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Clinton wins three primaries; Obama celebrates-gets closer to nomination

Posted by Stephen on March 5, 2008

Hillary Clinton paints the face on of a contender, but wears the clothes of a desperate candidate whose dream is slipping away despite her nastiest efforts.

Barack Obama watches a night of losses and finds himself celebrating. Welcome to the silliest of silly seasons as the Democrats slug it out in an increasingly nasty process full of Clinton’s finest efforts to attack her opponent.

No matter what end roads Clinton made in Tuesday’s primaries they are mitigated by two factors; first, Obama won the Texas caucuses by a larger margin than Clinton won the primary and two, Clinton had to turn to misleading attack ads to get the job done. Overall, her three victories amounted to perhaps four delegates.

“Our projections show the most likely outcome of yesterday’s elections will be that Hillary Clinton gained 187 delegates, and we gained 183,” said David Plouffe, Obama campaign manager.

Plouffe said that “The task for the Clinton campaign yesterday was clear. In order to have a plausible path to the nomination, they needed to score huge delegate victories and cut into our lead.”

“They failed,” he added.

The negative rhetoric did not impress states like South Carolina, however, it seemed to have an effect on Tuesday’s election. It may get even worse.

“It’s clear, though, that Senator Clinton wants to continue an increasingly desperate, increasingly negative — and increasingly expensive — campaign to tear us down, said Plouffe.

Clinton will cling to her ten point victory in Ohio as the example of her success. Yet, Obama’s strong caucus showing all but canceled out her entire night. Her victory in Ohio won her only 9 more delegates than Obama, with two delegates still to be awarded. In Texas, Clinton won four more delegates than Obama in the primary. But Obama trimmed Clinton’s lead to a single Texas delegate in the party caucuses. Ten delegates are still to be awarded in the caucuses.

Fox News reported that in the overall race for the nomination, Obama had 1,567 delegates, including separately chosen party and elected officials known as super-delegates. Clinton had 1,462. It takes 2,025 delegates to secure the Democratic nomination.

“The bottom line … is we come out of the evening with essentially the same leads in delegates as we had going in and so, we still feel very confident that — we’re going to be going to Wyoming and Mississippi this week; we think we’ll do well there. And on to Pennsylvania, North Carolina and other states after that. … We feel we’re in a very strong position to end up getting the nomination,” said Obama.

Why shouldn’t the Illinois Senator be confident? He maintains confidence and a theme of hope while his competitor does what all desperate and failed campaigns do; go negative hoping enough sticks on the walls to influence voters to run from the other guy.

Clinton may believe that to be a successful strategy, but she’s facing a different sort of candidate. Unlike the Shallow Hal’s of the past, Obama is, if nothing else, genuine. Nasty won’t beat genuine…it never does.

Get ready America. John McCain versus Barack Obama is coming to a voting booth near you.

Stephen Winslow is the executive editor of Conservative Viewpoints.

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