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February 12th, 2008
02:18 PM ET

If Obama sweeps Feb. contests, where does that leave Clinton?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

"Suddenly, against all odds, the once-mighty Clinton campaign is beginning to feel like the last days of Pompeii."

That's the lead sentence in a terrific piece by Thomas DeFrank in today's New York Daily News.

Although he insists it's too early to write off the Clintons, DeFrank writes about "a growing sense of doom and dread" surrounding Hillary's campaign, adding that their insistence that things will turn around in Ohio and Texas sounds eerily like Rudy Giuliani's disastrous wait-until Florida turnaround strategy.

The New York Times also reports today how Clinton has been boxed into a must-win position in those two March 4th races. However, even though the candidate herself is reassuring anxious donors and superdelegates that the nomination isn't slipping away from her, some aren't convinced.

Several Clinton superdelegates say they're wavering because of Barack Obama's momentum after his weekend victories. Some say they might end up "going with the flow" and supporting whichever candidate appears to show the most strength.

Here's the thing: Obama's momentum doesn't show any signs of slowing down. On the contrary, polls suggest he has a commanding lead in today's Potomac Primaries in Maryland, Virginia and D.C. Polls also show him gaining strength in both Wisconsin and Hawaii, states that vote next Tuesday.

The Clinton camp says, "There is no evidence that voters are voting based on momentum – in fact the evidence is to the contrary." They point out that Obama's victory in Iowa didn't translate to a win for him in New Hampshire.

Here’s my question to you: If Barack Obama sweeps the rest of February’s contests, where does that leave Hillary Clinton?

Tune in to the Situation Room at 4pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.

And, we love to know where you’re writing from, so please include your city and state with your comment.


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  1. Loren, Delhi NY

    It would leave her following behind him with a dust pan. Get it? Sweeps?

    February 12, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  2. Jessica

    If Barack sweeps the February contests, while I would really be excited and hope it does happen, it would leave Hillary as the close behind underdog. I believe she would love this role and would thrive off of it increasing her grassroots support much like Barack has for the election thus far, but seeing as she has been underplaying these past wins by Barack it would be interesting to see how she would spin it to be beneficial to her campaign as the underdog.

    – Jessica from Michigan

    February 12, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  3. CJ, Delhi NY

    She'll be able to keep some of her millions in the bank.

    February 12, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  4. Kemic

    Well, the Clinton campaign will have suffered a major blow but they will continue to fight I'm sure. Obama supporters aren't naive enough to think the Clinton campaign will throw in the towel. Hillary will make light of it as usual and they will do whatever is necessary at that point. Did I mention "WHATEVER IS NECESSARY?"

    February 12, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  5. Kathy Troidle, Ghent NY

    If Barak sweeps the Potomac contests, as it is predicted he will, Hillary needs to step aside. He has inspired me tremendously! As an independent, I am livid that I was not able to vote in the NY primary and believe that her number of delegates would be substantially decreased in the states she won if we could have voted in all states. There is no question that she is polarizing. If she wins the nomination, I am one of the many independents that will be voting republican.

    February 12, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  6. mike studders

    where does that leave hillary? in texas that's where. unless the texans are tired as the rest of us of dynasty politics...but they gave us bush..who knows what they are thinking.

    February 12, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  7. Kate

    It leaves her ready to sweap all of the remaining primaries. So where does that leave Obama?

    Kate
    Cape Canaveral

    February 12, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  8. Ern

    Out in the cold !
    Ern, Turlock,Ca.

    February 12, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  9. Brian M. From Fort Mill, S.C.

    It leaves Hillary in a real bind. Remember, she can't use Bill as her attack dog, and crying no longer works. Obama can just keep running a clean campaign, and nip away at the Hispanic vote, and keep her delegate count to a minimum even if she wins. Her hands are tied, but his aren't.

    February 12, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  10. Richard Sternagel

    It leaves Clinton in second place if Obama sweeps the rest of February's contests.But not to worry I still think the Democratic nominee will be decided at the convention hopefully not by the super delegates!That would be a disaster for the Democratic Party!

    February 12, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  11. Jim Galvin

    It leaves her wondering about two possible options: 1) Will she be offered the VP position on the ticket, and 2) Will she accept it if offered.

    From The Observation Post in British Columbia.

    February 12, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  12. Pinky Tuscadero Wisonsin

    Who cares.

    February 12, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  13. Gino

    With an "IF" I could put Paris in a bottle! Or New York, or a whole State... but if Senator Obama sweeps the February contests, I guess that Senator Clinton will march into March!

    February 12, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  14. Al

    Hillary will be defending the Alamo.
    How'd that work out for Davy Crockett?

    Al, Lawrence Kansas

    February 12, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  15. Dan Chicago,IL.

    It depends on the final spread. If it's close then the super delegates come into play and then it's probably going to favor Clinton. They are already courting all the super delegates and being that they have a long histiory in Washington and with the paybacks I'm sure Bill is going after they probably would steal it away from the popular vote. Did they not learn from 2000?

    February 12, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  16. Pete, Pittsburgh

    If she loses them all, she's out; but the media won't let it happen. If the situation was reversed, it wouldn't even take a complete sweep for Obama to be out. The media was so quick to write him off after losing by only 2% in New Hampshire; if he had lost in NE, WA, LA and ME last weekend, they'd be crowning Billary as we speak. You've lost Hillary, time to move on.

    February 12, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  17. Sheila from NC

    It means that she has played the Giuliani card. She will have given Obama enough time to get out there and interact with the people and set them on fire. It leaves her in the dust.

    February 12, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  18. Mike Smith

    Stick a fork in her! She's done!

    February 12, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  19. Rex in Portland, Ore.

    That leaves the lovely lady as The Senator From New York.

    February 12, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  20. W B in Las Vegas, Nevada

    it leaves Bill Clinton and his baloney machine spinning like a Dervish and the so called "Super Delegate" political hacks unable to back door the nomination for Hillary without destroying the party.

    February 12, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  21. Mike in Warrenton Virginia

    The Clintons will be in dire straits if Barack sweeps today’s primaries. I am a life long republican and doing my part to stop the Clintons by voting for Obama in today's primary. I then will cast my vote for McCain in November. I truly wish that the Clintons would just fade away. At least with Obama or McCain as President there is a chance to unite across party lines. The 16 year partisan hatred between both parties must stop – with the Clintons in the oval office there is not a chance of that happening.

    February 12, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  22. Michael "C" in Lorton

    It is "crunch time" for Hillary Clinton. If Obama sweeps the February contest, then it obiviously that she out...she will then play the role of the "spoiler" and crunch time will be "fun time" for Hillary. Sound like a "sitcom" doesn't it? Hillary is counting on Texas and Ohio, and that is not sound strategy when you place all of your marbles of faith into selected states. By the way, it is Monica's birthday today. She is 34. Happy Birthday Monica!!

    February 12, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  23. Mary Whartnaby -California

    Jack- a little premature..."don't count your chickens before they hatch"!

    February 12, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  24. Ro

    Out in the cold.

    February 12, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  25. dan in hopkinton , mass

    In it to win it. She has as committed a group of supporters as anyone. As the weeks move ahead the candidates will have to be more specific about both, their records and plans to turn things around. Let's ask these questions now not November?

    February 12, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  26. Michael Huppman

    Hillary will need to blow out Barack in Texas, Ohio, & Pennsylvania to have a chance. The wild cards are the superdelegates. If the superdelegates decide the candidate that has not won the popular vote or the pledged delgate vote, I truly believe there will be anarchy at the Democratic National Convention.

    Michael Huppman
    Folsom, PA

    February 12, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  27. Gill from Northern Ireland

    I suspect that it'll leave Hillary looking for a new career path! Although she's a very clever woman I don't think that the US needs another Bush/Clinton succession. My vote – were I allowed to have one – would be for Obama. He has a trustworthy, open and sincere air about him and, teamed with a suitably experienced running mate, I'd trust him to be the ticket to put your country back on the straight and narrow.

    Finally, having seen you on The Daily Show I read your book Jack, thoroughly enjoyed your style and the content. Hope you've another one in the pipeline, best book I've read in ages!

    February 12, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  28. chris kelly

    In the dust pan...where she belongs! We've had enough Clinton dirt to last a lifetime...enough already!

    Chris – Alpharetta, GA

    February 12, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  29. Annie, Atlanta GA

    Wishing and hoping for Texas and Ohio, the super delegates, and another infusion (or transfusion) into her campaign from her personal funds. In other words, not a good place.

    February 12, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  30. Ann

    Whatever happened to fair, unbiased reporting. I am sick of Obama being coronated by all the Talking Heads and Hillary being criticized and buried. Review reporting from all networks for the last 3 weeks and honestly say you are not influencing this election by your excessively positive reporting of Obama and the death-knell of Hillary. For another perspective, examine the positive coverage of Huckabee and the amount of his coverage, opposed to Hillary in regard to the primary delegates they each have earned. Please end the slanted reporting.

    February 12, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  31. Ralph

    Jack, Clinton will have to make an impressive showing in the future primaries such as in March which include Texas and Ohio. Should she get the bulk of delegates in primaries in the states of Texas, Ohio, and later in Pennsylvania, she may be able to slow down the Obama steamroller. Clinton cannot expect to win the nomination by superdelegates, if Obama leads in the number of elected delegates and if his momentun and popularity with the voters has not diminished. To do this may cause a split in the Democratic Party which may open the way for the Republican candidate.

    February 12, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  32. Lace King, Dearborn MI

    (first comment?)

    If Obama wins all of Feb, that leaves Hillary relying on March 4 as McCain did on NH.
    I've got a feeling that she already knows this, and is already betting on OH and TX.

    –she blows off Obama's wins, but we all know that it hurts and that she has to be a tad worried. She must remember that it is Obama thusfar who has benefited from having time to venture around in each state, which may well be the case once again on March 4! (and if that happens, she is toast!)–

    Hopefully she will not be as successful in OH and TX as McCain was in NH in making a comeback!

    February 12, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  33. Candice - NYC

    Hopefully, it will leave her out in the cold like she deserves. I think it will show that people are finally getting the message. This would give Obama a chance to cross over into her base of supporters and finally pull ahead.

    If not we are headed for trouble based on what I could figure out about the remaining delegates Obama needs to win 82% of the remaining pledged delegates and Clinton need 87%.

