May 9th, 2008
06:00 PM ET

How will history view the Obama-Clinton race?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

For all those like Mitt Romney who said, when talking about Barack Obama, "The presidency of the United States is not an internship," consider this.

The young guy with not nearly as much political experience is on the verge of toppling one of the most powerful political names of the last 50 years, Hillary Clinton. For all her claims of having more experience, the relative newcomer proved to have a lot more moxie.

She said "experience." He said "change." Voters bought change. He planned beyond Super Tuesday and paid attention to the caucuses. She pretty much ignored the caucuses and assumed she would be the nominee the day after Super Tuesday.

When she wasn't, she was in trouble. Poor planning on the ground and a shortage of money immediately put her at a disadvantage for the rest of the way. She relied on friends and people who were loyal to her. In time, as things began to sour, there was friction and key people left. Her husband hurt her – some say a lot.

As things got worse, she grew more desperate. The kitchen sink strategy appeared. So did demands to count the elections in Michigan and Florida – elections that are invalid. So did false claims about things like her trip to Bosnia.

And all along, she failed to recognize the overriding theme of this election year. The people in this country are sick and tired of their government. They want "change." How could someone with so much "experience" not see that?

Here’s my question to you: How will history view the race between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Kristy (a hard-working white woman) from Iowa writes:

I believe that the world will look back on this election and be ashamed that instead of promoting the success of the first viable African-American candidate, the DNC chose to defer to the "Old Guard" of the Clintons. I also think that people will remember the first viable female candidate became negative, aggressive, and divisive, especially in regards to race. She is a sore loser and Mrs. Clinton has been no role model, at least not for me.

Linda writes:
History will view this race as a watershed contest between outdated entitlements and emergent possibilities. I'm a 71-year-old white Jewish woman horrified by ugly calls to divide the American people. We are better than that. We deserve a president who represents all of us, who understands collaborative leadership and the meaning of integrity. Barack Obama makes me proud and hopeful for our country.

Julie from New York writes:
I know how I will remember it, Jack. Years from now, people who are too young now to ever remember this election and people who haven't even been born yet will wonder: It was so obvious that Obama was deceiving the American public. Why were they so naive?

Joe from St. Louis, Missouri writes:
It will be viewed as a hard fought battle between a super-rich elitist political has-been and a new visionary from Chicago.

Curtis from Oxnard, Calif. writes:
Movies will be made about this campaign. Books will be written and everyone will have an opinion. How Hillary Clinton handles herself in the last couple of weeks of this campaign will have the greatest impact. She is now about to determine her place in history. If she decides on a scorched earth policy and fights through the convention, movie-goers will love the film. She will suffer every presidential election when television reruns it.

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  1. Ann


    I have watched your show time and time again and all you do is bash Hillary Clinton and praise Obama, well Jack put the glass of kool-aid down it's taking effect. Why can't the media give Hillary a fair deal, because she's a Clinton or because she's a woman? Obama will only win this with the help of the media.

    May 9, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  2. John-St. Louis, MO

    I think they will view the race as a split between two qualified candidates. Between the old guard of Clinton and the new guard of Obama. Of course it remains to be seen if Obama can pull in the old guard into his team. If he loses the Presidential race, he's done in the Democratic party.

    May 9, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  3. Marie

    I think it will be remembered as the "opposite day" election. Obama, who graduated from Harvard lae and went to work in the streets got painted as "elitist". Meanwhile Clinton panders to each pimary state, and is viewed as the working class hero. Bizarre!

    May 9, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  4. Kathy/ GA

    Hopefully, the world will not view this race as the Clintons and their supporters view it-through rose colored glasses. The world will probably view it was it really is power hungry, money grabbing people who will attempt to destroy anyone who gets in their way.

    May 9, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  5. Julie, NY

    I know how I will remember it Jack. Years from now, people who are too young now to ever remember this election and people who haven't even been born yet will wonder- it was so obvious that Obama was deceiving the American public. Why were they so naive?

    May 9, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  6. Erin

    In the end, it's not going to be about the hostility between candidates. History will look fondly on this time when the issue wasn't whether to elect the first woman or the first African-American but which of the PEOPLE, Obama or Clinton, would be the best choice.

    We'll never eradicate racism and sexism in our lifetimes but we've turned a new corner and we're hopefully on our way. What a triumph for the American people.

    We've come a long way, baby!

    May 9, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  7. Patricia

    If Sen. Obama wins, (from my lips to God's ear); then it will be the proof this country & most importantly of all, Black Americans will need that White Americans do know who the best candidate & President for this country will be.
    Palmdale, Ca.

    May 9, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  8. Mary in Dallas

    It Obama wins it will be o.k. and Hillary will be a mere footnote to history. However, if Obama loses, it can and should be laid on Hillary's shoulders...as well as the onus of opening up racial tensions when we had made so much progress in that area. I am a white elderly working class woman...and I DO NOT SUPPORT HILLARY. What does that make me? She has insulted everyone who doesn't want to endorse her negative and destructive campaign. Sen. Obama has been more than polite and gentlemanly and diplomatic with her. I do hope he doesn't offer her a place on the ticket because then she would claim that he only won because of her. In fact, I think she would cause him to LOSE votes. He has shown good judgment all along, so I believe he has the good judgement to not make her a part of anything. It is now up to the American people.

    May 9, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  9. JT from TN

    This has been a brutal battle, but it will and should go in the history books as one of the greatest after all it the first time a woman of any color has ran and the first for a black man. It wasn't thought possible even 4 years ago and really wasn't possible in the 19th century or even before. I think the democratic nominee should the President just because the white are the ones who have messed things. Oh yea and I'm a white guy. what a shame.

    May 9, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  10. Terry in Hanover County, VA

    History will note that America has finally evolved and that men and women regardless of race, age, ethnicity, etc. had an equal chance to become President. Either Clinton or Obama will be the "first" if elected President and that, too, will be mentioned along with his or her accomplishments in office. As to this campaign, it may be listed as "hard fought" but the pettiness and rancor we have seen over the last few months will be long forgotten, especially compared to the rancor and pettiness that's about to come during the general election.

    May 9, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  11. Tony

    I believe that history will show that voters can get so sick and tired of broken promises, that they will take a gamble on any virtually unknown candidate, with the hope that things do indeed change, and for the better..............Tony St. Petersburg, FL.

    May 9, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  12. Rick, Alabama

    Like a split party and just like America is with our two party system of corruption ! There is no easy way out of this mess that was created over the last eight years ! One thing is for sure, we do not need no more Greed of Principle (GOP) control over this country.

    May 9, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  13. tidho

    If Obama wins in November it will be remembered as the historic contest between the the first legitimate black man and woman to run.

    If he loses it will be remembered for Hillary's negative attacks undermining Obama on his way to an otherwise near certain victory for the Democrats – all while the primary race was essentially decided.

    May 9, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  14. Lenore Z.

    History will view the 2008 Democratic contest as an American watershed. Clinton never understood the rising tide against the war. That's why she didn't vote against it. Also, she underestimated the desire for a change, not just from Bush, but from anyone perceived as an old Washington insider. Further, she wasn't the great politician her husband was.

    Manhattan, Kansas

    May 9, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  15. Julie, NY

    Easy question Jack. Obama is the Mondale of the 21st century. That's the kind of thoughts they will be thinking.

    May 9, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  16. Eddie, Quebec

    History will view this race as a test to the american people. Wether they have the ability to evolve alongside the rest of the world and change or if they will remain a manipulated stagnant society.

    May 9, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  17. Pamela Wright

    Jack, without question this race will be seen as the beginning of the end. The end of Bush. The end of the Clintons. The end of a "slowed down" economy and a foreign policy predicated on "We're the United States, we can blow you up." The end of Karl Rove tactics. The end of incompetence.


    May 9, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  18. Eric Cheung

    It depends on if Barack Obama ultimately wins in November–has Hillary poisoned him beyond repair? Actually strike that, he's already won what's important: he's changed politics.

    He's proven that the American people are still ultimately more important than any politician. That a movement can be started but that it must be the people that decide that movement can work. 1.5 million people have paid for a share of this movement. That's unheard of.

    Ultimately movements have been the story of this election on all sides. With the Republicans Mike Huckabee ran a low-budget campaign that managed to make headway on positivity and connecting. McCain is someone who, so far at least, disowns comments that play into negative campaigning, no matter whose side the comments come from.

    So I think history will see this as the year where positive and gracious campaigning wins out over arrogance and ends-over-means politics as always.

    Both styles will always be there, but Barack Obama has made the case that you can be nice and finish first.

    May 9, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  19. Julie, NY

    People will look back on Hillary's life and see all the good she did. Then they'll remember how horrible the media was to her, and they'll ask why.

