[Note: BHO committed a strategic blunder. He turned tail and ran away from WVa, ran away as fast as he could. No speech. No uniting gesture. BHO just turned tail and told West Va and soon-to-be Kentucky that he is not interested in the middle class, blue-collar vote. That won't sit well in the General Election. HRC is in it to win it all the way to the Dem Convention. How does the Dem party deny Michigan and Florida?
Although McCain will be put to the test to bring over independents and those rational, sane Dems in the Pacific NW to his column, on a positive note, it would appear that the Rust Belt, Sunshine and Granite States and other Swing States could be in the bag for Johnny Mac.
Maybe Reverend Wright can hold a prayer vigil and DNC Chairman Howard Dean (a very bitter and divisive figure who no one on Capitol Hill likes) can yelp loudly to turn the tide for BHO before KY and Puerto Rico, but who knows?]
Hillary: I’m Here, Get Used To It
And a landslide in West Virginia doesn’t hurt.
May 14, 2008
By: Byron York (NR WH Correspondent)
If the Democratic presidential race were a runaway, if Barack Obama were, say, 1,500 delegates ahead of Hillary Clinton, then there would likely not be so many anguished cries for Clinton to quit the race.
...But Hillary Clinton’s campaign, which is not only not 1,500 delegates behind Barack Obama but might, by some reckoning, catch up with him in the popular vote total — and in any event remains excruciatingly close to Obama in all measures — is different. Obama’s supporters, in the campaign, in the Democratic party, and in the press are desperate for her to leave the race precisely because her support is so substantial; her continued presence is a daily reminder of how profoundly divided the party is at this moment.
Her landslide 67-26 victory over Obama in West Virginia — she won by 147,410 votes — won’t change that situation. The oft-repeated fact that no Democrat since 1916 has won the White House without winning West Virginia won’t change it, either. But together, those two facts show just how far Democrats have ventured into uncharted territory this year. If Obama is to win the White House, he’ll have to do it in a brand-new way, winning states that Democrats haven’t won lately with diminished support in states that have been important to Democratic victories in the past. Clinton’s campaign reminds Democrats of that, and it makes some of them nervous.
The West Virginia results were as across-the-board as you can get. She won 57-34 among men and 70-24 among women. She won 64-25 among voters who attend church more than once a week and 64-34 among voters who never go to church. She won 69-24 among voters without a college degree and 54-39 among voters with a degree. She won 69-25 among voters who make less than $50,000 a year and 58-34 among voters who make more than that. She won 65-28 among voters who think the economy is the most important issue, 57-37 among voters who think the war in Iraq is the most important issue, and 68-23 among voters who think health care is the most important issue. She won 67-26 among white voters. (We don’t know the breakdown among black voters, because they were too few in number — West Virginia is 95 percent white — for exit pollsters to calculate, although results in other states suggest that blacks probably voted 90-plus percent for Obama.) She won 67-25 among voters who have a union member in their household and 63-31 among voters who don’t. She won 56-38 among voters under 30 years old, 63-27 among voters between 30 and 44 years old, 65-27 among voters between 45 and 59 years old, and 68-28 among voters 60 and older. Among all voters, 70 percent want the campaign to continue, against just 24 percent who want it to end as soon as possible.