In spite of it being Wednesday, the day after the election is likely to leave supporters of both the Clinton and Obama camps feeling like they're battling the Monday morning blues. (link...)
Clinton did well. Her election night speech sounded like the election was all sewed up and she was the triumphant winner. Her supporters were deservedly jubuliant over the vote they helped achieve. Clinton won several of the critical states she needed to show she was not falling behind Obama. Her stance on health care was apparently more popular than Obama's, and she was considered a better commander-in-chief in at least one pre-election poll. White men were not however flocking to the Hillary camp. As Tim Russert said this morning on Cup of Joe, "Hillary has a white-man problem." He said that time is on Obama's side. "Obama keeps picking up voters, while Hillary already has her voters." He also pointed out that Clinton supporters have already spent a lot of money and may be running low while Obama continues to receive large contributuons through his internet site and small donations. In spite of last night's election results, the Clinton camp has to realize this election is now a neck-and-neck horserace.
Obama failed to win California due to the large Hispanic and Asian populations which remained steadfastedly loyal to Clinton, but he did win more states than she did--13 to her 8, and the states which have not voted yet, according to the pundits, seem to favor him. His weakest point is his lack of popularity among the more traditional working-class Democrats. Tim Russet said," Barack has the PHDs, the Starbuck crowd, the African American vote and the young people, but he needs to appeal to the Dunkin' Donuts, blue-collar, Reagan democrats." In spite of the fact that the possibilty of Obama in the end getting more delagete votes than Clinton is still open, he has to realize this is still an uphill battle. There is a whole lot of work to do.
This morning the reality is clear. Inspite of tremendous effort and passionate emotions in both camps, the results of the primary leaves no one breathing a sigh of relief. It will take a few days for the Clinton and Obama campaigns to assess the results and re-group. But now that the margins have been narrowed and the weak areas of both campaigns are exposed, the work will be harder than ever.
Who will be up to it?
That's still (sigh) up in the air.
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