    May 9, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  20. Gavin

    Hi Jack love your shw and say hi to Wolf for me i am a democrat and regardless of who got the nominee i would have supported them but dont you think Hillary is going to far. I think John Mcain is a great American but say by some chance and i am not wishing this any one especially not Sen Mcain but hypothetically speaking if something were to waiver Sen Mcain ineligible or he were to pass God forbid dont you think Hillary would Split the party in 2 and go Independent and run in the general with the base she's got against Barack Obama's base and which ever flimsy nominee the republicans put forward. I hink thats why Hillary is still in this race wishing and hoping for some hand of God to work in mysterious ways to give her "her inherit and entitled rights to the Presidency JACK as you would say "YOUR RIGHT!!"

    May 9, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  21. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    From a national perspective, this election will serve as one of the watermarks in American politics. This campign demonstrated the end of conventional politicking and fundraising and the rising importance of the internet in terms of fundraising, blogging, and information.

    From the DNC perspective, this marked a new low for the party as GOP tactics were used by the current First Family of the party to attack a fellow Democrat.

    May 9, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  22. BigDaddyJ Wilmington, DE

    History will show how the wife of an ex president tried to single handedly destroy the Democratic party by refusing to lose with dignity. History will show how she pandered (Gas Tax), lied (Sniper Bullets) and demonstrated everthing that is wrong with most politicians (Kitchen Sink Negativism) in her bid to satisfy her huge ego.

    May 9, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  23. Dave from Veazie, ME

    Jack, despite all of the negativity thats gone on in this race I think history will look back at this race as an incredible, defining moment for the United States. This race has shown that finally we've grown to the point where a women and an African American can both have a real shot at becoming president. Even if the eventual nominee were to lose in the fall (which I really hope is not what happens) just the fact that these two could generate so much support shows that civil rights has come a long way in our country.

    May 9, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  24. Kirk Paulson

    I do not think history will view this race as being about experience. George W. Bush has loads of experience for the job and even very few Republicans want another 4 year dose of experience .
    Park City, Utah

    May 9, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  25. NH-Independent

    As the most studied, discussed,and debated race ever.

    May 9, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  26. Peter Pan Fairview, Texas

    When politicians speak ill of another politician it simply means they have nothing important or worthwhile to say about themselves. When that happens they have already lost the race. They just don't know it yet. Hillary Clinton started speaking ill of Obama and every other candidate from day one. Her husband on the stump doing the exact same thing. When Hillary Clinton was low in the polls she lashed out at Obama. Obama stayed calm and composed. The American people saw that. Hillary Clinton and her advisor, namely Bill Clinton did not. When you have a history of deceit and lies following you and your husband it is probably better not to run for President of the United States. People that live in glass houses should not throw stones at others. Especially not from inside their own damn glass house. History will not be kind to the Clinton's nor should it be. A lot of people trusted Hillary Clinton and gave money in an economic time of uncertainty, taking food out of their own mouths to support her. I feel sorry for those folks. They deserved better then what they got from Hillary Clinton.

    May 9, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  27. Bruce Taylor

    The Obama campaign will completely transform the way Presidential politics occur in the future. But more importantly, it may be the turning point when finally voters cared more about issues than sideshow distractions.

    May 9, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  28. Eric, Maryland

    Fierce, exciting, competitive, entertaining, disappointing, sad, and most of all historic…..

    May 9, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  29. theresa

    i think we will be still be wondering, who is this guy?, he started off with a martin luther king vibe about him, then he sounded like his disowned paster preaching for a while and now it seems he's trying to just talk to us. hillary seems to try to say what we want to hear and showing an almost nurturing side, that she truely cares about the struggles of the poor and impoverished in this nation. i'm from ky. and not one of the poor and impoverished, but that is what i will base my vote on, it is very stressful to see the struggles going on. we will certainly not ever forget this race, the press has run it in the ground at every angle, too many speculations, this may be a hard lesson learned for democrats. i remain an uncommited voter and believe the race is still on.

    May 9, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  30. Gigi in Alabama

    How can anyone predict how history will see this election? If Sen. Obama gets the nomination, he still needs to convince the American people that he can implement all the changes he wants. That will be a huge job for him.
    If he gets the job of President, he will still need an overwhelming majority in Congress to try to bring about these changes. These variables are what history will have to judge this years election by.

    May 9, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  31. Julie, NY

    Obama will be the George Bush of the Democratic Party.

    May 9, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  32. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    History will view the Hillary-Obama contest as historic and a new template that carried into the future. If you believe that the primary was overly nasty and divisive,just go back and look at the 1960 democratic primary. John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson did not like each other and were very nasty. The only reason that this is not brought up today is because back then there was no 24-hour news cycle,bloggers or youtube. Kennedy and Johnson made up and ran on the same ticket and won. Johnson later became President. Hillary and Obama can do the same thing,but they need to swallow their egos and pride and do what's right for the country. How they mend their fences with each other is how historians will eventually judge them.

    May 9, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  33. Marti

    History will record it as the turning point in America when she grew up and entered the 21st century.

    And I'm white, 66, female, and make less than $40,000 a year - and I support Barack Obama!!

    May 9, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  34. matt from albany


    I will remember this race for two reasons.

    First, I am a young republican. After watching this primary and listening to words rather than rehtoric, I have decided to become a Democrat. I realized that my morals and ideals are more in-line with the Democratic party.

    Second, I never much liked Bill Clinton but I always respected hillary for her moxie. After this primary, I hold Hillary in less regard than I held Bill.

    This primary will be remembered for exposing many falsehoods.
    1) Hillary and Bill once owned the black vote; now they claim the white-working class vote is the only vote that matters.
    2) Super Tuesday is not so Super when you actually have two viable candidates.
    3) 5 and 10 dollar donations can win you the nomination. You do not need millions from special interest groups and lobbyists.
    4) Republicans can not find one acceptable candidate under the age of 65.

    Thanks for the memories.

    Matt from Albany, NY

    May 9, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  35. Dave

    After all is said and done, I do not think that this will rise to the Lincoln-Douglas debates. It will slide into obscurity once Obama is slated as the nominee. The interest rests in Clinton's doggedness and her ability to continue the fight despite all accounts of her inability to wrest the control of the nomination away from Obama. Frankly, I am a litlle tired of the Yale influence on the presidential Oval Office and I would like to see input from a Hravrad alumnus for a change to the better. Mr. Bush has tainted Yale and since Hillary also went there, that in itself is enough to deny her access to the White House for me. All Obama needs to do is to hyphenate his name and say that he is from Ireland and all could be well. How about it, O'Bama? Just like a O'Shaugnassy, O'Donnel, or a O'Cafferty!

    May 9, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  36. Jenny

    The race is historic. This is the first time a white male has not been a viable candidate for President. It is ashame that these two just could not work together and get along. But after all she is a Clinton and they do not share very well. I look foreward to the fall campaign and hope that people will look past Obama's Skin color and vote for the best person for the job.

    Jenny Rome GA

    May 9, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  37. Jim El Paso Tx.

    Jack Depending on the outcome in November, people will will see it as a major reason for the Democrats lose to Mc Same i.e. dividing our Party or having made us more determined to come together to defeat the Republican's...I certainly hope it's the latter!

    May 9, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  38. Jennifer Collins

    Good question Jack. I think history will view this race very differently from how we are seeing it. This moment in time will be considered the time when the world truly started viewing America as the United States of America. When a black man was finally considered equal. Unfortunately, women will still have to wait.

    May 9, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  39. Isaac

    It will be viewed as two historical figures in a snobberknocker, no holds bar, knockout, dragout, marriage affair to the whitehouse.

    Isaac, johns island ,sc

    May 9, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  40. Susan- Dallas Texas

    I don't know Jack. I can't even think about yet. Isn't Hillary still winning in the State of Denial?

    May 9, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  41. Julie, NY

    This will be the year that the Democrats lose its base. That's what people will remember. No one cares about blue collar workers anymore, or older, loyal Democrats anymore.

    May 9, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  42. joe

    It will be viewed as a hard fought battle between a super rich elitist political has been and a new visionary from Chicago.


    st louis,mo

    May 9, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  43. Judie

    History will view this race between Hillary and Obama as the end of politics as usual. It will be one of the few times when common sense and good judgement will have prevailed during a nominating process. Hillary did pave the way for a future female to become president. In eight years we will probably have a well qualified and experienced woman who will lead this country to further greatness but it will not be Hillary nor an old Washington polotical insider candidate we have had quite enough of those.