    I DO NOT WANT THE SUPERDELEGATES TO DETERMINE THIS ELECTION.

    If they do, any other country (including Iraq) will start to look appealing as a new home.

    Candice from
    NYC

    February 12, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  34. Christine from California

    It leaves Hillary wounded but not out of the race. If she loses Ohio and Texas and then Pennsylvania, now that's another story, for two reasons – momentum and money. She could capture Texas with her strong Latino base and could win in Ohio and Pennsylvania if her blue-collar and older base continues to support her. But losses this month could also mean less money and that could impact her ability to compete effectively in these media markets that are not cheap. But, a strong showing in debates, not Obama's strongest suit, could help her. Don't count her out just yet.

    Thousand Oaks, California

    February 12, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  35. Craig

    On her knees, holding the dust pan?

    February 12, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  36. chris kelly

    In the dust pan, where she belongs! We've endured enough Clinton dirt to last a lifetime...enough already!

    Chris – Alpharetta, GA

    February 12, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  37. California Voter

    Jack, it could leave her as no longer the front runner, and heaven forbid, the media would start asking Obama some tough questions and start following Michele around like they dogged Bill Clinton. I know Obama's stump speech by heart, but he really hasn't been challenged to answer any tough questions.

    Sonoma, CA

    February 12, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  38. Roger

    it leaves the states that are not mostly black and would like to have something behind their candiate besides retoric as clinton has proven what she can accomplice because she cares for the average american person,

    February 12, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  39. Lacressha

    It leaves her still talking about all that experience she has . Perhaps she will use it in New York and the senate where it can do some good.

    Atlanta, Georgia

    February 12, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  40. roxy

    That just means that the American majority would rather put the horse blinders on and have the "Yes" man and the Junior Senator lead the country into another unchanged government!

    February 12, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  41. Alex Smith

    It is becoming more and more evident that the media wants this done and Obama crowned. The states are not what is growing more important it is the delegates and Obama isn't going to sweep or take all, they will be divided up. So the race will go on and I believe that the Clinton camp will emrge once more just as they have before and make this race even closer.

    February 12, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  42. john Wieczorek

    If Obama sweeps the rest of the February primary events Hillary will still be the junior senator from New York. That way the New Yorkers will have her all to themselves as it should be. They won't need to share her – as it should be.It will be exciting to watch her and Bill on the campaign trail working for Barack. Sounds like a fairy tale. Give me a brake

    February 12, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  43. Greg from PA

    Hillary will be left in a cloud of dust, hearing the call of "Hiyo Silver," and wondering who the man in the mask was.

    February 12, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  44. Waltie,Ma.

    Jack: I hope it sends both of them (Clintons) back to where ever they came from and I do not ever have to see them again in any manner what so ever.

    Personally, I have had enough of them both. Lets move on.

    February 12, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  45. James from Florida

    Jack,
    It's anybodys guess where the Clinton "JUGGERNAUT", as it's been called, will go if Obama wins the rest of February. But I have a hard time believing it will go away. I also have a hard time believing these super delegates will do the right thing if she manages to stay close to Obama up to the convention. And let's not forget she won Michigan and Florida if ever they decide to count those votes or do they just pick and choose these days?

    February 12, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  46. margaret willis

    Am I the only one who has noticed Clinton's current physical stress and strain that is now grossly evident ? If she can't stand the physical stress and strain on a compaign, in a year or so, how can she possibly handle it for 4 years as president?

    February 12, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  47. George Wilson

    Guess this depends on how many delegates that Hillary Clinton gets out of the primaries that she loses. If they were all winner take all, then she would be in a lot of trouble, but they are divided, so she still has a chance of not being too far behind to still win the nomination. She is my choice for President, but if Obama wins the nomination, he is definately my second choice over anyone that the Republicans can run. This country cann't overcome another 4 years of Republican rule. So all of you who think that Democrats will not vote on election day just because their first choice didn't pull off the nomination would be making a bad bet. Go DEMS !!!!

    February 12, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  48. Dave Brooklyn, NY

    In the dust. But then they both managed to pull off the "comeback kid" act.

    February 12, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  49. Florence Hundl

    Barack Obama is just a Democratic "George Bush". His experience or lack of is about the same as his and he campaigns about the same, only in generalities and no specific working plans to solve the problems confronting this nation. He speaks of inspiring and motivating people. You can hear motivational speakers any week in seminars at your local hotel or event center. I even know of pastors who go so that they can learn how to preach better. But that doesn't mean that they can govern a nation. He says he can unite Republicans with Democrats. I haven't seen any Republicans uniting with him in any endeavors of his in Congress. When it comes to change you have to make the "right" changes, just like he says you have to make the right first vote re the Iraq war, you have to make the right choices in picking your administration. In the Clinton administration we had a successfully prosecuted war in Kosovo, a prospering economy ending with a budget surplus due in no small part to Clinton's wise choices of vice president, Cabinent members and department heads. I know Hillary Clinton can make the right changes to the administration of the government of the U.S. to highly qualified, hard-working people who know how to run the government from the first day. I am not sure of who we would get with Obama. The incompetent bunch in there now has gotten the people so far behind in everything, I don't think we should take chances. If he wins and fails, the Democratic party will self-destruct and most importantly, the nation will be in complete disarray.

    February 12, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  50. Bruce St Paul MN

    As the front-runner, Sen. Clinton has been able to get away with minimizing Obama's victories. ' Those states had a high percentage of African-American voters", or "those states had caucuses dominated by activists" If she is cast as an also-ran, her comments will seem more like whistling past the graveyard. Even if she wins Texas, Ohio, or both, she will not seem as attractive to the superdelegates

    February 12, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  51. Lisa Clewer

    Hillary will be courting superdelegates and sharpening her skates for the convention.

    Lisa
    Rochester Hills, Michigan

    February 12, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  52. Mark

    If Obama sweeps the rest of the primaries, it leaves Hillary – and all of us – with a nominee who is completely unelectable, one that will fall apart in the general election when the republican smear machine hits him from all directions, suddenly and without warning. And that is exactly what the media has planned for us all along.

    February 12, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  53. Steve

    Can we PLEASE just let the voters vote and have the media quit pushing one or the other candidate?

    February 12, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  54. Jim K. Hanover, Kansas

    It's all but over for Hillary. College students and the under 30 voters have
    learned that they actually have to go out and vote if they want politicians to
    listen to them. Senior citizens like myself no longer get to pick leaders of the
    Democratic Party. It's a fact of life we'll all have to live with from here on out.

    February 12, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  55. Ken KS

    Jack,
    It' isn't over yet. Hillary may be a lot of things to a lot of people, but to everyone, she is a fighter and never a quiter. Don't count her out, yet. Remember, the GOP Committee on Dirty Tricks is working overtime to dig dirt on whomever becomes the Dems candidate. She has faced their wrath over and over and she is a proven survivor.

    February 12, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  56. Donald, Butte Montana

    It would leave Hillary between a rock and a hard spot!

    She has chosen this route in concentrating on the large states like Giuliani, and like him, will probably be unable to stop the tidal wave this is building and will probably eventually disseminate her candidacy.

    The arrogance of her in writing off these states and other caucus states is unbelievable when every delegate at stake is important.

    Neither candidate has proven their ability to cross-over and win over the other's supporters.

    Instead of making this an issue of egos and winning at all costs, like the Republicans, they need to address the issues confronting all Americans– not just their target groups. If not, then not only will they lose, but this country. We cannot tolerate another 4 or 8 years of this so-called conservative government espoused by the Republicans and the Bush/Cheney catastrophe.

    February 12, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  57. Vicky

    Jack, Obama can not "SWEEP" the rest of February's contests because they get delegates proportionately with the number of votes. Obama might receive more delegates and go ahead of Clinton for the first time.He should enjoy the feeling because it will not last long. Fl, Oh. and Pa. will soon put Obama back in second place and than despite Donna Brazile crying about super delegates, the super delegates will put Hillary Clinton up against McCain
    Boston, Ma

    February 12, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  58. Matt

    Jack:

    That leaves Hillary reaching for a long-overdue speech congratulating Barack on his victory.

    Matt
    Menomonie, Wisc.

    February 12, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  59. Yvonne

    It would leave her with Mitt Romney, John Edwards, Rudy Giuliani, Fred Thompson, Bill Richardson and the rest of the "also rans."

    February 12, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  60. john

    It will leave her in the same postion...front runner with the contacts, money, and the take-no-prisioners organization that will do whatever it takes to win

    February 12, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  61. mike morrell

    i think you should have a poll. asking who they think would be more likely to try and steal the election. hillary or obama

    February 12, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  62. Vi

    Jack: I hope it leaves her ' in 'the kitchen making cookies for Bill.

    February 12, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  63. Mary

    We all know that pre- and post- convention election campaigns are very, very different. The biggest difference I can see right now is that Clinton has been weathering the storm from both sides and has still done very well. I would like to see Obama start to register on the Republican radar if for no other reason than for him to actually start having to answer questions. One-liners and motivational speeches are one thing. Let's see if he can stand up to the beginnings of a Republican attack. I would also like to see more voters pay attention to the debates. A rally isn't where you learn about a canidate, that's what the debates are for. I want to see more substantive questions and real, from the gut, non-rehearsed answers from these canidates. I think that is a format where the intelligence and experience of Sen. Clinton really shines through. Obama's a great guy, but on matters of National Security and Foreign Policy, he can't keep up with Sen. Clinton. She simply knows more about the true job of a President.

    Mary
    true blue in the really red Nebraska!

    February 12, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  64. Vickie

    Hillary is a fighter, and she is not giving up, The American people sure have a short memory of what the Clinton have done for the American people. We have a none experienced president now LOOK WHAT WE ARE IN NOW, We sure don't need another one. Think twice before you vote Obama. With nothing but RETORIC behind him.And the voters in the states to come should realize that.

    February 12, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  65. rubennz Guzman

    Well if Obama sweeps the rest of february .we will need to send Hillary Home, this is barack time.. we need changes in America and Barack is the person that could unify and put the country back on track. Let us give him a chance to do that.

    February 12, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  66. Jonathan Wolf from Spring Branch, Texas

    By the numbers, Obama really isn't in much of a better position as far as delagates go if he were to win every state from this point; neither candidate can earn enough delegates to win outright. However, if his campaign does manage to gain momentum and sweeps February, it may change some superdelegate's minds at the convention, and that may definately help Obama's chances at securing the White House.

