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April 2nd, 2008
02:25 PM ET

Is time on Clinton’s side in Pennsylvania?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Just under three weeks to go before the Pennsylvania primary, which seems like an eternity in the epic struggle between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

History suggests that the more time Obama has to campaign somewhere, the better he does. A new poll seems to bear this out. The Quinnipiac University poll shows Clinton with a 9-point lead over Obama... 50% to 41%,that's down from a 12 point lead two weeks ago.

Also, Obama continues to rack up endorsements from some pretty key figures. Today former Indiana Congressman Lee Hamilton, co-chairman of the 9/11 commission and a former chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Intelligence Committees, endorsed Obama. Hamilton's endorsement could carry some weight in his home state of Indiana, which has yet to vote and it could boost Obama's standing on national security.

Meanwhile, Clinton took a hit this morning from New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd who described the former first lady as "tougher" than Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. It wasn't meant as a compliment.

And remember Clinton's argument that she is the only one able to win the big states? Well, it turns out she didn't win Texas on March 4th. Although Clinton won the primary she lost the caucuses. And Barack Obama actually walked out of Texas the winner, collecting more delegates than Senator Clinton: 99 to 94.

Here’s my question to you: Is the long stretch of time before the Pennsylvania primary to Hillary Clinton's advantage or disadvantage?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Jay from Phoenix, Arizona writes:
Disadvantage. Clinton wins points with her policies and her name recognition. She loses points with her personality flaws and campaign practices. As time passes, her negatives show up more and more and eventually overshadow her positives. A long wait before the vote is not in her favor.

Nancy from Cunningham, Tennessee writes:
You know, Jack, every question you phrase sounds anti-Hillary. Give the lady a break. She has got some good ideas about what to do for the mess that this country is in…. Time is on her side. The longer until the election, the more of her ideas she can put out there.

James from Cary, North Carolina writes:
Clinton's biggest threat is herself. If she continues to "misspeak" like she has, she'll drive people away, regardless of Obama's campaigning.

Warren from Edinboro, Pennsylvania writes:
Hillary has a friend in Pennsylvania, millions of them - including time. Obama, on the other hand, would like the race to end yesterday so voters don't have the time to discover that his policies are as good as his bowling scores.

Ryan from Champaign, Illinois writes:
I think time works for Obama, as the Rev. Wright story finally abates and voters in Pennsylvania get more important information. The more time he spends in a state, the better he fares.

Andrea from Omaha, Nebraska writes:
If she can avoid those snipers, she can win Pennsylvania, but not by as big a margin as she thought.

soundoff (275 Responses)
  1. Michael C Wolski

    No-Everywhere Obama has time to campaign, the results get closer and closer.Hillary's worst enemy is herself, time has nothing to do with it. From Burr Ridge ,Illinois

    April 2, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  2. Dave P, Iowa City, Iowa

    Jack,

    I don't think so. From what we have seen Obama gains when he has time to spend in a state. He has done it many times before. I think time will be working against Hillary.

    Dave

    April 2, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  3. Noel

    Disadvantage. With the exception of New Hampshire I haven't seen Hillary Clinton close a big gap in the polls on Obama. And New Hampshire Obama was only up for a few days, he was way behind until his win in Iowa. Obama has closed huge gaps on Clinton so far this primary season and I think he will do it again, although he may not win.

    April 2, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  4. Joe in DE

    Each canidate has the same amount of time. If one wins and we attribute it to the long time between primaries, I don't know how we could validate it.

    April 2, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  5. April in texas

    I think its a disadvantage as Obama has always seemed to be able to close gaps. I think voters get to know Obama better which hurts Clinton in the long run. We all know about Clinton after all just look at their history.

    Obama 08
    April in Austin Texas

    April 2, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  6. JoAnn in Iowa

    The long stretch of time until Pennsylvania votes is definitely to Hillary's disadvantage. When voters have a chance to listen to Obama and have a chance to meet him, they vote for him.

    April 2, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  7. Jim Trumbly

    I would like someone to explain to me this entire issue of “Disenfranchising” voters. According to the Clinton camp, the people of Florida and Michigan will be “disenfranchised” their delegates are not seated and their voices are not heard. Okay, I understand that part of the argument, that we in America believe that people have a right to vote and the results of that vote should be binding and absolute.
    What I don’t understand is the second part of the discussion, and that is regarding the role of the superdelegates. If you agree with the above stated argument, then how can you argue that the superdelegates should OVERTURN and IGNORE those same voices and wills of the voters of the entire nation? Taking both sides of this argument seems like hypocrisy to me. If the will of the votes is supreme, then you cannot then argue the point that the superdelegates should overturn that same will of the voters.

    April 2, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  8. Jim Galvin

    Doesn't appear to be. Obama seems to be gaining.

    One more 'sniper' story from Hillary, or 'none-of-your-business' comment from Chelsea, or one more insult from Bill and we might see an early wrap-up to this democratic mess.

    April 2, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  9. Jyothi, Mckinney, TX

    At this point, it looks like the long stretch is acting negatively for Hillary Clinton. But can't say, we still have 3 more weeks before the primary. Things can change. Shrinking lead for her in Pennsylvania tells one thing for sure. There are many Pennsylvanias who have changed their mind about whom they want to vote. There may be more who may change their mind either way by April 22nd.

    April 2, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  10. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Time is a friend of the Clintons as people have short term memories and look the other way. Her comment on Bosnia will be less of an issue by the time the primaries are held. However, Obama seems to be gaining ground so it could be to her disadvantage. Am I beginning to sound like a politician? By the way is there another debate so y'all can help us remember?

    April 2, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  11. Allan,Cameron Park, Ca.

    I would say yes. Obama is outspending her in a media barrage, people say they get constant spin. If Obama spoke the truth, but he won't they might turn to Hillary.

    April 2, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  12. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    As long as the media has taken to drinking the Obama Kool-Aid,the hatred and bias against Hillary will continue. I thought the bush hate machine was bad,but they were angels compared to the Obama hate machine.I was hoping that the democrats would at least run a clean campaign,but I guess at 56 I'm still naive.

    April 2, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  13. Belle

    I believe it is a disadvantage for Hillary, because it gives Obama more time to become known in Pennsylvania. The longer she has to run her mouth, the more people will see how obnoxious she is. I hope Obama makes a very good showing in Pa. Even if she is favored to win there, I just hope she doesn't win by a large margin. Obama is the one best suited to be President, she doesn't have the temperament to lead the country. Is she going to cry if things don't go her way?

    Belle
    New Jersey (across the river from Pa.)

    April 2, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  14. Mark - Asheville, NC

    No, apparently as time passes, Dem voters either forget or totally dismiss electability when selecting their nominee. Hey, that's okay, they will get to enjoy Obama's acceptance speech in Denver and from that point it will be sharply downhill, but no one seems to care. I really don't care anymore either; McCain will be president and at least it won't be GWB.

    Yep, time is against Mrs Clinton, and that is great so far as the media is concerned. All according to plan.

    April 2, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  15. Jed from Chico, CA

    Time is most definitely not on Hillary's side. With the exception of the whole Pastor Wright thing, Clinton's lead has steadily decreased, daily. Richardson comes out for Obama and her poll numbers go down. Bob Casey comes out for him and her poll numbers go down. Rumblings of more endorsements to come and her poll numbers go down. Bill Clinton opens his mouth and her poll numbers go down. Even when Obama went on vacation her numbers went down. Now there's a poll out that actually puts Obama up by 2 points in PA. That may not sound like much but two weeks ago that same poll put Hillary up by 26. The longer this goes on, the more Hillary Clinton will look and sound into Mike Huckabee. The Democrats may get their wish after all.

    April 2, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  16. IFEANYI AZUBIKE Houston, Texas

    It is obviously to Clinton's disadvantage. The long period between the primaries has permitted Obama to recuperate from the Wright controversy and in the same period slammed Clinton for the sniper clanger. Precedence also favors Obama in settings that he has had the opportunity to sell himself to the voters. Above all the long spell may have defused whatever momentum Clinton would have gained with the big wins in Ohio and Texas.

    April 2, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  17. Robert

    Barack Obama has shown in previous primaries that he is able to close the gap when given enough time and it doesn't help Senator Clinton when she compares herself to Rocky Balboa because the strongest resemblance between the two are that they are both fictional action heroes.

    Elizabeth City, North Carolina

    April 2, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  18. Efren

    The long stretch of time is a major disadvantage......to me.......I am now officially sick of the Presidential race. Aren't you?

    April 2, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  19. Bob L. Philadelphia, PA

    Yes. There is no way that Obama will win PA. The longer it takes to a primary, the better Clinton does. Remember? Super Tuesday to the Texas-Ohio primaries? Weeks went by and people actually paid attention to the candidates. When that happened, people saw what a crock Obama was.

    April 2, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  20. Greg

    Jack, it takes time to really get to know someone. And in Hillary's case, to know her is not to love her.

    Greg
    Oak Park, IL

    April 2, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  21. Scott L. - Wichita, Kansas

    It's to her advantage. The longer that she has to whittle away away at Obama, the better her chances will be.
    It's also to McCain's advantage, because the longer she has to chop away at the Democratic Party, the better his chances will be...

    April 2, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  22. Richard Sternagel

    The long stretch of time is a disadvantage for Hillary Clinton and an advantage for Barack Obama! It gives him a chance to personalize his message of Hope for all Americans!

    April 2, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  23. Brian, Devon PA

    Whether or not the time before the PA primary works for or against Sen. Clinton, she'll still win in PA by a comfortable margin. Afterward, the nomination will still be a virtual tie and the pressure on super-delegates and the party to rectify FL and MI will increase. We can Thank Howard Dean, Donna Brazile, and the rest of the "punishers" at the DNC for this mess!

    April 2, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  24. Paulette Dallas,PA

    Hi Jack! Sorry I missed yesterday. You had some interesting questions. Big time in the Wilkes-Barre area yesterday. Dallas is a suburb of Wilkes-Barre. I went to Obama in the late morning,Clinton in the afternoon and then to see Bob Novak in the evening. Most excitement this area has seen in one day in years – if ever. Thank you for reading my answer on Monday. I was shocked and do appreciate it. Now I'll submit again and answer today's questions.

    April 2, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  25. dennis north carolina

    it is not in her favor for the following reasons:
    1. it gives the people in the Penn. state more time to get to know obama and hear his policy for true change in politics in washington.
    2. it also gives the people more time to hear the half truths from Hillary
    which is politic in washington right now. hopefully she will not be able to say to the Penn. state – I got YOU – after the primary.

    April 2, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  26. Greg in Ohio

    Jack.

    Seems the more time people spend with Hilliard the more likely they are not to take her side. She spoke yesterday and made a comparision between a gutter in bowling and his campaign. This was not appreciated be the audience that came to see her. My point is she has only negative things to say and the world is getting very tried of hearing her trash. I hope the people in Pennsylvania are able to put a fork in her cause she's done.

    April 2, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  27. Tom, Avon, Maine, The Heart of Democracy

    it's to her disadvantage if it gives her time to tell voters how she drove the snakes out of Ireland, she threw the Hail Mary pass at B.C., and it was her who carried Tenseng Norgay's day pack up Everest.for him. I have heard enough malarchy already.

    April 2, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  28. Mark

    Hillary in the end is her worse own enemy. The Obama campain is just feeding her the rope so she can hang herself. She comes off more negative everyday. People are starting to see the real Hillary Clinton and its not a nice thing to witness. Time is on the side of the Obama campain. Run Hillary Run..........

    April 2, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  29. Paula in WI

    Time is not on her side-people are finding out the real Hillary and it's not impressive.Worse yet,when she makes mistakes,she wants to cover them up.The only chance she has left is that letter to Pelosi (if it works).

    April 2, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  30. Cris - Austin, TX

    Clearly the trend is that the more time Obama has in a state the more the margin narrows or is overcome. Several polls in the last few days emphasize that point. The polls are starting to reflect Tuzla-gate and the growing sentiment that the Clintons will do anything to win. Obama is gaining ground with working folks, older folks, and his base support is standing strong.

    April 2, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  31. Jack

    Hillary does not care about Florida and Michigan been disenfranchise. If that was the case she should of Rejected this idea back when she was asked if she agrees with the decision to to strip Fl and Michigan she said yes why? because she was front runner back then. Now she was them to be counted why? because she needs this to states to win. Any body who beleives she care about the voters in Fl and Michigan must be in draugs or is a Idiot.

