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February 6th, 2008
02:00 PM ET

What will decide outcome of Democratic battle?

 Barack Obama speaks at his Super Tuesday primary rally in Chicago.

Barack Obama speaks at his Super Tuesday primary rally in Chicago.
 Hillary Clinton at her Super Tuesday primary night rally in New York.

Hillary Clinton at her Super Tuesday primary night rally in New York.

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Apparently it's not a fairy tale. Any way you slice it, Barack Obama won last night. He said it would be a split decision, and it was. Hillary Clinton won the big states, but he won more states.

And because the delegates are divided up in each state, they wound up in a virtual tie. Obama had said that if he could come out of yesterday within 100 delegates of Clinton, he would consider that a success. He did better than that.

According to CNN's latest estimate, Clinton is leading at this point in delegates overall with 812 to Obama's 720. However, the Obama camp insists when the last delegate is counted they'll be in front. And some news organizations agree that he'll end up on top.

The one place Obama fell flat was Massachusetts. If you can't win there despite an endorsement from Senator Edward Kennedy and his family – not to mention the state's other Senator John Kerry and its governor – well, so much for endorsements.

So the titanic struggle between "experience" and "change" moves on with another round of primaries and caucuses – first this weekend in Louisiana, Nebraska and Washington State. And then, on February 12th, in the so-called "Potomac primaries" in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., where Obama is expected to do well.

When you look at the polls from a few weeks ago, Obama has traveled great distances. Certainly, he is still not as well-known as Clinton in many parts of the country, but it seems like the more time Obama has to campaign in a particular state, the better he does.

Here’s my question to you: What will ultimately decide the outcome of the battle between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

David from Sultan, Washington writes:
Dear Jack, What will decide this race is the same thing that has made it close. In the eyes of the media, Barack can do no wrong and Hillary no right. When you pundits get your way and install him as our candidate, the Republicans will begin the attack campaign, and what carnage it will be. Hillary has withstood the barrage for 15 years now and still she stands. Anyone who thinks Barack won't be "Swift boated" is living in a dream that all too soon will become a nightmare for all of us Democrats.

Brad writes:
It appears to be quite simple, Jack. The more time that goes by, the higher the numbers go for Senator Obama. For him, it's just like the Rolling Stones said, "Time is on our side." It seems that, as soon as people actually have a chance to hear Barack Obama, they tend to support him. I think that this truly is a "phenomenon" or "wave" that we are seeing. Remember, Hillary was WAY ahead throughout the country just a few short weeks ago!

Jim writes:
Clinton vs. Obama is old vs. new, traditional vs. rational, experience vs. vision. Ultimately the decision will be based on how much counter-reaction there is to Bush. The more people understand the damage caused by Bush, the more they will want to try something different - Obama.

Jacqueline from San Diego writes:
The super delegates might make the decision for all of us (like the Supreme judges in 2000), or a late-comer candidate with "fresh" ideas, or one of the two will make a mistake.

Steffany writes:
It’s the experience, stupid. Hillary has far more experience than Obama. I have already gone through 8 years of inexperience in the White House and I am not voting for another 4 years of a 'learn-as-you-go program'.


Filed under: Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (151 Responses)
  1. Rex in Portland

    Eventually everyone will understand that the concept of change which Obama represents does not include Clintonism with all its baggage. As attractive as the idea of a female president is, the USA will have to wait for another. The change of philosophy of government is of paramount importance. Obama is the best agent of this needed change.

    February 6, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  2. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Superdelegates.

    February 6, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  3. MIKE A

    what will decide the democratic nominee will be which candidate carries the big states with the most votes. obama is carrying the outer suburbs and upper middle class to wealthy. hillary clinton is appealing to the vast majority of poor to middle class. obama is outgunned and hillary will win based on that.

    February 6, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  4. Ron Margheim, Hood River, OR

    It was decided when exit polls showed that 70% of voters, a big majority, said they could support either Obama or Clinton. A united Democratic party as has not been seen for some time.

    February 6, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  5. Thomas, FL

    The amount of delegates each candidate gets 🙂

    February 6, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  6. Caryl

    Jack – I think what will ultimately decide between the two will be 1) if enough black voters vote 2) if enough young people exercise their right to vote 3) if ALL Americans care enough to VOTE 4) probably if we get wind of who the running mate will be. OF COURSE NOT necessarily in that order! The running mate factor will be very important because that individual is a breath away from the office. I think it will be a "horse race" to the convention. And this is good. It will make the American voter take more notice of whats going on. I know it has me!

    February 6, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  7. David McDougal

    The Super Delegates will decide who will lead the party into the Novemer election.Why not have a one day primary throughout the US> And all canidates have only 60 days -90 days to do battle -I tired of all this trash going on for over a year or more

    February 6, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  8. Diogo from Portugal

    The outcome of democratic battle is going to be decided by the capacity of all americans, at least democrats to realize that Obama represents a unique chance to the so necessary change, and sen. clinton reprsents the political oportunism and lobbys. The chance to the U.S be the dream that once was.

    February 6, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  9. J.C. from Raleigh, NC

    The outcome will depend upon who makes key mistakes. Will Obama continue to defer to Hillary excessively and appear to lack determination? Will Hillary's vitriolic nature and inability to compromise stand out? Will Bill refuse to keep his muzzle on?

    February 6, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  10. Yvonne

    The outcome of this election will be determined as Obama continues to gain ground and Hillary continues to lose ground.

    If there were no delegates or superdelegates, Obama would be the clear democratic victor last night winning the most states.

    February 6, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  11. Terry North Carolina

    Jack
    If the republicans had a better canidate it would be a shoe in for them, I dont think the voters in this country want either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama. I think I will go to an Island in the South Pacific for the next four years, I dont see any of them straightening out this mess.

    February 6, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  12. Paulette Bent

    Ultimately,political influence.

    February 6, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  13. John S.

