Hillary Clinton

Stop The Presses! Mo For Obama
February 06, 2008

Fox and MSNBC have called it. And that AP call seems to have been withdrawn. (As if the political media needed yet another credibility hit.) This is a nice boost for Obama, although I'm not sure it changes the basic CW coming out of tonight, as articulated by this AP headline: "Analysis: Clinton and Obama Start Anew." Incidentally, I think Noam makes an interesting point below about how Obama might have been victimized by inflated exit-poll-based expectations.

Clinton: Yes On Stem Cells, No On Republicans
February 05, 2008

Hillary Clinton just mentioned stem cell research in her evening speech.  (I refuse to call it a victory speech, or a concession for that matter, when we know so little about the delegate counts and California remains too close to call.)  And while I'm sure it's not the first time somebody has mentioned stem cells this campaign season, it's the first time I recall hearing it.  I mention this only because it's traditionally been a very good issue for Democrats.  And I'd forgotten all about it until now. On a more general note, Clinton is spending a lot of time in her speech talking about the fa

Obama's White Problem
February 05, 2008

Delaware, Jon Chait's favorite state, tells an interesting, and disturbing, story about the battle for the nomination between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. While Obama won the state, he did so because of overwhelming support from black voters, who made up 27 percent of the primary electorate and went for Obama by a stupendous 89 to 11 percent. That's the kind of margin one would expect if Obama were running against George W. Bush, not Hillary Clinton. If you look at the reason, it seems to have been a backlash vote.

First Thoughts On The Exits
February 05, 2008

I've now looked at the exit polls for the states where voting closed at 8 p.m. These exit polls are subject to revision as the final results of the election come in, so these thoughts are tentative. They show Barack Obama holding his own, or better, in states like Massachusetts, Missouri, Connecticut, and New Jersey that Hillary Clinton was once way ahead in. In the Northeast, the endorsement of Obama by Senator Ted Kennedy and Caroline Kennedy seems to have had a dramatic effect.

Tennessee For Clinton?
February 05, 2008

I'm watching MSNBC, where they haven't called Tennessee yet.  But I gather the Clinton campaign expects to win there, since they just sent out talking points hyping their performance there and in Oklahoma (which the networks have already called for Clinton). just called Tennessee for Clinton.

Running To The Right?
February 05, 2008

Jonah Goldberg comments on yesterday's Fred Siegel piece (whose basic problem Chait has already identified):  First, it's worth noting (as I pointed out here), that JFK was no down-the-line partisan liberal Democrat.

Hillary Hatred, Irrational And Here To Stay
February 05, 2008

Following up on my previous item, here's one other note about Jim Cooper, the Democratic congressman from Tennessee who appears prominently in today's David Brooks column. Towards the end of the column, Cooper suggests that Hillary Clinton is acting just as rigidly now as she did back in 1993 and 1994 -- when she spurned his offers of compromise.  Why does he think that?  Apparently, it's because she's made such a big deal about having an individual mandate -- that is, a requirement that everybody purchase insurance.

Hillarycare And History
February 05, 2008

Today's David Brooks column, which reexamines Hillary Clinton's record during the 1993-94 health care fight, offers an important reminder of the antipathy she has generated not just among many average Americans but also among some members of Congress.  That, by itself, raises important questions about whether she could really master Washington better than Barack Obama could -- a claim she and her supporters frequently make.   But what about the underlying reality that Brooks describes: Did Clinton really botch things back then as much as Brooks -- and pretty much everybody else -- seems to th

Optimistic Pessimism
February 05, 2008

My guess (and that's all it is) for how things will shake out today is that Hillary Clinton will do well, winning the states she's supposed to and most of the presumed toss-ups. Barack Obama may come close in California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and even New Jersey, but my gut says he probably loses them all (though, as an Obama supporter, I'd be delighted to be wrong).

Confessions Of A Young Hillary Supporter
February 05, 2008

Here's your zeitgeist: Although we are rarely seen in the wild, young Hillary supporters do exist (not that I've ever met another one). To give you an idea of just how outnumbered we are among young voters, I turn to the most tested and reliable gauge of all things collegiate: Facebook. Earlier this fall, Facebook added an application that allows members to declare the candidate they support on their main profile page. Hillary Clinton makes a respectable showing with 88,159 supporters. Barack Obama on the other hand, trounces her with 353,757 supporters.