    Myself? I may vote for Obama just to see Hillary Clinton lose.

    February 12, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  67. Billie

    Hey Jack, it leaves her a little behind just like he's been since the beginning. But the way the media is advertising Obama, you would think he's been ahead all this time. The last I checked, as of today, Hillary is still ahead. It's hard to win anything when every media outlet is against you. Everytime I turn on CNN or any other network, all I see is Obama. Frankly, I'm already sick of Obama. Obama and everybody else thinks he's another Martin Luther King. Come on! Go Hillary. I hope she comes back to make all eat their words.

    February 12, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  68. Ron Margheim, Hood River, OR

    Wow, what a strange ride! I have supported Hillary since day one but you can not deny the big MO of Obama! I think if Obama sweeps these February contests then the puzzle will finally come together and he will be the nominee. Hillary should suspend her campaign at that time, use the convention to make her plea for her supporters causes, then ask the delegates to make Obama's nomination unanimous!

    February 12, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  69. liz florida

    Move on. I don't think it's over until we go through at least April. I really think down to t he convention. I have no doubt that she has a strong base of support that will rush over Obama soon. The Hype can't last forever and people will get tired of not hearing substance in his long speeches.

    February 12, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  70. Vi

    Jack: Hillary is up to another 'dirty trick' . She wanted 6 debates after Obama's recent wins. She already has two of them lined. up – Now, she wants a third one in Wisconsin. She will continue to harp on this to keep him from campaiging in the states remaining. He needs to keep presenting himself so the remaining states will see Obama and his fine qualities. . I hope Obama does NOT agree to any more debates.

    February 12, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  71. Mark

    It leaves her where I'd prefer, in the past.

    February 12, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  72. J.C. from Raleigh, NC

    A clean sweep by Obama in February will not deter Hillary's slouching towards March Madness, counting on a reprieve in Texas or Ohio. If by the Ides of March she still trails badly, she'll parlay her Superdelegate hopes into the Pennsylvania
    primary in April. If still behind, she'll..... You see for lawyers the offense/defense never rests.

    February 12, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  73. Julie VanDusky

    I don't think Obama has momentum. I think people have already made up their minds. While Obama may be exciting latent Democratic voters in this process, he is still not reaching your traditional non-college educated, blue collar union card carrying Democrat. He's having the opposite problem that McCain is- McCain has the base but he can't reach the periphery. Obama has the periphery but can't reach the base. I think everyone is ignoring this fact- they're all saying how great it is that he can excite new voters, but if he can't excite the majority of people who the party has relied on for so many years to get office, there may be a problem in the fall. Obama just hand waves this fact away and assumes those voters will just vote for him. Don't be so sure- a lot of those Democrats may find McCain attractive because they are turned off by Obama's lack of experience and his overuse of rhetoric to hide the fact that his policy proposals are flawed.

    February 12, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  74. Cale Forty(D)

    Clinton is Clinton. She will hold her big head high, despite what many hope or believe. Even if what she says is honest, if she can't compromise with anyone she won't be liked in the rest of these primaries and if she's banking on two states down the road, she's pulling a guilliani. I'm not a nonesense Hillary hater, she just tends to speak so loudly that it drowns out any other voices. It will hurt her in the end unless she can pull it together in the end. I'm hoping Obama will sweep through and she will be a more compromising individual and run under him.

    Cale Forty(D)
    Algona, Iowa

    February 12, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  75. Richard from Littleton, MA

    Anyone remembering Giuliani? Once he started writing off states and going for the big one, he lost that one too. With Hillary writing off these states like they're nothing is just bad publicity for her, leaving Obama with a much more positive contrast. After all, it's hard to stop a movement, and an Obama sweep of February is going to be almost impossible to stop.

    February 12, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  76. Dan from East Lansing, MI

    While Senator Clinton has a point that Texas and Ohio matter in the race for the Democratic nomination, it seems very possible that Sen. Clinton could fall prey to the deadly combination of lowering expectations, diminished returns, and building momentum for Sen. Obama.

    In other words, it leaves Sen. Clinton facing a stalled campaign in the wake of the "Change Express" that Sen. Obama could be riding all the way to the nomination, and possibly beyond.

    February 12, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  77. Stephen, Wilmington, NC

    Don't worry Jack, BILLARY will be the nomination and Obama will fall in line as VP. OBama knows how the system works. He has used the Senate as a steeping stone and he knows that the VP position will only be the next step to achieving his goal. Besides, he has to fall in-line just like all the others. What's going on now is just a dog and ponny show. You've been in the business long enough to know that Jack.

    February 12, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  78. Steve, Idaho

    Hillary is stubborn and wants this nomination bad, she could get swept from here to the end of the election, but I don't think she'll ever pull out or concede.
    Hillary will fight for every vote in Michigan and Florida probably even make backdoor deals with Edwards delegates and the Superdelegates. I can't imagine her conceding to Omba ever, much anytime soon.

    February 12, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  79. Cathy, Los Angeles, CA

    After an Obama post Super Tuesday sweep, Clinton will fight on and most likely pull out some dirty tricks.

    February 12, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  80. Chloe, Atlanta Georgia

    Jack I like you alot. But, really!...can cnn and everyone else please stop assuming it's over for Hillary. It's interesting to note that every time a negative comment or article is written about Hillary it is written by a man...shame, shame on you cnn.
    It is definitely a boys club and you, Mr. DeFrank and every media outlet are trying to preserve it.

    Personally I like Obama. But I do not think he can beat McCain. I think once "white America goes in that booth to make a final choice it will not be for a black man (unfortunate, but true). An Obama nomination will mean a definite victory for repulsive Republicans and Mr. Karl "the rat" Rove is grinning from ear to ear.

    By the way, I am a black professional woman that's trying to be as honest about America as possible. Go Hillary!

    February 12, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  81. Ron Martinsville, Va.

    In view of the damage her husband Bill has done to her campaign, I'd say in the divorce court.

    February 12, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  82. Terry North Carolina

    Jack
    If Obama continues his current pace and captures more delegates I believe Hillary should step aside and let Obama start putting his team together and get ready to do battle with McCain.

    February 12, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  83. Will K. San Jose, CA

    Obama has already won 20 of 31 contests. Assuming he sweeps all three today he'll have won 70% of the states that have voted so far.

    At some point Senator Clinton needs to wake up to the fact that 2 delegate rich states, New York and California, are the only reason she is still even in this campaign.

    February 12, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  84. Julie VanDusky

    As a Democrat, I want a selection process that is fair- one that is not subject to manipulation, where the party chooses the candidate a majority of voters supports. Since these primaries/ caucuses are staggered, some state's results will have an effect on future results. If Ohio, Pennsylvania or Texas came next, would we be having the same conversation? No, Hillary would be ahead and everyone would be questioning whether Obama can catch up. All these elections should be on the same day.

    I am angry with the DNC because of this process; I'm considering changing parties. I can't support a party whose leaders can't come up with a selection process that accurately chooses the candidate that its voters want. All states should have primaries so everyone gets the chance to vote, all states should be able to participate in the process, all these primaries should be on the same day, and we should use popular vote instead of a proportional system so there is not chance for candidates who are behind to get more delegates than the majority winner.

    February 12, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  85. Mike Smith, New Orleans

    Jack: It leaves Hillary and the rest of us wondering for another month who the nominee will be. Barack's front runner status may backfire on him just as it did on her. Texas and Ohio will determine who the nominee will be.

    February 12, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  86. Polly

    It will leave her back in the Senate to catch up on all the work that she has left piling up there while she has been out traveling. By the way, busiess would hire a chief exectutive with as little real "experience on the job" as she claims to have (No security clearance, files closed so no one can check them out, etc.)

    February 12, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  87. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    The primary voters will have nothing to to with the nomination. It's all about who has the most super-delegates.

    February 12, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  88. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    The primary voters will have nothing to do with the nomination. It's all about the super-delegates.

    February 12, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  89. Don, Atlanta

    It leaves Hillary ransacking Bill's pockets for 5 million dollars more to prepare for Texas and Ohio and what will be the pivotal battle for the Democratic nomination.

    February 12, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  90. Vincent, Denver

    Leaves Obama in a pretty good position and he has plenty of time to bring in voters from Ohio, Texas etc. Dont count your eggs before they hatch.

    February 12, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  91. Tom, Avon Maine, The Heart of Democracy

    It leaves Senator Clinton with the moral responsibility of supporting the voters choice and supporting the Senator that polls show would defeat Senator McCain and reverse the Bush "policies" of the past 7 years.

    February 12, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  92. David Richards

    Hillary is obviously counting on the Giuliani Plan. Texas and Ohio will be different than New York, New Jersey and California. Super Tuesday was too big to cover everywhere. Everywhere Obama campaigns he cuts into Clinton's lead. He'll have plenty of time to focus his attention on Texas and Ohio. I don't see her winning big in either state and that helps Obama in the delegate count. This delegate thing looks like the Electoral College. Hillary's winning the popular vote but losing the delegate count. If Hillary wants to know what's coming she needs to talk to Al Gore about how much the popular vote counts.

    February 12, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  93. brenda

    Inspite of Obama "sweeping" everything coming his way ,Hilary leads in the delegates count !!! And Potomac is not the end of the road – there are still more Americans out there whose decisions we have not heard. Why is CNN in such a hurry to throw her out of the race – Lets sit back and enjoy the drama accept things as they happen rather than speculate and asume.
    It is not just Hilary who is out there doing "WHATEVER IT TAKES" – They re all in it for the exact same reason – POWER . So Obama trying to make himself out to be this noble soul is just a load of nothing. If we are choosing the most truthful, likeable, honest guy then maybe we need to get the Pope to contest !!!!!! We need a person who will take America forward. Words of HOPE and CHANGE alone won't do any good. I feel end of the day the republicans will be back for the next 4 years atleast !!!!!!!

    February 12, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  94. Vinnie Vino

    Jack,
    A February sweep by Obama I think will translate into a brokered Democratic Convintion in the end. At which time anything could happen including a draft Al Gore movement...

    C.I., New York

    February 12, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  95. Nelson

    Even if Obama wins the rest of the contests, I'm confident the Super Delegates will step in at the last moment and correct any voting mistakes we made in the primaries. They know what is best for us and the country.