    It will probably come down to a calculation as to which one will energize the opposition least. Hillary Clinton would probably polarize the country right back into gridlock. Barack Obama might give away the store to keep the internal peace. In the end independents might flock to John McCain just to tick off the "true" conservatives and rob them of a mandate to foam at the mouth while denying them much of what they want in a Republican President.

    February 6, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  14. Pat Nave

    I think the outcome will be decided at the convention, when candidates for the House and Senate decide which candidate will have the better "coattails".

    I am concerned that Hillary will generate anti-Clinton turnout and the Democrats might actually lose the House and the Senate.

    I think there is also a great deal of concern in the South, Midwest and some Western states that a Clinto Whjite House will not include them in planning and decision making, such as a helath care plan, but that an Obama White House will consider and include them in planning such programs.

    February 6, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  15. ken

    It will be the media, as usual, that will decide who wins. The media picked the candidates and you have also annointed Obama as the new Democrat but few can name anything he has accomplished for America other than being against the Iraq War while in Illinois while voting for every provision of it since arriving in Washington. He is also against the Democratic Platform by his not wanting mandatory health care for all of America.

    Sadly for you in the media, many of us in America have minds of our own. Look at the repudiation of Obama, Kennedy, Kerry and Deval Patrick in Massachusetts. Obama owes everything he has accomplished to those like the Kennedy’s and other Special Interests in the Democratic party. Those of us who have lived in Massachusetts know Ted Kennedy and the vote reflected how we feel about Ted.

    February 6, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  16. Maggie

    Intelligent voters will determine the outcome! One of the on-air strategists within the last 12 hours stated upon analyzation of exit polls that HRC has received mature women's votes in low-income brackets and that Obama received votes from more educated women voters within higher income brackets. Now that "Super-Duper Tuesday" has proven that we have an Obama movement going on, he will prove time and time again in the coming primaries that this is true. When he speaks to people, women and men with intelligence will join this movement because they understand that he is independent of the political machines that we have been having in office.

    February 6, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  17. Pop

    The super delegates will which Bill Clinton is one of by the way. In fact all of congress are super delegates and so are a select few elite like past presidents. What could be farther away from what the founding fathers of this country wanted. The super delegates take all ballots that the people of America cast and throw them in the trash thus eliminating a by the people and for the people government. In the south we call that letting the weasel move into the hen house. We have way to many weasels running this country already.

    February 6, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  18. Roland Madore, Fort Collins, CO

    The People, not the Clinton party machinery, will decide! This is a grassroots effort. The People are tired of the old ways of party politics, and young people especially are now also hard at work as never before–inspiring this retired teacher. I was so proud of them last night at my caucus here in Colorado. Super delegates are going to have to listen to and follow the will of the People sooner than later!

    The end results of last night's Super Tuesday show many of us, like here in Colorado, that Barack Obama can win the Democratic Party's nomination and the general election in November. What he must do NOW is continue to speak out to the nation, like none of the other candidates can. Specifically, speak out on these issues that contrast with Hillary Clinton: the Iraq war, the status quo rut of party establishment vs. the People’s Obama Movement for Real Change, the character issue, Hillary's mandated health care vs. Obama's lowering of health care costs, poverty in the U.S. and the travesty of the New Orleans area debacle, and the past vs. the future. Talk to the People, Barack!

    P.S. This morning’s press conference was presidential and a good start indeed.

    February 6, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  19. Michael "C" in Lorton, VA

    It is evident that a change is needed in America today. The question is which of the two (Obama or Hillary) candidates will be able to deliver that "change. " The ultimate "decider" will be the American people. Americans constantly complain that change is needed. Well, America, belly up to the bar and "vote that change." We can have change or the status quo. The choice is yours, whether we crown a "prince or princess" and for the sake of the planet, I hope it is a "prince."

    February 6, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  20. Todd / NYC

    Time will decide this Democratic battle of course. And the winner? Barack Obama. He's got the message and leadership qualities to stand the test of time.

    "We are the people, we've been waiting for" – Barack Obama 2/5/08

    February 6, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  21. tco

    I suggest a duel. Surely, Michelle can take Bill, but to be fair, let's make it best 2 out of 3. (I was going to suggest a coin toss but I don't trust any politician with my money enough to loan them the quarter.)

    February 6, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  22. ben

    The ultimate outcome will be seen at the convention. If Obama has a pledged delegate lead and it is up to the "Super delegates", the question will be whether the elected representatives, who are the "super delegates", will vote as the people who put them there did. I can't wait.

    Ben
    Louisville, Ky

    February 6, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  23. michael

    I see the super delegates deciding this at that convention. Question why has barack won every caucus state? Strange

    February 6, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  24. Phyllis Hancock

    Eventually voters will become hungry and want senator Obama to give them some beef.

    February 6, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  25. Erin in Kalamazoo

    It's all about momentum. As other political giants fall in behind the Kennedy's (and there will be more) Obama will be unstoppable. It's Camelot revisited, everyone will want a piece of it.

    February 6, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  26. Donald, Butte Montana

    Unfortunately, it looks as if the eventual nominee will be decided by the so called
    'Super Delegates' at the convention.

    Once again, our highly esteemed Senators/Congresspeoples/Governors will decide for the people who will bes protect their political interests. If nothing else this was a rebutt to Ted Kennedy, John Kerry, and the whole Kennedy clan of MA in the people of Massachusets basiclly telling them to 'shove it' in their support of Obama.

    If should be very simple - if it is not decided by the convention then the one with the majority of delegates going into the convention should be given the top seed and the second place the option as VP.

    Other-wise the behind the scenes dealings will prevail.

    February 6, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  27. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    Which one has the most credibility and that the voters trust. They need to get beyond slogans and platitudes and speak directl;y to the people. Leave the handlers,poll-takers,sychophants and hangers-on behind,become human.

