Talk Talk Talk Talk Talk Myself to Death: Hillary Slams West Virginia (But There's Good News, Too)

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Hillary Slams West Virginia (But There's Good News, Too)

As everyone pretty much predicted, Hillary took West Virginia by storm, winning the contest by more than 2-1 over Obama. She's trying to spin it as a major victory, and in truth, she may pick up 10, 11, maybe even 12 delegates on Obama. According to The New York Times count (as of this writing), that'll only put her 175 or so behind him. You know, that doesn't sound like such an impregnable number on its surface. But when there are only roughly 325-350 more delegates left to win, 175 is a pretty commanding lead. But when it comes down to it, I guess there's no real reason not to let Hillary bask in the false hope of tonight's victory. For an interesting take on why Hillary's done so well in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, take a look at what Josh Marshall's got to say about Appalachia.

I promised good news in the post (and I've already delivered if you're a Hillaryite, even though that "good news" will ultimately wither away to nothing). The Democrats picked up another House seat--this one in northern Mississippi, one of the most Republican districts in the country. The Prez took 62 percent of the vote to win it four years ago. That's the third special election in normally Republican Congressional districts the Democrats have taken so far this year. If I were a Republican, I'd be getting very, very concerned about what November might bring.


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