    Somerdale, NJ

    February 12, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  96. Judy from Coloma MI

    I believe that she is going to change career paths and become a leader in the New Age movement. She is already practicing for the part. Anyone who has listened to her speeches lately can see how well she does at chanelling Obama.

    February 12, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  97. Tammy

    The people in the USA are tired of seeing Bush-Clinton- Bush- Clinton legacy. We are not neither Saudi nor Kuwait which a kingdom leading the country in centuries. The American people now decided and they are looking for the future not the past. As a democrat President Clinton and Senator Hilary would contribute much of their experience in other endeavors

    February 12, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  98. Ellen W.

    Come on, people!! Let's get real!! What other politicians could have gone thru at least 2 years (it cost us taxpayers millions) of investigations to get some 'dirt' on the Clintons?
    They got ZILTCH!!! So what do they do? They get Bill Clinton on lying about having a girl in his office!!! What guy wouldn't lie about that?
    So, who is smart enough, tough enough, honest enough and should be our next president? HILLARY!!!!!
    We think Obama is a fine man and down the line will be a great president one day, BUT,for now, Hillary has been thru the mill, knows how everything works, and has had the worst thrown at her and realizes what she is taking on and knows how to deal with it. Yea for Hillary!!

    February 12, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  99. Daygo

    Jack, It means that Barack Obama will be the Democrat to take on the Republicans John Mac. First he must win because it's not over till is over. Let the people vote all the way to the end. Then we need to see if we can get super's out of the whole thing. I see bushboy is trying to make a cow pattie into a cake to give to the american people so that John Mac will get in office. For 7 long years his been our King and now he want's to play like he realy care. Daygo Al.

    February 12, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  100. joe m

    not in a very good place. in politics perceptions play a very big role and if people start to beleive she is on a loosing streak, they are likely to help make sure that that perception becomes reality.

    February 12, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  101. David of Mississippi

    It leaves Hillary to do what she does best. Call in favors and threats to make the super delagates vote for her.. If she wins in this manner it will be the end of the Democrat party.

    February 12, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  102. Brian, Columbia, Md.

    It leaves her first in line to be Mike Gravel's running mate.

    February 12, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  103. Sarv Singh, Miami, FL

    Every dog has its day. First it was Hillary, now it is Obama. And there is no certainity that Obama will remain on top either. It will be a close call till the end. I believe against John McCain who seems the most likely choice for Republican presendential nominee, people will (and should) go for experienced candidate, and so should the super decisive delegates or else we will have another 4 year term of Republicans. Having a spouse who lead America for 2 terms has a lot of gravity. Bill may have screwed up in his personal life. But who cares. He kept America well and going strong.

    February 12, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  104. Dan Tampa, FL

    Jack,
    Hillary is planning for the lose, she has played it off like it was already planned to goto Barack. She is looking to Texas/Ohio but this can go either way. If Sen. Obama has the most votes, states, and pledged delegates and Hillary takes the nomination, I among with many will be disenfranchised with the Democratic Party. Im praying for Hillary to catch Rudy Syndrome in Texas and Ohio. If backseat deals push Barack away from the nomination when he is rightfully deserving of it, they would have lost a great candidate and a great individual.

    February 12, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  105. Fem from Knoxville, TN

    It will leave where it left Rudy, her mentor in the idea of skipping the play-offs only to show up for the super bowl.

    Fem
    Knoxville, TN.

    February 12, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  106. ann

    You asked, "If Obama sweeps Feb. contests, where does that leave Clinton?"
    Two words
    IN TROUBLE!!

    February 12, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  107. earl illingsworth

    Dead Heat, no big deal, it's all noise, and with a huge" Win in Texas"', were off to the races again! It ain't over til the fat lady sings, and nobody knows her where-abouts!!!

    February 12, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  108. Jr

    LET'S BE HONEST...
    Obama appeals to small, black states, young voters, and white men. Hillary wins big states, THE ONES THAT MATTER. If Obama wins nomination, Latinos will not vote form him. Hence, Democrats lose.

    February 12, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  109. Linda in Myrtle Beach, SC

    Hillary is a dud now. And she will still be a dud after Obama sweeps the rest of the races in February. She can either take the high ground and bow out, or continue to embarrass herself and the Democratic Party.

    February 12, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  110. Bill, Quarryville, Pennsylvania

    She will be either returning to the senate or campaigning as Vice President if she she is asked and agrees.

    February 12, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  111. grant

    If The Clintons rattled off ten in a row, people would be demanding that Obama bow out of the race. According to Chuck Todd of MSNBC, Obama has to win overwhelmingly in order to be viable, whereas Clinton only has to keep it close to keep her campaign credible. When did this double standard become part of the political calculus? Since when did winning become a liability for Obama, and losing constitute credibility for Clinton? I guess the old guard still has a few games to play.

    February 12, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  112. Melanie

    It means Mrs Clinton is just not as convincing as she used to be (and tears don't seem to work anymore....). Let the young generation take over : after all, we are the ones to clean up the mess of our elders.

    Lake Wales, FL

    February 12, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  113. Nelson Evans

    The two words that will never never be cliche are "Change & Hope". America so desperately needs a change of direction and Hillary is not part of that equation.
    Anything freshening is what American's now seek. The Clinton name is on par with the Bush name, dynasties that should pass on to history.

    February 12, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  114. Dennis G form FL

    Mr. McCafferty or who ever reads this first,
    Have you seen the TV commercial with the lemming and the leadership class students? The mind goes to where it is told and its actions are a reflection of this. You tell me when to leave Clinton. I'll never be bam-boozeled.

    February 12, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  115. Priscilla - Charleston, SC

    Obama's wins in the (mostly) caucuses and primaries in February are no surprise. The Clintons knew this would probably be the case. Where do his wins leave Sen. Clinton? Poised to make a huge comeback on March 4 in TX and OH, that's where. Of course, I expect the media to continue their part in trying to sway the election toward Obama, as they've done thus far. I wonder how people can fall for this empty "hope rhetoric" Obama keeps peddling, but then I have to stop and remember, this is the same country that put GWB back in office for a second term, so nothing should surprise me. Hillary Clinton will make up ground on March 4th .... she's nothing if not resilient!

    February 12, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  116. Aaron Matney

    If she does not have a strong showing in Ohio or Texas, than she is done for. Momentum is what wins elections, and Obama has a Tsunami's worth of it sweeping towards the white house!

    February 12, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  117. Joel

    The comparison to Rudy Giuliani's plan is dead on.

    February 12, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  118. Allen of Hartwell GA

    It leaves her playing the underdog, but I don't think that matters this year. Big money will find a way to get their candidate elected, whichever Democrat that is.
    Allen
    Hartwell, GA

    February 12, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  119. Aisha (I-Sha),KY

    It would leave her looking for face and mending her ego! Honestly, it may make Senator Clinton realize that all "states matter." This is something Obama knows and I pray that he upsets the political order in the United States – all the way to the Oval Office. But in true Clinton style I am sure Hillary has some dirty tricks up her sleeve. Let's just pray, that the superdelegates do not have to get involved. And, the American people can decide which candidate they feel will represent them well.

    -Aisha -KY

    February 12, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  120. Michael

    Absolutely...Obama is on the verge of winning the nomination. Hillary was the New England Patriots, guaranteed a clean sweep...until the Giants! We are witnessing one of the greatest upsets in US political history.

    Michael
    Lancaster, PA

    February 12, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  121. Dan

    If the Democrats had counted Michigan and Florida, which Hillary won, would the media still be singing the Obamarama bandwagon?

    February 12, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  122. david

    I bet you see her tone towards getting sweeter and sweeter. Aim for that VP slot Billary.

    February 12, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  123. Virginia

    "Where does it leave her", probably in tears.

    February 12, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  124. liza

    I am with you roxy --- and more -- will vote Republican for the first time in my life ( I am a Senior Citizen) if Obama is the Dems candidate. You do not hire a CEO without experience, unless you want to fail!

    February 12, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  125. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    If Obama sweeps the rest of February's contest, like a magician Hillary will pull two rabbits out the hat, Michigan and Florida which shouldn't be a surprise.

    February 12, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  126. Darrell-Atlanta

    I'm sure her and Bill will blame it on the Right Wing. It will have nothing to do with Her lack of ideas or their lack of telling the truth.

    February 12, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  127. Tanya from Canada

    Never underestimate the power of a woman, Jack..and never underestimate the power of the hard working people who stand behind her.
    She's just taking February to roll up her sleeves even higher...it ain't over till it's over, Jack !!
    Having another man run things at the top isn't a change in Washington...letting a great and brilliant woman finally have her turn would be the real change !! My guess is that she needs no lesson on how to clean....or to sweep !!
    Just sit back and watch !! Real change is coming !!

    February 12, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  128. Dick Pender

    Hillary is all done. She was a long time ago, bring on Obama,. Obama will beat McCain in a landslide. Hillary is yeasterday's news

    February 12, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  129. Fotine

    The press seems to think that these small states matter. What matters are the big states that Hillary has already won and will win in March. The idea of momentum is a tired word that has no basis in reality statistically speaking. Can the press actually focus on something tangible, like actual policy differences and the different achievements that clearly separate the two making the choice for Hillary clear as day?

    February 12, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  130. Heather from NJ

    Who will care at that point?

    Obama '08

    February 12, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  131. Praetorian, Fort Myers, FL

    If Obama sweeps the mid-atlantic primaries–then Texas she will definitely be in political trouble.

    That would mean, despite the rhetoric, he has accumulated support from a stronger showing of women and hispanics. Which wouldn't suprise me, he's picked up about every other ethnic/gender group you can imagine.

    The snow-ball, which is the Obama campaign...is outpacing the ice princess. Looks like the people are showing their desires–wonder if the super-delegates will follow suit?

    February 12, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  132. John

    This means we wont have clinton dynasty. I think thats what bothered Ted Kennedy (another political dynasty in Democrat party) and supported Obama. If he is for change, he should resign and give opportunity for younger generations to lead.

    February 12, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  133. Jason Weathers

    Since Hilary has already staked everything on Texas, Ohio, and Penn, getting swept in Feb won't kill her campaign. That is as long as she doesn't give up too many net delegates. The real question is, where will she be if she loses either Texas, Ohio, or Penn? In that case, there's always Florida and Michigan.

    February 12, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  134. Yusuf, NC

    That leaves her in the position she was in after Iowa. I can already sense the tears.