    February 6, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  28. moose

    A winner take all cage match. Barack is certainly wirey and could make some serious leg holds. Hillary would use her speciality move, the super donkey kick which will bring down any man, so barack has to be quick

    February 6, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  29. W B in Las Vegas

    hopefully when Clinton supporters finally realise that she is THE candidate the Republicans want to run against AND even if she DID win, it would be the same old nasty partizan politics for the next 4 years.

    why fight that?

    February 6, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  30. Eli

    Jack,
    The American people, provided the pundits stop muddying the waters. Let the people look at their choices objectively, and I am certain they will comme to right conclusion.

    February 6, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  31. Mary in Missouri

    It will depend on which democrats get out and vote. There are two groups in the democratic party which can clearly be seen in the division of the state of Missouri: Your first group is the younger, liberal; left of the party, which is represented by Obama and the citizens of the 4 counties he won. The second group is the moderate, fiscal conservatives of the party. They are represented by Hillary Clinton and the citizens in all of the other counties in Missouri. The reason we have been red for two elections was the lack of a centrist candidate. The last moderate to run was Bill Clinton and he won Missouri twice for the blue. If Obama gets the nomination he will leave Missouri red this election because McCain is actually closer to the center than he is.

    February 6, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  32. Chris

    Jack, the deciding factor will be who picks you or Lou Dobbs as their running mate. It's time the middle class takes America back.

    February 6, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  33. Susan Pappas

    If the race continues to be as close as it is now, the Superdelegates will decide the race. The "Voice of Change" will become nothing more than politics as usual.

    February 6, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  34. George Wilson

    WOMEN, WOMEN, WOMEN !!! The die was cast yesterday, when the polls showed that most men voted for Obama. That isn't Obama's fault, but women will finally bite the bullet, hold their noses, and vote for their Hillary, who has been my choice from the beginning. I really didn't think that it would play out this way, but now feel that it will happen this way.

    February 6, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  35. Vickie

    The outcome will be decided by the way the news media twist everything the Clintions say to become racial and the way the news asks Obama no tough questions and builds him up. Free continuos air time for Obama and very little for Hillary. Thanks for showing the American people that fair and balanced is such a joke. I am a Louisiana Woman and my husband are going to VOTE FOR HILLARY.

    February 6, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  36. Tom, Avon Maine, The Heart of Democracy

    The Great Decider, of course. This country is so punch drunk from 7 years of George Bush that it won't risk electing another Republican. Pundits, and polls like Gallup show that Obama has the best chance of defeating the Republican nominee so Obama is who America will vote for.

    February 6, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  37. dave-vegas

    Easy answer- THE LAST Super-DELEGATE!

    February 6, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  38. Eli

    Jack,
    The American electorate of course, provided that the pundits stop muddying the waters. When the people are provided with the unbiased truths (candidate's accomplishments and future plans), they will objectively come to the right conclusion. Accomplishements mean "What have they achieved for America".

    February 6, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  39. DEC

    Experience can effect change. Change can effect hope. I would rather have the experience sitting in the Whitehouse January 2009. The Bush administration will be leaving so much baggage behind. I want a President that can walk in that door on day one and make decisions. Not someone who, from lack of experience and public policy experience, be looking to others to tell him where and how to begin.

    February 6, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  40. James

    Jack,
    Experience! Hillary has been a Washington insider for far to long. Giving her the most experience in the kind of politics that have been eating away at the middle class for decades. Obama has been in Washington for about 4 years and is not yet a slave to the special intrest groups and lobbiest. It would seem experience is not such a great thing in government anymore and will hopefully be the deciding factor.

    February 6, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  41. Richard Sternagel

    Jack, Obama is a persona that injects enthusiasm in the electorate among the young and the old,rich and poor, the Middle Class, he transcends race at all levels,and finally he challenges the citizenry to be involved with their government! When the country gets to know him in this way there can only be one choice: Barack Obama! Go Obama!

    February 6, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  42. Julie VanDusky

    I think it is clear at this point that Hillary should win the nomination. She won all key blue states. I just can't imagine the Democrats selecting a candidate who didn't win Mass., NY, NJ and Ca. in the primary. Hillary also has won more states that have shifted between Republicans and Democrats in the last 3 presidential elections- Nevada, Arkansas, Arizona, Tenn., and Florida. Obama has only won 2, Missouri and Iowa. I just don't know how much longer the Democrats are going to let this go on- it's only hurting us. Hillary should win, Obama her VP, Obama can spend 8 years in the White House gaining national attention and the experience he so desperately needs, and then in 2016 he will be guaranteed a spot as the Democratic Presidential candidate.

    February 6, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  43. Ken KS

    Change versus Experience. So far, Change is catching up to Experience. Will Experience maintain its narrow lead? We shall see.

    February 6, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  44. Julie VanDusky

    Yes, the longer Obama spends campaigning in a state, the better he does. That's how propaganda works Jack- the more you hear it, the more likely you're going to buy it. Hillary needs to launch a new nationwide campaign; she can call it- "Don't drink the Kool-Aid".

    February 6, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  45. John, Johnston, IA

    It's difficult to know exactly what will decide the race between these two. While Obama is currently ahead of Hillary in terms of fund-raising it's a safe bet that in the end the Clinton campaign will not lose, if it does, the nomination because of lack of money. Obama's rise in the polls isn't surprising either. Considering that he was a virtual unknown before he threw his name into the race it would seem reasonable to think that ANY candidate worth more than the paper their stump speeches are printed on would gain some traction as they get their message out.

    My real hope is that the media and debate moderators in the next few weeks will begin asking the 'nitty-gritty' questions; challenging candidates on details about their program proposals, asking questions about 'questionable' votes they may have cast, and demanding that the candidates answer questions about details in the background and past that have largely been passed over. Should that happen whomever wins the nomination will be the most thoroughly-vetted candidate in regards to questions voters might have for them as any we've seen in over a decade.

    February 6, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  46. Rogelio

    Hey Jack, well as a Clinton supporter I think no 2 sides (us nor the Obamas) can call yesterday a victory. I think the party is evenly split between the candidates and the best is yet to come, as you'd probably say It's getting ugly out there.

