Got my carcass parked in front of MSNBC for the big night.
The polls are still open in North Carolina and Indiana. But Chris Matthews just speculated: “I still think it’s a possible double- header for Barack Obama.” And he interrogated Pat Buchanan and Rachel Maddow about what might happen if Obama does win both.
The conventional wisdom is that Obama will win N.C. and Hillary Clinton will win Indiana. If it goes any other way, shit’s gonna get crazy tonight. ...
3:08 p.m. (Pacific Time) – Do Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann not like each other? Chris isn’t bothering to laugh politely at Keith’s quasi-witty remarks. ...
5:25 p.m. – Looks like Obama has won North Carolina big time. But the Indiana race hasn’t yet been called by NBC. Evidently, though, Obama will lose there.
So far I haven’t heard anybody on MSNBC mention what I think is the story: that Jeremiah Wright cost Barack Obama the state of Indiana.
Eleven days ago, Obama was ahead of Hillary in Indiana 41 percent to 38 percent, with the rest undecided, according to an Indianapolis Star poll. And then Rev. Wright strutted into the spotlight, dominating the political discussion for days.
On CNN last Monday, David Gergen predicted that the Rev. Wright shenanigans could turn Indiana against Obama. Sure enough, that looks to be the case.
Think about that. If not for Jeremiah Wright, this race could’ve been over tonight. ...
6:00 p.m. – CBS has projected Hillary Clinton the winner in Indiana. But NBC political director Chuck Todd still refuses to make a call... because, he says, some big black districts haven’t reported their numbers.
Todd says it’s still “plausible” that Obama could eke out a win in Indiana. We shall see. ...
6:55 p.m. – Barack Obama looked to have his confidence back during his victory speech in North Carolina. But I think he went a little too far when he said, “I... am... Iron Man!”
7:45 p.m. – Hillary’s talking right now in Indiana. I know her campaign is hard-up for cash, but I think it’s uncool the way she literally begs for money during a victory speech. This isn’t the first time she’s done it. ...
8:42 p.m. – A measure of how bad this night turned out for the Hillary campaign could be seen on CNN a few minutes ago.
High-level Clintonista Lanny Davis just unloaded a sputtering, stammering, sour-pussed tirade, accusing CNN analyst Bill Schneider of putting a pro-Obama spin on tonight’s vote counts. And he bitched out commentator David Gergen for calling him (Lanny) “bitter” (because they couldn’t get new elections in Florida and Michigan).
Gergen came back and said, almost with a smirk, that he has not seen tonight “the gracious Lanny Davis that I know so well.”
Lanny Davis was defensive, unpleasant, he was personalizing shit. I mean, daggone... attacking CNN on CNN? Is that any way to celebrate a win in Indiana? (Oh, by the way... Indiana is still too close to call, according to CNN and MSNBC.)
If Lanny Davis reflects the mood of his candidate, Hillary must be pretty pissed off tonight. Real interesting to watch, because of what it revealed. ...
9:20 p.m. – Holy shit! Hillary Clinton has cancelled all her public events for tomorrow. Could this thing be over?
Tim Russert sure thinks so. On MSNBC, he just made that sports analogy about, “When do you tell a ballplayer it’s time to hang up the glove? This is their life, they don’t want to do it...”
What a strange night this has been. Before the polls closed, Clintonista Terry McAuliffe was beaming with joy... saying it looked like Hillary might carry Indiana by a 5- to 8-point margin.
Now, the pundits are damn-near calling the whole thing over. Just because Indiana is still too close to call.
I must say, it’s pretty remarkable that Obama has bounced back after the worst week of his political life. ...
9:25 p.m. – Pat Buchanan on the Clinton campaign: “This is the night the music died.”
10:16 p.m. – With 99 percent of the vote in, Hillary Clinton has squeaked out a victory in Indiana, 51 percent to Obama’s 49 percent.
As Chuck Todd just pointed out, here’s the big picture: Barack Obama now leads Clinton by 160 pledged delegates and 700,000 actual votes. Even if you threw the disputed Michigan and Florida results into the mix, Obama would still be ahead by both measures.
Time to call Barack Obama “the Comeback Kid” and move on to new business. I’m done. Good night, y’all.