    February 12, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  135. Zack

    He will sweep it! He will be the nominee. I do really advise Mr. Obama that if he is not the Dem's nominee, run as independent, he will get more votes than Hillary and McCain. Ohio for Obama!

    February 12, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  136. AL

    Its over for Hillary she has no credability, when Gore comes out to endorse
    Obama she will lose almost all her super delegates and he carrys alot
    more weight than Bill. People realize that Hillary will say and do anything
    to get elected. Point made has done nothing in New York

    February 12, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  137. ashu singh

    in shock. Although, I have to say BO would have to have some solid answers to America's looming problems – at home and abroad; security & economy; Iraq and Pakistan.

    Good luck to the next President

    February 12, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  138. David

    She should step aside. I like Senator Clinton, but it's time to let someone else play in the sandbox.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  139. Giri

    It means chances of women being a president before being a vice-president is very less. She should jump up and take the position before Edwards grabs it.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  140. joywinnebago

    If Obama had more super delegates in his column and Hillary's campaign were saying some of the "no fair" comments that his campaign is, I have a feeling that the perspective would be different.

    Weren't super delegates invented to navigate exactly these type of messy decisions? How is it not fair when there is finally a chance for them to be the super delegates they were intended to be? Why can't they be trusted to be fair? Isn't the "new way" to trust the leaders we've elected?

    Joy
    Iowa

    February 12, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  141. SueAnn

    It means that Clinton is done and Barack will go all the way to the general election. It clearly indicates that nation is ready for change and for HOPE.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  142. Todd

    Obama better be kissing the feet of Howard Dean and be happy that the Democratic votes in Florida and Michigan didn't count this year, and that's a shame!

    February 12, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  143. Zach

    If Sen. Obama sweeps the month of February, it leaves Sen. Clinton need large wins in Texas and Ohio. I'm not talking 5% wins, somewhere in the area of 15% are needed. Momentum and excitement are going Sen. Obama's way, and I wouldn't want to be in its way.

    Lincoln, Nebraska

    February 12, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  144. Adam

    Obama is only good at talking. He will not be able to actually DO what he says he "wants to do". At least Clinton has the experience and knowledge of HOW to get things done. They have similar ideas, but all Obama does is preach his ideas well. Clinton may not have that catchy edge to her campaign, but I think she'd be way better at actually doing the job when it comes down to business.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  145. Mary Jane

    It would leave her able to devote her considerable energy to being the best SENATOR she could be!

    February 12, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  146. Kevin

    Sen. Clinton lost 5 contests over the weekend, might lose 3 more today in VA/MD/DC, and might not win at all in February. A potential 0 for 10. Yet, the media is already setting up her "comeback" in March. If Sen. Obama lost 10 contests in a row and had financial issues, he'd be an after-ran already. Talk about media bias. THAT's why Sen. Obama will always be the underdog no matter how much he wins.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  147. Ugonna

    The Clinton Machine began this campaign with a false sense on inevitability. They underestimated Obama, didn’t prepare for a long, protracted battle, and now they seem confused, disorganized, and frankly, silly. If Obama, a rookie by any stretch of the imagination, can bring the Clintons to their knees, it speaks volumes about two possible things: (a) The Clintons are not as good as we thought they were or (b) Obama is better than we thought he was. Either way, it’s bad news for the Clintons and great new for Obama. I think Obama wins this thing. Shocking! Absolutely shocking

    February 12, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  148. Janine

    Between Barak and a hard place.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  149. Alan

    It leaves Hillary spending countless hours riding buses on the snow covered roads of Ohio for the next three weeks.

    Alan-Ohio

    February 12, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  150. Rich

    It won't matter....I am a Dem. from Florida and I am voting for the Republican, along with alot of other Dems here, Michigan should do the same

    February 12, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  151. Ed

    I am a Hillary supportor but man Obama is on a roll. I have nothing against him being I am a black american but she as been in the pits with the Republicans and has the battle wounds to show for it. If he keeps this up she might have to take the VP position which I don't have a problem with that because that means she will be President one day. Ed – Jacksonville, Florida

    February 12, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  152. Chris

    The media sure seems convinced that winning a state means winning all the momentum. Last I checked, the Dems dont' use a winner-take-all system. It doesn't really matter if you win the state or not; what matters is that you don't lose by such a wide margin as to fall significantly behind in the delegate count leading into the Texas/Ohio/Penn. races.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  153. Jacques Casimir

    Any other candidate would be sunk, but the Clinton machine will keep them going far into april.

    lets not forget about the Texas primary is a caucus and a primiary with 126 delegates being in the primary and 67 in the caucus leaving more future confusion

    February 12, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  154. D. Keller in Yorktown, VA

    A February sweep of Clinton by Obama would likely be near fatal as three weeks of headlines telling of Obama victories is going to slowly but relentlessly weaken the Clinton campaign of energy and money. It may not be over but get the fat lady ready off stage. A loss for Clinton in Ohio and/or Texas and it would be over.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  155. Ghintang

    It will leave her in her big manson in NY. But, the question is where will it leave the Union? And the answer to that is...in safe hands!

    February 12, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  156. Dumb Democrats

    Come on Dems, don't be so foolish. They are going to annihilate BHO if he is the nominee. They are just saving it until he is crowned. Wake up....Hillary has stood up and taken the blows without wavering. He will never sit in that Oval office and every single Republican knows it. They are pulling the wool over Obama supporters and giving them false hope. What is really going to happen is McCain will be our next President because of us choosing the weaker link. They call BHO supporters more educated. A 3rd grader can figure out this prank.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  157. Phil

    If that happens, it shows a true front runner with a lot of momentum. It shows a well funded campaign from the grass roots with a lot of support. Clinton campaign will be in trouble and should give it up if they lose Texas and Ohio as well.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  158. Mike Keeler

    Apologies to Emeril Lagase, but after the Potamac primary is over, Hillary's going to feel like her opponent's name is O-BAM!-A.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  159. Dave Roberts

    It might basically insure that the White House would not remain the sole possession of two families for up to 28 years. That may be more trouobling to lots of folks than any of Hillary's stands. It would at least mean democracy is working to a degree, that we are not just oligarchy.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  160. Dr.Taruna Agarwal

    If Senator Obama sweeps the Feb polls it will surely send out the message to Senator Clinton that the time for change has indeed come and that her husbands negative campaign could not get her the support she wanted , after all, you can fool some of the people some of the time but not all the people all the time.She should gracefully let the change for a better tomorrow take over this nation in best interest of all.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  161. Thomas, Pennsylvania

    I believe that Hillary is not out yet. Both candidates have a very strong support going for them. Hillary has the working-class, the women, the elderly, and the Latinos. Obama has the African-Americans, and the "limosuine liberals." Hillary will continue to get delegates from states where Obama wins, and her supporters will acknowledge that she is still very competitve and will vote for her in Ohio, Texas, and Pennsylvania. Also, we musn't forget that Florida and Michigan may end up counting, and that would give Clinton a significant lead, in delegates, and momentum, even if there was a re-vote.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  162. richard

    if he actually sweeps all all feb then we could hear a female dean scream. the difference this time the victor will be president, bring us together to work.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  163. Pia

    It means that it's time for the Clintons to call it a night, bye bye......... and thank god, we've had enough of their corruption already.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  164. Vernon Parker

    If Obama sweeps, she's dust! 🙂

    February 12, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  165. Greg

    Most importantly, an Obama Feb sweep would leave Clinton in the position of having to compete with what has proven to be one of the greatest retail politicians since her Husband. After today's potomac primaries, the pace of the primary schedule really slows which will allow Obama to introduce himself and his inspirational message to every delegate rich district in the country.. Given his strength of organization, previous caucus success and ever growing bank account, Obama will be able to compete with Clinton in every state unlike Clinton, who now has to pick her battles with caution and care. If the Potomac goes for Obama, like most polls suggest, we will be looking at Clinton chasing Obama for the first time this entire campain.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  166. Glen F

    If Obama sweeps the February primaries, hopefully it will send a message to the Clintons that We must actually care about our country from now on.

    Hillary does not care about the nation. She seems to only care about making history. Each platform she promotes is, to her it seems, nothing more than a tool to obtain her goal.

    Obama, it appears, has more of a genuine concern for our nation than does Hillary Clinton.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  167. debbie mccoy

    I would hope that Hillary would recognize the inevitable and put her full support behind Obama and not drag this out until it becomes a Democratic Civil War. After hearing her comments on 60 Minutes Sunday, I realize she can't even envision herself losing this contest. That will make it much harder when she does. In contrast when Larry King asked Michelle Obama if she thought it was possible that they might lose she said "of course – life goes on". A much healthier attitude if you ask me. (I guess you did ask me)

    Debbie
    Martensdale, IA

    February 12, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  168. Ed

    I am a Hillary supportor but man Obama is on a roll. I have nothing against him being I am a black american but she as been in the pits with the Republicans and has the battle wounds to show for it. If he keeps this up she might have to take the VP position which I don't have a problem with that because that means she will be President one day. Ed – Jacksonville, Florida

    February 12, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  169. Merelene Pryce

    In the United States Senate where she belongs

    February 12, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  170. John M in Cumming, GA

    It leaves Al Gore emerging from a smoke-filled room at the convention as the nominee.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  171. Rebecca

    I cannot believe that this country is letting this inexperienced Obama even get this close to running for president. Hillary will prevail.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  172. Joseph

    I guess it'll be time to cue the tears again. It seemed to work for her before.