    St. Augustine, Fl

    May 9, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  44. Kristy

    I believe that the world will look back on this election and be ashamed that instead of promoting the success of the first viable African-American candidate, the DNC chose to defer to the "Old Guard" of the Clintons.

    I also think that people will remember the first viable female candidate became negative, aggressive, and divisive, especially in regards to race. She is a sore loser and Mrs. Clinton has been no role model, at least not for me.

    Kristy (hard-working white woman) from Iowa

    May 9, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  45. laurie michigan

    Probably as another year the Democratic Party blew it again. Or it could go down in history as the year Americans finally included everyone in our country as Americans instead of putting them in slots due to race or ethnicity. Why we have Jewish Americans, Asian Americans, African Americans, White Americans, Christian Americans, etc. is beyond me. If they are citizens of this great country they are just Americans like everyone else, with the same rights as established by our Constitution. A country for the people, by the people.

    May 9, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  46. BJ - The Netherlands

    The race is already legendary and will go down that way in history. However, if it doesn't end soon, it will also go down in history as a – if not the – major reason on why the Republican party will get 4 more years.

    May 9, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  47. Julie from LA

    Senator Obama has more experience in elective office than Senator Clinton. As Senators, both have authored the same number of important pieces of legislation (2), but she's had twice as long to do it.

    What accomplishments can she point to? She voted for the war, and has supported Bush over and over. She says she'll "obliterate Iran" (and 70 million men, women and children)... she panders to voters with a counter-productive "tax holiday"....lies about "sniper fire"....grossly mismanages the money given to her campaign....and seems to coordinate attacks on Obama with John McCain (Charlie Black and Mark Penn collaborating, perhaps?), Add in hidden earmarks. 2007 tax return, and the library donor list) and you have a good picture of her "experience",

    This kind of "experience" is not impressive.

    Obama has more years in elective office than HIllary. His work in the community compares favorably with her work for WalMart or as a lawyer.

    Despite being the "candidate of experience" surrounded with old-time Clinton loyalists, her campaign has been a mess of in-fighting and money mismanagement (including stiffing small business owners around the country).

    Obama has shown himself as the anti-Rove. I'm proud that voters around the country have repudiated the Clintons' (and media's) divisiveness. The country is ready for a change.

    May 9, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  48. Jasleen

    History will look at this as an advancement of equal rights regardless of race or gender. It's a moment in time for when we put discrimination to rest! A new chapter in American history that americans can be proud of!

    May 9, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  49. Dwayne

    I'm a 23 yr old black college student from Durham N.C, this will be remembered as one of the greatest races of all time but I don't know whether or not that'll be in a good light or a bad one because it seems that we're only becoming more divided, I hope it's remembered as a contest that brought this country together but I fear that it'll only divide us more if it seems that Obama was either robbed of the nomination or if it was sabotaged, I wish all these "bitter" Obama AND Hilary supporters would just stop the bickering and the threats......the one silver lining in this is that my generation has managed to become involved more than ever in the political process and have managed to be civil about it unlike some of our parents and grandparents who are behaving like children.

    May 9, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  50. Nganga

    For now,the only lession I can see is in the future candidates code of conduct. Listen to the people and know what they are yearning for in a presindent before beating your chest as the one people need to deliver what they are looking for in a leander.
    Obama has put a very deep foundation on how the future politicians will be conducting their camps when seeking leandership.
    It's going to be OBAMA-MANUAL-LOG which is going to replace the Republican Play-Book!
    Nganga,Austin TX

    May 9, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  51. shirley thibodeaux


    She may have a wealth of experience but he (Obama)surpasses her in common sense. This is a guy who came in without any advantages( no money, wealthy friends, or a popular name) and yet he managed to do an exceptionally job at building a coalition. I've never seen so many people excited about a candidate. Hillary's biggest problem was that she was over-confident.

    May 9, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  52. upset voter in TX

    Jack, the general will be much different. The poeple will see that his change/hope speech was just borrowed words from a politician of the past. Its not him speaking from heart and the DNC will learn their lessons when this is all said and done. If you offer change then your change should be from your heart the words that a governor used to get elected 2 years ago. How is that change?

    May 9, 2008 at 2:40 pm |

    Hell, Jack, that's easy.

    David and Goliath.

    And, just like the original, David wins...

    Jim Whittaker
    Hemet, CA

    May 9, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  54. marrig San Francisco, CA

    Jack, that depends on events which are in the future. If the nomination is stolen by Hillary, the Democratic party will never be the same again. The bitterness will be OUT OF SIGHT.

    If Obama is the nominee, the race will go down through history as a marker for civil rights progress and as an illustration that brand name doesn't guarantee victory over a relatively unknown.

    From a practical point of view, grass roots planning trumps big ticket management, e.g., Mark Penn. Arrogance and entitlement does not cut it and is no substitute for real indepth strategy and legwork.

    May 9, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  55. Jeff in White Bear Lake, MN

    Honestly? History will view this race as a testament to when the media finally shed objectivity in favor of activism in the political world. No one, from this election forward, will ever claim that any media outlet is impartial or just reporting the news. This entire primary has been shaped by who was in the media's favor. You Jack, will have your own special place in this recounting... possibly your own picture and side caption in the history books. 'man who from day one hated Hillary and continually posted to that end until she was finally forced from the campaign.'

    May 9, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  56. Aaron B.; Champaign, IL

    All you have to do is wait another five/ten/fifteen years and see which political analysts will publish a book on it. This was undoubtedly a historic race for the Presidential nomination; but the focus of future literature will most certainly center on what it means to run the ideal (or not-so-ideal) campaign - listening to the people, positive marketing messages, knowledgeable staff and understanding your limitations.

    (My only, admittedly biased wish is that Americans of the future will preserve Obama's phenomenal speech on race issues.)

    May 9, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  57. Roger Cyr

    It is very sad to see the Clintons being unable to accept that they have loss. They are blinded by being unable to put the American public ahead of her need for power at any cost. I was shocked this afternoon to hear a commentary on CNN saying that the the polls indicate a major victory for Hillary in West Virginia, which could have some significance. When Obama was winning the smaller states Clinton indicated it did not mean anything unless you had the big ones like Ohio. What are the new rules for tomorrow. The Clintons care about only the Clintons and that was proven again this week when she used the race card. She is pathetic and unfortunately she is dragging down her husband who was well respected . Roger

    May 9, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  58. Scott in Phoenix

    History will demonstrate that career politicians are more vested in their own advancement than that of the country. Seeing Sen. Clinton and her camp continue to try to change the rules as they see fit for personal gain now coupled with attempts of racial division is infuriating. Not just with her but the entire current government.

    May 9, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  59. Rick Bettger

    History will look back on the 2008 Clinton/Obama race as a historical one. It's the first time that an African American man and a woman have had a serious chance at winning the White House.

    It also marks a change in America: a youth movement which wants to make its own mark on the country. College students are coming out in droves to vote. People want to eat organic foods, go green, and stay in shape. The American people want new ideas and leadership in government, not the experience Hillary brings.

    History might note the hitch in Hillary Clinton's political career. But people will remember this election because it is a black man versus a woman. It will also show the baby boomer's children and children's children coming of age and taking responsibility for their nation.

    May 9, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  60. Bit, Alabama

    Jack, History is going to look like this:

    History Does Not Repeat Itself

    A Black Man Can Be President (despite the odds and the prejudices).

    May 9, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  61. shirley thibodeaux


    She was over-confident and he was determined.


    Breaux Bridge, LA

    May 9, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  62. matt from albany


    I will remember this primary as I remembered Bill Clinton's time in office... and that is not a good thing. Anytime a Clinton gets pressure they change the rules.

    If you disrespect the highest office of the land, blame the vast right wing conspiracy.

    If once loyal voters decide they want to support a non-Clinton, bash them and compare them to a biblical traitor. (Judas)

    If you put all off your eggs into one basket, feel free to steal eggs from any basket that is left unwatched.

    May 9, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  63. Pepou

    The history will remember how the Clintons used every dirty trick in their bag to finally lose. Racial divide, kitchen sink strategy, lies, deception. And finally their complete misunderstanding that their time was over and that people in this country want change not old politics as usual.

    May 9, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  64. Samuel, West Virginia

    I will view it as the election when one of the most prominent families in democratic history tried the throw the election so that the republicans could win and they could run again in 2012. I would view it as when the Clintons got exposed as selfish politicians instead as true democrats.

    May 9, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  65. Robert from RI

    I think after her most recent race based comments she's going to go down as the woman who was willing to burn down the entire Democratic party and anyone else's chance of winning this election just to satisfy her own ambitions. It's ugly and it's despicable.