    April 2, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  32. Bill, Quarryville, PA

    I live in Pennsylvania and keep up with our local news. From what I can tell I think time is against Senator Clinton here in Pennsylvania. Senator Obama has 3 to 1 political commercials being shown here. I know that her poll ratings are dropping but I do not hold much faith in that by itself. But what I can tell from the people I have been talking to, more are beginning to accept the fact that Senator Obama will get the nomination. I will tell you this there are real nasty emails being sent out about Senator Obama. They are coming from die hard republicans that I know. I know for fact that they call themselves Christians because of the religious maternal that I received from them. I call them hypocrites.

    April 2, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  33. Bill in Pensacola, Florida

    On the surface it would appear that Clinton has several advantages. She claims Pennsylvania as a "home" state and the state has Democrats similar to those in Ohio. She has held a double-digit over Obama until recently. He has had to cope with with the Rev. Wright issue. Yet, she is unable to provide a knockout punch (to tap into her Rocky metaphor). It appears that Obama is going to go the distance in Pennsylvania and win. Three more weeks seems like a political eternity. In an election year of surprises, who knows what bombshells are yet to explode. The real question should be, whomever get the Democratic presidential nomination will it be worth anything? Or will that have been totally debased of value in the intense, vicious, interneciine fighting within the party?

    April 2, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  34. Bob from Traverse city Michigan

    Disadvantage Jack. Every day is another chance for Bill to lose his temper and say something "blunderful". Another chance for Hillery to "misspoke" herself. Or another day for america to remember we've seen this movie before.

    April 2, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  35. paul, W.Ky

    Well Jack, this has all become increasingly tragic to me as one lone citizen. I try to watch several different news sources, and I read -an old fashioned idea- several news articles, and I listen to your voice along with others. The answer to this question is probably "yes", Sen. Obama will benefit as more people are exposed to him directly: however, seriously disappointing to me is the apparant willingness of Sen. Clinton & her ex-Presidential husband to grind this Nation into the dust just in order fotr them to regain power. To me the SPIRIT & INTENT of the 2-term limit prohibits this family from returning to 1600 Penn Avenue: after all, Sen. Clinton claims to have been an active & participating partner in that administration, so neither of the Clintons should be sent back for a 3rd term. paul – KY

    April 2, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  36. Trevor from Stamford, CT

    Jack - the only way I can see time on Hillary Clinton's side is if she hopes to become the vice presidential candidate to Barack Obama. Otherwise, the answer is no. Time is not on her side - and I can't believe she lost Texas! That should really shed some light on things.

    Trevor
    Stamford, CT

    April 2, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  37. Jamaal Kansas City Kansas

    Time is a disadvantage to Hilary, That is because the people in Pennslyvania don't know Obama and to Know Obama is to Love Obama that is why time is against her 3 more weeks we will see obama move up adleast 5-6 percentage points

    April 2, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  38. Sue Filutze

    Sure she has pleanty of time for more race baiting and slander and more WAR stories to come.
    Sue–Idaho

    April 2, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  39. delores

    Jack,
    Yes i do think hillary time is running out. Don't get me wrong she is very competitive in the race but in the end the math speak for itself.
    I'm a democrat jack but i'm getting really tired of everything a person say in this campaign it being blown out of proportion. And that from
    both sides surrogates what in world is coming to you don't have from of speech in this country anything more.
    Delores
    New jersey

    April 2, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  40. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Time is advantageous to Hillary to gain more supporters. If she doesn't get the nominee the more supporters she has Obama is going to need them. Which can only mean Hillary as his running mate whether she's his first choice or not.

    April 2, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  41. Jamaal Kansas City Kansas

    Time is a Disadvantage to Hilary Because as everyday goes she get more and more desperate and loses more and more supporters.

    April 2, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  42. Rosalynd

    Disadvantage! Money is obviously tight for the Clinton camp and the more Obama starts to gain in PA. the nastier and more negative her campaign will get. The more negative she becomes, the more the voters and Superdelegates will back Obama.

    April 2, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  43. Mary Whartnaby -California

    Hillary is at a disadvantage with the voting in Pennsylvania approxiamtely 3 weeks away. Unfortunately, a lot can take place,
    and for a Presidential candidate trying to campaign and representing the Democratic party, she is taking more than her share of "hits".
    We do have freedom of speech, but much of this Primary is nothing but insults and disrespect. This is non-productive and we have heard very little in committments on critical issures, which should be a priority!

    April 2, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  44. Veronica in Richmaond, VA.

    Hi Jack, it means to me that Hillary might win PA by 2% if that. If someone show the CBS clip of the Bosnia Lie 24/7 along with the other lies, well Hillary can pack up her yellow jacket & head back to the Senate, then again, they may not want her after her dirty tricks. Oh yeah, they should "loop" the NAFTA clip also, you know like they did about the Rev. Wright (they ran that into the ground) They should show Hillary's Lies into the ground also. jmo She opens her mouth, & lies just fall out. Ohio remind PA of the NAFTA lies, it's on film too. lol Bye, bye, Hillary

    April 2, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  45. Keith

    The numbers speak volumes.

    Stick a fork in her, Jack. Hillary's done.

    April 2, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  46. Gary L. Wilson

    Jack, history has shown that the more time Barack has to visit with people the more successful he becomes. Hillary can run, but she can't hide. He is my candidate!!!

    Gary
    Bear, DE

    April 2, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  47. Keith

    Time is against Senator Clinton, as you point out the more people learn of Senator Obama they more they support him. He is by far the better canidate and I beleive will be a great president.

    Further, time is allowing the Rev. Wright issue to fade in the minds of many american and the real truth that he is neither racist or hates america has yet to be aired...maybe CNN should be the one to show the full unbiased view of who Jeremiah Wright truly is.

    April 2, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  48. RON ONTARIO CANADA

    I would say an advantage. there are many things out there about Obama that people have not heard of in detail like his long time friendship with Rezko and maybe his wife Michelle will surface and people can ask her some embarrassing questions now that the media as decided Chelsea is fair game

    April 2, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  49. Harry

    Time is ultimately on Clinton's side. It should be obvious that her intent is to cripple the Obama Candidacy to the point that McCain wins in November.

    That would give her clear sailing in 2012, as Obama would no longer be considered viable.

    Harry
    Ky.

    April 2, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  50. Ray Kinserlow

    It is definitely a disadvantage. Obama has proved time and time again he can sprint into a victory. The longer it goes on the more chance Clinton will make another killing gaffe and throw it all to Obama. I saw it happen in Texas with Ann Richards and it can happen in Pennsylvania.

    Ray Kinserlow
    Lubbock, Texas

    April 2, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  51. Yvonne

    To her disadvantage of course. As time goes by, people are realizing who Hillary really is. Right now the difference between Clinton and Obama has come down to truth, promise and preference. Their policies are basically the same. But the truth is important in that if a person tells the truth on a regular basis, they are more likely to keep their promise to fulfill their policies. So we are left with preference.

    Obama 08

    April 2, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  52. dorothy delong

    Jack I dont think it will matter something else will come out about Obama he isnt the person everyone thinks he is> He couldnt defeat McCain this fall he is to weak. Hillary is tough and has weathered a lot of criticism from you and the other news casters even Lou Dobbs said that last night on his program. She can take whatever the Rep. dishes out GO HILLARY.....Dorothy Ohio

    April 2, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  53. Bill from Tennessee

    Jack.,
    I suggest you go back and read Mareen Dowd's editorial on Hillary, it wasn't a hit piece on Hillary, which you described, but a rather glowing admiration for Hillary because of her tenacity. She was actually mocking Obama in many way and said Hillary was toughening him up, which is a good thing. She called Obama languid, cavalier, and effete. Dowd may not like Hillary, but she is giving her some credit for making Obama a better candidate, someting most of the media won't do. And saying Hillary is "tougher" than Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was actually a compliment, if Obama can't deal with Hillary how does he expect to deal with world leaders. Go back and read the op-ed piece Jack and do some impartial reporting for once.

    April 2, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  54. Karen - Branson MO

    It doesn't matter, Jack. Hillary is the one who keeps saying "let's stretch this out" so she has to take whatever happens in stride. Hillary is her own worst enemy, not time.

    April 2, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  55. Mary from St. Augustine FL

    I think it is to her disadvantage. When people meet Obama they love him. If they were able to meet him in Florida and Michigan the outcome would have been much different and we wouldn't be having this conversation right now.

    April 2, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  56. JOYCE

    JACK
    LOVE YOUR BLOGS
    I AM A 65 YEAR OLD WHITE LADY FROM MARMADUKE ARKANSAS
    I BELIEVE THE LONGER BARACK HAS IN PENN. BELIEVE THE PRIMARY THE MORE HE WILL CLIMD. I DO BELIEVE HE MAY BEAT HER. I DO HOPE. HOW EVER I WILL SUPPORT EITHER ONE.
    ANY TRUE DEM WILL SUPPORT THE WINNER. ALL THIS BLACKMALE CRAP ON THE BLOGS SHOULD STOP.
    I WAS SO PROUD TO SEE OBAMA BEAT HER IN TX. HE IS SO SPECIAL AND HE HAS A WONDERFUL FAMILY AND LOTS OF FREASH NEW IDEAS. I DO NOT FEEL HE WILL LIE TO US, AND WHAT HIS X PASTER IS, WHY DON'T EVER ONE GIVE IT A REST
    THANK YOU JACK AND I HOPE YOU POST THIS

    April 2, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  57. fidelis nwaki

    it is for clitntons disadvantage .The long stretch time will enable obama to have more grounds and spread his tentacles to both old ,young ,poor and rich as he has always done .Base on past history obama do better when he has adequate time to "INFECT"the people in a positive way

    from los angeles ,Ca

    April 2, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  58. George Wilson

    It is my opinion that the fireworks have just started. Hillary is not a quitter as most of the men in the media would like her to be, and she is about to pull off a double digit win in Pa. , and on to North Carolina where the votes have seen a part of Obama that they will not accept, and even if I don't mention it, all will know what I am talking about, especially if you love, and have served protecting this nation, plus the fact that he has said he doesn't want to go back to the 90's, well I know we were a hell of a lot better off in the ninies than we are now. The wheel are beginning to come off for Obama, and they don't see it coming.. So don't count Hillary out just yet even though many say that it is bad for the party, to that I say to hell with the party, its the country that I am worried about, and she is the better of the two candidates to lead into a new era.

    April 2, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  59. Rus from St. Paul, MN

    Jack, I believe it was a disadvantage. Too much has happened since Hillary's big victory in Ohio, which as most folks can see barely made a dent into Obama's lead. As more and more superdelegates have made endorsements, Obama's lead is the same as it was before her victory in Ohio. This long span of time didn't allow Hillary capatalize on the momentum that victory gave her, and that has worked in Obama's favor.

    April 2, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  60. stan

    No jack, the handwriting has been on the wall for weeks now, but her need for political self preservation is getting in the way of party preservation and success in november, time is on obamas side, not much though, as mccain is going everywhere re-defining himself, the DEMS will have a lot more work to do in taking down mccain in nov.

    April 2, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  61. don from canada

    Jack, time is on Oboma's side as the numbers show Clinton is down to a 9 point lead. What we will see now is even more of the Clinton campaign's dirty tricks and propaganda against Oboma. They will say and do anything to win. What the people of Pennsylvania need to ask themselves before the next primary is "What did the Clinton's do for them when they were in the Whitehouse last time – the answer is NOTHING. Their policies were put in place years ago and since then thousands of jobs have disappeared in their state. What did Hillary do for them during her time in the senate – the answer is NOTHING. Now she is going all over the state speaking about everything she is going to do for them. The truth is that she wil do nothing because the Clintons are in the campaign for the Clintons not for all Americans.

    April 2, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  62. mikeytherhino

    In all Likelihood a disadvantage. The more time The Obama people have to hand out the half truths and lies and rhetoric tailored to the peoples wants without regard to the truth or reality, the more people flock to him.

    The Reason Hillary hasn't managed to be able to do the same thing is all PR. When they are both tough, He's strong, but she's Combative. When they both lie, she's the Liar, and he gets a free pass. What can you do?

    Mike, From Staten Island, New York

    April 2, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  63. Sarah, Central, VA.

