February 10, 2008

Another good day for Obama.

He wins Maine:
With 70% reporting, Obama had 58% to Hillary's 41%. The surprisingly big victory for Obama came on the same day as the Hillary campaign signaled a recognition of its travails by announcing a shuffling of their inner circle, replacing campaign manager and longtime loyalist Patti Solis Doyle with longtime Hillary confidant Maggie Williams.
And it looks as though Obama is going to win through the rest of February: Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., Wisconsin....

It's a little gruesome. Don't you feel just a little sorry for her?


Kirby Olson said...

The Clintons realize that the Super-Delegates will seal it for them at this point. They are already celebrating in the hot tub with champagne and whistles.

peter hoh said...
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peter hoh said...

No, I don't feel even a little sorry for Clinton.

john said...

Replace a longtime loyalist with a longtime confidant.

Well, that should do the trick. The ship is steady now, full steam ahead.

Verso said...

I did feel quite sorry for Hillary after Iowa. It lasted until her New Hampshire comeback. But I haven't felt sorry for her since then. I really have no idea which would be the better candidate. Granted, polls show Obama doing better against McCain, but Obama might be easier to destroy once the Republicans roll out their Swift Boat campaigns.

Mortimer Brezny said...


Vincent said...

Yes, what could possibly be more tragic than Hillary's failure to utilize her massive advantages in every kind of resource to win the presidency on the back of her husband's marital indiscretions. How horrible for her that she'll be resigned to labor in untold agony as a multimillionaire U.S. Senator for the rest of her life. How incomprehensible that the voters would not want to reignite the psychodrama and cultural polarization of the 1990s in teh twenty-first century.


# 56 said...

What type of attack will work? The Clintons rolled the big guns out, and got backed off by racism claims. With the media 100% invested in the Dem choice the Gov. Wilder types will not have to make themselves heard, the reporters will do it for him. They will attack on experience, emphasizing things he has said and done, and drill them appropriately. If Hillary's Hispanic support splits from the party McCain will have an easy time. If not Obama can win it. Either way Hillary is taking a very public beatdown. Inevitable? Not so much.

Paddy O. said...

"I leave you gentleman now and you will write it. You will interpret it. That's your right. But as I leave you I want you to know — just think how much you're going to be missing. You won't have Hillary to kick around any more..."

Bart Hall (Kansas, USA) said...

No, I don't feel a bit sorry for the Hildebeest.

She's conniving, incredibly power-hungry and just plain nasty. To put her and her "husband" back in the White House would feel like having to sleep in a hotel bed when the sheets haven't been changed in weeks.

I voted for Bill. I would never, Never, NEVER vote for her. Not ever, not even against Huckabee (gags).

She's not even a decent politician, 'cause she can't dispose of a naive young, inexperienced opponent in the primaries.

Megalomaniacal weakling.

AJ Lynch said...

Yeah I feel a bit for her. This is a lifelong dream she had and she was presumptive successor for the last 8 years since she joined the Senate. So she must be shocked and devastated- hell she does not even have a good strong marriage on fall back on.

Can't believe I am saying this.

tjl said...

If Obama retains his momentum the superdelegates will not stand in his way. Of course many of the superdelegates are beholden to the Clintons; most revel in behind-the-scenes power brokering; and some no doubt yearn for the glory days of the smoke-filled room. None of this will matter because the superdelegates, as party insiders, will want to give the party the best odds of victory in November. Those odds increasingly favor Obama.

Larry said...

Feel sorry for her? Not a chance.

I wish I could say "Who?"

Larry said...

Clarification: I have never had any empathy with manipulative women.


Henry said...

Paddy O. -- Just what I was thinking.

Which means Clinton will be president in ... 2016.

rhhardin said...

I have the feeling that two TV genres are playing out against each other here. American Idol has the momentum at the moment.

What's Hillary's show? Dallas?

Out of my field.

It needs a WWII movie to wipe it all clean.

blogging cockroach said...

i feel very very very sorry for her
boo hoo sniff blunk
it's terrible
this is the worst day of the rest of our lives
people just dont appreciate mrs clinton
and all the wonderful things she has done
for working people
for women
for our troops whom she will all bring home right away
for people who need a better health care system
for taxpayers
for the children
yes i am a big hillary cockroach
unless it looks like she really might lose
and then i wont have to worry about being squashed
by the clintons or their friends
at which point its the worst day of the rest of her life
not to mention bills

rcocean said...

Gosh darn it, you wacky,crazy Democrats!

What's wrong with you? Don't you know that McCain is PRAYING to run against Hussain Obama? Its the only way he can get elected.

Middle Class Guy said...

I have no pity for any politician. She put herself out there, just like the rest. She deserves to win or lose, just like the rest. Unfortunaltely for her, she is slipping faster than a California mudslide.

She only wants two things; make history and vindicate the Clinton name. The very last thing we need right now is another legacy president.

Johnny B. said...
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Tom said...

No yet, right now I'm still very, very frightened of her. :P

Maxine Weiss said...

I feel sorry for Christopher.

blogging cockroach said...

hey tom no fair
anyway you know i am terrible at poetry and especially vers libre
but what we need is some haiku
and maybe a little interpretive dance
to raise the tone of this place
to the level of this tragedy that affects us all
yes lets have some haiku about mrs. clinton
hey im a cambridge cockroach
what do you expect

Ann Althouse said...

