June 4, 2008


Exit polls show challenge for Obama (David Paul Kuhn, June 4, 2008, Politico)

On the night that Barack Obama clinched his party's nomination, one-third of Hillary Clinton's supporters in Montana and South Dakota said they would not vote for the presumptive Democratic nominee.

Exit polls from both states demonstrate that Obama inherits a fractured coalition after the longest primary race in modern history. Demographic divisions dug by class, race, gender and political philosophy haunted Obama until his last contests, effectively forcing the Illinois senator to limp across the finish line Tuesday night.

The cappuccino versus coffee Democratic divide between upper class and working voters continued.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 4, 2008 8:48 AM

I wonder what a Hillary VP nod does to the mix? I don't think it will happen because I would think Obama wouldn't want Bill around hogging up all the oxygen in the room. An Obama/Hillary ticket may cause problems to McCain; however, it may create more problems for Obama.

Posted by: pchuck at June 4, 2008 9:16 AM

One good thing about this election is that come 20 January 2013, we'll see the inauguration of the 45th President of the US, no matter which one of these mediocrities wins. I don't see how either one can be anything but a one-termer. (And in the process discredit their political philosophy the way the Peanut Farmer did.)

As for Hillary!, you think the State Dept and the CIA are undermining constantly undermining Bush policies now? Just wait. With Hillary!, it'll be 4 years of constant scandals and rumors and anonymous sources and full scale backbiting and bickering.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at June 4, 2008 9:59 AM

It would be unusual to add someone with such high negatives.

Posted by: oj at June 4, 2008 10:56 AM

Four years, Raoul? The next five months would be full of that. In this instance keeping your enemies close would mean nursing an asp. Yet to dismiss Sen. Clinton would mean dismissing all of her partisans, those who kept her going for so long. So much for party unity then.

Posted by: Mikey at June 4, 2008 5:17 PM
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