Well, this really throws a monkey wrench into this race, doesn’t it?
Hillary Clinton is back, and back with a vengeance. This was an upset, and a huge upset. This is “Dewey Beats Truman” big. Every poll showed an Obama blowout. For Clinton to have come close would have been big. To win is massive.
Hillary said something interesting: “I’ve found my own voice.” I think her show of emotion this weekend helped her. I didn’t see it at first, and when I saw the actual footage, it came across as the most genuine I’ve ever seen her. She won women by 13%—and I think her display of humanity helped her. Could this mean we’ll see the softer side of Hillary?
However, Obama is not out. South Carolina will be a key state for him, and Hillary still has a long road to travel. Yet after tonight, anything is possible. Obama is still untested and hasn’t taken the fire that Clinton has in the last few days.
I used to think that Bill was the most politically astute Clinton. Now, I’m wondering if he wasn’t the lesser of the couple.
McCain’s win was not a surprise, but the margin was. Romney is basically dead in the water—a loss in Michigan means that his campaign is over. The big question is where his support will go. If it’s Thompson, then Fred could be viable in the next contests. If they rally around McCain, McCain has the best shot. My guess is that the dynamics of the Republican race will be Huckabee versus whomever can beat Huckabee. At this point, I think John McCain has the best shot at doing that—but don’t count Rudy or Fred out quite yet. Rudy’s strategy may pay off, since he’s ahead in his key kickoff state of Florida in the latest polls.
In short, this race just got much more interesting. Clinton’s comeback is unprecedented. All the people who thought that Clinton was out have a lot of crow to eat. Anyone know what wine to pair with it?