    Atlanta, GA

    February 12, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  173. Raha

    It is a disaster that i didn't expect, i was i favor of Senator Clinton at the beginning, her ship is so much wrecked by Obama's campaign that she hardly can comand the majority if she goes through. She is in no recovery position.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  174. Chris

    The way the media portrays Obama's momentum and the likely result of that momentum in the general election assumes that everyone who is participating in the primaries/caucuses lately will participate in the general elections no matter who wins the democratic nomination. I don't think that is the case. Has anyone thought how Clinton supporters will react if she doesn't win? Isn't it conceivable that her supporters would be disappointed enough that they would either not participate in the general elections or even worse vote for McCain? Can't someone do a poll that will capture that kind of intended behavior? You'd be kidding yourself if you thought it wasn't important to think about... Simply because we're all democrats doesn't mean we will all run out and vote for Obama if the choice is between him and someone who we think is more capable of dealing with the mess our country is in.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  175. marcus

    BETWEEN BARACK AND A HARD PLACE

    February 12, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  176. Paul D

    Hillary better hope that not many people in Texas and Ohio go to see and listen to Barack Obama, since the ongoing trend is that once people see and listen to him, they will vote for him and forget about the former first lady....Hil...Hil...whatever her name is.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  177. Ralph, Chicago

    There will be one heck of a temper tantrum at the DNC.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  178. Chris, Chicago IL

    The media sure seems convinced that winning a state means winning all the momentum. Last I checked, the Dems dont’ use a winner-take-all system. It doesn’t really matter if you win the state or not; what matters is that you don’t lose by such a wide margin as to fall significantly behind in the delegate count leading into the Texas/Ohio/Penn. races.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  179. Sharon from Michigan

    Hillary is now starting to feel her competition. Barack definitely has the momentum on his side. She is definitely on the defensive. Barack's vision of "Change" has snuck up on Hillary and has made her part of the system that needs to be changed.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  180. Jon

    Clinton's campaign was once dependent on being the most viable candidate to run against the GOP, and for good reason. Her Clinton-brand recognition brought with it a certain amount of fundraising ability and guaranteed support. However, Obama has now shown that he can raise money even more effectively than the Clinton campaign, and inspire a grass roots movement that will only grow stronger with each passing victory. Sweeping February will continue change the perception that Hillary Clinton is the only candidate the Democrats can field.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  181. Sean Mulrooney

    It leaves Hillary Clinton with the rest of us; With a potentially GREAT President in Obama. It leaves her as a citizen who will really get to put her money where her mouth is and work towards change. Just like the rest of us will. We are putting our faith, trust and hope in Obama. If he ends up earning the nomination, she'd best pay attention to that and work for the change she said she wanted. If her not getting the nomination has to be the most surprising change, then so be it. America is ready for a change. She can either get on board or not. She can be one of us or not. Many of us no longer care about who is with or against us. We are going to try and change things no matter who is helping us.

    Maybe that's the biggest change of all.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  182. dough boy

    JACK – LOVE THE SHOW...I THINK AT THIS TROUBLED POINT IN HUMAN HISTORY WE NEED A WORLD LEADER WHO IS GOING TO BE ABLE TO STAND UP TO NORTH KOREA, IRAN, CHAVEZ ETC. SURE OBAMA HAS MORE APPEAL AND IS A BETTER ORATOR BUT I JUST CAN'T SHAKE THE FEELING THAT HE IS A BOY AMONG MEN. I'D SAID HILLARY WOULD BE WOUNDED, BUT I THINK SHE NEEDS THAT TO GET HER MOJO ON.

    WINNIPEG, MB
    DOUGH BOY

    February 12, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  183. Jack Franklin

    It is over for the Clintons.....thank God! This country needs a new perspective and more to the point, a new face. Obama brings both. I may not agree with all of his positions on issues but he brings a vigor, intelligence and as corny as it may sound "hope". After all that's what Reagan did with the "shining city on a hill"......

    February 12, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  184. Angie, Seattle

    Good question, Jack.
    It will probably still be too early to call.

    But I'd hope that it would leave her as his running mate! I know, according to many analysts, as well as popular opinion... that's a very unlikely scenario. But do any of us really know, for sure, the nature of their working relationship behind the scenes?

    Could make for a dynamic duo! Together, they just might pummel McCain!

    February 12, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  185. Koby - FL

    GO STRAIGHT TO NEW YORK!!!

    DO NOT PASS GO or COLLECT THE 5 MILLION DOLLARS YOU JUST BORROWED FROM YOURSELF....

    February 12, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  186. Emmanuel Buzubona

    City: Mississauga, Ontario Canada

    If Obama sweeps the month of February his momentum will carry through Ohio and Texas and by March 5th the democratic primary will be over

    February 12, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  187. jim

    If Barack sweeps today's primaries and then takes Wisconsin and Hawaii ( Hawaii is a lock because Barack is from Hawaii – Punahou High School) it will definitely be over for Hillary and Billy Boy. My wife and I had great hopes for Hillary in the beginning, until we learned that she supported the war and can't honestly admit her poor judgement ( as Edwards did). We lost a lot of respect for her at that moment. We are also very surprised that she has been in bed with the big lobbyist firms and health care companies. She's a hypocrite and lacks good judgement. Where will it leave her? It will leave her at home to contemplate her many sellouts.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  188. Mike

    It will clearly affect the Clinton campaign going forward!!. She must reconnect with blue collar democrats that are vital to her chances in Ohio, Texas, and PA. She must hold down the margains as much as possible in the remaining February contests and win as many pledged delegates. Momentum is clearly favoring Obama right now, but things can change at the drop of a dime. Moreover, the more the race is drawn out the more the media focuses on the Democrats, leaving McCain hoping to convince Republicans that he is conservative enough, and trying to find something newsworthy to off-set the battle on the Democratic side.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  189. Lisa in Brooklyn

    Hillary Clinton will fight on. Everyone knows the Clintons relish a good battle and even thrive on it. If it looks like Obama has seized the upper hand, watch and wait for the ugliness to begin again. This will only backfire in the end but they will gamble that it is worth a try.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  190. Zach A.

    Never underestimate the polical savvy of the Clinton's. While Obama's momentum may have meant a sure victory in any other nomination contest, the fact that he is running against perhaps the most powerful political family in the nation means that he can never rest until he has reached the magical number of delegates: 2,025. This makes it all too certain that we'll be seeing Sen. Kennedy and former Pres. Clinton stumping for their respective delegates in Denver this summer. Who says politics aren't just a huge publicity contest?

    February 12, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  191. ram

    Same old, same old can only take you so far.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  192. brian from NYC

    I'll vote for Obama if he wins the democratic nomination, otherwise I'll vote for McCain in the general's. Because I think Obama has the best chance in bringing the both parties together and finally getting things done in washignton.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  193. David

    The Clinton campaign is nothing short of doomed. Alot of folks were agitated by her husbands actions while campaigning on the trail for her, and her so called "pimped out daughter" s campaigning too. All of Bill's horses and all of Bill's men, cant put Hilary's campaign back together again.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  194. Peter Hall

    I'm quite sure it leaves her out of the race. Electability is the only thing that matters now as their policy differences are minimal. In my opinion the remaining contests will be decided on who can win in November. Barack is the man to beat, and McCain can't do it.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  195. John from CT

    If Senator Obama sweeps the rest of the February contests , assuming the % margin is not close, then she is in trouble. Many do believe it will come down to winning Ohio, Texas, and Pennsylvania anyway. But look at it this way Jack: If Senator Clinton were to sweep the rest of the February contests she would be looked at as the democratic nominee. By not winning these the race gets prolonged and even more exciting.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  196. Chander

    If My man Obama sweeps Feb, then I think Hilary should just bow down, or she can play the Mike Huckabee card and stay in the race to try and secure or at-least leave the debate open for an Obama – Clinton Ticket.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  197. Brian P. Hodson

    Picking up the pieces of her hubris.

    Marlborough, MA

    February 12, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  198. Matthew, Philadelphia

    She will be joining the same support group as Tom Brady.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  199. Richard

    Jack:
    I think that Barack is in this for the people, whereas Hillary is in this for Hillary. I hope February finishes her campaign.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  200. jamal husain

    As the campaigns wore on, people got closer look at both the Dem front runners. One started with a clear advantage and the other was the underdog. The events of last few days have reversed the table. It is interesting to note some of Hillary's recent remarks. Caucuses don't matter. momentum is not important and oblique references to race. The point she misses is the unfortunate part. Obama's momentum is based on his credibility on issues. Her experience is based on failure on the issue of health care and mistake on Iraq. Simply doe not add up.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  201. Ovidiu

    After Obama will take the lead, Hillary should go back to be further Senator of New York, a position taken only for presidential election advantage. Let see if she really care for the people from New York for the next 4 years as senator and after that if we will see any positive contribution from her that will change our life, than we can vote her for president.
    In my opinion, if she will not get the nomination, I doubt that will continue to be senator of New York. There is no reason for her to spend time in New York without any political gain.

    Deerfield Beach, FL

    February 12, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  202. Joe Bute

    If Obama sweeps, Hillary needs to recognize that there is a national referendum on her candidacy now and she has lost. Obama will have one substantially more states, drawn in more independent voters and reached across the racial divide. Remember not so long ago she was the inevitable candidate? No more. And I think she also needs to be honest and admit that probably as much as her own abiity to draw out negatives in voters – the Clinton "co-presidency" has been a huge turn-off and there is no way to get around it. Bill's performance during the campaign shows a brooding King Lear anxiously awaiting the return to his castle. No do-overs – not this time.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  203. MainelyNuts

    Hopefully it will force the DNC to work on getting her out of the race for the good of the party. If the Dems are to take back the White House, she needs to be OFF the ticket. It seems that NY is happy with her, so she can continue her work for the people of that state.

    Steve from
    Maine

    February 12, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  204. Steve, Buffalo, NY

    Senator Obama will sweep todays events, but he has a long road ahead of him. One must remember he is up against the Clinton machine which will not stop until she is on empty. She will relish the underdog role and anything could happen. Obama needs to milk these Mid-Atlantic wins for all they are worth and utilize the media attention to put her out of gas. As a moderate I can tell you if the democrats want my vote they will nominate Senator Obama. Obama v. McCain, I'm going with Obama...Clinton v. McCain, I'm going with Mac.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  205. Kerry

    It will leave her pressing for MI and FL to be counted in the tally. You don't think she's going to pay attention to what the people want do you? She's already discounted anything that happens between now and March, and discounted everything that Obama has won earlier. Eventually she will have discounted almost everyone.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  206. Jeff Walker

    Atlanta, GA

    Losing all 3 states, firing your campaign manager, losing all states again. Looks like 3 strikes to me.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  207. Edd of Los Angeles, CA

    There is no way we can discount HILLARY form the race, TEXAS and OHIO & PA are her bailiwick states. Obama is strong on caucuses and HILLARY is strong in primaries. No need to be alarmed, she is strong in big cities and she will have the backing of the Texan and Ohio voters. She still leads the national polls, people are seeing that she has substance and she is ready on Day One. Let us not listen too much on punditry but let the people decide. WE NEED A STRONG AND ABLE PRESIDENT in WHITE HOUSE TO SOLVE THE PROBLEMS WE HAVE RIGHT NOW! Hillary will win it for us! We believe it!!!!