    As usually you have decided to view a comment in a negative vein. I took Maureen Dowd's comment as a compliment. It seems it would be a good thing to have a pres stronger than the Iranian pres. as our problem with him is that Bush was not tough enough and he knew it. Also, reading the rest of Dowds column, that also seemed more complimentary than insulting but I guess you talked to Dowd and know what she meant. I do recall that Dowd was not a fan of the Clintons and has snipped at Hilliary any time she could. women can be very nasty to other women.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  64. Shyla from South Lake Tahoe, CA

    Definitely a disadvantage. She will win the state, but her lead will continue to shrink unless Obama slips up big, which isn't likely. I'm just wondering when a Clinton surrogate, like Carville, will come out and announce the next "do-or-die" state that the Clinton campaign deems "significant," so we can all count the days till that contest. Sigh. They should just have all nine contests after PA on one day, the third or fourth "Super Tuesday"–all votes would be counted, all the numbers could be calculated, and the superdelgates could step in and possibly make the past six months meaningless. We could even think of a catchy name for that day: "Fight-to-the-Death Friday" or "This-is-really-it-Hillary Tuesday."

    April 2, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  65. JT Manhattan

    It is definitely to Hillary's advantage. The longer she can play this out the better. The reason is quite simple. She has nothing to lose. She is already behind in the popular votes, delegates and the number of states won. Her only chance of winning is if Barack makes a mistake of some kind, says something stupid, or has something worse than Rev. Wright crop up. Many a campaign has been won by someone else fumbling the ball.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  66. Jerry SCS Michigan

    I think to her advantage. More time to really find out about Senator Obama and his previous dealings. The Rev Wright thing seems to have a lot deeper roots than the "Press" has reported . His Chicago "Connections" have not got on the witness stand yet ...or struck their "Deal". His explanations for all of his guilt by association stuff has not been explained sufficiently . Senator Clinton has plenty of time. A lot of the Superdelegates that have come out for him will change their minds behind closed doors. He's gonna be "Swift Boated" bigtime, and they all no it! Young folks are so impressionable. Real world, he's on his way out and just does'nt know it. I voted for Edwards in the Michigan "Fake" election. Most of us would prefer to have the vote count stay the way it originally was.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  67. Vicki in Texas

    I think this is great time for Hillary to keep doing what she is doing, laying all the truths and lies out on the line.

    She should also include in her strategy the opportunity for all women that have been cheated on (she's been there and done that) to vote for her; all women that found out their husbands and lovers are gay, all women that have suffered from physical abuse (strenghten crime laws), all women that need child support (strenghten child support enforcement) all women that have been raped, molested, stalked (crime), all women that have been given a deadly disease from some infested man (more money for planned parent hood and sex education for our girls), all women whose husbands/boyfriends are in jail, all women that have hit that glass ceiling, all women that have children in a disfunctional school system (no child left behind joke), all women who have to act fake due to husband/boyfriend popularity, all depressed women, all women, sisters, neices, aunts, daughters should vote for HILLARY!!! Lets clean us this violent society that men tend to thrive on and take care of our domestic affairs and our families.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  68. jean lindboe

    From: Blooming Prairie, MN --- Why did you ask the question if you thought it would be advantagous. You always have an angle to put doubt in someone's mind. Do you own CNN or do other people their rate an opinion. Your bully tactics are without equal. You are plainly a jerk.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  69. Charles in Florida

    Jack, I think it was to Hillary's disadvantage because she used her big attack guns too early. It gave the attacks time to be addressed by Obama to most voter's satisfaction. America loves an underdog and most still sees the Clinton's as Goliath to Obama’s David.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  70. Jan Davis, Knoxville, TN

    I would say it is a big disadvantage for her as it allows Barack Obama time to introduce himself to Pennsylvanians whom I hope see the promise and hope he offers this country. Also, I don't think Pennsylvanians will fall for some of Hillary's tall tales! If she does win in PA, it will be by a very small majority, but i think Barack has the possibility of winning.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  71. Joanne in Ontario

    Hillary is out if time, regardless if its Pennsylvania or any other of the remaining states. I think it is time for the Clintons to chill out and accept defeat graciously.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  72. Bruce St Paul MN

    In basketball games, coaches call timeouts to break the other team's momentum. This is a pretty long timeout. And during the timeout, Hillary un-won Texas, misremembered a hail of sniper fire, and had Chelsea drawn into the blue dress fiasco. She also has lost her credibility on NAFTA opposition, which she used to great effect in Ohio. So instead of repeating Ohio, she may repeat Wisconsin, where her lead evaporated day by day, and she eventually lost by double digits.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  73. Jason - Indianapolis

    Time is a definite disadvantage to the Clinton campaign. Part of her draw is name recognition and familiarity. However, the more time Obama spends on the ground voters are overcome by his charismatic leadership, which can somewhat be conveyed on television, but is magical in person.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  74. Jane Cooper-locust grove ga.

    It's one hundred percent in her favor.For the more expossure that Obama has to the media his charismatic veneer begins to peal off.Revealing the flat one toned,off key song that he sings.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  75. Jay - Atlanta

    Time is a minor factor. Most voters have decided, and those of us on the fence will likely vote depending on how the Democrats sort out their nominees. For me, if Clinton gets the nod, I'll vote for a third party. ANY third party. To me, a choice between Clinton and McCain is a choice between what we've had for several years now. And where has that got us?

    April 2, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  76. Linda, Ocala FL

    Yes! Anytime you have a long time between primaries and the media has nothing better to do but character bash you its harmful. I don't care what happened 12 years ago. I only know Sen Clinton cares about me, I see it in her eyes and hear it in her voice. And she is fighting for our voice to be heard in FL. So lets give it a rest. After all none of us are perfect, and if we cannot forgive and move on, then there is no hope for our country and world. GO HILLARY!

    April 2, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  77. Terry from North Carolina

    Jack
    Doesnt make any difference the voters have made up their minds, it will be close in Pennsylvania, if Hillary takes this State it aint gonna be by much !

    April 2, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  78. Jim from Michigan

    I remember when Hillary had a 20 point lead in Texas and Barack was told he should not even waste his time there. Now we find out that he did his Rocky imitation in the longhorn state. This is getting more interesting than the NCAA big dance. I'm addicted to all the political news I can find.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  79. Don

    I think time is on Barack Obama's side. it seems that the more people get to know him, the more they like him. One thing that may hurt Hillary, is all this negative campaigning, Bill does not help either, his last attempt to bully the superdelegates in California seems to have backfired, I guess flying into a rage and wagging the finger does not impress them.Don North Carolina

    April 2, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  80. Luis

    Luis-Corpus Christi, Texas

    No, especially when she likens herself with a fictitious character such as Rocky. Talk about insult to philadelphia fighters she could of compared herself with such as Sonny Liston, Joe Fraizer, George Benton and Meldrick Taylor, she went with the great white hype fiction boxer Rocky. This tells me 1 of 3 things. 1) she dosen't know about boxing. 2) She doesn't know reality from fiction. 3) she rather compare herself with a white fake boxer than a black real boxer.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  81. Ralph at NYC

    We have seen Casey, who represents so many blue collar workers endorsing Obama, and as more get to know more about him and his policies, Clinton may be losing support in areas she normally could count on. Jack, time is definitely not on Clinton's side.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  82. Larry

    If she continues to do things like yesterday's April fools joke, it is a disadvantage. Even though it was intended to be funny, she was terrible on the delivery, and showed no emotion to indicate it was intended as a joke when she said "April fools". The only fool was the one delivering the punch line...

    April 2, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  83. Tom Huntington,NY

    Disadvantage! At the rate Obama is closing on her she just might be lucky to win Pennsylvania. If she wins by a few points she will talk about how only she can win the "big states" ignoring a double digit collapse.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  84. joan

    Jack: It seems to be a disadvantage. Could it be Hillary not being truthful. I have done some research and it appears Hillary has a track record of many lies. They repeat the lies of Obama stopping the revote in Florida and Michigan, that is untrue, her own co-chair stated it is unworkable, unfair, and logistically impossible . The more time the voters have to see and hear Obama they like him. Bill Richardson said "I like the guy" Joan

    April 2, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  85. Michael inLorton, Virginia

    Jack: It is neither and advantage or disadvantage. Hillary can't turn back the clock and neither can she wind it up again. She will not achieve the nomination regardless of the Pennsylvania outcome.The time will go. Time goes, you say? Ah, no! Alas, Time stays, she goes. Her longest day will soon come to an end.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  86. Ken, Annapolis, Maryland

    The long stretch of time is to Hillary's disadvantage.

    It gives Obama more time to run ads and campaign in a very large state.

    The long stretch of time has resulted in Americans forgetting about Obama's former preacher and in Americans being reminded of the Clintons' problem with the truth as evident in:
    - Her actual experience/record (not bringing peace to Northern Ireland)
    - Her false claims to be against NAFTA from the beginning
    - Her mispeaking about running from sniper fire from the airport
    - Changing her stance from Michigan/Florida shouldn't count to that they need to count (since it now benefits her)

    April 2, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  87. Alfie --- Palmdale, Cal.

    The longer Hillary stays in, the better her chances of pulling it off (the nomination). Obamas dreamy-eyed followers seem to forget that in a time of war, a candidates patriotism should be a given. Obamas has been called into question, and as petty as it may seem to his supporters, it will be paramount to the majority of voters in November. Time is Hillarys best friend right now, and she knows it. Although Hillary has been called alot of things, un-patriotic has not been one of them, and when it comes down to the last brass tack, this will sway the remainder of delegates her way, as she expected.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  88. James in Idaho

    Jack, that depends on what Mrs. Clinton does with her time.

    She should take some notes from Sen. Obama's wife, and speak to us as not only adults with legitimate concerns, but as reasoning reasonable people who can be related to honestly.

    I just hope she hasn't sabotaged her own chances of being offered the VP position, and if offered it that she would be humble enough to accept it graciously.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  89. Kim

    The longer Pennsylvanians get to know Hillary, I think the closer the race will get since they will see she is too divisive and not a truthful person. I still think she will win Pa. convincingly since as Carville says it's "Pittsburgh on the west, Philadelphia on the east, and Alabama in between". And the Clintons will continue to stay in the race (despite virtually no chance of winning) since they want to hurt Obama's chances in November as much as possible since their biggest nightmare is an Obama Presidency overshadowing Bill Clinton's Presidency. So they would rather McCain win than Obama so will stay in this race as long as they are hurting Obama. Clintons come first not the Democratic Party or country.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  90. Diane from Pa

    Jack,

    Don't you worry. PA will go for Hillary in a big way. I'm an Edwards Democrat, now supporting Hillary Clinton. Obama may have pockets of support, but if any state is Hillary's base, it's PA. Most of the population is older, and wise in ways that cannot be measured by college degrees or by being cool and hip. These voters are loyal to Bill Clinton, love Hillary, and plan on sending her to the White House to correct the damage of the past seven years. Whether we vote now, or on April 22, or on any Tuesday for the rest of the campaign, the results will be a win for Hillary. You can take that to the bank.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  91. Ralph, Long Island, NY

    Logic says that the better people get to know Obama the better his poll numbers get. I'm starting a rumor however that Hillary is contracting John Edwards to channel an endorsement from Ronald Regan.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  92. Brooke

    Time is on Senator Clinton's side. Especially if more bombshells come from the Obamo camp. Excerpts from Michelle Obamo's dissertation at Princeton are being widely circulated. I distrust excerpts and would appreciate having available the entire text of Michelle's dissertation.
    Then I can make up my own mind if Michelle Obamo is as much a liability as the media make Bill Clinton out to be.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  93. Kevin

    With more time Obama will narrow her lead.
    More time gives Clinton an opportunity to put her foot in it.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  94. Jason

    Remains to be seen. Initially I thought it might help but with the lack of reporting on Obama's one bill passed in congress, his private dealings with Rezko, and continual lax in questions about his associations to bigotted churches and terroist pentagon bombers I don't think the truth will come out about this guy no matter how long between primary's.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  95. Jarmo Mendez, The Netherlands

    The numbers say it all. Obama is already gaining on Hillary, and with 3 weeks to go till the primaries obama has a lot of time to build up even more momentum. Hillary might lose her 2nd big state..

    April 2, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  96. Jane Cooper-locust grove ga.

    The blog from Jane Cooper.Sent on april 2nd 2008 at 3:07 pm ET.Was sent by David Wilder and does not in any way reflect Jane Cooper's opinion.Please disregard that blog as it does't reflect her opinion.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  97. Bob Lyons

    Whether the three weeks remaining is good or bad for Sen Clinton depends upon how negative she will go, now that the 26 point lead she had is melting away like the Pennsylvania snows. We all know her yappy attack ads are coming. Forget the kitchen sink, here comes the cesspool!!

