April 23, 2008

Another Disappointing Night for Obama Supporters


What a terrible night for those of us that support Barack Obama. Hillary wins Pennsylvania by 10 points. She connects with voters in her victory speech. Barack loses another big state. Barack gives a rather predictable and repetitive concession speech.

I miss the feeling that we had in February when Obama was winning 12 contests in a row. He's now lost three of the last four ... and he simply can't knock Hillary out. He has another chance to get match point in two weeks. If he wins both Indiana and North Carolina ... perhaps that will end it.

I didn't see much of a silver lining last night ... except for the fact that he still has the most victories, delegates, money and popular votes.

What is your take on the Democratic primary at this point? Are you beginning to feel that Obama is going to need to select Hillary as his vice presidential candidate? Any thoughts on Pennsylvania results? Share your village voice....

18 comments:

Los Angelista said...

I'm not feeling too demoralized because I haven't watched the news for the past two days. Watching the ridiculous spin in the media was starting to make me feel horrible and lose hope. Not watching makes it easier to remember the truth which is that
1) the goalposts keep moving for him
2) 10 points ain't 20 points
3) He's still ahead no matter how the numbers are sliced and diced and
4) He was never supposed to win PA. It's a state tailor-made for Clinton's demographic.

Yes, I wish he'd won but I was never thinking he would so it's all good.

Michael Davis-Dallas Progress said...

She's only going to gain about 9-10 delegates. It's not enough. He'll get that back after Guam, Indiana & NC.

Iya said...

Villager,
I will not be discouraged, but will continue to do that that i can, i.e. to pray mightily for an Obama White House and to support the campaign as I can financially.

MsMarvalus said...

I am feeling disappointed this morning...but not too much.

There are still some things to take into consideration with HRC's win last night:
- Independents weren't allowed to vote in the primary.
- Obama will still be ahead, in all categories.
- Even with all the money he spent, he still has money to burn and can rest easy knowing he can focus on the states ahead...

I want to see some of the Barack passion back, though...I need him to get his game tight for the upcoming states...

Danielle said...

It is not only Obama supporters who were disappointed with Clinton winning.

It really looks like Hillary is splitting the Democratic party. Obama needs to be ever more cautious in this political game.

I have realized in the last few weeks that the majority of Americans want to be lied to by our politicians.

There is so much truth in his reverend's remarks as well as the Obama's clinging remarks but people don't want to come to terms with this. His speech on race also spoke of some truths regarding his white grandmother which were attacked.

Though I support another, I strongly believe that of the three "major" candidates, Obama will be the one most likely to advance progressive issues if pressured. Hillary and McCain in my opinion would build upon Bush's legacy of secrecy and corporate sponsored war mongering.

If out of this campaign process arose a more politically educated public I would be satisfied.

I won't know who I will be casting my vote for when November rolls around, for me it depends who gets on the Nevada ballot.

Much Love

Don said...

i feel bad, cause hillary will continue to do and say whatever it takes to "win support" now that she see what's working. the momentum is clearly in her favor. put every factor together and obama has to deal with everything against obama and for hillary.

i can't even watch the news until obama wins another state. that's how much disgust i hold for hillary clinton and certain members of the media.

i still think he will win the overall elect though. meaning the presidency.

Villager said...

Los Angelista and Ms. Marvalus - Thank you for sharing some truths and uplifting information that may serve to pull me out of my post-Pennsylvania election doldrums...

Michael - Yeah ... I hear you. I do hope he gets his ish together enough to win Indiana...

Iya - Did you notice my Obama photo in this post. It appears that he agees with the need for prayer...

Danielle - I read your post today on the experience factor for Ralph Nadar. Is there any question about him getting on the ballot in all 50 states?

Don - I wish that I could give up watching the cable news shows about the election ... but, I was a Political Science major in college and I guess I've become a political junkie in some respects over the recent years. I truly think our nation needs an Obama presidency...

Ivanhoe said...

I sure hope he can win as I do not want Hill-Billi duo back in White House nor Republicans *sigh*

Villager said...