    February 12, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  208. Meghan

    I think the "momentum" Obama is building comes solely from the media and their apparent endorsement of him as the nominee. If media representation were truly unbiased I think voters would realize that although Obama sounds inspirational, his message lacks substance. Additionally, he has no experience to implement the change he so zealously touts. I hope Democrats realize this before its too late, and will ultimately vote for the most experienced candidate who is ready and politically seasoned and who knows how to manipulate Washington to implement change from the start. Therefore, I sincerely hope that people will not be swayed by recent Obama "victories" and will turn out in droves to support Hillary in Ohio, Texas, and Pennsylvania in the coming weeks.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  209. Michael

    Well, assuming that McCain can recover from the Right's giving the last couple of primaries/caucases to Huckabee, this Republican will be voting for Obama in the Ohio primary.

    I'm sick of the Chicago style back room politicos (Clinton) and the "my way or the highway" of my Far Right bretheren, and I want an election where I can actually vote for one of two people whom I think would make a good President.

    If there are others like me out there -and I think there are- Hillary had better watch out in Ohio.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  210. Garrett; chicago, il

    Hillary cannot depend on any state in particular. But, she has, and she will continue to do so until this process is over. She depended on California and New York, and yes, she did win them. But, not by a land slide. Obama took away tons of those delegates. Infact, in the recently updated tally of delegates, Obama is only 12 away from Hillary. That is HUGE, considering that on February 6th he was nearly 85 away. If Obama continues to have momentum going into March, that momentum will not magically slow down. The rest of the nation will start to back him. I think people are starting to realize that Hillary and Obama are not the same and do not have the same policies. If you look at their track records, Hillary is much more of a moderate then a liberal. And, Obama is much more a liberal then a moderate. Just look at their opinions on war and the military, and the way they would run our economy. Their policies/track record on these matters are different enough where it could seriously effect the country. I dont think hillary will give up, but I do think she will lose. It is only a matter of time. Thank you Obama for your inspiration and intelligence! Its been a while since we've had a smart guy in the office!

    -Garrett

    February 12, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  211. Don-Canada

    A Obama sweep would leave the question to ask her........

    "What timetable are you willing to give the Democratic Party to fight the General Election?" "If you don't win an overwellming decision on March 4th, will you step out of the race?"

    If the Clinton campaign is down by 300 or 400 deligates is that enough to show her that the campaign is lost?

    February 12, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  212. Jay

    She will stand her ground and fight in Texas and Ohio. If she losses or wins by a slim margin then she should hang her boots and accept the verdict of the American people.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  213. Tony P

    See ya in 2012, Hillary! Better luck next time!

    February 12, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  214. Jean Lalonde

    If she gets trampled in today's contests, she should take a page from her husband's book on Giving, and donate the rest of her campaign's proceeds to the Obama campaign. Obama is the only American who can restore America's image to the world.

    Jean Lalonde from Montreal, Canada

    February 12, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  215. Jack

    One month before the 2004 election, John Kerry was 17 points ahead of Bush. The Republicans took their belts off and gave him a public whippping and beat him by 2 points in November. Obama has never gotten a public whipping. And btw, Clinton has been really soft on Obama so far, cuz Dems get freaked out when she punches. Fantastic. Looks like McCain will have to give Obama a good kick in the groin in November, with a handy Orange alert or some other terrorist scare 2 weeks before the election. This is Dukakis all over again. Silly liberals. Hahahaaa !!!! Go McCain '08

    February 12, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  216. bobt

    Even, of he wins all February contest, I'm still confident in Hillary winning the major contests in March and beyond. Mind you, its highly preditable that he will do well in the recent Caucuses since it involved few energetic members of the Democratic party, especially the students. His victories similar to Student union election where a candidate that is physically charming and rhetotic usually carry the day. When it come to general election, it will come down to substances and real messages rather than mere speeches.

    I still believe Hillary will become our nominee because its the best we have at the moment.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  217. TCR, NY, NY

    I would like to write that, if Obama sweeps the February primaries, it's all over for Clinton, but that's not exactly true. If Clinton wins Texas and Ohio by big numbers, she will still be in the running.

    It is unlikely that the latter will happen, however, because if Obama continues to rack up primary victories, the momentum from those victories will carry him through to wins in Texas and Ohio. Therefore, the remainder of the February primaries are important, and everyone should get out in vote.

    This is the most exciting Presidential election in my lifetime, and I am getting pretty old. Obama is a that very rare candidate who has it all: character, intelligence, confidence and vision. Plus, his multi-racial, multi-cultural background are emblematic of 21st-century America. Do you think that someone, somewhere is trying to tell us something? I say, never look a gift horse in the mouth, and Obama is a "special delivery" if ever I saw one. Time to vote, people!

    February 12, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  218. Tural

    If Obama manages to continue his success through the rest of the contests, Clinton will seriously have to reconsider her lackluster campaigning. Obama's campaign is much more intense, and he hits a lot more locations and gets his message out to a broader audience. Clinton seems to just be waiting it out, not going hard to gain the votes she's starting to fall behind in. She's betting her money on bigger contests, but fails to realize that doing so is only boosting Barack's momentum while draining hers.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  219. Bill McDonald

    Riverdale Ga–I feel sorry for the one that wins because they have to take over the worse mess we have ever been in. If they fail to make a showing then all of the problems will be blamed on them. Why would anyone want the job to start with?

    February 12, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  220. Chris Brown

    If Obama sweeps the contests today it will give him the boost he needs to go up against the Clinton machine. If people say that Hillary has to win March 4th to stay in the game...Obama had to win all of these up until now to even come close to beating Hillary Clinton. It has been an uphill batlle for him and he deserves every vote he gets!

    February 12, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  221. steve

    Regardless of today's outcome, there's a long way to go in this process. The media loves making stuff up like "the doom and dread surrounding Hillary's campaign". Yeah, right. Momentum is fleeting and hasn't been a factor in the primaries for either side. The bellweather for the rest of the campiagn will be the results in TX and OH. Both have Hillary leading comfortably. If she loses in those states, then there will be casue for doom and dread. Until then, she's the front runner.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  222. Wells

    Hilary will have more time to hang out in Harlem with Billy boy.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  223. Carol

    It leaves Hillary still trying to break the promise she made to her own party and not count the Florida and Michigan delegates at the convention. She will also be trying to get as many super delegates to go along with her and continue her lies that the people should decide the candidates. If the super delegates decide this nomination, I hope she will lead people to see just how she (Hillary) will do anything for her own advantage especially when she is ranting about the lies of Bush. Is she any better?

    February 12, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  224. Mark from Albq. New Mexico

    It leaves Mrs. Clinton on the precipice of defeat. What concerns me is that even then she'll not go quietly into the night. Desperate times call for desperate measures when you're a Clinton. Though she's a woman there should be little doubt that she'll do a major league wind up and blast one below the belt to Mr. Obama. I'm surprised – and pleased – that the Clinton machine has shown some restraint from getting really nasty thus far. But that's not going to last forever.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  225. Liz

    It leaves Hillary and all her supporters without HOPE as they watch the sensible center vote John McCain to be our next President.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  226. Monty

    If Sen. Obama sweeps Sen. Clinton in the remaining elections in February, I believe that it marks an official end to her position as the democratic candidate of choice. The ground swell of support across the nation for Sen. Obama can no longer be denied and dismissed as an expected result from caucus states and African American populated states. I believe that Sen Clinton and all of the super delegates that have pledged their support to her should seriously begin to think about supporting Sen Barack Obama as the democratic candidate for the U.S. Presidency. A sweep would send a resounding message that America is ready and they should get aboard the train for change!

    Monty Montgomery
    Atlanta, GA

    February 12, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  227. Alex Painter

    I think losing all of the Post-Super Tuesday contests will leave Clinton reeling, and display that she does not represent the full diverse specturm of supporters of the Democratic Party who are hungering for real change. She will have less states, less popular votes, and less delegates. I don't know how her campaign could say afterwards that winning two thirds less states than Senator Obama is a in any way majority.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  228. Nathaniel - Corvallis, Or.

    Jack,

    If Obama sweeps february then she is figuratively against the ropes. Behind in states, behind in pledged delegates, and behind in the Big Mo. I forecast a big shift in polls towards Obama in the states of Ohio and Texas if he captures the rest of february.

    Nathaniel – Corvallis, OR.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  229. mark - Bridgeport CT

    I can't but agree with an earlier poster....that will leave as the Senator from New York.
    My own addition : Hillary will be Hillarious

    February 12, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  230. Darryl

    There is nothing wrong with letting everyone vote and see where we are at in June. Then the supers will have more information to base their decision.

    Darryl from Chicago

    Go Hillary

    February 12, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  231. Jenny from New York

    It leaves her with 5 more excuses to give about why she lost. She'll literally be down for the (superdelegate) count, but I doubt they'll stay with her as her ship continues to take on water.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  232. Adam L. Barr

    We will see just how dirty the Clinton machine can be if Obama sweeps. They are a win at any costs duo.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  233. Teresa, Pasadena, Md.

    That leaves her behind........for now! I'm just wondering if Obama does get the nomination what are all of the pundits going to talk about? It seems all she gets is bad press and all he gets is good. We won't have to worry about the superdelegates selecting the democratic nominee.... because the pundits and the press will have already done that for us.

    Teresa
    Pasadena,MD

    February 12, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  234. Andrew from Philadelphia

    Jack, doesn't Sen. Clinton's campaign resemble that of Mayor Giuliani's in its last days? Staffers taking no pay, having to fuel her own campaign, her followers making desperate erroneous claims against the Obama supporters (calling them "cult-like" as Paul Krugman did yesterday in his NY Times Column), and most of all getting beat handily in numerous states across the nation! All of this with the expectation of doing very well in Ohio and Texas? Sounds a lot like Mayor Giuliani to me! In early Jan. he told Tim Russert to just look at the polls in Florida and at the time he was far ahead of the pack there... Well see how that turned out for him! A Feb. sweep for Obama would leave the Clinton campaign in the dust, and cause her to resort to dirty measures to try and steal the nomination.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  235. Cowgirl

    She'll do fine here in Texas as long as she does not cry again. . . . . We prefer our women to be stronger than our men and our men are tougher than any other state. Ann and Molly love Hillary, but they would probably leap from their graves and slap her on the spot for her crying meltdowns, especially if it was one that helped bring a sympathy vote . . . . Now if that Michelle Obama girl ever ran for office, mmm mmm, she is a mighty strong woman. Michelle has my vote and admiration.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  236. Mary Charlotte,NC

    It will put big business in a tailspin–she's their girl. Wouldn't that be a shame?

