Mountain Mama

May 13, 2008 10:18pm

(One last blog post before my three days off.)

A not unexpected, but no less impressive victory for Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., tonight in West Virginia.

Two reactions from her camp tonight that were worth noting, I thought.

One from communications czar Howard Wolfson on CNN, a well articulated explanation of their argument in these final few weeks of the official primary calendar.

Wolfson plays three roles in this one-act: the Communications Czar, the Evil Media, and the Chorus of Superdelegates.

"Senator Clinton has predicted she’d carry West Virginia against John McCain," Wolfson said. "She showed tonight just how she would do that. This isn’t just a small victory. This is a huge victory.

"You know, the media has been telling voters ‘Barack Obama is the presumptive nominee, it’s all over, give up, don’t come out and vote,’ and yet in overwhelming numbers they’ve come out and voted for Senator Clinton tonight.

"I think superdelegates are going to look at that tomorrow and say, ‘You know, let’s slow this down, let’s take a look at this. Can we really deny the nomination to someone who’s won the key swing states of West Virginia and Ohio and Michigan and Florida and Pennsylvania. I don’t think that’s a good idea for our party.’"

And…scene.

(We should of course point out that the Michigan and Florida primaries were not recognized, candidates did not compete there, and Obama was not even on the ballot in Michigan, so claiming she won those states is quite a controversial claim.)

Then there’s this other interesting tidbit from Sen. Clinton, who pointed out that the voters of West Virginia certainly don’t consider this race to be over. And then: "Why did 64 percent of Democrats say in a recent poll say they wanted this race to continue?"

That’s a bit odd, because she’s citing our own ABC News/Washington Post poll there, and in that same poll, Democrats said by a 12-point margin that they preferred Obama as the nominee.

In any case, a huge victory for Clinton, one that ultimately is likely to cause Democratic agita but not any significant change in The Proverbial Math.

- jpt

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