Obama Could Win Pennsylvania, Finishing Hillary
With the polls tightening, his television spending vastly exceeding Hillary's, and both Clintons continuing to put their feet in their mouths, Sen. Barack Obama could narrowly win Pennsylvania April 22, and force Clinton out of the race.
That is certainly to be hoped for.
The latest CNN poll last night showed Clinton with only a four-point lead over Obama in Pennsylvania. Obama's currently outspending Clinton 5-1 in the Keystone state, and that has to count for something. Plus, the Clintons continue to compound the damage done to themselves by Hillary's lie about braving sniper fire in Bosnia. Now, Bill Clinton says she merely mispoke at night, because she was tired. Of course, this is hooey, and everyone knows it. Hillary told the Boisnia lie several times over weeks and only gave it up when CBS showed a video depicting her being peacefully greeted by an eight year old child when she went to Bosnia.
Clinton is beginning to flail around, changing her pitch daily on the war, the economy and welfare. She sounds desperate and deceitful. She probably will yet try to come up with something like the scruillous Texas ad that stated, in Al Campanis fashion, that Obama would not be capable of handling a 3 a.m. phone call about terrorism. But this time, Obama may be readier to deal with it.
The undertone of racism in the Clintons' campaign -- Obama is unelectable, and Bill Clinton's remark about stealing cars -- cannot mean success. Obama has a lesser albatross around his neck -- his hinted backer, former President Jimmy Carter, going to Syria to meet with the leader of Hamas. He should forcefully tell Carter that this is not the time for him to do anything that would embarrass him.
Obama can, in short, close the Democratic contest out. He should press ahead. Can he win Pennsylvania? I think so.
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