    February 12, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  237. Deborah

    The last time I checked, very few of the states that Obama has won in thus far have made much of a contribution toward putting a Democrat in the White House. I think this past weekend's "slew" of victories makes that point on its own without any further elaboration required.

    I won't deign to speak for Sen. Clinton, but I can certainly speak for myself: if the media's 24/7 push to have Sen. Obama crowned as the Democratic nominee is ultimately successful, you will find me voting for McCain in November. First time ever I will have voted Republican in 47 years, but guess there is a first time for everything!

    February 12, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  238. Gerri

    It would put the Clinton Machine on the business of attack. And that makes her dangerous. She can't be counted out, not by a long shot.

    Oak Harbor, WA

    February 12, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  239. Alejandro, Houston Tx.

    It's going to come down to the hispanic vote in Texas. Beware: contrary to some beliefs, Hispanics in Texas DO NOT vote the same way as the hispanic population in California...

    February 12, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  240. Bill Cetindag

    Of course Obama will sweep. Nobody should be suprised to his surge. Why?? Here is why:
    Go to each candidates including Hillary's websites. All of them has a large click button for donation for themselves. ONLY BARACK OBAMA'S SITE HAS A LINK , ON HIS HOMEPAGE, TO DONATE TORNADO VICTIMS IN SOUTHERN STATES WHERE ACTUALLY HE LOST (TENESSE , ARKANSAS AND KENTUCKY)!!

    Hillary won big in those states and was the first lady in Arkansas, but seems like already forgot about it. So as Governor Huckabee despite he has been the Governor of Arkansas. McCain also does not have anything for these people.

    If this is the case then no one should be suprised by Obama's surge. He seem to be the only one who genuinely cares in all the politicians I have observed.

    I really could not care less what Hillary and Mike (Huckabee) done for Arkansas since they already seem to forget about those southerners who helped them to hold on to presidential race. I think neither of them deserves to be our leader since they only talk about American values but not practice them.
    Thanks
    IBC

    February 12, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  241. Samantha Normal,IL

    She will probably wait and continue her campaign until the convention. The democratic party will not be unified, therefore a loss in november.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  242. Winston, Miami

    Hilary is suffering from the same problem the Giuliani had with Republicans. The more they saw of him, they less they liked him. This is now compounded by the fact that she refuses to release her tax returns... I think she is finished.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  243. KW from Virginia Beach

    Still waiting for Florida and Michigan! I love the proportionate system for delegates because it is more representative of the vote count. Since this years run for the White House has turned into numerous firsts, I am anxious to see how the first "brokered convention" works...Let the best man...I mean woman win!

    February 12, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  244. usha andley

    Hillary will still be be the Senator from New York. The MEDIA should only report the results. Let the voters speak until all primaries and caucuses are over. The American people can think for themselves.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  245. Matt

    If Obama sweeps this month all he would have to do is stay competitive in the 2 major states ie. Texas and he will have the nomination.

    Hillary Clinton does not deserve to win the nomination because SHE had to rely on her husband to campain for her as if he was the one running for the nomination.

    and to those of you saying that Obama hasnt been challenged to awnser tough questions its because he has awnsered the questions and doesnt have any baggage left to be questioned about.

    Now i voted for obama in illinois not because he was from there but because i am afraid that if hillary becomes the nominee and then president that she will set policys and spending that would be set to fail after her presidency just liek her husband which is why social security is in the gutter now

    February 12, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  246. Greg

    How about NAFTA Florence? Didn't mention that. I wonder why.

    Clinton might win Texas, but I doubt she will win Ohio. Ohio is a huge swing state, and isn't doing well. I think the inspiration of Obama will beat out the tried and true sounds coming out of Hillary's mouth. Of course they're all crazy in Ohio, so who knows?

    U of M Fan.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  247. Sue from Las Cruces

    I think that pairing up Obama as Pres and Clinton as VP would be a winning team. That is, if they can pull together as a team. We need both their leadership talents to regain the respect of the world community.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  248. Thomas, Tallahassee FL

    Hopefully it leaves her to a losing Senate race and gets the Clintons out of everyone's lives forever.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  249. Travis Bain

    Where does that leave Hillary Clinton? Crying...like it did after Iowa.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  250. WhiteFemaleInOhio

    counting on "my" demographic in Ohio (40-60 year old, white females) but I have some news – my mom, my 3 sisters and I are all going for Obama.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  251. Greg

    Time for Hillary to drop out. Its over.
    Greg
    Hattiesburg, Mississippi

    February 12, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  252. Brian Smith

    The problem as I see it is that by focusing on the March 4th primaries, most voters will look at that as concession. I think that deep down inside, everyone wants to pick the winner here – the person who will win the Democratic nomination and be a strong candidate in the general elections. By foregoing the February primaries, she is not portraying herself as a winner. She is portraying herself as a gamer of the election or more precisely the nomination system. The last thing that Democratic voters need right now is someone who will game the general elections like the last two Democratic presidential nominees did, losing because they did not focus on the right states with the right messages. If she concedes the February primaries, I would hope that the Democrats in Texas and Ohio would go for Obama. Thereafter, I think she would do well to concede.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  253. Mike, Fredericksburg VA

    Given the perception (earned or not) that many people have of Hillary (myself included) being a polarizing figure and part of a couple that hungers for power, I would not anticipate Hillary and Bill going quietly into the good night should they not take the "Potomac Primaries."
    I would expect to see the Hillary Campaign to turn off all the safeties and pursue a campaign especially designed to pound Obama into the ground.
    Hillary's campaign is less than becoming President, but rather acheiving ascendency over a nation and imposing her agenda upon the masses.
    This is Republic for the people; not a kingdom or empire to be ruled by a aristocracy or a dynasty.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  254. Kristin Kearns Jordan

    I think a February sweep leads to the likely outcome of Obama winning the contest of pledged delegates. I voted with great enthusiasm for Obama, and know that I am not alone in my dread that the superdelegates will, in effect, overturn the voters', intent by siding with their old pal Hillary. I have always voted for the Democratic candidate in presidential elections, but I will not vote for her if she gets the nomination under these circumstances. McCain is tolerable enough that I would vote for him in order to punish the Democratic party.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  255. john

    I think Media is creating this momentum more than anything. Obama has failed to win nuetral territoris so far. He is riding based on 90% of black vote. If he wins Ohio and texas then there is something to talk about. So far he is wining mostly in his neighbourhood.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  256. Bob Scheifele

    It means people have finally caught onto Obama's movement and she is not going to dance into the White House as she thought she would. It also means that she will fight even harder for those super delegates, who have more importance than the rest of us voters. She will move to overturn the party decision not to count the MI and FL delegates. If you think her husband has been negative so far, hold on, there is much more coming. After all, the Clintons make the rules as they think they should apply to themselves.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  257. TCR, NY, NY

    I would like to write that, if Obama sweeps the February primaries, it’s all over for Clinton, but that’s not exactly true. If Clinton wins Texas and Ohio by big numbers, she will still be in the running.

    It is unlikely that the latter will happen, however, because if Obama continues to rack up primary victories, the momentum from those victories will carry him through to wins in Texas and Ohio. Therefore, the remainder of the February primaries are important, and everyone should get out and vote.

    This is the most exciting Presidential election in my lifetime, and I am getting pretty old. Obama is that very rare candidate who has it all: character, intelligence, confidence and vision. Plus, his multi-racial, multi-cultural background are emblematic of 21st-century America. Do you think that someone, somewhere is trying to tell us something? I say, never look a gift horse in the mouth, and Obama is a “special delivery” if ever I saw one. Time to vote, people!

    February 12, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  258. Regina

    it will not faze Hilary!...She will keep on fighting until the end!....:).

    February 12, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  259. Sam

    She is an intelligent passionate individual who will keep on fighting for what she believes in. She still has a chance and there are millions of people out there who believe she is the best choice for president of the U.S.A.
    Furthermore, reading these comments shows me what a "positive" campaign Obama has been running.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  260. john

    You know...this harkens back to the 2004 election...one has more delegates, one has more actual votes. If Obama sweeps, it leaves us waiting for the next set of primaries.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  261. Gary

    It would mean that we would have a young president full of energy that has the ability to coomunicate with our so called adversaries before it is too late.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  262. Seth from NY

    I saw Barack Obama speak yesterday at the University of Maryland, and after hearing him speak I am confident to say that if he sweeps the February contests than Hilary is done. At that point she should concede the democratic nomination so that the party can begin the process of creating a clear, unified message again John McCain.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  263. Maxo, Tallahassee, Fl

    Haven't we seen this before. Soon after Iowa the pundits, and even the pollsters said the primaries belong to Obama. Then came New Hampshire and the media was all red in the face trying to figure out where it went wrong.
    I'll wait until the results come in and not rely on speculation from proven unreliable sources.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  264. Bryant Lister

    If Obama does sweep the rests of the contests this month, then Clinton will have little chance of beating him in Ohio or Texas. The momentum and financial support that will be gained by Obama, along with the loss of those for Clinton, will leave her with little chance. Obama should agree to debates only after Clinton releases her tax returns and demonstrates to the voters that she supports transparency in government, a clear shift from the politics of the past 25 years. There is no need to let this be decided by super delegates, the primaries will decide it long before the convention.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  265. Ingrid Persson

    If Senator Obama sweeps in February, the Clintons will be confronted with a new version of "inevitability," the good people of these United States truly will have spoken for themselves, and the bad habit Democrats have of losing the presidency will be over in November.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  266. Suzan

    Here is what happens if at the end of the day Obama wins the Democratic nomination: McCain will SMOKE him with both EXPERINCE and his potential Vice President of either Conda Lisa Rice or Colen Powell…and the country will have 4-8 more years of nightmare.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  267. Rob Holmes

    If Obama were to sweep the last few contests this month, all it would mean is that the argument against "superdelegates" will rage even harder at the Democratic National Convention. And honestly, no matter who wins, it should certainly be a topic that deserves closer examination.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  268. Matt

    In the dust.

    February 12, 2008 at 4:11 pm |