    Regina, Saskatchewan

    April 2, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  98. Chuck B Coastal NC

    Jack/Wolf,
    I've been a fan of Bill and Hillary in the past.I voted for Bill the 2 times he ran. I believe that the way they are going about the nomination is wrong,wrong for the party,america & just wrong. Obama is going to be the parties nomination for president. I believe that she has done her chances in as too being the vice president (the first woman v.p.).
    Either way, I believe the Democrats will win the White House.I don't think america wants "a grumpy old man" to continue too run this country. Bye,bye McCain & the GOP. Amercia doesn't want no more.........

    April 2, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  99. J. Onofre - CA

    Well Obama will benefit from Hillary's stay in the race. Obama is winning the race the Republicans wanted to beat. Barack would surely enjoy her stay because it keeps the spotlight on them.

    It presents a situation where they can both have the capacity to lose their popularity as well.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  100. John Boston MA

    Do I remember right or Bill use to say she need to win in both Texas an Ohio? No matter what kind of twisting and back door dealing the Clinton think they could do to steal this thing it become more and more clear that it over!

    Lets face it it over. Plan A was a victory on Super Tuesday and it did not work out all that good. Plan B was the Texas and Ohio firewall and they lost delegates in Texas. Plan C was the kitchen sink strategy and it really backfire on Hillary since her negative are up. Plan D is bloody up Obama up win a large victory in Pennsylvania seat both Florida and Michigan has it is and go after Obama pledged delegates on the back side. Anybody think that one going to work? But wait their a plan E too if all else fail scuttle the Democrat party chance in November so Hillary get another chance in 2012.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  101. Dan

    Dan-Texas:

    Of course, She is doing terrible on her supposedly "bread and butter" platforms such as health care and money management. She is behind on her healthcare bill for her employees and owe money. She lies about her experience and people are finding out that she really doesn't have much more than Obama. She is involved in money scandals like Peter Paul, Norman Hsu, to name a few. She has a husband who is a liability to her candidacy, his affairs before and during his term as President hurts her. And then she tries to use race and gender as a means of winning...shame. 20 Years of Bush-Clinton-Bush is enough for me, I don't want another 4 of the Clintons.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  102. Jeff in Tallahassee, Fl

    Jack,
    I don't think anyone can say definitively whether this long stretch is an
    advantage or not. However, if Hillary Clinton doesn't take the opportunity
    and make good use of this remaining time, she will have to sit back and watch Karl Rove "swift boat" Barak Obama in the general election.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  103. Mike Steuer Bedford N.Y.

    If the primary were held now, Clinton would win by low double digits acoording to an average of the current polls, so it can not be advantageous to have another few weeks to go. Nonetheless, she needn't worry. Each time that Obama has been down by a large margin and then moved to within striking distance, he has lost. (See Massachusetts, California, Ohio, and Texas). It's much easier to attract the independants and undecideds, but the last hurdle are the voters who would have to switch their allegiance completely and in Pennsylvania most of these are the "I've made up my mind--dont confuse me with the facts" type.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  104. Marcus, Dallas TX

    It's definitely a disadvantage Jack. The good people of PA had no idea who Barack Obama was, and early polling chose Clinton on name recognition alone. Now that Barack is able to establish his grassroots organization and get face to face with the people of PA, he will definitely make inroads in cutting that perceived lead down. He probably still won't win, but a 5% to 10% loss in all reality, is a win for Obama in Clinton land.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  105. Gerald, Monroe Co. WV

    Hillary's disadvantage, It will give voters more exposure to both candidates and given that their positions are nearly identical, the one which is more inspirational, trustworthy, and honest will become evident, if it hasn't already. Obama could win Pennsylvania.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  106. Mario

    With Obama pouring money on the State, this Pennsylvanian believes that he will make up the gap with Hillary. It will still be a close call at the end but, without the Republicans allowed to cross party lines for their shennenigans, the result may be a surprising Obama win.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  107. Mike from Syracuse NY

    Jack,

    It depends on who avoids the debacles like Wright , NAFTA, Snipergate, etc. With the miniscule difference between the Obama and Clinton on issues, it becomes a popularity contest and a contest of who screwed up last. Obama talks the talk, and the more time he has, the better he does.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  108. J.C. from Raleigh, NC

    Jack,
    Time is of the essence for Hillary. The more she has the more she stumbles. Remember when she was a shoo-in? Time in Pennsylvania will allow Governor Ed Rendell to make more silly statements and Hillary to fabricate implausible comparisons of herself with movie characters such as Rocky. Then again, was she hoping to stir up a racial maelstrom by implying that Obama is Apollo Creed, Rocky's first opponent in Rocky 1? Perhaps she figures that time may help her polarize the Keystone State.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  109. Sunae

    The more time there is for Barack Obama to campaign in Pa. he will close the gap. Hillary might win but not by double digits. A former Philadelphian the dumb Mayor there will not be able to swing Philadelphia for Hillary.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  110. Karl in CA

    It's a disadvantage for her. With this much time Obama has the opportunity to win over a large section of voters and delegates as he is starting to do. You, know, the ones Hillary has in her back pocket. It also gives Hillary time to mis-speak again and get an even more negative image in general. We can only hope that if she really goes down in flames, she will realize it's over and back Obama. Any odds on that miracle?

    April 2, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  111. wendy Illinois

    Of course time doesn't work to Hillary's advantage, but it never has. Once Obama gets in the area his "ground crew", if that's what you want to call it, gets in there and starts their game. And the only thing Obama does do is focus a bunch of time and money on his target audiences: blacks, college kids, and affluent liberals. Once he has those in his pockets, he can walk away with a certain number of delegates. Works every time.

    Jack, have you ever had a column that wasn't geared toward pulling Hillary down in some way?? Are you so intimidated by her that it's impossible for you to be fair?? You and everyone else who is pushing so hard for Obama will regret it one day. He is not who you think he is. I'm from Illinois and this guy has a bad reputation, but of course no one in the media really want to do a story on that.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  112. .David Locust Grove,Ga.

    It's one hundred percent in her favor.for the more exposure that Obama has to the media his charismatic veneer begins to peal off.Revealing the flat one toned, off key song that he sings.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  113. W B in Las Vegas

    I would say disadvantage because of the money the Obama campaign has to throw into the race BUT throwing gutter balls while bowling or some other gaff could end up being a Dukakis "Snoopy" style killer photo that sinks him in the primary and just maybe the general election.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  114. Nikki in New Jersey

    Jack,

    Let's be positive here: It's to OBAMA'S ADVANTAGE.
    And that is a very good thing.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  115. Alex H

    Well, Jack, as we've seen with any large amount of time, people start forgetting. Just look at all the corruption and scandal from the Clinton Administration. Now it's like none of that has ever happened, facts can be manipulated, and we could very well end up with a big player in those scandals in the White House. The reason for that... TIME! Now we've got Obama hit with a 'scandal' and luckily for him it hit early and now people are starting to allow the shell-shock to wear off and regain their footing. The more time they get, the better off Obama is and consequentially the worse off Hillary is.

    Alex
    Waterbury, CT

    April 2, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  116. Zeppo!

    If the people in Pennsylvania are easily swept up in a whoopla, then it is bad for Clinton.

    If the people of Pennsylvania are feeling the pinch of the growing economic crisis, then it is good for Clinton because most people acknowledge that she will return us to the fiscal policies of her husband's administration.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  117. Jarrold

    Jack,

    I don't think it matters much if Obama wins the delegate count, the popular vote and the majority of states and territories. It's like a basketball team being behind 20 points with a one minute on the clock yet they choose to keep fouling and put the team that's leading on the free throw line. The momentum theory doesn't work either, if the Knicks when the rest of their games and the Celtics lose the rest of their games should the Knicks make the playoffs over the Celtics. I chose the basketball analogy because Obama is better at that than bowling.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  118. Roger, AR

    Good point Jack! I also noticed on the CNN home page that Obama's lead is slipping nationally. Now instead of a 10 point lead, Obama is only ahead nationally by 4 points. So it looks like time is on Hillary's side. So how about a positive blog for Hillary, Jack? Do you think you can muster that?

    April 2, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  119. angelina005 saint paul mn

    people everywhere, the more they need to know Obama, and the more they listen to his honest messages, the more people who will vote for him. The more the people listen to the dirty tactics, smear politics, coming out of Hillary, the more deceptioned one becomes. It is sad, sad, sad. Someone needs to tell this lady that we the voters are tired of the politics as usual, she never focus on the real issues, she is always bulling someone, always lying about something, and even running on someone else's experience.
    enough is enough. I used to support Clinton, but I have had enough.
    I want a better future for my daugther, and also want peace so that her children and all children can live on this earth without war and conflict.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  120. Andy

    In a funny way ,and I hate to say this Jack , but I think this will help Hillary. It will give her campaign more time to dig up some dirt on Barack or put a couple of media spins on some issues. She's crafty and the more time she has the craftier she seems to become.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  121. James Austin Tx

    Thats easy jack; It's an advantage. But wait until she releases her "mysterious" TAX RETURNS a week before the primary, it will be a disaster for her; since the media will hammer and spin every minute detail of the contents. Mark my words.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  122. Terry, Manassas Virginia

    The longer we get to see Senator Clinton's desperation to win at all costs juxtaposed against Senator Obama's composure and ability to rise above pettiness, the better. In fact, the buyer's remorse the Clintons are so eager for us to have about Obama would be more likely to occur if she were to drop out now. Given the political animals (in every sense of the word) the Clintons are though, I don't think that's going to happen. A long campaign gives democrats a chance to wave a long goodbye to Presidential Clintons.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  123. jc

    Well, Jack I am glad to hear you say Obama won Texas.

    Though the media that has been blamed to love Obama this

    important fact has been lost in the shuffle. (Has CNN adjusted their shading of this big state?)

    Texas, like Kentucky, and so many other states, only proves that once

    people get to now Obama beyond Hillary's name recognition, they

    tend to acknolwedge that he is the better candidate for presidency.

    Both time AND the people are on his side!!!

    joy- NC

    April 2, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  124. Laurie Johnston

    If the past is borne out time is on the side of Obama. The more HRC talks the more she is seen for what she is – a liar and a desperate woman who will say and do anything to get what she feels entitled to.

    Laurie, San Diego, Ca

    April 2, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  125. Giuseppe Garufi

    Hello' Jack. Somebody should stop Hillary and Obama to kill each other. It's incredible how they are changing the hend of this election that was easy to win for the Democrats in the beginning and now, with an Obama so vulnerable, thanks to his Pastor and wife speaches, and with Hillary telling stories never happed, put the election easy to win for the Repablicans that , actually , have to do nothing. The other Party is doing a very good job to loose. It's a shame.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  126. bk

    Here we go! Its almost time for Jack to endorse Obama like he does everyday at 4pm. I wished they would fire you for your biased opinion.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  127. Carnie, MA

    Jack,

    No, because the more time Barack has, the more he can talk to more people. The difference in Barack and Hillary is...we believe him.

    Obama 08

    April 2, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  128. David from NY

    Hey Jack,
    Keep up the good work; can we get some clarification from Hillary regarding NAFTA she keeps waffling and its making me dizzy.

    Also, when is she going to release those tax returns, I thought that her campaign manager said it would be this week. Now that the polls are getting closer we probably will never see the slush fund oopps... I meant Clinton Library operating income ...

    April 2, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  129. Mac in Truro Nova Scotia

    The long campaign is a disadvantage to Hillary.
    The more we see of some people, the more we get turned off.
    Hillary is one of those people who we should see and hear less of.
    You can add Wolf Blitzer and Tony Harris to that list.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  130. MPG

    Neither. Only Obama will benefit or be damaged by this stretch. It's a non-event for Clinton. Those that support her in PA are who they are and are not liable to change, no matter who endorses whom, regardless as to her mis-speaking issues, and what new controversies Faux News and others who like them are anti-Democrat and scandal junkies can conjure up for either of the Democratic candidates.

    The only POSSIBLE way she can benefit is if she spends her time being PRESIDENTIAL and campaigning on the ISSUES and staying away from mudslinging and juvenile playground (aka Karl Rove) tactics that detract from the legitimacy of her candidacy for the President...........if for all her "experience" we continue to hear lies, mis-speaks, whining, tit-for-tat foolishness, and a grown 28 year old daughter on the campaign trail surprised and ill prepared to answer what you HAD to know was going to be asked by someone at some point and time, well........you get my drift.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  131. Unshrub

    As any experienced CEO will tell someone, "he doesn't have to be an expert in all areas, just make sure the right people work for him."

    April 2, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  132. Mike

    Clinton who? Obama who? (!)