    May 9, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  66. Marion in Oklahoma

    This has been the dirtiest most corrupt race to ever hit the USA political scene. The Obama/Chicago machine made it happen. Been around 74 years and even worked for a political party for 8 years.
    Race, gender, age and media bias has made this race a sham.
    The America people are losing.

    May 9, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  67. Darcy Lawrence

    I think history will view the race between Obama/Hill/Billary as one or may be the best race ever. They have inspired many to vote. who were not interested in politics until now. Now if the superdelegates do the wrong thing the democratic party will never recover and McCain will be our next president.

    May 9, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  68. Dave

    Hilary has lost the campaign. It is over. Clinging to false hopes, her strategy is to now strong-arm superdelegates (Pelosi), and in doing so demonstrates she has lost her moral compass.

    May 9, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  69. Julie, NY

    Jack, I'll tell you how we'll remember it. We'll remember the media misguiding the public into believing that Obama has so much support. HE DOESN'T! You act like he has won over so many more voters than Hillary- this is one of the closest nomination processes in Democratic history! It's people like you Jack that make people like me NOT want to vote for Obama in the fall. Keep doing it, and you're attitude will be all your downfall!

    May 9, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  70. Catherine

    Is anyone going to report on the "white Americans" comment Clinton made? This comment came out of her own mouth, not her ministers! Her despicable comment and her scorched earth attitude towards the Democratic Party are reprehensible. A self-righteous, narcissistic President is not my idea of someone who can bring people together. I am a white working class female and I am one of millions of white Americans that will vote for Obama this fall!

    May 9, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  71. Gord from Boston

    This is the year where the Left Wing of the Democratic Party steam rolled the centerists. Obama had Air America, Kos, The Huffington Post, Move On and the Cafferty File to help fund his campaign and spread his message that style and speaches matters more than experience. The centerists had no voice and Clinton's supporters were treated like racists and simpletons for prefering the moderate Clinton to the left wing Obama. It reminds me of American Idol where the real rock stars lose out to the flash in the pan, but I guess that's a sign of the times we live in.

    May 9, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  72. Dana Johnson Kensington Maryland

    Jack, they will view the campaign as a colossal wast of half a billion dollars on the bonfire of the Clinton's vanity. (that includes the cost of her campaign and of Obama's having to deal with it. )

    May 9, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  73. Terry in Fayetteville, NC

    The primary contest will be a footnote when the name Obama is used in context with Jefferson, Lincoln, Roosevelt and Kennedy.

    May 9, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  74. Steve - Dallas,TX

    Gord from Boston – My sentiments exactly

    I've voted Dem my entire adult life. This is the first time I've ever been so disgusted with the probable choice that I may just have to sit this one out. I cant/wont vote Rep. and I cant vote for someone that I whole-heartedly believe lacks the skills, knowledge and experience to be president.

    May 9, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  75. Paula

    If Obama wins it will mark the time that, despite all the obstacles, the United States got its first people's President. Someone that after all this time is truly out for the people of the United States. A time that a new movement emerged with democrats, republicans, black, white, Asian, Hispanic, American Indian, gay and straight. We'll remember this as a time that these people really started working together. If Hillary gets the nomination (by some shady circumstances), we will remember this time as the time when the Democratic Party was destroyed. Where years of civil right movements and great strides were destroyed because of the ruthless and selfish ambition of one woman. The woman that would stop at nothing to get what she wanted. I pray America does not let this happen.

    May 9, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  76. Matt McCarty

    I think this race will be remembered as Hillary's ambition destroyed respect for her and the democratic party. Her LBJ, Jesse Jackson, Louis Farakan, and "white blue collar voters" have shown she is playing the race card beyond comprehension. She is so desperate to win that she will run a Karl Rove campaign. I also think it will be remembered as how a brilliant, collected black man beat the unbeatable. The Clintons, who've never lost. If he runs his white house like he's run his campaign, we are going to have some good years ahead of us. For Hillary being ready on day one, she sure seems to run a crappy infrastructure.

    May 9, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  77. Chris

    Who ran against Taft? Who ran against Jackson? History does not have a lot of interest in campaigns. History has interest in who governs and how they govern. Regardless who gets the nomination, and who wins in November, the election process will not be especially historic. It's what our new president does in 2009 that will get written into the books.

    Chris from Louisville KY

    May 9, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  78. Mark in PA

    It will be viewed as "The year the white woman was thrown under the bus" because she refused to sit in back of it.

    May 9, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  79. Jeremy Smith

    They will look at this contest as the most racial and gender divided contest in American History. If you look back months ago Jack. Barack Obama had to earn the Black vote. Hillary Clinton could have won the nomination already if her advisors and supporters hadn't played the race card. It's amazing to me how the Clintons were adored by Black Americans and now they're just another face on TV.

    May 9, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  80. JS

    It will be remembered for determining whether we are still a racist country. For those who would say a black man should not be president, I would like to ask them if we should return all black troops from Iraq, who are fighting for this country. I'm sure the racists will say – please take my son or daughter instead!!! (Not likely)
    From an old white woman, JS North Carolina

    May 9, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  81. sandy in Ohio

    I pray it will be remembered when the canidate who didn't play the "race card", who didn't say "vote for me because I am a woman", who didn't say" It is my right to be president" was victorious. My daughters are all white women and have waited to vote for a woman but can not bring themselves to vote for Hillary and more business as usual. As for me. I wasn't old enough to vote for Jack Kennedy but as a retiree I can sure vote for Obama.

    May 9, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  82. BOB, VA

    This race will be remembered for its racist media bias, which backfired and the spectacle of a female senator and her husband, an ex-prez, who will go to any length including lying and trash-talking her opponent, eventually ending up in the dust-bin of history!

    May 9, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  83. Sandy

    Well.. Jack, what to say Jack, but that it took a mere over-ambitious woman to make fools of 300 million people supposed-to-be-Super-power in the world (US) for this long!!! And that everyone of us went and still are, going to go drown as those poor mices to Hillary's piper. But atleast those mices do not claim to have those highly-evolved human brains unlike us! when she is changing all the rules and games in front of our own eyes!

    May 9, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  84. Annie, Atlanta

    Humans need to start learning from their mistakes, and politicians need to learn how to read "we the people." I want to know where Romney thinks he or McCain have a corner on the experience market? Doesn't experience mean you actually have to do it first?

    May 9, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  85. Wayne.

    If Obama gets the nomination, we (Latinos, Asians, Indias) will VOTE for McCain. Obama will never get our votes.

    May 9, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  86. isabelle nyc

    Clinton is irrelevant now and she will stay that way...
    It will be remembered at one of those decisive moments in history, when a sudden leap into a new era takes every one by surprise, over night ; a young brilliant unknown named Barack Obama becomes President of the US and is also the first African American man to do so...In today's world's context of war, environment emergencies, economic collapse, his new kind of leadership offers hope to go in the right direction facing those global problems we all share in order to survive..

    May 9, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  87. Sandi in Canada

    This race, and ultimately the November election, will be remembered as the time in history when Americans rejected "old politics" (i.e. lifetime politicians who owe debts to big business) for a visionary leader who's campaign was funded not by business but by the people. As a direct result, Obama's decisions and leadership will not be clouded. He owes the people. And that's a huge win for America and the world!

    Sandi in Canada

    May 9, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  88. Catherine Lao


    The Clintons, or more specifically, Hillary, could not see change because they did not want to change Washington. She's made a lot of close connections by playing the I scratch your back and vice versa game, while ignoring the needs of the people who elected her into her position of power.

    Hillary, may have testicular fortitude, but she lacks sincerity or graciousness, which turns people off. She feels the world owes her, when the world has paid her a great deal for her services. Sadly, we over-paid.

    She uses and discards others on a whim and will say she will do anything and in the end, do very little to nothing, and point to others as if it were someone else's fault or forces beyond her control to live up to her promises.

    We already had 8 years of shenanigans with the Clintons, I certainly do not need another 4-8 more years of the same nonsense.


    May 9, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  89. marie

    history is being made as we speak some of it's good some bad. I think america will have a black eye when they look back and see how they treated americas first black president. How they questioned this man's love for his country, how he had to disown his pator, how a reporter have the nerves to say to a grown american man "Why do you love this country" how offensive. No one would ever say to mister Bush why do you love America, we can't see it because we are living through it but the treatment of Mister Obama /President Obama will go down history and for the press who is covering him you may want to trail these waters very carefully.

    May 9, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  90. Mike, Toronto

    After Obama's nomination, anything less than a complete endorsement accompanied by very active campaigning in his favor by the Clintons would make both Sen. Clinton and the former President look like political relics; their full support of the nominee would protect their image for a while, otherwise they'll be forgotten very soon.