    February 6, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  47. Joy

    If Obama continues to handle himself with the dignity he has already demonstrated, keeps on campaigning hard, doesn't stoop to the level of the Clinton's, I believe this country is ready for him and will respond to his message at the voting polls. I believe our nation and the world is ready for someone that is free of underhanded tactics such as the Clinton's have exposed us to. I can just imagine what the Clinton's would do if regaining the White House.

    February 6, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  48. Ruby Coria, CA.

    Jack, this question is for when it's all over..who ever got the most votes (from the people) then if it's a tied then flip a coin (no super delagates or anything else..but votes) so once, like you said everyone gets to know Obama,...let's see who gets the most votes.

    February 6, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  49. JEM from Philly

    What should decide this race is delegates, not the superdelegates. Only the democratic party could come up with the most backwards and destructive way of selecting a presidential candidate. It's the peoples' votes that should count and if you look at the cross section of the electorate from Tuesday's vote, clearly, the country wants Senator Obama, not the establishment candidate Hillary Clinton. A vote for Hillary Clinton is a vote for the Republicans. A vote for Senator Obama, is a vote for real change and for the future of this country.

    February 6, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  50. AL

    A Portion of the outcome between Hillary and Obama will be decided by Republicans who, like myself, cannot stand the thought of voting for a traitor to the conservative cause like Mc Cain.

    I would rather vote for a person who has the guts to tell me what their positions are upfront than have promises broken by a President who promised to do all the things his pollsters said we wanted. History has proven that once elected they stab us in the back. I've experienced that already with both Bushes.

    The first Bush promised not to raise taxes. He did raise them in order to suck up to Kennedy. The second Bush said, among all his promises made, he would secure the border and revamp social security. Sure, and these lies join those long standing well known ones; " The check is in the mail, and, I'll still love you in the morning."

    At sixty seven years of age I absolutely will not vote for the lessor of two evils. I just won't do it again.

    One vote I won't have a problem making is for Obama. If Hillary is threatening to win and the Republicans are pushing Mc Cain. I will stay home. If Obama is
    the Democrat nominee runing against Mc Cain, I will vote for Obama just to add my vote inorder to prevent Mc Cain from wining.

    February 6, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  51. CHARLOTTE

    Forget them ,I want to know how many blacks voted for each Republican candidate? How many women? How many of the women were black/white. How many Hispanics? How many with a college degree? How many Asians? How many under 25? How many over 40? What was the median income of each group. The media seems to think the democrats need to know these little details?

    February 6, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  52. Vickie

    The News Media will determin the out come by their bies for Obama.

    February 6, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  53. Josh Davis

    Jack, I'm from Canada but know about this election very well. As shocking as it was to the entire world when Bush got re-elected, it would be equally shocking if Hillary is elected. Not because she is a women but because of her foreign policy similarities namely with Iran and North Korea. Logic and awareness will be the factors for change sweeping America and North America with Barack Obama leading the storm into the worlds most hated building sitting in Washington.

    February 6, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  54. marv-marquette,michigan

    Strong, experienced leadership will lead and unite the dems. However, I personally may vote for McCain if Obama gets the nomination. I don't think he has the experience or the voting record in his own state to show the fortitude he will need to deal with the porkers in congress. (I have never voted for a national republican, and went door to door for JFK in 1960 when I was 12.)

    February 6, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  55. Lynn in Ohio

    Jack,

    I hope I am wrong but I fear it may be decided by gender and racial bias. White men are voting for Barack, and against Hillary, by a large percentage while Barack is enjoying over 80% of the loyal black vote. I believe if these trends continue they may decide the race.

    February 6, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  56. Sharon

    The main stream media will decide the outcome of battle. This past weekend I noticed nothing but positive stories for Senator Obama along with a bunch of pundits claiming he is the stronger candidate, and surprise, surprise he is getting more and more votes. I've also noticed that just about anything done by Senator Obama or his campaign is spun in a positive way, while anything done by Senator Clinton or her campaign is spun in a negative way. Obama can do no wrong, and Clinton can do no right in the "objective" eyes of the media. The other thing I've noticed is that racism is unacceptable (which it should be, I would never advocate racism), but sexism is just fine.

    February 6, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  57. George Hanna

    The media will play a large role in determining the outcome of the race
    between Clinton and Obama, and it thus appears that Obama has the edge
    because so many in the media are leading the cheers for him. Maureen
    Dowd of the New York Times is the head cheerleader for Obama, ably
    assisted by Joe Scarborough, with Chris Matthews and Andrea Mitchell
    also on the cheerleader team.

    February 6, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  58. PDX Ted

    Voter turnout will be the second deciding factor. The Democrats so far, outvoted the GOP by about 20-25% higher actual voters. There will be a Democrat in the Whitehouse in January 2009. The number one reason is she will be crowned by the paid off SOOPER delegates from the smoke filled room process of the Democratic party. (an oxy-MORON by the way). She will continue to protect and support each and every one of her special interests and lobbyists. Yet one more throwback to an archaic system. We will have an honest to goodness Hill-Billy pair.

    February 6, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  59. Bert D

    It's the SUPERDELEGATES stupid. And the backroom power brokering that will go on behind the scenes at the national convention promising positions in the next Clinton administration to superdelegates in exchange for their vote. The machine works just fine. It's the people that are broken.

    February 6, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  60. Cookie

    Jack,

    This will end at the convention with a big fight. Hillary isn't going to step aside for the candidate that the people want..Obama.

    February 6, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  61. Tom A

    The results of the upcoming caucuses will have an impact on the way that the superdelegates vote come convention time. I really don't care if they are currently pledged because they can and will change their minds. They will change their minds based on one thing only: electability. Does anything else matter?

    Tom A
    Boston

    February 6, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  62. Kimberly

    A Battle Royale at the Convention. Eat your hearts out, American Gladiators!