Ivanhoe - I'm beginning to think that he is going to have to select Team Clinton as his vice presidential candidate if he can't put her away soon...

peace, Villager

Jonzee said...

First, no one thought he would win PA--not even his campaign. They went in there with the attitude that they wanted to significantly narrow the gap--and they did. In March the Gap was 23.7 points, as of last nights count the gap was 9.4--not 10.

Second, they appeal to totally different demographics and demographics trumps reason in this thing over and over again. But--he narrowed the gap on most of the categories he lost in Ohio by and average of 5%.

Third, competition is good. Big numbers keep showing up at the polls. Her net gain of 9 delegates still puts her way behind and she needed a 60% crush in PA for it to really, really matter.

If you are looking for this to be a sweep, or are expecting Senator Clinton to just turn and walk off--forget it. She's a fighter who will keep going till they cut her legs off.

Lastly, as many 'gaffe-gates', "wright gates" as have been tossed about--they didn't damage him in the PA race.

As Senator Obama said on the Michael Baisden yesterday, he is planning to go all the way till June 3 and on to the convention floor if necessary.

And I am right there with him.

SheCodes said...

I am disheartened more by the tactics that I eyewitnessed from the Clinton camp. The warmongering, the politics of personal attack, etc.

I do not accept the argument that 'there isn't enough of a policy difference' for them to fight on issues.

If they are so similar, then they need to pick up more issues! Can they please start with the genocide in the Congo? There are plenty of nation and world issues that need to be addressed that aren't really on either of one of their platforms.

I fear that Clinton will drag Obama into a mudfest that will make everyone sick of them both come November.

Danielle said...

"Is there any question about him getting on the ballot in all 50 states?"

Oh yes, for Cynthia McKinney as well, running for the Green Party. Ballot Access differs from state to state.

Literally, all third parties have to really work hard to get on the ballot for any election with petition signatures and have to do that consecutively in order to secure ballot access.

That is the biggest hurdle for third parties. Kucinich even had a hard time in a few states getting on the ballot before dropping out of the big race to conserve his house seat and he was running Democrat.

Villager said...

Jonzee - Thank you very much for your insights and updated facts on the Pennsylvania primary results. I'm with Obama all the way. It is just taking me longer to rebound from things like Ohio and Pennsylvania. I imagine that I allowed my imagination to run wild in Feb 2008 when I envisioned Hillary conceding the nomination on March 5, 2008...

SheCodes - I remember wishing that Obama created an advertisement on the way that Clinton lied about sniper fire in Bosnia. However, he continues to take to the 'high road' for the most part. One thing is for sure ... his parents and grandparents raised this brother with some sho-nuff manners!

Danielle - I had no idea. Well,for your sake, I hope that Nadar gets on the ballot in Nevada...

blackwomenblowthetrumpet.blogspot.com said...

Hi there everyone! {waves}

I was very disappointed with the results because Obama has slipped up at a time when the race is toooooo close for any careless words or gestures or anything. This race is getting nastier by the week and the (white) media is fueling the racial divide. Obama has to make sure he pulls ahead in the polls quickly or he will not have this nomination!

We shall what happens next...

Thanks for letting me blow my trumpet! Stop by and visit me sometime!

Lisa

msladydeborah said...

I was in PA the weekend before the election. It was an intense experience!

I left there witht he impression that the PA folks were hoping for a narrow margin and not the total victory.

The campaign was ulgy and it will continue to be that way.

Evidentally the white people in PA must of been stirred because they showed up.

Villager said...

Lady D and Sis. Blown Trumpet - I see that Obama agreed to be interviewed for the Sunday show on Fox with Chris Wallace. He'll definitely be reaching out to some of the rednecks on that show...

Gunfighter said...

She had a win, but not a blowout. Much like California, Texas, and Ohio... she was supposed to blow him out in those places, but didn't.

She can't beat him.

Her gains in Pa are next to insignificant.

As for having to pick her as his running mate... I don't think it would help his candidacy. Not in the slightest.

Villager said...

Gunfighter - Good to see your village voice being raised! You have some good points. I wonder if the calculus of the race changes as a result of Rev. Wright's weekend frolic through the mass media?