    May 9, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  91. Greg in Leavenworth Kansas

    If McCain becomes our next President then history will label the Barack-Hillary contest as a fiasco: the beginning of the end for the Democratic party.

    Everyone will view Hillary as the primary catalyst for the fiasco, but she won't be alone. Democrats will blame, in part, Howard Dean and the Democratic leaders in Florida and Michigan as well as Rush Limbaugh. Of course Republicans will "credit" Limbaugh with the Democratic Party's demise.

    If McCain wins in November then history will see Hillary as a scapegoat and Limbaugh as a hero.

    May 9, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  92. Jack, Kentucky

    History will probably look back on the 2008 Primary as the one where Democrats met the enemy, and the enemy was themselves. Also historians wil probably note that 2008 was the year that resulted in a complete restructuring of the Democratic Primary process.

    May 9, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  93. Andrew

    As a moderate who went into this process planning on voting for a democrat, I think it all depends on how the election in november plays out. If the democrats do take the whitehouse, and do a good job while there, history will say, "they came together". But as of right now, if things keep going the way they are, history will say, "The Clinton support was hardened and stubborn, while the obama supporters were smug and self-righteus".
    Be careful democrats.

    May 9, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  94. Terry - Texas

    Jack, I think this election season will be viewed as the first when the Internet came of age – dramatically altering everything from fund raising and campaign management, to balancing the power and influence of traditional media with new media outlets and allowing virtually anyone to express their views via outlets such as YouTube and things like this blog.

    May 9, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  95. AustinB

    Julie in NY – a question and a comment:

    1. Question – What has America been deceived about? How in the world, in your opinion, has Obama been less transparent and honest about that other candidates in general. IMHO, he's been more honest, more transparent and less willing to quickly to the 'ploitical thing'.
    2. I was for Hillary Clinton and am no longer. You say Jack makes you not want to vote for Obama. Why? Biased reporting? I've been on both sides of the fence and in my opinion, CNN has been biased towards whomever has the momentum. First Hillary, then Obama, then Hillary, now Obama. The go with the story of the day, that's what sells news, so they do it.

    In regards for support, he has (slightly) more suppor than Clinton. We'll have to wait until November to see how he fares against McCain. He has received donations from more individuals than any candidate in the history of this country. I'd say that's a decent mark of the breadth and diversity of his base.


    Just a white guy in Austin

    May 9, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  96. James in Cape Coral, FL

    I believe history will show this to be a pivital point when American's finally decided enough is enough. The fact that a man of color and a woman are doing better than the old white man in this race shows American's want a big change in the way their government is ran. Also, if you consider that of the two the one who most represents the status quo is losing, then you see that this is something American's aren't taking lightly.

    May 9, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  97. Brian


    The Clinton-Obama race will be a footnote at the bottom of a page... Noone ever really remembers who lost the primary races, the general election is all that matters.

    Tampa FL

    May 9, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  98. Karen R Johonie

    Well Jack, I think it will be remembered as the future vs the past. The record amount of new voters and use of the internet which Obama used brilliantly in campaign funding showed Americans want change.Im proud to say I'm a white 61 yr old Republican woman who will vote for Obama. He is the future. Karen J. from Calif.

    May 9, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  99. Mark from San Diego


    History will record the Clinton campaign as a train wreck with Obama and the Democratic Party surviving the ugly and negative campaign mounted by Bill and Hiilary.

    It will also mark a turning point when a majority of Democrats finally saw the Clinton's for what they are in the same way that a minority of Democrats have seen them for many years.

    Mark from San Diego

    May 9, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  100. Peggy

    This year will be remembered as the year when American's finally found their voice and became part of the election process, rather than just a group of different states to pander to and get elected. I like that I am a part of history, and as one of the 1.5 million Obama grass roots donaters, I feel like I have a piece of the election too, not just the fat cats anymore, but now the average American can hold our politicians accountable, because it is OUR money funding the campaign.

    May 9, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  101. Nina in PA

    It will be viewed as the year that faithful, lifelong democrats were told they were no longer desired in the democratic party. The Obama campaign, Donna Brazile, Chris Bowers and others have taken over what used to be a party I was proud of. That is no longer the case, so today I went and changed my party registration to unaffiliated.

    May 9, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  102. Julie, Tucson

    It will be remembered as the changing of the guard, wresting the torch away from a generation not quite ready to relinquish. A new day, a new opportunity for Americans of all stripes to come together and show the world that democracy works.

    May 9, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  103. BJ Smith

    As time goes on it will be viewed as a stark difference in the way each candidate ran their respective campaigns. Is there any question why CHANGE won out?

    BJ in Seminole, FL

    May 9, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  104. Cherian Jacob

    If a Woman decided, then no one can stop her

    If her supporters and super delegates are moving to Obama, it is time for her to think to switch over to Republicans. Any way John Mccaine is not going to win this general election even no one from republicans so if Hillary joins their team they still can win this general election.

    Why don't you think in diff angle? Finally it is Power and Politics. Anything can happen in today’s Politics

    May 9, 2008 at 3:41 pm |

    Regarding the moronic moves by the Myanmar Junta to refuse international aid for that country during this natural disaster; which clowns are these clowns taking advice from, George W. Bush and Michael Brown? Deja vu all over again.

    May 9, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  106. Jerry,OK

    Hillary vs Obama, demonstrates once again, America's racial divides. Ninty percent of blacks, compared to thirty percent of whites voting for Obama. While Hillary receives seventy percent of whites, compared to eight percent of blacks,

    Obama vs Hillary, demonstrates that America has a long way to go in solving deep seated resentments in black's and racial ignorance in whites.

    Should Barack become the next president, Barack probably will not close the great racial divides in America, but he may open the door to racial enlightenment...Anything is possible!

    May 9, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  107. Barb, Westampton, NJ

    I think people just don't like or trust the Clinton's. It's not that Obama is so great, he is just more likable than the Clinton's. Didn't we all have enough of Bill & Hill?

    May 9, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  108. John from Chicago

    Jack historians will look back at this primary and see Obama and Clinton as politicians with very similar policies. Thats why it has been so hard for people to decide.
    Historians will also say Americans were so disgusted with President Bush they showed up in droves and voted democratic in protest.

    May 9, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  109. Jamie from Northampton, UK


    I pay far more attention to US Politics than in my own country because you can actually relate to what the candidates say. The Democratic race will go down in history as the campaign where a movement was created, where realism triumphed over pandering.

    May 9, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  110. tom

    It will show GREAT History – The freedom of America is the eny of the world –

    Hillary can write the final chapter – Hope she bows out soon

    May 9, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  111. Josh from San Antonio

    This race will be an important lesson if the Democrats lose this fall – predictably being because Clinton supporters might not vote for Obama out of spite. It will be a repeat of the election that had the first appearance of the Bull Moose Party, a Party that effectively made the Republicans ineffective for years to come. Personally, I do hope Obama wins. America needs a new face and character, and I believe he can provide.

    May 9, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  112. Norma

    I am a 68, soon to be a 69 yr old person. I voted for Sen. Obama in the Ga primary. I was undecided up and until the moment voted for Sen. Obama. After all a woman for Pres. It was great and about time. I did not look at Sen. Obama as any other than an American male. We've had males before as Pres. So no big deal. Sen. Clinton has helped me to come to a decision. She is not a candidate for change; she reminds us quite often, that Mr. Obama in black. He is behind in getting the white male vote in WV. He is not capable to protecting his family and this country from being attacked by outside forces. He is giving us a pile of manure. Sen. Clinton is trying effectively on the race issue to do what Rev. Wright (Wrong) could not do on the religious end of the spectrum. Since, Mr Obama is a black male, he could not possibly be for all segments of our population. Shame, shame Mrs. Clinton. If you were to become the first, white, female Pres of the USA would you only serve the white, female population of this country. Mrs. Clinton it appears to me that you are still of the mentality of what the younger generation is trying to overcome. The fear tactics that have long been a part of this country. I love the USA, but hate those who use race as a means to an end. Mrs. Clinton you should stop your racist war mongering, and stress peace among the people of a country, for the people, by the people (by the way, none of the people included in the promise are all stupid only some–get my drift.) Demonstrate the woman of tolerance and intellect, you say you are.

    May 9, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  113. Ken Beaverton, MI

    For most of us historyically we will see a race between two potential leaders. A black and and a white female. Who would have thought that would have happened in our lifetime? But, it has.
    For many, ML King's "dream" will have come to fruition. A blessing for this country. It has been far too long from dream to actuality.
    For Obama and his supporters, it will be a time to celebrate history in the making. I changed politcal parties to endorse this dream fulfilled and I will relish the fact that we are part of a new history.
    For Hillary and her supporters, it could have been a time to celebrate participation in a "dream" ticket. Yet, she chose to go negative and to revise her personal history by fabrications in her autobiography, "ducking sniper bullets," and race baiting actions of some of her supporters. I fear that she will be bitter and blame the "left", the "right", "slick Willie", and the "in-betweens."
    If corurse we all know that hstory is written by the winners and attempted to be revisited by the losers.

