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Kudos to Ron Paul’s supporters in Pennsylvania for not giving up and providing some 128,000 votes to Rep. Paul, bringing him close to the magical one million total for the year and also providing him withÂ a few convention delegates as well. 27% of Pennsylvania Republicans don’t like John McCain and if McCain can’t bring them into the fold then it doesn’t matter how beat-up the Democratic Party nominee is, he’s a sure loser in the fall, especially if the LP nominates Bob Barr next month and the CP nominates Chuck Baldwin this weekend.
This is Paul’s best showing in a primary all year. In some Pennsylvania counties his vote totals neared 30 %
Barak Obama has had every chance in the world to finish off Hilary Clinton and cannot do it. It’s amazing this is happeningÂ given the bandwagon effect in theÂ modern presidential primary process (which McCain used to win the GOP nomination). All indicators give Obama the nomination and yet voters seem quite willing to keep this campaign going.Â Â The only people who want this primary camapaign to end are Washington politicos. I wonder why? What happen to the exciting convention struggle everyone was hoping for this year?
For Obama’s nomination to be put in someÂ jepoardy she needs to win bothÂ Indiana and North Carolina on May4.
What Pennsylvania shows is that it will be easier to bring back an Obama voter to Clinton than a Clinton voter to Obama. In fact, if she does somehow win the nomination Obama will almost certainly be her vice presidential nominee. If he winsÂ he has to take a white male as his running mate, presumably Virginia’sÂ Tim Kaine or Jim Webb.
Did the “bitter” comments hurt? Well it’s safe to say it made Obama’s job of coverting the Scots-Irish and ethnic Catholics to his side much harder than it would have been. If anything, what hurt him moreÂ was his attitude towards Philadelphia ward heelers who wanted a little “street money” to use on election day.Â His camapaign wouldn’t provide it and as a result he didn’t winÂ Philly by the margins he needed to to have a chance of winning Pennsylvania. CallÂ it elitist if you like.Â
Obama’s inability to win big states or unite the party has to be a concern for the superdelegates. That’s why that have to be independent. Their job is to choose the best candidate to lead the party. Otherwise what’s the point of their exsistence?