    April 2, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  133. candi california

    Time works against her. The more time Obama has the better he does. On the other hand the more time Clinton has the worse she gets. She is like produce if it sets too long it discolors and after suffucient time it smells badly.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  134. Andy from Columbia Missouri

    Due to a lack of chronic media attention concerning Clinton's true character (e.g. the Bosnia story) it takes some time for word to spread and opinions to change. This is time pennsylvania needs to look through the thinly veiled facade that is the Clinton machine.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  135. Naddie, MS

    Jack,

    All I would say is that Barack should brace himself for more of the evil, devious, Clinton attacks. I would sure up on the Wright talking points because she knows she can hit him below the knees there.

    It really does not matter, because he is my choice. I'm so excited for America.

    HRC–Hateful, raunchy, cut-throat.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  136. karen

    Nope! Hillary's time is up!

    April 2, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  137. Rex

    I would assume so Jack. Without discounting Pennsylvania voters in the least, most people remain uninformed about any other candidate other than their own personal choice. With the negatives that Mr. Obama has received through the media of late, I'm sure those stories (Wright) have been blown entirely out of proportion similar to the "telephone game" we played as children. Certain geographical areas of that State are very conservative anyhow. And another thing. As bad as I hate to bring it up, their are certain areas of that beautiful State that will not vote for a black man, period.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  138. Nuwan Sam

    According to situation now, it seems that time is not in her favor. Obama has more money and keep getting more endorsements. But she is a fighter and she will figure out how to fight too. People change their minds every single day so you never know how it turns out at the day of the election. There are many factors at play here.

    Nuwan from Houston, TX

    April 2, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  139. Donna

    Unfortunately, the longer voters in Pa have to get to know Hillary, the more they get to dislike her. Just the opposite is true for Barack, time is an advantage for him and his positive numbers will continue to grow as the polls turn more in his favor in Pa. I predict we'll see the gap narrow and he will soon overtake her.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  140. Heather, Austin, TX

    That depends on whether the people in PA are as gullible as my fellow voters in Texas. The time will give Obama the opportunity to keep showing the voters of PA that his speeches have substance and his positions are ones worth supporting. But Clinton has already shown that all of his hard work can be undone with a few, well-timed outrageous attacks on Obama. Hopefully, this time Obama will defend himself better against her attacks before people hit the polls!

    April 2, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  141. Emily

    No, time is not on HRC's side, she needs to step aside and endorse Obama, he's already go the nomination in the bag

    April 2, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  142. Kevin in DC

    Jack,

    I think you answered your own question. Time is not on Hillary's side. As time passes, those who were originally sold on brand loyalty are learning that the Clinton product is underperforming. It's time for someone new and innovative, someone invigorating.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  143. Jay

    Time is not on Clinton's side in Pennsylvania. Obama has erased major leads in almost every state thus far – he started about 25-30% back of Clinton in most states and ultimately won 70% of them. He simply doesn't have the name recognition of Clinton so he has to campaign vigorously to catch up. To his benefit, he connects with people, is a wonderful speaker, has done a better job fundraising (and can thus buy ads), has superior campaign organization, and has stronger grassroots support. Tims is most definitely on his side.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  144. Dustin D.

    I do not think that having long stretches in between primaries is necessarily a good thing for Sen. Clinton, and polling, at least in this race, has been remarkably flawed (anyone remember New Hampshire?). As for Obama's "big endorsements", Sen. Bob Casey may be the son of a former governor, but he is also a pro-life Democrat, which may not be very popular with a lot of Pennsylvanians. Meanwhile, Sen. Clinton has the endorsement of Gov. Rendell and Mayor Nutter of Philadelphia and Mayor Ravenstahl of Pittsburgh as well as Rep. Murtha. I think Hillary clearly wins in this race. And Maureen Dowd? Seriously? Since when has she ever like Sen. Clinton? I can't believe that people actually still listen to her drivel.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  145. Austin Ife

    Hey Jack,

    You forgot that the governor of Wyoming endorsed Senator BO too. Time is not on Clinton's side in PA or any where. In fact, the longer it takes, the more she gets into deep,deep debt. Again, the stressful campaign is taking its toll on her face, her health and her voice. Let the Clintons chill.

    Austin Ife
    Sugar Land, Tex.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  146. Michael Mee

    It would seem to be to her disadvantage. Whether or not Barack is able to grow support by touring the state, time is, by default, on his side. The Demcoractic party does not want this race to continue, and Obama endorsements will keep growing. I'd also expect to see, at some point, a segment of Clinton's supporters begin to sit these votes out, for fear of giving McCain a pathway to the Presidency.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  147. JACK

    Your advantage

    April 2, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  148. Connie

    I believe the Clinton camp thinks everything is on their side. This week she was Rocky, last week she was Superman dodging bullets. She has been in Indiana several times ,she must be Indiana Jones.They take their disadvantages and turn them to advantages at least in their minds.
    Connie from Indiana

    April 2, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  149. Independent for Ga.

    Jack, it is a huge disadvantage. It just gives the people of Pa. more of a chance to see what a fraud she really is. Her twisted sense of fairness will show, and more people will realize that she is not the right person to be President. Her multitude of lies and scheming are proving to be her undoing.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  150. ralph gipson

    Hey Jack, its really is worse for her since she will be taking sniper fire and having nigtmares about war the next 3 weeks.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  151. Dan (Abilene, TX)

    Time won't be on Hillary's side if her campaign goes much further into debt. According to Time magazine, she's got the largest campaign debt at this point in a primary in recent history.
    Although she has the right to stay in the campaign, she has the responsibility to do it in a fiscally sound manner – something she hasn't demonstrated so far....
    When does it become ethically wrong to run on only "IOUs"??

    April 2, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  152. Neal

    If the pressure continues to mount for her to withdraw, then by the time of the election she will look like she can't win. That would hurt her and the turnout.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  153. Audacity of Hype

    "According to Wright, Obama then told him, “'You can get kind of rough in the sermons, so what we’ve decided is that it’s best for you not to be out there in public.'” Still, Obama and his family prayed privately with Wright just before the presidential announcement."

    Proof that Obama has heard his sermons and tried to cover them up before his presidential campaign.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  154. Boureguard McKinney, Texas

    Only the voters can decide that. A lot can happen over night in an election. I suspect the Clinton machine will dig something up right before the day they vote to throw at the people of Pennsylvania to besmirch Obama. It won't mater if it is true or not it will be too late once that is discovered. Something I have learned about politics is this. If you ain't cheating you ain't trying. And Hillary tries awfully hard.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  155. Dan, Washington DC

    Unlike the seemingly mindless supporters of both of these candidates, I'm going to give you an answer based on thought rather than emotion. It doesn't matter how long it is until the Pennsylvania primaries, as Hillary is almost definitely going to win. The only thing this stretch of time is doing is changing the margin of victory, and frankly that doesn't matter at this point either. This race is not going to be decided by any primary from here on out. It will either be ended by some sort of compromise brokered by the DNC leaders or it will be decided by superdelegates at the convention. The sad part is that the party could have become energized by billing this as a titanic clash between two great candidates, but instead has chosen to wallow in the despair of the supposed destruction this race is bringing.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  156. Kenneth M

    I wonder is she is getting that Erie feeling. What would Obama need to do to win in PA?

    April 2, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  157. Tony

    Sen Barack Obama, still has not really address the true concerns in his former pastor statements, he talks about change, but what change can a senator bring to the white House when he cant even truly tackle a racial concern. still not to remind ourselves that George W Bush is the worst President American has ever seen, still John McCain, a copy cat of Geore W Bush, which leave the True canadiate still standing, which is Sen Hillary Clinton, i think she is the only one right now that can bring true grit back to America, and i hope we as American will realize that. we need a good common sence in bringing good goals back to America, and Sen Hillary Clinton bring that to the table. Wake Up America

    April 2, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  158. Peggy

    I think that time is on Sen. Obama's side. The more time he spends in the state of Pennsylvania, the more people there will get to see the real man, versus the "man, who has a racist preacher", as he is portrayed by the Clinton campaign and Fox News.

    Peggy, Chicago, IL

    April 2, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  159. Frank

    Time is a disadvantage for Mrs. Clinton for the same reason it is an advantage for Mr. Obama. With time, voters get to know the candidate, the type of person they are, and how they would lead. By the way Jack you are reporting Texas wrong – the release from the Clinton camp reports Mrs. Clinton finishing a close second, while Mr. Obama finished next to last.

    Frank
    Connellsville, PA

    April 2, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  160. D. Tucker, PA

    Jack, . . .Hillary thought she was going to waltz into Pennsylvania and
    depend on a designer pantsuit and voter amnesia on NAFTA to
    hoist her into the White House, no questions asked. On the contrary,
    us poor mill workers and truckers not only remember NAFTA, but
    WHO is also responsible for it.(And it sure as heck isn't Rev. Wright!)

    April 2, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  161. Greg from Mechanicsburg, PA

    It appears that the more we discover about Hillary the more we realize that we know very little about her. While her detractors could cite White Water, her position on the board of Wal-Mart and such as proof of her character, her supporters were oblivious to her great capacity to embellish the truth (lie) and her eager willingness to say or do anything to win. The more time, the more facts are uncovered and the harder it is for Billaryphiles to remain blind. Conversely, the more independent and undecided voters learn about Obama, the more they see him as a President who will unite the government, advocate for the people and not big business, lobbyists or special interest groups and provide solutions for the difficulties America faces.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  162. Dave

    Time is absolutely on Barack's side, especially if Hillary follows through on her promise to release her tax records. She should know by now that you cannot stop a wave at the shore.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  163. Tom

    Every day recently, I have wondered if Barack Obama would be getting an endorsement . Now I find myself wondering not if but who? So it begins.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  164. Judy

    I feel that Hilary's time has come, and that she does need to get out, however, let her stay in until after the primary so that she can she how bad she has lost, even if she wins by only a few percentage points.

    America needs to see what type of person she is and what she is talking about on the campaign trail. She talks about benefits for all Americans and then FAILS to pay 2 months in a row for her OWN employees. Pay your bills Hilary, this is one reason that I am voting for Barack Obama, she will say and do anything to get the nomination, include making statements that not even she can keep.

    Her problem is her credibility, since the Bosnia debacle, she continues to have MINOR BLIPS when speaking about Barack on the issue of him saying that he wants her out of the race. I do like that fact that CNN shows Borack stating that fact that she has the right to stay in the race right after her telling her audience that his camp wants her to drop out.

    Way to go Cafferty, you are my hero, you tell it like it is.

    Judy
    California

    April 2, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  165. Sue, Bloomington, IN

    No, the long stretch of time doesn't help Clinton. The flip side of Obama doing better the longer people see him is that the longer people see and come to know Hillary, the worse she does. Also, since Obama is capable of outspending Clinton for the next three weeks, hopefully that will cinch the deal and Obama will pull out an upset.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  166. Nancy, Cunningham, TN

    You know Jack every question you phrase sounds anti-Hillary. Give the lady a break. She has got some good ideas about what to do for the mess that this country is in. She doesn't just stand there with rhetoric telling the American people that change has to start with them (like Obama is doing). About 90% of the people in the U. S. don't know where to even start telling someone what's wrong let alone help in fixing the problems. We need a leader not someone telling us to get out and be a part of the solution. Time is on her side. The longer until election the more of her ideas she can put out there and maybe Barrack won't have time to reword it and take it as his own. Can't you people see that Barrack hasn't had an idea of his own since this campaign started.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  167. Joan, VA.

    Time is not on Hilliary's side as it gives you and the press more time to trash her while giving Obama a free pass. Why do you harp on Bosnia and totally ignore the fabrications of Obama. He lied about when he was conceived, he lied about the Kennedy's helping his father come here to study, he lied about hearing Rev. Wright's racist sermons and has many exageratios in his books. .One would think the press learned a lesson when the let Bush get away without questioning him on his background but really went after Kerry. I realize Obama is a good speaker but actions speak louder than words.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  168. James D (Cary, NC)

    Clinton's biggest threat is herself. If she continues to "misspeak" like she has, she'll drive people away, regardless of Obama's campaigning.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  169. Tom from Boston, Mass.

    Time is Hillary's enemy, Jack. As this gruesome campaign grinds on, we're learning more and more about the "truth" of her supposed experience. I'm sure she wishes the primary had been held weeks ago – preferably after the Obama "minister scandal" and before his laudable speech on race. But wishes are fleeting, and the truth isn't. Now Obama has to keep expections low, so he can claim he did "better than expected" and the party rallies around him.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  170. Susan, MI

    Time is on Hillary's side because she has no intention of delivering her income taxes. It's funny that the biggest liar in America, can't lie to the government, she is trying to lead. She can use the old, exhausted excuse of being too busy. Yes, she is too busy trying to destroy the DNC, and Barack's chances in the fall.

