posted on January 09, 2008 11:47
They said this was a “change” election. So it changed again. At this rate, we’ll have whiplash. Here is today’s scorecard.
Clinton: Big Winner, obviously. She rose from the dead. First she got humbled. That humanized her. Then she pulled off a bigger comeback in New Hampshire than Bill in ‘92; he lost by eight points.
McCain: Another Lazarus-like Winner. Straight talk still works. At least in New Hampshire.
McCain: Loser. The worst election night speech in history. Boy, did he look old.
Obama: Loser and Winner. Hold the coronation. On the other hand, hold the microscopic scrutiny a frontrunner gets. And a great election-night speech. He’s not much of a debater, but he’s a hell of an orator. Yes, he can.
Edwards: Loser. Back where he started: stuck behind two stars. His math is correct: There are 48 states and 99 percent of the vote to go. Unfortunately, the math also shows he finished closer to Richardson and Kucinich than to Clinton and Obama. Where can he get a win?
Romney: Loser and Winner. So much for the early-state knockout strategy. But a good concession speech. Can he be 2008’s next Comeback Kid?
Potential Running Mates from North Carolina: Winners? Richard Burr endorsed McCain early and campaigned for him – without socks – in New Hampshire. How about a moderate-conservative Southerner and proven winner on the GOP ticket? For either Clinton or Obama, how about a moderate-progressive Southerner and proven winner on the ticket? Like Mike Easley. But he’d have to leave the house to campaign.
North Carolina: Winner? Maybe it all will come down to the North Carolina primaries in May. I take back all the bad things I said about Iowa and New Hampshire.
Pollsters: Big Losers. How could so many be so wrong? Is it “hidden bias” against black candidates? Or were the turnout projections that far off on women and Independents?
Women: Big Winners. New England women don’t like the boys ganging up on the girl. This means you, Barack, John and Chris Matthews. And they liked Hillary’s emotion, especially when she followed it with a steely, gritty performance.
Beverly Perdue: Winner. She should feel good after seeing what women voters can do. What will be the mood at today’s Women for Moore event?
Ron Paul: Winner and Loser. Almost beat Rudy. Then spoke for an hour on C-SPAN. When he talks about staying out of foreign wars, he sounds like a genius. When he talks about monetary policy, he sounds like a nut. But he’s a smart nut, riding his own wave.
Us Political Junkies: Biggest Winners of All. We’re living a dream. On both sides, in less than one week, two feel-good come-from-behind stories with surprise endings. First Obama and Huckabee. Then Clinton and McCain. Plus an election night when, at least in one race, you had to wait for the numbers to come in. Now (dare we dream?) the Holy Grail beckons: Open national conventions!
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