    February 6, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  63. Dennis

    It seems as though pop culture has taken over on the political front. Imagine idealogical debates being a front runner in the "hip things cool kids do" category. If children are our future lets hope we've been traing them well. They're getting ready to talk so be careful what it is you say in front of them. They might just repeat it.

    February 6, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  64. Greg from PA

    Regardless of the number of votes cast, it is the final delegate count that will determine who the party nominates. If Clinton gets her way and has the delegates from Florida and Michigan reseated, it may be all but over for Obama. I really hate when the rules are changed halfway through the game. If it were Obama who had won those states, I can assure you Clinton would do everything in her power to keep those delegates from voting. She is such a hypocrite. Help me Obama, you're our only hope.

    February 6, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  65. jon j

    Al Gore endorsement!

    February 6, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  66. dan in mass

    If you listen to the coverage one might think Obama is winning, however, he's not. I hope the people get to vote on who is most qualified to be president on day one. Look at all the issues. Vote for the candidate who will do a good job not look good doing it.

    February 6, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  67. Tina

    People like me who were raised in the Deep South and heard their grandparents call the Black Folks the N-word and how we want to make history and will swallow our pride and vote for Obama since we don't want another dynasty. It is time for a change and not the same old mess what we have had for many years. Lets all grow up and make a difference and reach out towards our fellow man and vote different. You all say you want a change and you get in the booth and become creatures of habit and stay with your same boring canditate.

    February 6, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  68. Jenny from New York

    Time will decide it. Hillary planned and hoped to "wrap it up" by yesterday. But time is on Obama's side.

    February 6, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  69. LeeAnn/PEI Canada

    Jack for the good of the party in the long term, I hope the American people see that if they put all their support behind Hillary right now – we would be a force to be reckoned with when we meet up with the republicans. Then in 4-8 years I truly believe Obama will be more seasoned and make an excellent president at that time. I just dont see it now.

    The apple in the pigs mouth would be a Clinton/ Obama ticket.

    February 6, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  70. MC

    Obama the uniter.......So let me get this straight, if Obama tells a Republican to jump he'll jump? Get real just like all those Obama worshiper's. I still have not heard one good reason why he should be the Democratic Nominee much less the President of the United States! Obama wants to change the old washington, well we need a WOMAN in charge! That is how you will make a "real" change.

    February 6, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  71. Pete, Fla.

    Jack, I know what won't decide the outcome: big endorsements. Americans have finally realized that it is a race between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, not between Ted Kennedy, Oprah Winfrey, John Kerry, Robert Kennedy, Jr., and Barbara Streisand. Americans are finally on the right track, and we don't need any help, especially from the bias media.

    February 6, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  72. Andrew

    Jack the american people want change,a good speaker , and endorsements. If Hilary had gotten big endorsements she would have a bigger lead.

    February 6, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  73. Jorge from California

    Jack,
    We can see one thing.... Is not going to be the Latino Vote! Hillary Won the latino vote in California and in NY but to be honest there are no more States with big latino influence on the race, so the latino card is over!!!! if we analize the map, she won, the Latino vote and the vote of people on her states! but She lost the rest of the country! This Race Has no more latino vote!

    February 6, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  74. Roberta Sorensen

    Jack: I think the winner will be whomever learns to pronounce the word "Pundit". At this point, almost everyone involved in this endeavor insists on referring to people like yourself as "pundints". Keep up the good work and don't let those other pundints keep you down!

    February 6, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  75. Patricia Maguire

    Jack, the system is so screwed up it's hard to tell for sure.
    If independents could vote in all the primaries, Obama would be ahead. If the popular vote counted, instead of this electoral college mumbo jumbo, Obama would be ahead.
    But with the system we have in place, it will be the "super delegates" or the party machinery that will decide who the democratic candidate will be. And it will come down to :this who is the most electable accross the board? I hope they decide it is Barack Obama.

    February 6, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  76. Audrey Przybylski

    Obamas speeches to undecided voters

    If Obama delivers more speeches that include substance on the issues, he will get the support of undecided voters.

    From what I hear those undecided voters are torn because are inspired by Obama's speeches of change. However, they like Hillary because she speaks out more on the issues.

    Hillary is not inspirational enough to get the undecided voter.

    February 6, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  77. Meg

    I said it before, and I say it again. It doesn't matter what the country wants, it doesnt matter that one candidate get all the popular vote. The delegates are the ones deciding who the next president will be. I don't even know why we vote.

    February 6, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  78. Sousan Kayhani

    come on . I think we had enough of Clinton's family. Let some one else show us thier tallent for running this country. I feel Obama is the person. Iam afraid If we let Hillary goes to white house next we have to vote for thier daughter.

    February 6, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  79. Mike McKibben, Fl

    Hopefully by the amout of votes, and who gets the most of them. It would be nice to see that Democracy is alive and well in this country. (Especially after the last 8 years)

    February 6, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  80. Billie

    The men will decide that Hillary will not get elected. Wake up men, women are equal to you, so get over it. Better watch, you will elect another Bush, just like you did before.

    February 6, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  81. BobW Rochester, NY

    Voting is an emotional process much like buying a new car. You start out looking for the model that is most fuel efficent, offers the most bells and whistles and fits your budget, but you end up buying the gas guzzling SUV because your emotions win out. We have all the rational reasons to vote for Hillary but I'm betting America will buy the SUV and drive Obama all the way to the White House.

    February 6, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  82. Dolma

    The democratic nominee will depend on who stands the best chance against beating the republican nominee.

    February 6, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  83. Hannah

    Simply letting this election go on. The longer it lasts the better it is for Obama. It is very clear to me that yesterday was a HUGE win for Senator Obama. It shows that the more people get to know him the more they like. He is an amazing man and all people need is more time to see he is the best answer for us to take back the White House in November.

