January 26, 2008

JUST A BLACK THING:

Bill: 'My message' 99.9% positive (Mike Memoli, 1/26/08, NBC: First Read)

Another reporter asked what it said about Obama that it “took two people to beat him.” Clinton again passed. “That’s’ just bait, too. Jesse Jackson won South Carolina twice, in '84 and '88. And he ran a good campaign. Senator Obama's run a good campaign here, he’s run a good campaign everywhere.”

The reference to Jackson seemed a way to downplay today's result in a state where a majority of voters are African American.


You know, at some level you have to admire Mr. Clinton's willingness to be this tenacious in trying to help the wife who stood by him through so much. He's spending the political capital she helped him build up. But he's spending it fast and in dangerous--because racially divisive--ways.


MORE:
Why Obama won (Norah O'Donnell and Adam Verdugo, 1/26/08, NBC: First Read)

First, it was a landslide among black voters. Obama received about 80% of the African American vote. The size of his vote was nearly uniform across every demographic group among blacks, as well as nearly every issue or opinion question in the poll: old, young, male, female, well educated, poorly educated -- all of them broke in pretty much the same way.

As for the white vote, Obama did not win the majority but neither did either of his two rivals. In fact, while Clinton got 36% of the white vote -- it really was pretty close to a three-way split; Edwards got 40% and Obama 24%.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 26, 2008 9:30 PM
Comments

In SC, it would have taken more than two to beat Obama - he won 55% of the vote.

If I were Obama, I would be in Tampa for church on Sunday morning, and in Harlem Sunday night for a rally. And then Newark. And make sure to tell every crowd, every voter, that the spirit of the Democratic party is at risk. He doesn't need to say more than that, but he does need to put down a marker.

If Bill Clinton wants to act like a bully, then Obama needs to deftly hit back. And move on.

Posted by: ratbert at January 27, 2008 1:02 AM
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