    May 9, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  114. Vinnie Vino

    This race has been an absolute joke and it became America's worst nightmare by handing the Republican nominee ammunition to use against the Democratic nominee in the General Election. So due to this endless Clinton/ Obama race it will hand John McCain the Presidency in 08 to continue the cowboy Presidency of George W. Bush... Thanks alot Democrats for 4 more years of Bush...

    C.I., NewYork

    May 9, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  115. Kevin,FL

    History will Judge this race, as the "media's race" Because the Media Choose the Candidate and they pushed that Candidate, and According to Polls if this Candidate wins the Nomination, "The Candidate" will loose to John McCain... That Candidate will be weaker than John Kerry.... and I know CNN would not post this because the Candidate is Barack Obama and you guys LOVE HIM...

    May 9, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  116. BJ


    May 9, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  117. Ken

    Should this Clinton continue the family trait " what's best for me is good for the country" then history will view her race as selfish and self absorbed. There is no dening that it's her "right" to be selfish and self absorbed. As for me, and my own selfishness, I'm a Republican looking to vote Democrate and seek a better tommorow. I would have voted for you Hillary but I'm not planning on penciling you in on the November ballot.

    May 9, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  118. Shirl

    It will be remembered as one of the greastest moment in the history of America. Why? Because contrary to race and gender issues, America as a whole came together and decided it is time for a major overhaul in Washington and in the country that is for and by all Americans.

    Shirl, Texas

    May 9, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  119. CATHY, CA


    I think that the democratic primaries of 2008 will be viewed as an election for the people, by the people. The people have spoken and said that they want "change".

    May 9, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  120. Tom, Ft Lauderdale


    A fireman on a steam locomotive has experience although there's not much demand for his talents. America and the world is patiently watching democracy at work. The emerging candidate will face old problems with new solutions. Either candidate is a revolution in history.

    May 9, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  121. Bill in New London, CT

    I think we've all missed, or ignored, or hid from in guilt, the big picture here. This race is about - well, race. In past primaries, once someone starts taking the lead, voters - as well as superdelegates - jump on the bandwagon. So, where's the jumping? Let's look at the demographics that aren't jumping - elderly WHITES, and less educated WHITES. Ignorance or a desire to cling to the "good 'ole days" is what has kept Clinton in the race. If a dynamic, hip, young, natural-born leader like Obama came along making inspirational - and downright historic - speaches with white skin and a name like Smith or Johnson, he'd be working on his inauguration speach already. Either that or I'm just another one of those highly-educated, latte drinkers that have been duped by the pide piper....what do I know? God forbid we have a smart guy in the White House.

    May 9, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  122. White Senior Citizen, San Jose, CA

    A lot of history is yet to be made. When Obama is the President, his actions and degrees of approval will make a difference in how the race is viewed over time. There could be remarks about "Hillary could have done it better" or "the race produced favorable outcomes." It hopefully will
    have some influence to result in more appropriate methods for winning, instead of trying to destroy the images of opponents.

    May 9, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  123. DAD in Hollis, NH

    It will speak volumes about the self motivation of the Clintons for power and recognition. It will point to a change that will bring this country back to a super power status. It will tell of the ‘rules encumbered’ democratic party that continues to shoot itself in the foot. More so it will tell of the voice of the people coming to a level that just cannot be ignored.

    May 9, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  124. Pete, Fla.

    No matter who you liked or who you hated, we'll look back on this and see remarkable history being made: a black and a woman, no white man, competing for the highest position in the world.

    May 9, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  125. Matthew

    I've got to tell you this, this is once in a life time race for the white house,
    I respect gov. Mitt Romney, but he is only trying to kiss up with mcCain for the vice president position. like Obama said, It's time for change, why can't the Clintons accept fate and move on? she probably need to start kissing up to Obama maybe he will consider her instead of helping the Republicans out. her campaigne is a failure, and she is probably not going to remember all the promises she made due to her sleeping problems.
    People are tired of thesame old white house experience that has landed us in debts and make us less respected in the world.
    It is indeed time for change.


    Virginia beach, VA

    May 9, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  126. take it and go

    This election will be viewed as thedirtiest election in history. Where
    1. We have a democrat chairman -who was to ignorant to establish rules that reflect the rights of AMerican people.
    2. We have two power houses: the Chicago political machine and the Clinton machine going up against each other. Both willing to do anything to win.
    3. We have voters who are scared because of the poor performance of our current president.
    4. We have racism from both black and white AMericans.
    5.We have money being used for everything from buying pizza, beer, to superdelegates..
    6. We have promises made that can never be kept..
    7. We have bigots who think the male generation is supreme and that females are not to be in a leadership role.
    and last but not least a media who think they are in a role of trying to tell people how to vote by reporting the political news in a very biased , one sided way.
    So I would say we have an election that will have lots of reprucussions.

    May 9, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  127. Johnnie

    I think in 4 years that we will decide that electing a "feel-good" president was a waste of time. For my part, I don't see that the upcoming presidential elections will offer real solutions to this country's problems. Therefore, I will vote present.

    May 9, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  128. Kingsley from london

    .God loves america as he sent his beloved son to redeem america's image around the world. America needs obama more than obama needs her to redeem her image and reassure the world that she isavailble to lead the world. he is her welcome back pack. Dr katch Ononuju

    May 9, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  129. Dennis from Phoenix

    It depends on who is authoring the history. Once the dust settles down from the current Democrat primary, I seriously doubt that this Democratic race will seem all that remarkable. In retrospect, history will probably remember the treachury and crimes of George Bush Jr and his fat, evil, greedy co-demon Dick Cheney. The sins of these 2 evil murderous clowns will easily overshadow the Democratic Primary in the history books for centuries to come. When you have as much innocent American and Iraqi blood on your hands like Bush, Cheney and their kind do, you will always get more press and attention in the history books.

    May 9, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  130. susan, pa

    it wil be remembered as a historic race between the first viable female candidate and African American. it will also be remembered for the fact that most of the states at least on the democratic side had their votes mean something in the primary. Maybe it will change how primaries are handled. Let's have a primary day where everyone votes on the same day so that NH and Iowa don't always get to choose who our candidates are.

    May 9, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  131. Douglas Robichaud

    The media political experts will refer to it in future elections, the average voter won't recall it after a cycle or two....when the media reminds them what happened.

    May 9, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  132. Frank (Ohio)

    Shakespear could have only dreamed of penning a storey like this. Hillary clinton the traject hero, brought down by her tragic flaws

    May 9, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  133. Gloria

    Uncivilized! They would not understand the issue of gender or race. They would have a more civilized method of choosing a president.
    Hopefully, soon, there will be a better way to choose a President.

    May 9, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  134. rose,texas

    hillary might have lost the campaign, but i hate 2 say i think obama will lose the bigger one, which is the one that counts, and thatis the 1 that can b remembered if he wins. and don't b blaming hillary, if the shoe was on the other foot it would b the same thing. i really thing that the republican had a lot 2 do with obama winning, cuz they know that he is the weaker of the 2. and they can win in nov.

    May 9, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  135. Mike from Clayton, CA

    Other than the color of one candidate's skin, and the gender of the other candidate, neither actually offers anything that history should make much rememberance of. In other words, neither is a Lincoln or a Douglas. Just ask McCain, he is old enough to remember!

    May 9, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  136. Brando

    Like the 1980 Presidential Election Part II

    May 9, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  137. wally rehmann in las Vegas

    it will show that bill Clinton really wasnt the first black pres. like he's always preached. and that in 2008 the people finally broke away from the domination of 2 family rule for the last 25 years, and all the damage done to the country during that time period.

    May 9, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  138. mitchell martin ark.

    history will see this as the last gasp of air for typical washington politics.hillary is a fighter,but,we need a uniter.

    May 9, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  139. Richard, Syracuse, NY

    this race will be remembered as Political Correctness at its worst. The Media held off doing any type of research into Senator Obama for fear of being called Racist. If we had a White Politician who sat for 20 years listening to his Pastor spout off Neo-Nazi hatred than there would be protest marches all across the US. If this same White Politicans spouse made the same comment as Mrs Obama about finally being proud of her Country, they would be run out of the country. This is just Affirmative Action in Politics, and we all end up losing.

