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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
Outside of making Hillary Clinton feel better about herself, it's a bit of an open question how much progress the former first lady actually made against front-runner Barack Obama.
Clinton says her campaign has "turned a corner" after last night's wins in Texas, Ohio and Rhode Island, and she says she's going all the way to the White House. She was even talking on television this morning about her and Obama being on the same ticket.
The problem is when it comes to the number of pledged delegates, Clinton is still almost as far behind Obama as she was before yesterday. Barring landslides in all the remaining primaries, she can't catch him. In fact, neither candidate will have enough delegates in the remaining primaries and caucuses to win the nomination without the help of the nearly 800 superdelegates. In other words, this could get ugly.
Meanwhile, the Republicans find themselves in a very different position from the unsettled Democratic race. John McCain wrapped this thing up yesterday and headed to the White House today for his endorsement from President Bush.
The Clinton wins yesterday, which serve to prolong the Democratic battle, are good news for the GOP. While Obama and Clinton continue battling each other and spending tens of millions of dollars for who knows how much longer, McCain can look ahead to the general election, start raising money and begin framing the race against the eventual Democratic nominee.
Here’s my question to you: How will extending the battle for the nomination affect the Democrats' chances in November?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Mike from Tucker, Georgia writes:
Jack, As long as it doesn't get too negative, it's actually good for the Democratic Party. Unfortunately, one of the candidates is Hillary Clinton and going negative is the only game she knows. If the superdelegates steal this from Obama, the party will be permanently ruined.
Doug from Bloomington, Indiana writes:
The longer the Democrats battle, the easier it is for John McCain to redefine himself. It buys time for McCain to pander to the right while trying to bolster his recently abandoned "maverick" reputation to everyone else. The Democratic voters need to get over their attention-deficit disorder and decide who our next president should be. If they don't, we'll have four more years of George W. Bush-Light.
Bob from Slatington, Pennsylvania writes:
Bill/Hillary Clinton pardoned 140 convicts, drug pushers, tax evaders, international frauds, etc., during the last hours of their presidency. You people in Texas and Ohio forget about how they lied to us about "vast right wing conspiracy", "what your definition of IS is", "Oh, the lost documents are right here.” They were so unpopular when they left, Gore couldn't use them, nobody wanted to listen to their lies again.
Albert from Missouri writes:
It gives them more time to slander each other, alienate each other's Democratic voters so they stay home in November, and dig up dirt on each other to be used against them by Republicans in the general election.
WB from Las Vegas writes:
I feel the same way about Hillary's wins last night as when that darn groundhog sees its shadow: six or more weeks of misery in our future.