FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
"I won the states that we have to win." That's Hillary Clinton after winning the Pennsylvania Primary on Tuesday. She also said it would be hard to imagine a Democrat winning the White House in the general election without winning states that she has won like Ohio and Pennsylvania. True enough, but she's not the only Democrat who can win those states.
And at the end of a six week bruising battle for Pennsylvania, Hillary gained a grand total of ten delegates.
Barack Obama still leads Clinton by about 130 delegates and will likely get those ten right back in North Carolina regardless of what happens in Indiana.
The New York Times points to surveys showing that Obama could draw the same majorities from blue-collar voters against McCain as Clinton would in a general election. National polls also show that Obama does slightly better among groups that have typically voted Republican in the past like men, those who are wealthy, and independents, suggesting he might actually do better in the big states than Clinton.
Some analysts even suggest that Obama is better poised than Clinton in the general election to win in states that typically go to Republicans. State like Colorado, Iowa, Missouri, and Virginia- all of which he won in the primaries.
These ideas are surely not lost on the remaining uncommitted superdelegates. Clinton trails in pledged delegates and popular vote, not including Florida and Michigan, as well as number of states won, and she is rapidly losing her edge in superdelegates. Recent polls also suggest more than half the country doesn't trust her.
Here’s my question to you: Is Hillary Clinton deluding herself about her chances for the nomination?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Jim from Michigan writes:
I read a satirical piece months ago entitled "Does Hillary have what it takes to destroy the Democratic Party?" Rather than satirical, it’s proving prophetic. I genuinely liked and admired Bill Clinton, although I was never a fan of hers. Now I don't want any part of either of them. It’s sad to watch the self-destruction and delusion.
She may get the nomination but in doing so, she has stolen my hope. I tear up when I think of what we could have had if winning had not become more important than bringing people together. I guess that is what being a Democrat is all about.
Jake from South Bend, Indiana writes:
Why is it that every time she wins you start running 'why-wont-she-quit' stories? She just roundly defeated Obama in a high-profile rough-and-tumble battle. That is why she is more electable. It’s not about the "math". Not that this solves her math problem and she is still unlikely to be the nominee, but she has earned the right to fight as long as she wants.
MG from New York writes:
She's not deluding herself...she's trying to delude voters, superdelegates and the Democratic Party. Somewhere deep down, she knows that just like her trip to Bosnia – this is just another self-created fantasy. As a voter, rather than being annoyed or angry with her, I'm kind of enjoying hearing another fantastical spin. I can't wait for the new spin after May 6th primaries. What do you think she would say then – "let's count all of the Iraqi votes in my favor"!
Doon from California writes:
Without question and I've even gone so far as mailing correspondence to her campaign headquarters letting them know how much of a disappointment she is. I may be an Obama supporter but furthermore, he too is deluded if he or the Democratic Party thinks they'll be unified following the conduct of Hillary Clinton if and when this ever ends. I wouldn't want someone to pour water on her if she was on fire. McCain will get my vote, period.