    May 9, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  140. Ricky of Minneapolis

    History will judge Hillary harshly should the Dems lose in November. Period!

    May 9, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  141. bigben

    It be know has another loser in Nov. A loser just like you , Jack.

    May 9, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  142. Norma

    To Wayne: Isn't it great to live in the USA. You and others can vote, or not vote for anyone in particular. Remember one thing, when you and the other members of the working class in this country can not buy groceries, can not afford to send their children to college, can not get good medical care at an affordable price, can not buy fuel to drive their cars, or in some instances heat their homes, maintain some of their civil liberties, will not have jobs to send money back home, were not able to live where they wanted to live without the Civil Rights Acts, signed in to law by the Democrats, all I can say, is remember. Thank you for being apart of America; it is the greatest place on earth to live.

    May 9, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  143. nau

    Jack ; the media and the love-affair with words clear the parth easily for Obama.

    May 9, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  144. Paddy

    Black versus White...

    May 9, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  145. Vince K

    The Great Racial Divide

    May 9, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  146. Gorgegirl

    Well, Jack. they will probably view it as the most media-biased campaign in history.

    May 9, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  147. A Kraft Naples, FL

    like the tortoise and the hare race...I will leave it to you to decide who is the tortoise and who is the hare...history will show that no one is ENTITLED to receive a nomination just because their name is CLINTON

    May 9, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  148. Sarah in Tucson, AZ

    We will remember the time in history, when our view of the Clinton's went from so-so to disgust. We will remember a time when the most ethical Presidential candidate ran against the most unethical and actually won!

    Her dirty tactics prove that she's not doing this for us, but for her. I couldn't be more disappointed in her actions and I can't wait until I don't have to hear her name or see her face anymore. Wait, that's the way I feel about George W. Bush, how sad...

    May 9, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  149. Aaron from Denver

    History will view it as a battle that was both skewed and driven by the media from day 1, and that a whole new generation of Americans felt as though they were finally getting a say in politics after having a wildly unpopular president who was only voted in through a court decision.

    May 9, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  150. John from Boston

    They would see it has the end of the Bush/Clinton era of politic. Good riddance because it the end of a troubling trend when the Presidency was awarded to members of two family. Our country is not a monarchy and we should be careful not to create a class of political aristocrat something we got very close to create in the past 20 years.

    Their is no divine right of kings and Queens to lead this country!
    And anybody who think they should be rewarded for their family name is no longer thinking in democratic term.

    May 9, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  151. Hillary Supporter

    History will remember this race as the one where the Democratic party BLEW IT. Our grandchildren will ask how could we have been stupid enough to support Obama when we know nothing about him. His speeches have been elequent and empty. He has no real plan to "change" anything, but yet the superdelegates are backing him. The media has given him this rockstar status by refusing to asking him hard questions. History will reflect that the DNC chose popularity and charisma over strength and experience. As an African American woman and lifelong Democrat I am embarrased to be a part of this party. I will not vote for Obama or McCain, I will write in Hillary.
    Hillary 08

    May 9, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  152. Will Hertig

    History will record that CNN and Jack Cafferty created more political cynics and show no sign of stopping.

    May 9, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  153. Kevin Aubie

    I think the winner of this contest will inevitably be whoever the public perceives as least like George Bush. And the winner is..... President Barrack Obama

    May 9, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  154. Jenny, Columbia SC

    If seen from Hillary's wagon.... then the big black wolf beat up little white riding hood.

    If seen from Barack's wagon.... well, he's too busy looking forward to notice!

    May 9, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  155. John Onyango

    Funny, thats how history will view it, funny because Hillary was the unbreakable, front runner, big donations, experienced and well known, but "lost" the nomination to a rockie who has no experience, no money when he started, and was not known by the electorate, funny, jack, thats funny.

    May 9, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  156. Rick-Westlake, OH

    I'm trying to make just a little bit of sense of your latest rhetorical diatribe, Jac, with no success. An insightful view of this campaign by historians will conclude that Hillary made a mistake in thinking Super Tuesday would end the race and, as important, the media, particularly not very smart blowhards like yourself, developed a teenager like infatuation with a an inexperienced, unqualified candidate simply because he read teleprompters like a pro and happened to be different (i.e., African American.)

    Rick: Westlake, OH

    May 9, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  157. Rick Cairns Swarthmore, Pa

    As the last gasp of the Clintonian polical machine. The only question is how much damage the beast will do to the party in it's death throes.

    May 9, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  158. Andy Laub

    Jack why don't you just write the history books yourself you seem so confident and sure of yourself that I would think you were a historian but your not your part of the corrupt establisment that is the media, you are a very smart gifted man but draw the line somewhere this race will be seen as historical and fasinating no matter who wins and then the general election will determine the rest. But rest assure all your rederich and held you have given Obama will come back to haunt you so thanks in advance.

    May 9, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  159. Jim Flannery

    Dear Jack, one phrase: out with the old, in with the new. Obama's campaign offers the opportunity to actually live up to the great ideals of this country, and will be remembered as the beginning of the end for politicians like the Clintons. It is also a David and Goliath story, with the slingshot rock landing in Indiana. This is the direction the people have wanted to go in for a long time, and finally, maybe, we may start.


    May 9, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  160. Joe

    History will show how the media were biased against the Clintons and Obama's supporters disrespected the Clintons and their supporters. Folks like Jack, Keith, MSNBC and the blogs divided the Dem Party with their hatred of the Clintons.

    The corporate media will then turn on Obama and McSame will win.

    Nice work Jack.

    May 9, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  161. Dalton from Florida

    That would depend on who writes the history book, would it not?

    May 9, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  162. Eileen

    Obama crowned as predicated by the MEDIA biased!

    May 9, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  163. Travis Canada

    Jack that's ann easy one....History will show that the Clintons thinking that running on their name and their $100 M buckos can do anything....right, anything but buy an election...she should have spent her money wisely like her gun tottin daddy tough her.

    May 9, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  164. Greg

    The same way history judged the nomination race between JFK and LBJ. The similarities are striking.

    May 9, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  165. Patty from Cambridge

    This race will always go down in my eyes as one run and shaped by a media that is more atraid of being thought racist than sexist, and Jack, your daily rants are a prime example.

    May 9, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  166. Cathy

    Jack, history will view this election as the candidate that was brought down by the media. No more. No less.

    May 9, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  167. Serious Discussion

    History will view this race as the destruction of the Clinton Legacy. Her comments in USA Today yesterday using racially charged word were disgusting and not true. As a 64 year old white working woman myself and tons of my peers are voting for Obama because he represents unity and a new direction. Hillary has just proved what we all suspected. Say anything to get elected and try to destroy instead of build. We "white workers" are smarter than that and know that our interests lie with one another despite superficial factors like race or sex. Shame on Hillary, history has just forgotten you!

    May 9, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  168. kevin

    they will views this as the old lady that knows she cannot win but stood up for her rights to coninue to the end and damage obama so he cannot win the nomination.

    May 9, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  169. Jeff

    Never has the media had such a powerful impact on a campaign result. People like you Jack seem to be SUPER SUPER SUPER DELEGATE.

    May 9, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  170. Ryan in Albuquerque

    Of course history will view it as a landmark event due to their each vying to be either the first woman or African-American major party presidential candidate in a general election. But beyond that will depend on whether or not the evenutal winner of this phase makes it all the way. After all, we probably remember that Lincoln vs. Douglas contest because the winner went on to not only win the election, but he became the Abraham Lincoln of myth and legend.

    May 9, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  171. Perry from Baltimore

    People will look back on this with astonishment that this pandering, lying, megalomaniac shrew ever got so far in the primary elections as she did. Hillary has brought shame to herself, the Democratic Party, feminism and the country. Our grandchildren will never understand why anyone, anyone at all, ever thought she was qualified for the Presidency.

    May 9, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  172. CB

    Man Jack, if we elect a President based on cliches then we ALL need help! In the end the only one standing will be McCain and that's too bad since Hillary was and always will be the best candidate in spite of the media pundits like yourself!

    May 9, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  173. Ron (VA)

    David vs Goliath.

    May 9, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  174. Grace

    Hillary's stubbornness eventually lead voters to see another stubborn Bush-like or Cheny-like personality trait in her..........

    May 9, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  175. Patrick Gray

    I would say you have pretty much summed it up, Mr. Cafferty.

    May 9, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  176. Carol in Calif.

    Jack, that one is easy..."The Great Race"

    May 9, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  177. Pascale Lassegue

    This race will be viewed as a modern tale of David Vs. Goliath

    May 9, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  178. ana


    One word: historical. And for so many reasons!

