Presidential Campaign

Presidential Campaign

Last Night's Results from Pennsylvania: The Top Ten List of Undisputed Facts Showing Barack Obama's Weakness in the General Election

Lanny Davis is a supporter, friend and fundraiser for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.). — Ed.

Let's forget about the spin on all sides and not use any adjectives to modify the following 10 facts, which should not be in dispute:

1. Hillary Clinton won by 10 percent, 220,000 votes, despite most of the polls in the last several weeks on RealClearPolitics, including its RCP all-poll average, showing her ahead by single digits and dropping. The exit polls showed her winning by +5. (It's easy to forget that she won if you listen to the Barack Obama spinners last night and today. Believe it or not, Pennsylvania's Rep. Patrick Murphy, D, a freshman congressman who supported Sen. Obama, D-Ill., actually said last night on “Larry King” that Obama did so well in losing to Sen. Clinton yesterday, he has the "wind at his back." I am not kidding.)

For Us, By Us

The viral marketing effort of Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) is perhaps the most impressive aspect of his campaign. He has updated the Howard Dean fundraising machine with some organizational heft, and as a result has garnered spectacular fundraising results and an impressive turn-out operation.

The mantra of viral marketing is “for us, by us.” Viral marketing is basically friends telling friends about a product. That product becomes cool and then becomes incredibly popular. Obama is the cool product, especially for younger voters and those who want to be young.

The “for us, by us” model has its limits, however. Sen. Obama found that out the hard way. It is a model used to entice those in the know. It is for the cool kids, the technically savvy, the elites.

Mills on the Hill: Ma and Pa Clinton Pick the Lock

Bonnie and Clyde have nothing on Bill and Hillary. Facing insurmountable odds in catching Barack Obama in either the pledged-delegate count or even in popular votes cast, if Gang Moll Clinton succeeds in cracking this near-uncrackable safe in full view of about 250 million eyewitnesses, she certainly has the Keystone State to thank for handing her the keys to the getaway car.

And if there was any doubt about her gratefulness for the role played by her latest, willing accomplices, Clinton's comments at her Tuesday-night victory celebration could have just as easily been uttered while counting all the loot and drinking bottles of Yuengling back at her gang's secret hideaway in the Poconos.

"Thank you so much. Thank you all. Thank you. Thank you very, very much. Oh, thank you."

Presidential Q-and-A, Part II: Top Three Priorities

Coach Kathy Kemper’s interviews with the leading presidential contenders — of which the following is Part II — took place in March of 2008. The interviews were conducted in person and via e-mail and hand-written responses by Kemper in collaboration with Institute for Education interns Alex Burness and Kelsey Valentine.

What will be your top 3 priorities as president?

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.): No. 1 would be to withdraw from Iraq. No. 2 would be presenting my legislative plan — clean, affordable energy, better healthcare, and repairing relations around the world with other countries.

Welcome to the Real World

The message was clear. When it comes to the "bitter,” Clinton does "bitter" better than Obama.

Although that contrivance of Hillary throwing back a Crown Royal in a bar looked to many as goofy as Michael Dukakis in a tank wearing that dopey helmet, apparently the shot-and-a-beer voters of Pennsylvania lapped it right up.

Up until recently Obama had gotten away with being the "No Sweat" candidate, making his run without showing a bead of perspiration. Well, this may come as a shock to those in his insulated wine-and-cheese world: Most Americans do sweat. Not only that, they resent those who don't.

Holding Serve

So Hillary Clinton held serve last night. She won in a state where she should have won, by a margin that was comfortable enough for her.

The good news for Sen. Clinton (D-N.Y.) is that her opponent, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), spent a lot of money to lose by nine points. The bad news is that he still has a lot of money.

Holding serve is not good enough for Clinton. She has to break Obama’s serve in North Carolina, and then hope that he pulls up lame before the convention. If not, he will win the nomination.

Hillary's one tough cookie

Armstrong Williams gives Sen. Hillary Rodham-Clinton credit for her debating skills, and says that Sen. Barack Obama can't beat her "by any means necessary" campaigning.


Two Questions for the Obama Spin Machine on Day of Pennsylvania Primary ...

1. Why downplay chances to win Pennsylvania?

2. Why is Obama currently running even with Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain (actually, losing 48 percent-46) in … get ready … MASSACHUSETTS?!!!

(Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., is plus-15 percent over McCain in the same poll.)

FYI to all readers of my blogs — those who agree, those who don't agree, even those who don't read them and hit the delete button:

Please read below two reports that just were posted today, the day of the Pennsylvania primary, before the returns are in: one by ABC News reporter and political editor Jake Tapper; and another by Boston Herald columnist and radio talk show host Michael Graham.

Making His Own Luck

Two things you have to hand Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) — not only is he lucky, but he is no dummy. Republicans can worry all they want about this bizarre period McCain is navigating through without an opponent or adequate attention, but it is a boon. Period.

Having survived four plane crashes, the superstitious McCain, who carries coins and other lucky charms in his pockets, knows his path to the nomination not only depended on luck, it is nothing short of a miracle. He also knows that, faced with two heavyweight candidates on the Democratic side, this would be no easy year for a GOP nominee. It still won't be a cakewalk, but so far it’s a party!

Another HRC Irony

Ironically seems to be my word of choice when analyzing the 2008 Democratic primaries. Ironically, the Democratic nominee may not be elected by the popular vote despite criticisms in the 2000 election. Ironically, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) didn’t pay her employees’ health insurance premiums despite her key mantra — healthcare. Today, the “irony” award goes to Sen. Clinton’s acceptance of Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell’s support despite his loud praises of Louis Farrakhan. It seems that according to HRC’s previous rejection of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the governor should also be denounced and rejected (neither of which has been done).

Gov. Rendell made a speech in April 1997, not only complimenting Farrakhan, but outlandishly supporting, praising and thanking the Islamic leader and his efforts. The then-Mayor Rendell extolled his graciousness to the leader for his values of family, women, education and contributions to Philadelphia. Ironically, many of the governor’s statements were quite similar to the Rev. Wright’s heavily criticized statements in 2007.