Seems I was right on Monday when I blogged that the Democratic race is far from over. Winning by ten points, Hillary did five points better than she needed to do to justify remaining the race, but not well enough to significantly shift its dynamics. Obama remains the frontrunner, though she now has a more serious shot at her party’s nomination.
Republicans could hardly have asked for a better result (though I would have preferred margin a tad closer).
Hillary won even as “two thirds of voters” said she “attacked Obama unfairly,” further cementing her high negatives. Only half said the Illinois Senator unfairly attacked his New York colleague.
Once again, late deciders broke for the former First Lady. (I’ll have more on this in my followup tomorrow to this post.)
If Rush Limbaugh were truly behind Mrs. Clinton’s big win last night, as some have suggested, he certainly succeeded in keeping alive the divisions in the Democratic Party. Reporter David Lightman called the Democratic race “muddled” in “a stalemate without apparent end.” Hillary Clinton’s “harsh tactics” alienated a lot of Obama supporters (via Instapundit).
In their bitterness at their savior’s loss, expect Obama supporters to spew their bile on Clinton campaign chairman Terry McAuliffe for calling FoxNews “fair and balanced.” That former Democratic National Committee chair praised the network for being the first to call the Keystone State.
For such of the hated network, netroots denizens are sure to dub McAuliffe a traitor (if working for Mrs. Clinton weren’t enough).
It’s an important victory for Mrs. Clinton and enough to nudge the dynamics of the Democratic race a little. She won it by going negative, not so much by highlighting her own strengths, but by shining the light on her opponent’s missteps and inexperience.
And I don’t think Obama supporters’ whining about the supposedly biased moderators of last week’s debate helped him very much with real voters.