    February 6, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  84. Robert Wolverton

    The issue may well be decided by the number of white males voting and the number of white females voting; if women flock in greater numbers to the polls, Hillary will win; but, if men outnumber women at the polls, Barak will win. Women are the majority, but wll they be the majority in the voting booths next November? Only the Shadow knows (?).

    February 6, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  85. Derek, NJ

    It seems that the superdelegates will determine the outcome. I think the winner should be the one that carries the most states. And if there is a tie with 25 states each, bring it to the convention and then you may use superdelegates aka Senators, Govenors, and Represntatives.

    February 6, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  86. Bob Johnston

    Jack,

    Politics not unlike the Stock Market is a dance of Hope, Fear and Money.

    Right now the money in the democratic party is being bet on Hope aka "Change". Fear which would cause one to be cautious and lean on the voice of Experience is losing out.

    My own Fear is that we democrats will overreach and try to send the latest incarnation of The Man From Hope to the White House this fall only to find that once again we are out of synch with the rest of the nation. The Republicans are old hands at being The Party of Fear and with so many things going wrong at this moment in history, Fear may once again prevail.

    The only way out of this dilemma might be for the Democrats to hedge their bets with a Clinton-Obama or Obama-Clinton ticket.

    There may be no other way for the Democrats to win.

    -Bob Johnston, New York NY

    February 6, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  87. Jon

    Jack the Super delegates will decide who runs, no one will like the outcome of that decision and the republicans will step in and will the election. The Super delegates will decide and make the wrong decision. The younger voters are supporting Obama but as history has shown they tend to lose interest. All of the support Obama has now will evaporate and the regular Democrats will not want some one with out enough experience and vote Republican. America can not afford another Republican in office

    February 6, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  88. Eric

    Jack-
    Time will tell. The more time goes by the more people support Obama. Hillary wins in the polls until they both campaign in which ever state(s) is/are next. Once the word gets out and people see them in action they go for Obama. He has the time, the "mo", and the money.

    February 6, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  89. Karen in CA

    Much as I'd like to believe Barack's pulling in the youth vote can bring him over the top, I think the Democratic machine and its super delegates will prevail, giving Hillary the victory. The Dem machine doesn't want to do business with someone as unconverted to its back room party ways as Obama.

    Then, if she offers him the vice presidency, he'll have to decide whether he wants to deal with being a figurehead while Bill's the defacto Veep for four to eight years. Somehow I can't imagine him cottoning to that.

    February 6, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  90. Jennifer

    Whatever it is, I hope it is not the super delegates that make the final decision.

    February 6, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  91. Erik in Maine

    Maine democrats caucus on this Sunday. Don't forget us.

    February 6, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  92. Martin Bland Lincoln, NE

    The answer is simple, Jack. The number of delegates awarded to Obama and Clinton in the next state primaries.

    February 6, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  93. Jon from Tempe, Az

    Change

    February 6, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  94. Ben, New York, NY

    Obama has now shown that he can win big in caucuses and states with large black populations – and guess what are coming up? A bunch of caucuses and primaries in Louisiana, Maryland, Virginia and DC. In two weeks time this will be looking close to inevitable, and the superdelegates will have no choice but to get on board.

    February 6, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  95. Matthew from TN

    What will decide the outcome of the Democratic race? I was hoping you could tell me...I mean that's what you guys do...isn't it?

    February 6, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  96. Lis

    We the people.

    February 6, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  97. Howard

    when people realize that Hillary Clinton's experince as first lady is not real experince. Barack Obama has a proven track record of change and thats the direction that America needs to follow. People are slowly realizing that and they and it will help Obama win the nomination.

    February 6, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  98. marilyn

    the unrecognezid delegates from Michigan and Florida

    it is an embarrasment to the the democratic process that they have no representation

    February 6, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  99. Jack

    The outcome will be decided when Hillary wins the nomination.

    February 6, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  100. ashley, florissant, mo

    win the states with all the delegates and you have yourself a winner... hillary did very well with the big states and she only lost mo by 9997 votes and they ended up splitting the delegates. and when you look at the states won, you cant just take the whole state as a victory – you have to win in the big cities which is what obama did with mo – he won st. louis city and county, the capitol, and kansas city but hillary won the rest of the state. its delegates delegates delegates and i think its going to go all the way until the convention in august and the winner wont win by much.

    February 6, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  101. Hagar - Webster, MA

    Unfortunately it will take dirt to undermine one of these canidates. The canidates messages are similar. The canidates cancel each other out on expierience and class, charisma and legacy. values and honesty. Something from the past will surface and one will be too damaged to offset the crushing blow. Odds are it will be Hillary that will go down as she has more of a haunting past.

    February 6, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  102. Leslie

    Florida and Michigan. I switched my political party after moving here so I could vote and now it's not going to count? If we are truly united as a country, then the democratic party should consider this instead of cutting the voters who went to the polls in good faith. Also, if the press would stop blatantly spinning the Obama campaign (Jack Cafferty, that means you), it would make this a more objective race.

    February 6, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  103. charles cline

    Ohio primary,

    February 6, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  104. Allen Vandal

    Hillary"s part with Walmart. The selling of our jobs out to China will be her downfall. Allen

    February 6, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  105. Jonathan Buffington

    Jack, I hope this primary will be decided by the "peoples" delegates and not by the party elite. If that happens I as well as many others will feel cheated out of CHANGE!

    February 6, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  106. Bob Maloney

    This race, whether we like it or not, will be decided by race and gender.

    February 6, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  107. Scott

    The super delegates seem to be the determining factor. As close as it was foretold that these candidates would be to each other, it is still remarkable that they are indeed in a dead heet. Super delegates are a term that most of us new to this nominating process are going to learn this time around. And 50% of us are not going to be happy to learn about them!

    February 6, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  108. sandy

    The 24 hour news cable media outlets – they already have

    February 6, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  109. Sean K

    Hopefully not by the media's nauseating cheerleading for the Obama campaign. The bias against Hillary Clinton is painfully obvious and I hope Americans can see through the media spin. Both Clinton and Obama did excellent last night, but the media just wants to annoint Obama as the nominee. We've seen average Americans set the pollsters straight during the primary, now let's set the media straight.