    Her 3:00am phone call is from the IRS. I KNOW she won't answer that call, and neither will Bill. LOL

    Hillary, you can run but you sure can't hide.

    Obama 08

    April 2, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  171. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    This is definitely to Hillary's advantage as her campaign is running on fumes in terms of how much money she has on hand and the sheer volume of debts that she owes. Really starting to wonder about the 5 million she loaned her campaign and where it came from. She must be using an abacus to calculate her taxes and a homing pigeon to file them. That is the only reason that I can imagine as to why it is taking so long for her to release her tax returns up through 2006.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  172. Ryan, Champaign IL

    I think time works for Obama, as the Rev. Wright story finally abates and voters in Pennsylvania get more important information. The more time he spends in a state, the better he fares. any more stiff joke-telling by Clinton will close the gap even more.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  173. Rose, Baltimore, MD

    It is to Clintons disadvantage. The more people get to know Obama, the more they like him. The 9 point lead is still going to narrow down some more with the 3 remaining weeks.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  174. Tawana -IL

    Jack,
    Time is not on Hillary side. This long stretch of time allows voters to get to know Obama! If the past primaries and/or caucuses are any indicators, then PA will become more competitive as time goes on :)

    April 2, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  175. Susan from Vidalia, Ga

    Jack, this is a huge disadvantage for her. The train is rolling ,and she is waaaay off the track. Wonder when she'll release all her tax returns, donors list and earmarks- will it be before the primary in Pa. as she promised, or did she mis-speak again, like she has so many times. The good people of Pa. are beginning to see thru her charade, and are beginning to understand her lust for power.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  176. mitchell martin ark.

    everyday she stays in the race,is a disadvantage for her.i just listened to michelle obama's speech, today, in pa.,and SHE would've made a better candidate than billary.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  177. Joe

    I think so,, but its to late all the people voted, NO body knows who is going to be the VP for any of them running,This is how stupid the american's are!!! Why cast a vote,without knowing who their running mate is going to be!!! You tell me Jack

    April 2, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  178. Hubie Nelson Byhalia, Mississsippi

    Hi Jack
    It just might all depend how you look at it.
    It could be a good thing or it just might work against her. If she can stay truthful it might help.

    But when you think about the more time she have the more lies she will mis-speak.

    The more endorsements Obama gets the more native she will go the more it will hurt her. Probably to her disadvantage.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  179. Kapitol

    I would have to say yes, Obama and his campaign has done a great job putting people on the ground and getting his voice heard. Since the last primary, he had to weather a situation that not to many political careers could survive. Not only did he take it head on, he turn it to his advantage and shown that his leadership skills are top notch. Now with 3 weeks left and he properly using his funding to roll a campain in PA that is making a difference. Come April 29th, this may become a nail biter indeed.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  180. Blackwater66

    The more time she has, the more damage she does to herself and their party. She will self destruct. She will do anything to win. Anyway, John McCain will win. He is defining both of them now and has plenty of time to do it along with their help.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  181. Phil

    No time is not on her hands. She was leading the polls with double digit all along but now since Barack started campaigning and Bob Casey's endoresement, he is narrowing her lead. When it's all said and done, he will only lose by a few delegates. Hillary, the liar will have to end her campaign.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  182. Andrea, Omaha, NE

    If she can avoid those snipers she can win PA, but not by as big a margin that she thought.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  183. Brad Bohnert

    Jack,

    The clock is ticking, not just on Hillary's presidential campaign, but her future viability as a politician. The only thing that the "kitchen sink" strategy has been good for is washing down the drain the Democrats' chances in 08 and whatever goodwill the American people still have towards the Clintons.

    Speaking as a one-time big fan of both Bill and Hillary.....please....Billary....either stay positive and issue-focused or get out!

    Brad in St. Petersburg, FL

    April 2, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  184. Debby

    Its to her advantage since the polls change at the speed of light and she can be up 14 points next week. Jack Obama won't win Penn. there are to many typical white people in that state.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  185. nowlin wells

    I suggest that hillary is less able to carry for the long run because she changes her mannerisms and accent for the area she campaigns in and
    this comes off as acting when she is compared to herself, and Barack is
    always the same in his delivery, so it is easier to listen to him.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  186. Taj

    Time will favour Obama. He is slowly gaining. He may not win but will cut the delegates going to Clinton.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  187. Sascha

    I think Obama will lose like in Ohio and the result should be pretty similar. I am convinced that the Clinton campaign will do anything possible, which could finally hurt Obama in November...

    April 2, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  188. Jack Robertson

    The longer the campaign drags on, the worse it will become for Mrs. Clinton. The more she and her supporters (in particular her husband and James Carville) have to say, the more they reveal their true colors and risk alienating large segments of the electorate.From Bill Clinton's deprecating and not-so-thinly-veiled racist remarks about Obama's victory in the South Carolina, to Carville's reference to Governor Richardson as a "Judas' to Hillary's creative story-telling about her trip to Bosnia, Mrs. Clinton and her campaign have lost credibility with each passing week. The worst that has happened to Senator Obama by comparison was his embarrassing past association with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright – and that non-issue owed prominence only to its exploitation by certain elements of the pro-Clinton media. In the end, the public realized that it was irrelevant. If Clinton is to reverse the trend toward an Obama victory, she will need a miracle of two-to-one victories in most the remaining primaries and caucuses. That is not about to happen. It's over for Hillary. Her theatrics are no longer convincing the undecided voters, if there are any left. About the only thing left for her to do, if she doesn't bow out gracefully before the convention, is to serenade the delegates with her own rendition of 'Cry me a river' before they listen to Barack Obama's acceptance speech.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  189. Kyle Columbia SC

    Hey Jack, we all know Barack has a way in making people BELIEVE but most importantly making them WANT HOPE. One poll I saw had it down within 5% and another has is within 9% in any case this is bad news for Hillary. And if she's not paying off her late fees, building debt faster than the federal deficit, and proclaiming to have dock sniper fire do voters really want that...?

    April 2, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  190. Mike from Texas

    Jack, Time is against Hillary in PA. Check the polls. The projection trajectory for Barack Obama to narrow the poll difference has Barack overtaking her and possibly getting a modest lead by the time of the primary election. When you add in the her funding downturn. she's in trouble.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  191. Brian, Houston Texas

    I think that will depend on how she spends that time. If she spends like she has the last 2 weeks then she's in trouble.
    On the other hand time has shown that if Obama has enough time to campaign in a state then her numbers fall so it may well be that her time is no longer relevant unless Obama stumbles.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  192. MT San Francisco, CA

    Only time can unfold the mysteries of this primary. Hillary just might pull a single digit victory in PA, one in which 3 weeks ago she had close to a point lead. What does this mean?

    Well it means:

    She's still down in states won by double
    She's still behind in delegates
    She's still behind in the popular vote

    April 2, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  193. ruth

    hillary clinton said if pastor wright was her pastor she would have left the church. my understanding she is catholic why did she leave the catholic church when the new boke about the priest have sex with young boys or altar boys. please let me know her answer

    April 2, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  194. Pat in MIchigan

    there is too much time between the primaries after Super Tuesday the primary season seems to drag on.......why do they schedule these primaries so far apart. It would make more sense to me if they had two or three a week through June........but time is not going to help Hillary......Those that like her adore her and those that don't detest her....and those that haven't made up their mind will learn to hate her as well given all this extra time. OBAMA in 08

    April 2, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  195. Patricia in Louisiana

    Jack -
    Normally, a long stretch of time between primaries is detrimental to the person who is losing. Some facts seem to support this: Hillary is not as flush with campaign contributions, and her lead in Pennsylvania is dwindling as Barack hits the streets in personal meet and greeets. However, right before Ohio/Texas Clinton pulled low ball tactics in a desperate attempt for votes mainly based on fear: the 3 a.m. phone call ad and the NAFTA flap. Unfortunately fear is a motivator and it works. Look for a similar tactic in Pennsylvania right before the primary.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  196. Sarah, Central, VA.

    Hey, my comment got taken off and, honestly, I didn't use any bad words. Does under moderation mean we don't like what you are saying because you don't agree with us. so we are censoring you? We only allow so many positive comments on Hilliary.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  197. Curtis

    Jack

    Time works against Hillary. Bill has too much time to explode as he did before a group of super delegates when ask about Bill Richardsons’s support of Obama. Obama’s winning smile and stylish cool is simply too much for the Clintons.
    Curtis
    Oxnard, California

    April 2, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  198. Madeline (NY)

    Not your best question Jack, but I'll answer it anyway. My first thought is to say that: that is is simply "none of your business." Gosh, I love this line – but since I don't want to be accused of plagiarism, I'll just say that time is not Sen. Clinton's side. The more we learn about Sen. Obama, the more we like him. The more we learn about Sen. Clinton, the more we learn that simply winning a couple of big states does not make you electable. The mood of the country is unity, and the more time Sen. Obama has to bring this message – the better off he is. (And you can go ahead and xerox this comment!)

    April 2, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  199. John in Charlotte

    Over the next three weeks the polls will continue to tighten in Pennsylvania as the people continue to get to know Barack. Hillary will still win the state, but not by as much as she needs to make a real difference in the delegate count. She will stay in until the people of my state, North Carolina, give her the final shove out the door.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  200. David Bakody

    Time is most definitely not on Hillary's side Jack. Those that have second thoughts will and have backed Obama couple this with the undecided and Obama wins or comes close in riding Hillary thought were in the bag. Another point Jack is Obama learns quickly from his setbacks as was the case in one early set of polls. The Obama team is running smooth and building strength while the Clinton team has shown times of much tension and it builds over time to a point that has caused trouble within as well reported here on CNN's Situation Room.

    David
    Nova Scotia, Canada

    April 2, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  201. Paul Sag Harbor NY

    Jack
    It’s a disadvantage because the longer she waits the more chance she has of getting hit by sniper fire.

    April 2, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  202. Pako

    I would say Mrs Clinton, it's time to stand by and chill out

    April 2, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  203. Chris From Austria

    Jack one thing you have to know is that people have come to know that Clinton will not be a good President and can never be.
    Clinton would have divoce Bill after Bill slept with Monica but she did´t and now she telling that Obama pastor shouldn´t have been her pastor but Bill is still her husband.Clinton from this comment i started to hate everything about you. And don´t think you can even win in November.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  204. NJ

    It's proven that advertising works, and he's been running TV ads like it's nobody's business – I'm from the area and we've been seeing Obama ads every 5 minutes on major channels. The Clinton campaign is weaker in funding and therefore unable to keep up with the airtime Obama is getting.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  205. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    Time gives her the hope that something else will come out and hopefully destroy her opponent. Minus that, she's at a huge disadvantage the more time Obama has to spend with voters. Hillary may be like Rocky, but remember-Rocky lost-to a Black guy.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  206. Peter from NJ

    Why you rush this in advance to the finish, have all the people their voice counted.
    Are you afraid that at the end people will see who is the best candidate that can win in november 08.
    Hillary will stay in the race, will win Pennsylvania and other states.
    At the end aftert all of the vote are counted and the delegates including Florida and Michigan seated you will see the nominee..
    By the way ask yourself and others in the media that are pro Obama who is the best candidate to win in November 08.
    Hillary 08 our next president and yours.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  207. Elizabeth, La Jolla, CA

    Jack,
    Unfortunately, time is not on her side since the mainstream media is against her and the longer this primary goes on, the worse the media portrays her. Meanwhile, Obama gets a free pass from the media and is always given the benefit of the doubt. Thanks to you too Jack, she's been beaten up real bad. I'm voting for McCain if Obama is the Dem's nominee.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  208. Tony-Tx

    Jack,

    What does it matter?

    If the comments are not pro Obama they do not make your post. You have yet to say anything negative against Obama and on a daily basis protest against Hillary.

    You and CNN are yet to post a single one of my comments. I will post my comment in the general election when I vote for McCain rather than Obama.

    Tony-Tx.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  209. karen

    It's had to say Jack, maybe both. The Bosnia Flap will have time to die down before voting. The flip side is that while thats cooling down, Obama is doing his meet and greet with people and that is will affect her numbers.
    Karen

    April 2, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  210. Cherryl

    Jack, I can't wait to watch you eat your words when Hillary wins PA. by double digits. I won't hold my breath though, because you have yet to do so when she won all of the big states. As for Texas, winning a caucus is simply not winning a state. All it speaks to is a small number of voters, not the overall population. I have a feeling that in the future, the Democratic party will have done away with the caucus concept as well as revamping the time frame of their primaries. By the way, your bias for Obama is simply getting boring!

