadbeat.
Racial war? That’s rich. Rich did not mention Obama’s remarks about Reagan this past week in a column devoted to Reagan. The Big Media princes are becoming so transparent even the casual Big Media consumer can see right through them. The more Big Media attacks Hillary – and yes their very big target lately – Bill Clinton, the more Americans and voters laugh at the Big Media princes and princesses.
Voters are getting wise to Big Media Hillary Haters and to Obama flim-flammery. Obama supporters ran advertisments in Nevada attempting to paint Hillary as a hater of latinos. The results demonstrate that latinos did not fall for the Obama flim flam.
Big Media keeps losing to Hillary. Obama keeps losing to Hillary. For Obama the news from Nevada is even more ominous than just the results in Nevada. Leading Democrats in Nevada said its caucus results suggested Clinton would fare well throughout the West.
The news for Obama gets worse when the issues landscape is surveyed:
In CBS News entrance polls, half of Democratic caucus-goers cited the economy as the most important issue to them. Twenty-three percent cited health care and 22 percent cited the Iraq war.
Twenty-nine percent of Democratic voters said they were members of a union household. Fourty-five percent of union voters said they favored Clinton, while 44 percent favored Obama and 7 percent favored Edwards.
Obama won the support of younger voters and Clinton won among older voters. Voters under age 45 broke for Obama over Clinton 48 percent to 34 percent, while those over 45 chose Clinton over Obama 54 percent to 33 percent.
More than half of women said backed Clinton in today’s caucuses, while men were more divided in their support, with 43 percent supporting Clinton and 42 percent supporting Obama.
Hispanics made up 14 percent of Democratic caucus-goers in Nevada today, and they overwhelmingly supported Clinton. She got 64 percent support from Hispanics, while Obama got 26 percent and Edwards got 8 percent. [snip]
“Clinton has to be especially heartened at her success among Hispanic voters, a key block in some of the upcoming Super Tuesday states,” added Ververs.
Big Media and Obama racial pot stirring aside, Hillary will do well in South Carolina:
After a brawling presidential contest in Nevada, Clinton heads into the next battleground of South Carolina with back-to-back victories. For Obama, whose Jan. 3 Iowa victory recedes with time, South Carolina is where he must regain his footing in time for the Feb. 5 megacontest when 22 states will be in competition.
Obama is relying on black voters, who make up more than half of the South Carolina Democratic electorate. Most polls have him leading Clinton in the state. But Clinton has won over many influential black leaders and had led in the state before Obama’s Iowa victory established him as a strong contender.
Clinton is likely to continue to be strong among women voters. They gave her a big advantage in Nevada on Saturday.
Six out of 10 of these attending the state’s caucuses were women and nearly half of them backed her, according to a survey of caucus attendees. One in three women supported Obama.
She and Obama split men about evenly. Clinton also prevailed among white voters, getting half of them compared to Obama’s one in three. The white vote made up two-thirds of the overall vote.
Black voters heavily favored Obama, but made up fewer than one in five voters.
That won’t be the case in South Carolina. By Friday night, at a Martin Luther King Jr. banquet in Nevada, Obama already was making his case for black voters to stick with him.
“Sometimes we’ve got that thing in our heads that says we cannot do something,” he said as his largely black audience shouted “Yes!” in response. “We have been told for so long it’s not possible. We’ve got to wait for somebody else to tell us it’s possible before we decide it’s possible. But let me tell you, I’m here to say it’s possible. We’re doing it right now. Don’t tell me I can’t do something!”
That kind of exhortation is likely to continue throughout the week, boosted by Monday’s observation of the Martin Luther King holiday.
“Obama has to really take South Carolina to reassert his place in the order,” said Scott Huffmon, a political scientist at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C.
Obama MUST win South Carolina. Hillary will not surrender one single vote.
The battle for South Carolina begins today.