    February 6, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  110. Chris Beaton

    The deciding factor in this contest is simply time. Both candidates are favoured by their party, but as Jack just said, the more time Barack has to campaign the more people like him. The longer this campaign goes on, the harder it will be for Clinton to beat Obama.

    Chris, British Columbia

    February 6, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  111. Kevin, Illinois

    Jack.

    Obamawill win more states, an overall popular vote, and more "earned" delegates from caucuses and primaries. The Clintons will steal the election from the American people in back room deals with the Super Delegates. If that happens, the Democrats will lose in November. Hillary Clinton will be no better than George Bush. The Party Officials cannot override the voice of the people without consequences.

    February 6, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  112. Jeronica

    Time. The longer Obama has, the more states he will win. Period.

    February 6, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  113. Lexi

    Jack,
    This campaign will not be decided by change or experience. It will be decided based upon truth,something Clinton clearly can not tell.

    February 6, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  114. Skip

    I dont understand why we need delagates. Their just more political baggage to drag in to the election process. It had it's purpose 100 years ago, when the trip from California to Washington took weeks or days. Now its hours, and polititions are not the trustworthy pillars of the community they once were. They have become bloodthirsty wolves looking for a quick way to make another cool million, or substantial gain on the ladder of the popularity circle. Their intrest in running the U.S. is self centered instead of patriotic. The only time they listen to the people is during campain or baby kissin time. Problems like immagration, Iraq, housing crash, are all evidence of getting caught asleep and arguing like little kids. They all need to be sent to the corner for time out. Meanwhile we need someone to make a difference, and it really doesnt matter who. Will, desire, and the love of America and what WE stand for are the qualities they must have, for anything less will lead to more disaster.

    February 6, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  115. S. Pett, Florida

    I think that it is going to depend on whether his expected wins over the next few weeks are big enough to at least keep Texas, Ohio, and Pennsylvania competitive. Also, I wish my fellow Democrats would realize that our way in the general will be much easier with Obama than with Clinton. Although I like Clinton quite a lot to I know numerous people in my family who say they would never vote for her, while some who are quite conservative have said they might vote for Obama.

    February 6, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  116. Mike McKibben, Fl

    Hopefully by the amount of votes, and who gets the most of them. It would be nice to see that Democracy is alive and well in this country. (Especially after the last 8 years)

    corrected post

    February 6, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  117. Robert

    Truthfulness and sincerity cannot be manufactured except by the most gifted of Method actors, nevermind Senator Clinton.

    February 6, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  118. Lace King

    This saturday, sunday, and tuesday, if it goes more than 60/40 for one candidate.

    February 6, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  119. Richard

    Cafferty, Latinos will play a huge role in this process. For years the media has been talking about the Latino vote but it often falls short of expectations. This time around is different! Finally Latinos are making a difference in the numbers. They will continue to vote for Senator Clinton. SI SE PUEDE!!! Cafferty, can you say "Madame President"?

    February 6, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  120. Andrew

    Ohio and Pennsylvania will ultimately decide the race between Clinton and Obama.

    February 6, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  121. Jerry Giordano

    This battle will be determined by charisma. Hillary has the name, the reputation, the influence, but Barack's message and inspirational aura carries him above Ms. Clinton. In the end, Barack will do better than Hillary in the general election, and his charisma can get him there.

    February 6, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  122. Cate Frank

    At the end of the day, the Dem nominee will be decided by "the powers that be" in the party by who can beat the Republican nominee. If this does not occur, shame on the party.

    February 6, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  123. Jason in Michigan

    Obama does well in States after he spends more time – because he is truly inspiring! His message resounds and he IS change whereas Hillary is NOT. Period. The End.

    February 6, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  124. Stephanie

    The youth will decide, and that's as it should be. They've seen what a mess our generation has made of things and they are supporting Obama because they want a different and better future. They have more years left to put up with the consequences than we do so it should be theirs to decide.

    February 6, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  125. Adam

    I'm not sure how many hoops you have to jump through to consider last night a win for Obama. Sure he won more states, but he didn't win a single high population state, and many of those he won have a high percentage of African Americans. Don't get me wrong, Obama didn't bomb, but he certainly didn't win.

    To answer the questions. I think last night was an example that change plays into America's subconscious quite strongly, but that in the end Experience is more important. Hilary has the experience that shows she has made change, she's been making change since Barack was in diapers. Thats why in the end, she'll win. But I do think Obama would make a great vice president. 😉

    February 6, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  126. Mary

    It is quite evident that the press and media hate the Clintons, for whatever reason, I will never know; therefore they will get Obama elected one way or the other because they seem to think he will unite the country. Remember the last guy they got elected who was a uniter not a divider; well look what he did to our country,

    February 6, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  127. Jamie

    It will come down to a war between the factions of Hillary “Hated By People, Who Don’t Know Why” versus Barack “The Middle Class Messiah” Obama. Do you want practical but somewhat dull solutions or golden oratory that says nothing.

    February 6, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  128. Jerry (Fort Lauderdale, FL)

    After the election results in star-struck California and Kennedy homeland Massachusetts, apparently it won't be the stump appearances by the shadow candidates Oprah and Teddy.

    February 6, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  129. Edzahel

    Even though Obama won more states I think hillary won the night. But atleast add up the votes per state and the votes earned by delegates & you'll see

    February 6, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  130. Kevin

    Jack,

    Unfortunately, superdelegates. It is undemocratic to have people that do not have the real problems Americans have to decide who our nominee will be. You think there won't be conflict of interest witl Bill Clinton being a superdelegate? At least if Sen. Obama gets the majority of PLEDGED delegates but still loses, we know that people really want change in this country, not cahnge as in from bush to clinton and again bush to clinton.

