January 20, 2008


Clinton and Obama begin what appears to be a protracted battle (Jeff Zeleny and Jennifer Steinhauer, January 20, 2008, IHT)

[T]he Democratic contest already appears to be turning into a long-term fight for delegates between Clinton and Obama.

The results in Nevada had encouraging signs for Clinton. She did well among women and Hispanics, two constituencies she is counting on as the campaign heads toward a coast-to-coast showdown in 22 states on Feb. 5.

The battle was most fiercely fought in Las Vegas, particularly at the casinos that hosted some of the caucuses. This provided an odd tableau for a nominating contest: women in black-sequined cocktail dresses and neatly pressed maid uniforms, and men coming off their shifts in the bar and wearing sunglasses indoors as they voted.

The GOP could hardly be better positioned for the Fall, what with tax rebates and Fed cuts juicing the economy, the most popular pol in the party already wrapping up the nomination before the Super Bowl, and the Democratic nomination deteriorating into a race and sex war.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 20, 2008 8:10 AM

I don't think the Dem race is going to be particularly protracted. After SC, which Obama will take, based on the voting demographics, Clinton will basically run the table, taking all the delegate-rich states, from Florida to NY to California.

Posted by: sam at January 20, 2008 12:11 PM

Props to the Dems, by the way, for having the good taste to ignore John Edwards.

Posted by: Ibid at January 20, 2008 1:29 PM

If the political gods are just, Edwards will have spent so much money in the past 2 years that he will be joining the second America very soon.

Posted by: ratbert at January 20, 2008 6:12 PM

The GOP is in big trouble in the fall. There is no enthusiasm on the GOP side. Despite your kool-aid drinking McCain is not popular with the GOP base and has yet to bring base Republicans back to him in this primary season. The Dems, with maximum support from the MSM, will coalesce around Hillary or Obama in their quest to gain the White House back. And to think Bush/Congress can pass anything that will stimulate the economy by the fall is far fetched.

Posted by: AWW at January 21, 2008 7:26 PM

The economy doesn't need stimulus, but you'll get a tax rebate from W anyway.

Posted by: oj at January 21, 2008 9:31 PM