Well, we found out a few things tonight:
One, Ted Strickland looks like a great candidate for Vice President if Hillary Clinton is indeed the Democratic nominee. Two, Obama should drop out immediately because continuing his campaign is divisive and hurting party unity. My math (see above) proves conclusively that he can’t win the nomination without the Superdelegates. (Kidding! Well, except for the Ted Strickland as V.P. part. Ohio’s a must-win this fall, and he delivered tonight. Too bad, Bill Richardson! No soup for you!) Historiann is both a Democrat and a democrat, so let’s count all the votes and may the best person win.
Three, the media’s own campaign against Clinton, combined with Obama’s excellence at organizing the caucus states and winning a streak of key primaries in February (gotta give the man his due, natch!) may have made her, perversely, just what she wants to be: the underdog candidate, which is pretty ridiculous if you think about it. She’s a sitting Senator and the wife of a former two-term president. She couldn’t have run an outsider’s campaign–she would have been laughed off the stage even faster by the media–so she had to campaign as the embodiment of experience and know-how. (And I agree, my Obama-supporting friends, that she picked a bad strategy and some bad people to run the campaign at the outset. Not a great advertisement for that whole “experience and know-how” message!) But Democrats love them underdogs, especially us Femocrats, whose protective maternal instincts kick in and make us drive through freezing rain to exercise our Constitutional rights. I talked to a number of older ladies down in North Texas today who were pretty fired up about voting for Clinton, and wanted to keep me–an annoying political phone caller–on the phone to talk about how wonderful she is.