    April 2, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  211. LA

    No, do the math and the petty reference about Obama isn't helping her either.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  212. Dwight

    The Clinton campaign has set expectations so high for Pennsylvania that anything less than a double-digit win will be seen as a victory for Obama. The polling trend is not in her favor.

    Ypsilanti, Michigan

    April 2, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  213. Paulinus, Canada

    Gov. Rendell has added to Hillary’s agony. He said that white people would not vote for Obama. Not all white people are as arrogant and stupid as Gov. Rendell. His remarks have no place in politics. Not sure why he was elected Gov. in the first place.

    Sen. Bob Casey will make the difference in that race. He looks like a man to help bridge the seemingly racial divide in Pennsylvania. Men like Gov. Rendell will have to take a hike.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  214. Sharen, Texas

    To Clinton's advantage. The more I learn about Obama, the less I trust his judgment. Far too many controversial issues surrounding him have reared their ugly head in a very short time, and to me – this waves a red flag. I only know one thing about him – that he's a fabulous speech maker. So I would like to learn more about him before handing him the keys to the Whitehouse. First, let's see him in the roll of say...VP. And yep, that ain't gonna happen.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  215. Anne/Seattle

    As an Obama supporter I've enjoyed watching Hillary's margin of dominance in Pennsylvania slipping as time goes by. I feel Obama's tour of Pennsylvania will make that slippage continue as the state lerans more about Obama and his vision.The 9% unknown factor makes it is very possible that they are actually close to a dead heat. For the country as a whole, it would be very healthy if Obama can win Pennsylvania. The sooner the Democrats are on the same page, the sooner we can get after McCain and prepare for victory.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  216. Heyne Ampuero

    Time is definetely not on Clinton's side, however if she can dodge bullets, fool snipers and run for her life with courage I think she might still be able to win and if she doesn't .....don't look for answers because it's NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS!

    April 2, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  217. anna sams, morristown, Tn.

    Of course the time until the primary is to Hillary's disadvantage. It gives the media more time to pressure her to quit. CNN has been pretty fair in their coverage of the election but the same can't be said for MSNBC. I'm 67 and I've never seen an election where the media has tried to hard to pick the candidates. I'm very tired of that. The election belongs to the people and they should be allowed to choose the candidates by their votes not by the biased reporting of most of the media.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  218. cathy

    The long stretch of time before the Penn primary is definitely a disadvantage for Hillary, but neither time nor Obama is the reason. The reason Hillary will suffer is because she and her husband don't know when to shut up. I have always loved the Clintons and I supported Hillary in my state's primary, but the divisive statements that they have both made, along with the ridiculous assertion that the results of Florida and Michigan's un-election should be seated is a total turn off. The virtue of fairness is important to most Democrats and Sen. Clinton is beginning to look more like a power-hungry republican. Sorry Hillary, I'm changing my vote for the general election! Go Barak!

    April 2, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  219. Cindy

    I'm curious to see if she does the 11th hour kitchen sink strategy again. History shows negative works, especially when you don't give the voters enough time to figure out the holes in the sink you just threw.

    It's encouraging to see more and more Superdelegates braving being labeled "Judas," and anouncing their support for the apparent nominee.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  220. Thomas

    I think that Clinton is at a disadvantage, when there is a long time to campain in an state. This is because people begin to really see how inspiring Obama is. I hope people can see how bad our country needs to change. We have had a Washington that only cares about self image and personal needs for the last eight years. Don't be fooled by Hillary. She has dreamed of being Pres. for her hole life. She will do anything to achieve this, even if it isn't the best thing for our Nation.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  221. Matt Barnes

    Not at all. Time has never been on her side, whereas Obama has shown that he will always gain ground when he has time. Also, it allows time for her to use stories from former republican presidents without even giving them credit. If she is going to tell Obama not to use words from other people's speeches she should do the same. The more time, the more people will realize that she is using every trick in the book to win voters over; showing that she is not true to herself but to her public image.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  222. Gregg

    Jack, the main disadvantage of time not being on Hilliary's side is it gives the media and especially you more time to utter in your sarcastic voice about how Obama already has the nomination locked up. For the hundredth time. He can't garner enough delegates to win either!! Let's go to PA. Then count Michigan and Florida and then see what sarcasms you can muster.
    Gregg in Ohio

    April 2, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  223. Anne

    I don't think it matters "what's" on Hillary's side...she has stated her intentions of staying in this race until the "bitter" end.

    So in regards to "time" being on her side....I am on the floor laughing...

    April 2, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  224. Al, Cleveland

    With April 15th rapidly approaching and no record of her promised tax return info in sight. I can only see things getting worse when the media starts to chew in on her and begins dissect her looming financial spending woes. Then, the only thing that could possibly save her is "eloquent but empty speech" on taxes much along the same line as Obama's campaign saving speech on race. . . Good luck with that Hil.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  225. Chuck in Eugene Oregon

    Jack,

    The more time Obama has to campaign and get his message out there the more he will become known, and the more he will draw away from Clinton. That has in the past been proven to be so, and continues to be the trend. It not only looks like Pennsylvania will be a problem, but so will the remaining states.
    Not only is against Clinton when it comes to the state primaries, the more time the superdelegates have to weigh in it will hurt even more as it appears more seem to be tending toward Obama.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  226. Susan from Florida

    I think it is money more than time helping Obama. Obama is outspending Clinton three to one. It shouldn't be this way, but money does talk in political in America.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  227. Charlotte

    Jack
    Whenever you pose a question to your CNN audience, it's like the Patriots coach asking his team before the SuperBowl, "Who will win". What answer do you expect from your questions? The Question Should be, "Do the odds ever guarantee us anything"?

    Charlotte
    CA

    April 2, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  228. Sharon, Indiana

    Jack,

    I agree that Hillary is tough, and even if those remarks aren't intended as a compliment, they only increase my support of her. I mean, really, who would you rather have meeting with our enemies, someone who has difficulties speaking anytime a teleprompter isn't around, or someone who is not only tough as nails, but can debate with the best of them.

    If it wasn't for the moderators and other candidates bailing Obama out, he probably would have been left muttering ... ummm, errr..... ummmm .... during the debates. Truthfully, didn't you just love that little press conference he did in front of the gas station. Do you realize it made McCain's blog? Do you realize they joked about it illustrating what a rookie he is?

    Please, those of us who use the internet know the real story. So many in the main stream media are in the tank for Obama, that they are essentially controlling the poll numbers (PEW research, Center for Media and Public Affairs).

    April 2, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  229. Nina

    Here is a positive comment about Hilary Clinton. She is a woman.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  230. Susan

    The time stretch before the next primary in PA is not to Hillary's advantage because of the amount of money Obama is willing to spend on TV ads. However, I do believe that Hillary will win the primary by at least ten points.

    You are wrong about the Texas primary . Obama wound up with a few more delegates because of a seriously flawed caucus. More than half of Hillary's supporters had to go home to put their children to bed at a resonable hour. The caucuses started hours late and only the mostly young Obama supporters were able to stay well past midnight to cast their caucus ballots. If the caucuses had started on time, Hillary would have wound up with many more delegates. Jack, next time tell the whole story and not just cherry pick the facts that you like and leave out the facts that you do not like.

    Susan
    Lexington Kentucky

    April 2, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  231. Chris

    Obviously the time is hurting her. Today a PPP poll came out showing her down for the first time in PA (sorry if somebody already mentioned this). One thing I'd like to see addressed more in the media is the disenfranchised Barack voters in Michigan and Florida, not only those who had to cast their vote "Undecided" in Michigan, since his name wasn't even on the ballot, but also those in both states who never really got to see either candidate campaign there, and give those voters the same attention the voters in PA are getting right now. I don't understand how you could talk about "disenfranchised voters" without taking major note of the fact that in both the Florida and Michigan primaries, thousands of voters stayed home knowing they weren't going to be heard. These are going to end up being the real "disenfranchised electorate."

    April 2, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  232. GERALD

    Jack the time is on her side any way you look at it, the polls obviously favours Obama thereby playing on voters mind but is so unfortunate that there is no caucus in Penn. Jack, mentioned that clinton lost Texas caucus but you did not mention that Texas is a prove that caucus is generally fraud which Obama is the king.

    Gerald , NY.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  233. Dana Moulton Boston MA

    April 2nd, 2008 4:40 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    The Rolling Stones sang “Time is on My Side” and I imagine both campaings are glad for the time hoping lightning might strike. Try this. Time is on the peoples side. Come what may, I have not seen such interest in a National Election at the grassroots level in decades, a good thing. I thought vigorous dialogue was the foundation of democracy. So please, ask all your talking head friends to stop with one or the other should bow out and let the democratic process play out. It would be great to see a floor fight on the convention floor. Who knows, the media might even get a “film byte” like Nelson Rockerfeller flipping you all the bird as in the 1976 Republican Convention. It would be great for your ratings. So come on, “Baby, Let the Good Times Roll”. A real deal convention rather than media presentations is just what we need.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  234. Mary Asheville NC

    Jack, You people in the news media and press got us GW Bush because all you did was bash Gore, so you are doing the same to Senator Clinton. Why don't you ask Obama some of the hard questions? Had Hillary's minister said words like Obama's mentor minister did; she would have had to go to the Senate and get them to pass a bill to apologize. I am just sick of your dumb questions. Also sorry that I bought your book. What a waste! GO HILLARY!

    April 2, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  235. chuck pohlman

    It is a disadvantage for MS Clinton. I don't know about her being like Rocky balbo but I do know she is on "ROCKY GROUND"
    Chuck from Ohio

    April 2, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  236. Harold

    Jack

    don't forget Florida and Michigan that will help Clinton

    April 2, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  237. Lynn D. Butler, PA

    Yes. Which is why I believe that Senator Obama's supporters want Senator Clinton to quit. Maybe there is something else that Senator Obama doesn't want anyone to know. With each passing day there is more of a risk that the info will come out. Senator Obama lies about so many things. He takes money from those who work for Lobbyists. To me this is the same as taking money from the Lobbyists. Also the debate in PA will solidify Senator Clinton's lead. She has specific solutions to our most important problems. Time is on her side.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  238. Aaron-Ca

    Dear Jack,
    Yes it hurts her not that that matter because Hillary is like Rocky staggering around the ring in a beaten stupor screaming out for his spouse. Except if you watch closely, you realize she’s already dead, she just doesn’t know it yet.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  239. Judi S

    Hillary is a scrapper. Kudos to her for staying the course. If McCain or Obama win the big office, this country is in deep do do. Obama doesn't have a clue and McCain is a clone of Bush. Time is on her side. Go get them Hillary. Why do women always stab their gender in the back? It happens in the office and elsewhere. Ladies, you are your own worst enemies.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  240. Matt

    Even if Hillary loses the nomination, I would recommend she runs as an independent. That would eliminate the chance of Mccain becoming president after he trashes Obama.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  241. Susan Missouri

    We were first for Obama, but not now. All of our famaily is now for Clinton. We feel she will win in Pennsylvania. Obama lacks experience, which is not good for a president.

    America, do not be afraid to vote for a woman president. Women play an important role in our country......women doctors, lawyers, engineers, and the majority of our teachers are women....who teach our children. And all the mothers who teach their children.

    Clinton For President

    April 2, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  242. Morgan Night - Santa Monica, CA

    Didn't Bill Clinton say that Hillary should drop out if she didn't win Ohio AND Texas? Well, turns out the Texas sized Lady is 'a Singin'!

    April 2, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  243. Cori

    This question depends entirely on what event transpire between now and the primary. What would the results of Ohio have been if they had gone to the polls just a few short days before NAFTA gate? It would have probably been closer.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  244. David

    Hillary is wishing PA would hold their primary TODAY. Time is definitely not a friend to Hillary. Obama has lots more advertising money and lots of time to mix with the voters and gain more support. He is already cutting into Hillary's lead in PA. She needs to win BIG in PA and it is starting to look like it will be a single digit win. And NC is looking like it will be a double digit win for Obama. Goodnight Hillary!

    April 2, 2008 at 4:51 pm |
  245. Patricia

    I agree with the person who said that Hillary's tax returns could make a big difference – especially when they come out right before the election. It could give Obama the advantage he needs to probably tie her in Pennsylvania.