    Kevin

    February 6, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  131. Voter 08

    When a candidate wins 5-6 caucus states, is that truly representative of all the voters in that state? Isn't the caucus a bunch of folks in cloak rooms making decisions for a lot of people? I know a win is a win, but the elimination of the caucus is "change I can believe." We should have all primaries, no super delegates, and a true vote in each state or territory by each registered person who wants to vote.

    February 6, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  132. Nate in Illinois

    It's no fairy tale... but the notion that the voters will have a hand in actually deciding the democratic nominee IS a fairy tale. It's all in the hands of the superdelegates.

    February 6, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  133. ka-ren

    Why does it have to be a battle? This generates negative energy and I would like to see positive energy created with Senator Clinton as the presidential candidate and Senator Obama as her running mate. I believe this would achieve what Americans are yearning for.

    February 6, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  134. Bob

    Jack: Women will decide this one. I'll give Hillary my vote because Its time a woman gets the opportunity to join that elite club. The freshman senator should finish his internship before we let him spend the big bucks.

    February 6, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  135. Zennie Abraham

    Jack, it will come down to the number of appearances Barack himself makes, starting with Louisiana, and I expect John Edwards to be right there with him. I'm serious. Barack has $32 million to play with and the luxury of more time. He can force Clinton to spend her campaign into the ground.

    Zennie Abraham , Oakland, CA

    February 6, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  136. Ian

    Didn't you say Hillary won the debate just last Friday? Yet, Obama keeps gaining. Must be that Iraq vote question she can't answer.

    February 6, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  137. Brian, Kentucky

    If the predictions about the remaining primaries are correct, odds are that Obama will get to the convention in the lead, but without a majority. At that point the Democratic Party will have a very easy decision to make: back Obama, the only candidate that gets votes from Independents and Republicans, rather than the most polarizing Democrat in the party: Hillary Clinton.

    February 6, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  138. Brian in Maryland

    The potential is that this could be one of the most divided elections ever. Ultimately, the Superdelegates will probably decide the Democratic nominee. This means that whomever the nominee is, more than half of the nominating convention is going to be disinfranchised. Not unlike the Republican Party that is already divided around John McCain.

    In the end, it will be whichever candidate can unify their party enough to get the voters out in November.

    February 6, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  139. Diane from Goodyear AZ

    Jack,

    Who will win....to coin a phrase "the people will decide ..." I'm fed up with the slant that CNN is putting on the race. I don't think you would have given Hillary the credit for last night even if she had won by a landslide. Some how you would have put some spin on it to take away her win. Why don't we just see who the American people will elect and not try to sway us by assuming it's already decided. By the way I think the American public will be well represented by either Hillary or Barack, I just want us to decide!

    February 6, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  140. Harbinder Singh

    Obama represents dynamism
    Clinton represents a dynasty.

    Thats the reality and that is what will make the difference.

    Harbinder Singh Sewak
    Vancouver, Canada

    February 6, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  141. Garrett from Knoxville

    The Democrat Party needs to realize the movement that Obama is leading. Hillary accepts more lobbyist money than anyone in the race, but Obama more than doubled her funding for January. The people truly want Obama, I am just not sure that the super delegates will allow it. I believe Obama will be the front runner because of his ability to lead across party lines. The country has split for long enough, Hillary is more of the same.

    February 6, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  142. Jack in PA

    Jack,

    Unfortunately, I think the Democratic race's defining moment will be in my home state of Pennsylvania as well as Ohio. Both of these states are kind to Hillary, and wins here will seal the deal, as they are very large states. Obama will have his fun in Virginia, Mississippi, and maybe North Carolina, Hillary will get the nomination in the end...and that's when I pack my bags for Canada.

    February 6, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  143. Zach Chinowith, Victoria, TX

    I believe the outcome of this epic battle between Obama and Clinton will come down to how many young voters participate. As an 18 year old myself growing up in a heavily conservative state and precinct...I find it interesting that most of the young people I know support Obama over Clinton, whether it be is policy or ambition. I think this election, along with the presidential election will be decided by simply the number of young people who have the confidence to go to the polls.

    February 6, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  144. Suzanne

    That the young generation realizes it is the time now to take the power from the baby-boomers. They have to go vote massively. A new generation has to rise.

    February 6, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  145. Angel

    Two things will decide:

    1) The super delegates. Hopefully they will cast their votes according the will of their perspective states!

    2) The DNC decision on whether or not to reseat the MI/FL delegates. If the DNC were to do this I would personally see to it that there is a public outcry and backlash. If Hillary can't win without breaking or bending the rules or dirty tricks she does not deserve to be president!

    February 6, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  146. Matt A.

    One word, Jack. Electability.

    Obama is looking more and more like the extremist Liberal that he is. The liberal media loves him as much or more than Ted Kennedy loves him.

    The recent news that Barack has the most Liberal voting record in the Senate confirms that. That recognition might make it very hard for him to win In November against the Republican front runner, McCaine who has a moderate conservvative record.

    February 6, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  147. Chuck

    the determining factor will be whether America can tolerate a BLACK man or a WHITE woman in the WHITE house.

    February 6, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  148. Kyle

    Not the American people, that is for sure. With a race so tight and nearly 800 superdelegates prepared to move their votes to whichever side they please, unfortunately the common voter will eventually be shut out.

    In the end, we once again may see a candidate receive a majority of the popular vote, but a small group of Washington power players may decide against the public's choice.

    Our troubled electoral system is just another example of our broken government.

    February 6, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  149. matthew scharnweber

    The First one who gets Biden as their running mate has me. How ever if neither does it's Obama, simply because he wants to bring the country together and she wants to beat republicans, which does not matter to most of us.

    February 6, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  150. Andrea

    Well if we want the world to hate us even more then we should pick Hillary. If we want to live in a nice, peacefully world then Obama should win. Its that easy hate or peace!

    February 6, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  151. Jack Cafferty

    hi

    February 6, 2008 at 4:37 pm |