Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Call it for Hillary

By J. Kingston Pierce

Wow, what a night! Against the recent odds--and despite the overconfident predictions of media pundits--
Hillary Clinton pulled out a win in the New Hampshire primary election, beating Democratic challenger Barack Obama by the narrowest of margins (39 percent to 37 percent). This throws the race back up for grabs, and makes those folks, like The New Republic’s Martin Peretz and Democratic consultant Donna Brazile, who had previously declared that former President Bill Clinton was a drag on his wife’s candidacy, have to rethink their positions.

So now Obama has a win in Iowa, and Clinton has one in New Hampshire. (John Edwards came in third, of course.) Given the strength of both the Democratic frontrunners, it’s possible that we’ll see more of these back-and-forth victories for a while yet. New Hampshire enjoys being a maverick, when it comes to choosing U.S. presidents, and it’s unlikely that other states, such as South Carolina and Nevada, will follow its lead slavishly.

Expect the same sort of unsettled contest on the Republican’t side. John McCain, who won tonight and also won New Hampshire against George W. Bush in 2000, is unlikely to be as warmly treated elsewhere. As far as GOPers are concerned, he’s on the wrong side of the fence regarding immigration legislation, and his Bush-lockstep approach to the Iraq debacle (he told an audience in New Hampshire last week that it’s fine with him if the United States remains in Iraq for the next century!) will turn off fellow Republican’ts who are tired of wasting lives and money in the cause of Bush’s bellicosity. And McCain’s woes only become greater if he actually has the chance to face the general voting public. His pro-war stance won’t endear him to independentss, who largely side with Democrats on the Iraq mess; and it will probably be those independents who once more hold the final cards in November. In other words, Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee ought not to be folding up their tents just yet.

It’s a real horse race now.

(Cross-posted at Limbo.)

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  • My prediction for why she won is that many of the independents who would have normally voted for Obama thought his win would be an inevitability, so they decided to vote in the Republican primary for McCain.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:00 AM  

  • Against all odds? Only a few short weeks ago Hillary had a 20 point lead in New Hampshire. The real story should be that Obama almost pulled out a victory...but that isn't as fun as talking about upsets for the MSM. Crazy stuff, and more to come! Woohoo!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:00 AM  

  • Yes, against all odds. Against a blizzard of media bias, pundits everywhere reading her last rites, a two-against-one make or break debate, and a likeable black candidate that she couldn't go negative on, with only five days to recover from Iowa, she figured out a way to win.

    Can't speak for New Hampshire but the flagrant media double standard favoring Obama turns me off. If he's going to win, he has to walk across a bed of nails (not rose petals) just like Hillary did. People saw her stand up under fire.

    By Blogger 10-K, at 2:41 AM  

  • Hilary the favourite candidate¿?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:11 PM  

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