    As far as your comment that Bill Clinton says the press has been unfair to Hillary – I believe that the Clinton's have on certain days triple coverage because three of them are on the campaign trail.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  246. Claude, Calgary Canada

    Hillary needs all the time that is available. Where were the camera when Hillary was running up the famous stairs in the Rocky movie. Hillary will not win the big fight overnight and she will need to run more stairs before she can beat the Man Barack Obama!

    April 2, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  247. Mia - Stafford, VA

    Jack,

    Unfortunately for Senator Clinton time is not on her side. Everytime Senator Obama has had time to campaign he closes the gap in her lead.

    By the way he really won Nevada too, he came away with more delegates and in NH they both came away with the same amount of delegates.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  248. dan tamayo

    yes, endorsements mean nothing, nothing at all. look what happened in Massacheusetts, obama got endorsed by senator kerry and kenndy, but who won, not obama, clinton won by a comfortable lead. CNN loves to doubt clinton for some reason.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  249. typical white male stlouis

    I believe it could go either way... but there's a lot more about Obama that the Obamaniacs should discover before voting on change and hope. We know Hillary and I can vote on someone I know and trust vs. one I cannot trust at all. I am a Christian and don't believe another Christian could attend a church with a pastor like Wright. I could never forget that and elect a person as president, let alone a senator. I will most certainly be voting for McCain if Hillary doesn't get it. It's because I trust and feel like he has more of my values than Obama.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  250. James , Pennsylvania

    Jack the votes have not been properly counted in the Texas caucus as of yet. She won the primary vote hands down (where everyone has a chance to vote just like the general election), and sorry to disappoint your blatant support for OBABA with every single comment you make, but you brilliant so-called journalists have repeatedly gotten it wrong throughout this entire primary season. In addition, YOUR BELOVED OBAMA will lose in an electoral landslide because he can not win the swing states. Sorry, but caucus wins in Alaska, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, etc. don't win a general election for a democrat. Mark my words Hillary will win Pennsylvania by 15% or more on April 22!

    April 2, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  251. Jane Blevins, Paris France

    It's hard to say. The Obama campaign certainly has terrific discipline and organization, but Hillary seems to have a knack for punching low and hard at the end in these primaries. I think chance has a lot to do with it. Still, my money's on Obama and I think the this long hard primary slog has given voters a chance to get to know him. He's certainly presidential material and the longer he runs, the harder it is for Hillary to deny this with any credibility.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  252. Paul from Boston

    For the folks who think 55% to 45% is a “big” margin in PA, it still only nets Hillary about 20 or so more delegates than she started with. She needs to win 65% to 35% or 60% to 40% to have any real impact and honestly, that won’t happen. After PA, the reality of Barak winning NC and doing well in IN (whether he wins the state or not) will virtually lock up his nomination. He’ll have more delegates, states and total votes, which can’t be ignored come convention time. The pressure will mount on Hillary to step aside and she will before the convention. Reality hurts those that support Hillary, but it is reality…ouch.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  253. Patricia

    From Ontario, Canada

    Did you see Lou Dobbs program yesterday jack ? It was all about the unprecedented media bias against Hillary during this campaign. Your question today is yet another example. You failed to mention that in this latest poll, Obama has not gained any points. Hillary has lost 3 which is well within the margin of error for this type of poll. Nothing can be determined from this poll as Bill Schneider said this morning.

    I think the time until the primary will favour Hillary because it will give the people a chance to see Obama for what he really is.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  254. Kate

    Jack,

    I think that time isn't on Hillary's side for one big reason: she has already unleashed her biggest weapon, being, of course, the Rev. Wright controversy. Obama briefly stumbled but ultimately triumphed.

    Personally, I believe Clinton's lead will narrow to statistically insignificant, but she will win the state by about 7% or so - not quite a double-digit lead.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  255. Hayolom - ATL, GA

    More time is better for Obama, because the more we hear about Clinton the more we see that she will do anything just to win. Overtime you learn about ones true color meaning who you really are.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  256. Esther Cuyahoga Falls Ohio

    JACK
    I read what these people right and you know what I think they are a bunch of fruits. I hear you say things negative about both canidates. I like most of the time what you say cause I think it. What really matters is do we want to give her more time. personal I think her term should be for crimes committed against mother hood and Tammy Wynett bashing at least exile her to jamacia but not to my white house please. I love my country I could not take another white house where Bill cigar blue dress jennifer flowers nose job baby never inhalled somethings were missing from lincoln bedroom Clinton back in our most holy of halls, a guest ok but never a resident of it. And she is his puppet. an I am not from the religious Right I am an angry white woman who wants us safe in our home and the babies feed in this country first. We be living in the land of denial if we think she is the one ready on the first day in office he will be pulling her strings.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  257. robert

    Hmmm,
    we have seen that the more time Obama has the closer he get to winning. take note the margin of cross over for Obama at the last minute ( in the various contest is "remember Texas") is increasing. Especially In Pensylvania where Rush "lumber" cannot make republicans vote for Hillary. she might be in for a surprise like texas.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  258. Vince

    Brian Devon, the leadership in Florida and Michigan are responsible for that mess you speak of as the rules were in place before they broke them knowing what the penalty was. Your logic is like saying the teacher is at fault for telling the kids they will sit in the corner if they talk and actually putting them in the corner when they do it. Do not fall in line with the Clinton spin on everything when i know you are capable of developing your own opinion on things. Since the trend in the polls over the last three weeks has been sharply in favor of Obama and Rasmussen actually shows the lead at only 5 percent I would not be so sure about a win at all for Clinton in PA. Obama inspires people who give him a chance and it snowballs. Also keep this in mind. I do not believe any of these polls are contacting cell phone users which these days is most people under 25 who do not even have a home phone anymore. I think you know that age group is coming out in droves and voting for Obama. It is not too late to give Obama an unbiased look and move away from the pawn that the Clintons are using you as.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  259. Brad

    The "bounce" that Hillary Clinton may have received from Ohio has dissipated because of the long period of time to Pennsylvania. It has also given Barack Obama time to narrow her substantial lead. Remember, this is not a winner-take-all situation. If Obama gets 40+ percent of the vote, Pennsylvania will not amount to very much for Hillary...even if she wins. North Carolina and Indiana combined have more delegates than Pennsylvania and if Obama wins both of them, she will be even further behind...even with a Pennsylvania victory. Winning in Pennsylvania might help Hillary raise some more money (she needs it), but that's about it.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  260. Sandi-Arizona

    The DNC has already chosen Obama as the nominee. The writing is on the wall. The party heads choose. It is wasted time and money that the states spend doing a primary for the Democrats. Obama has blocked the revote in Michigan even to be voted on by their legislature by two of his campaign cronnies. Thank you Tupak of Michigan. Why bother with any questions or pundantry, the deal has been struck, and the party delegates are now doing the DNC comand. Without the vote count from Democrats that had no say in the rules or when they could vote, invalidates the whole primary. I am a Democrat, and I have no voice. I live in Arizona, and our Governor is doig the party bidding, and not following what her state wants. She does't have to worry about it anymore, she cannot be elected governor due to the law in this state. She is looking for a new job. Both parties are so corrupt, they have been in power too long. Where is that leader that can build another party to compete and do some of that "price" control. The price of corrupt parties is too costly!

    April 2, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  261. Jordan from Texas

    The press and pundits have allowed Hillary to spin the fact that she is incapable of losing gracefully, into the idea that she is a fighter....she has compared herself to Rocky in Pennsylvania ... in Kentucky she will no doubt compare herself to Seabiscuit or some other beloved horse that was counted out. Rather than dub her an annoying sore loser who refuses to get off the playground and let the game continue, voters seem to buy into her rhetoric and admire her for her tenacity. The more time she has to play on our heart strings unabated by Obama or the press it will no doubt help her. But where I came from (Texas, a big state that she lost) we call it like we see it....like any other human being who can not accept defeat, she is being a brat.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  262. Trudy

    Time is a disadvantage for her, but she'll probably pull it out anyway because many White women feel as sense of obligation to vote for her. And for Obama, it is better that people continue to say Hillary will win so that some white women vote for him because they think she does not need their vote to win.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  263. Elijah-New York

    Dis-advantage.The more time Obama spends in state Obama makes up ground.Jack can you tell me when was Florida & Michigan suppose to vote! Thanks in advance!

    April 2, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  264. sharon mcshane from nj

    the more people hear barack speak the more they like him. in 3 weeks he will have won over pa.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  265. paul

    how can time be on her side when you cnn people pick on her more than the muslam does and he is running against her. how soon you forget the last time anyone paid anything on this country's debt. john is about to turn me off cnn all together paul

    April 2, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  266. Steven Muller

    Surprise! Another loaded Cafferty question designed to invite the public to dump on Hillary. Why don't you just drop all pretenses of objectivity and put on your Obama button? Obama is simply outspending Clinton in Pennsylvania. As far as Texas goes, it's very simple- Clinton won, Remember democracy- votes? More people voted for Clinton. Pure logic dictates that the caucus votes should bear some relationship to the popular vote. The fact that Obama has had an almost complete sweep of the caucuses is highly suspicious. It indicates that he is manipulating the system in some way, maybe the way the Republicans manipulated the Florida polling centers in 2000.

    April 2, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  267. Justine, Cincinnati, Ohio

    All I want to say is THANK YOU Jack for pointing out that OBAMA won Texas! Not Hillary! Thanks!

    Obama 2008!

    April 2, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  268. peggy

    Of course it will help him, this gives the Media more time to build him up and tear down Hillary. to the media everything she, bill or chelsea say is either racist, negative, or rude or whatever. Hope everyone is just in hog heaven if Obama gets the nomination.

    April 2, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  269. Dave - Wisconsin

    It will benefit Senator Obama. He may not win Pennsylvania, but he will have enough time to narrow the margin in that he won't lose much of his delegate advantage.

    The bigger question we Democratic voters need to examine is why are the disciples of conservative talk-radio hosts like Rush Limbaugh, voting for Senator Clinton? The answer is "the Republicans don't believe that Senator McCain can beat Senator Obama."

    The Republicans know that the majority of the country is looking for a change, that is why Senator McCain is trying to make a quiet break from the Bush regime. How much of a change is it to continue the Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton pattern?

    If the Republicans are expending this much effort to keep Senator Clinton in the race to keep their fleeting hopes alive, why don't we close this final door of opportunity for the Republicans to retain the White House?

    "The good of the many outweighs the good of the one," the Democratic party claims to be the party of the people, let's take the steps necessary to ensure that we don't lose the White House like in 2000!

    April 2, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  270. Michael (San Diego)

    It plays to her disadvantage by far. Time is never on Hillary Clinton's side. Any time Obama has had time to relay his message and get people to know him he's done extremely well. A lot of Hillary Clinton's success in the earlier contests came because of her name recognition and as time passed and Obama became more well known he began to not only match her success but overtake her and hasn't looked back. Obama is chipping away at Hillary's lead in PA and the more time he has to do so the closer this contest will be in the end.

    April 2, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  271. truth

    The truth is that Obama tries to outspend Clinton on TV spots. I hope he can face the voters on real issues rather than image. I also hope that the American voters will select a real president, who works for America on real issue like the healthcare, the war, the economic difficulties rather than an image president vacationing somewhere at such an important time.

    April 2, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  272. Vic NYC

    The truth is there is danger for both candidates.

    Time works against Clinton as Obama meets more voters and is able to dispell the labels and misgivings targeted against him – through his personal contact.

    On the other hand the Clinton Campaign has more time to plan its pre-D day negative ad attacks and plant the bombs timed to go off just before the Primary.

    April 2, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  273. George Park

    Time is on her side as long as Obama keeps getting old foggies to endorse his campaign.

    His list of old insiders grows. His advisors seem to be old school.

    He calls for change and enlists these old insiders. The only change I see is for the worst.

    April 2, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  274. Wayne

    Time benefits the person behind in the state. It's no secret that HRC needs to win PA big in order to start to gain on Obama's large and growing pledged delegate lead. If she wanted to win by 20% it would have been to her advantage to have had the election vote a week ago. Now she has to calculate her delegate pull with a 9% split. Will it by 6% this time next week?

    Time has always favored the lessor known Obama.

    April 2, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  275. jay

    I wonder why people take their anger on Howard Dean and DNC leadership.
    Florida and Michigan were warned NOT to move primary dates, but they did it anyway. Why not punish those that voilated the party policies.
    It's the same when police pulls you over for speeding in a construction zone...who is at fault, you or police?

    April 2, 2008 at 5:11 pm |