    Above and beyond the obvious – that a black guy and a woman are the democratic presidential contenders – this race has seen one of the highest voter turnouts, generated astronomical amounts of campaign money (especially for Barack Obama), effectively reached out to millions of people via the internet by utilizing social networking sites, and practically converted politicans into rock stars, complete with a paparazzi that provides the public with fascinating tidbits like Obama's bowling score, what Hillary ate for breakfast, and what games Obama and his staff like to play to unwind on the plane between campaign stops (he likes to play Taboo, in case you're wondering).

    May 9, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  179. KELLEY

    They'll probably put it in the same category as I've put you.....history. I'm a journalist and never have I seen such biased reporting. Time for a change other than CNN

    May 9, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  180. Drew, PA.

    Jack History will show that America finally had to come to grips with race it could no longer be avoided.

    May 9, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  181. Aaron (Watertown, WI)

    History will view it as a generational shift. This isn't so much Democrats vs. Republicans as it is Boomers vs. Gen X. All one needs to do is look at how the younger voters (and media- for example, Lisa Ling and Jon Stewart) have mainly aligned behind Obama, and the older voters (and journalists- for example, Charlie Gibson and Wolf) have aligned behind Hillary.

    And Gen X is winning.

    May 9, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  182. tressie

    We have actualled watched evolution happen before our very eyes. Win or lose in the general election, Obama's candidacy may well be remembered as the first time the American people rejected, if not out-right, then in large numbers, the history of our Union in favor of our future. It may also herald the end of economically disadvanted white Americans voting against their own personal best interests in deference to some phantom "white might" dynamic that was always a rouse the wealthy used to divide and conquer. And, for all the good William Clinton did during his tenure as President, this election and his behavior during the campaign may be remembered as ultimately more damaging to his legacy than a little black dress ever was. Good or bad, win or lose, this campaign will be remembered as a generational, cultural shift in American politics and popular culture.

    May 9, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  183. lakshminarayanan

    The naivity and connivance of the media are what have helped Obama. When for the first and only time tough questions were asked of him in the debate before the Pennsylvannia primary he cried foul.
    That he and his entourage see him as the person who will provide a vision/inspiration with no concrete plans says volumes. When he said that he would surround himself with competent people it was dejavu ( read George Bush the current President). The sad truth is, if it had been a Harry Clinton instead of a Hillary Clinton the race would have long been over. This country (pundits and media not the average person on the street)is not ready for a woman President. Obviously the Kennedys and the Kerrys of the world could not stand seeing a woman succeed where they had floundered.
    We only deserve the leaders we elect.

    May 9, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  184. P.Kumar

    For all the success of Barak Obama, he has succeded in all states that have a larger black population, who have voted for him close to 100 percent. If you count all the money that he has spent, it would come out to be a huge amount. I am not sure if his successes will be repeated in the general election.

    May 9, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  185. Seth M.

    Jack, it's David versus Goliath.

    Obama has had the courage to stand up to one of the best political machines in the past 50 years and certainly the best to come out of the Democratic party and right now he's so close to winning. Obama's success in this Democratic primary not only shows that Americans are sick of the politics and machines of Washington but are also willing to show it at the polls. Quite frankly I'm not an Obama, a Clinton or a McCain supporter but it makes me feel proud to be an American when I see what I perceive to be Americans standing up to 'business-as-usual' politics in Washington.

    May 9, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  186. Ken

    Jack, History will say no wonder Bill Clinton ran around on her. What else is a man to do if his wife's nuts?!!!


    Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

    May 9, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  187. David Wise, Tampa Florida

    History will see this race as one between a once in a generation leader vs. the greatest female leader of our time. In the end you could not stop change and Obama (The once in a Lifetime Leader) won out, but this should not take away from Hillary, without the other to compete against either one of these 2 would have soared unabated to the nomination and eventually to the presidency.
    Hillary would make a Good president, but it seems the people feel that Obama will be the better of the two, if only slightly. I hope that she gets her turn, but for now the time of Obama has come, she needs to fall in line with this and come to terms of her loss.

    May 9, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  188. Chris Blask

    History will view this primary as the time when politics changed for the first time since the American Revolution.

    Tens of millions of people read their own news, wrote their own news and participated like never before. The historic media controlled by the few has begun to take a back seat to public media created by the many.

    This election wil be seen as the beginning of the new era of involved democracy. Plato would be proud.

    -chris blask, Bradenton Florida

    May 9, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  189. Tim from St. Louis

    History will see this as new school versus old school. Old school just couldn't give up the power base until the country wouldn't let it be torn down any more. New school prevailed!

    May 9, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  190. Dianna Normanton

    Provided Obama gets the nomination, the headline should read "Americans finally show the world that they are not all a bunch of idiots" , unlike all those that elected Bush for a second term!

    May 9, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  191. Chris

    Well Jack you finally got your man! You have been promoting him everyday. I just hope you dont end up with egg on your face!

    May 9, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  192. david

    this presedential race will be remembered in history, if one of them win. Because not everyone can remember the losers.

    May 9, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  193. Tony and Margie

    Life imitating life. The Kentucky Derby says it all. Big Brown won. The filly came in second, broke her ankles, and finally had to be put down by her trainers.

    May 9, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  194. Janice

    Plain & simple...It was meant to be

    May 9, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  195. Kyle

    History will point out the major mistakes that the biggest name in the Democratic party made to lose this nomination.
    She had this nomination locked up for the better part of the process. It will also show that people in this point in history were ready for change and something different.

    May 9, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  196. Howard M, Bolingbrook IL

    History will view the Clinton-Obama political race as: A desire to serve versus a feeling of entitlement and dynasty. Please note that Chelsea is being groomed for her turn.

    May 9, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  197. Donna Johansen

    Jack, I will personally remember the bad treatment Hillary got from you and others somewhat like you. In Canada our journalists must give the opposition equal time positive/negative. You seem to take pride in the fact you are totally partial. It's like a glee shining off your face and I find that so interesting but, not enough to watch you anymore. How can you live with yourself? Such an opportunity to bring positive equal views and you have wasted it completely. Happy voting for Obama on voting day!

    May 9, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  198. Boston Ben

    Historical watershed - great leap forward toward equality of opportunity.

    May 9, 2008 at 6:04 pm |
  199. Sam

    I'll be very surprised if Obama wins in November or even come close. If the Dems lose, they will have nobody to blame but themselves. These guys think they are punishing the Clintons but in the end they will punish themselves. I think Hil's demise is a result of spite and folks planned for her downfall even before she announced her candidacy. The Dems have fallen for the Republican trap. McCain and co are very happy because they know very well that these white guys will not vote for OBAMA to be president of the United States – you kidding me. Ask Bill Bradley. Look at Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio etc and you will not be deceived. But hey – you can't also take the nomination from Obama. He's won

    May 9, 2008 at 6:05 pm |
  200. Kevin J Chicago IL

    Jack this race will be the blue print for the 21st centry ,we as a country never seen anything like this, look I am a die hard sports fan, I use to look at ESPN religiously every night. Now I replaced the cubs , bulls, and bears for obama. THIS IS HISTORY!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 9, 2008 at 6:05 pm |
  201. King, MA

    The novice stood his ground and showed the veteran the door.

    May 9, 2008 at 6:05 pm |
  202. Martin (England)

    There's something really worth noting about the difference between Obama and Clinton. Clinton openly condemned people for being 'Elite' and educated. Obama on the other hand talked about aspiring to better. Clinton has managed to get the poorly educated and poorly informed vote and is apparently proud of this.

    What Obama has proven is that the Smart Vote can beat the Idiot Vote. Hopefully he'll win the Presidency and the worlds stereotype of "Stupid Americans" will finally be put to rest. If Hillary or John McCain get in then the world will once again have it confirmed to them that America is dominated by small minded blinkered idiots.

    In Europe we want intelligent American Presidents and we're just sad that there haven't been any since Nixon (he was a crook but he wasn't an idiot like those who followed him)/

    May 9, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  203. Independence Day May 20th

    The 2008 primary race will go down in history as the birth of the Independent Party, in which Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton will declare herself the leader, after leaving the DNC on May 20th. She will announce her declaration of Independence on the Lou Dobbs show and millions of Americans will support her as she soundly beats Obama and MCCAIN in a general election...running as an Independent. Due to the incompetence of Howard Dean, the disenfranchisement of Michigan and Florida, blatant media bias, and the premature coronation of Obama,...millions are prepared to leave the DNC in the dust and let it be the liberal party of snobs and cooks like Al Sharpton.

    May 9, 2008 at 6:23 pm |
  204. Sheri

    I'm hoping that history will reflect the bias and sensationalistic tendencies of the Media, JACK!

    May 9, 2008 at 6:32 pm |