Johnny B., you are obviously a troll. Don't post again. I'm deleting all your old posts and will delete all future posts.

Inspektor Friedrich said...

Oh but Christopher has his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood....

Maxine Weiss said...

Lofty Pursuits: A Tale of Two Women and How They Spend Their Time !

Ann Althouse--

"Johnny B., you are obviously a troll. Don't post again. I'm deleting all your old posts and will delete all future posts."

...meanwhile over at Fox News....

Susan Estrich--



somefeller said...

It's all about Texas and Ohio if the Potomac primaries go for Obama, which I suspect they will. If Hillary doesn't get win big in those states, the whole superdelegate issue becomes a moot point, as they will have a strong frontrunner in Obama to rally around.

If that happens, we'll see if he can handle being the pointman for the Democratic Party, rather than just being the lovable prodigy, once the GOP noise machine kicks in and all this talk of "conservatives for Obama" disappears over the summer.

TMink said...

Being sorry for her had never crossed my mind. I think I have felt sorry for Joe Lieberman, that his party knifed him in the back, well, they tried to! But I cannot recall feeling sorry for many politicians. It is a rough and tumble profession, and goes to the head of most of them.


MadisonMan said...

I'm with middle class guy -- I don't feel sorry for any politician when elections don't go their way. I might be mad at them that they didn't campaign the way I thought they should to get elected (though not in Hillary's case), but sorry for them? No. If they don't want to lose elections, they should find another job.

And it's not like she's unemployed if she doesn't get the nomination.

blogging cockroach said...

see what i mean
see what i mean
althouse has her personal semi-troll who is so in the tank for hillary
that she links to scary political commentators for clinton
except she doesnt really link for some reason
--maybe wants us to have to work to receive the truth--
but you have to admit that ms estrich is really scary
i mean look at that mouth and all
anyway ms estrich is a bit behind the curve so it seems
but im still scared of hillary and her friends
just look at that mouth
and think about maxine and her friends

lets see i think its
hooray for mrs clinton
hillary we love you.....

Inspektor Friedrich said...

Yes, Maxine, one is dealing with a real situation before her eyes, and the other is living a dream fueled by fear.

BTW, I never heard about a terrible accident on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu. What happened? Lose your nerve?

Elliott A said...

Hillary is going the way of many of our contemporary stars. When you look closer, and get underneath the gloss, what you see isn't the same pretty package you once thought was there. She has none of her husband's charisma. Her political skill is meager when she doesn't have the big machine behind her. While very bright, she is not creative. Compare that to Obama, who has created a movement out of thin air, and captivates people in droves. The truth is that she is not that special, but thinks she is. We can feel sorry for her when she does finally realize that she is not that special and that she wasted forty years of her life in self-delusion.

Inspektor Friedrich said...

Elliott A--Think about the poor supporters of Mrs Clinton.

If she goes, where shall they go?  What shall they do?

Paco Wové said...

Johnny B., you are obviously a troll.

Just fyi, "Johnny B." is your old friend AJD stalking you again.

(For those playing at home, AJD has also appeared as commenters Antonin, Art Vandelay, Billy G., Bruce A., Charlie S, Clarence D., Conan, Donald D., Dr. K., Fashion cop, Harold H., Jim Carville, Jiminy C., Johnny B., Kingsfield, Legal Scholarship, M. Hakuin, Matlock, Neutral observer, Nothing but the truth, Rudy, Sean I'm Not, Sigmund, The Obvious, Theo, Truth police, and probably a few dozen others.)

Middle Class Guy said...

Elliott A said...
Hillary is going the way of many of our contemporary stars

So, do you think she will wind up like Britanny Spears?

somefeller said...

If she goes, where shall they go? What shall they do?

We'll vote for Obama, because we're loyal Democrats. Next question?

Chip Ahoy said...

No, I do not feel sorry.

Sorry about not feeling sorry, that's the best I can muster.

In fact, I feel a bit of that despicably delicious schadenfreude one gets when they witness the ambitions of truly ambitious being squashed in slow motion. A portion of me hates myself for that. Is it because I felt an absence of sympathy when my own ambitions were squashed? Naaaah, no one ever squashed me that I know about. Then the portion of me that's not disgusted with that feeling overtakes the portion that is disgusted and silences it completely.

What a silly question to ask. If anything I feel sorry for her embalmer who is challenged to make her look good each morning, and her photographer who insists only so much Gaussian blur can be applied to any given portrait.

Maxine Weiss said...

Althouse is going to be shocked when she finds out who "Quixxo" and "Mary" are pretending to be....

Theo Boehm said...

Paco: But not this Theo!  <----Waving frantically
No, I am not a troll!
When you see the name "Theo Boehm" you'll know you're getting 100% sincere, respectful, polite comment--except perhaps if it's directed toward "Maxine."
AJD just made up names.  It's shocking, really.

Inspektor Friedrich said...

somefeller, I thought the answer might start with something like, "Frankly, m'dear...."

Maxine Weiss said...

Nobody's allowed to talk about Chelsea, or Christopher.

Can I have permission to look at flickr photos of Christopher, though?

Zoom way in. I hope that's not too intrusive.

Alan said...

I don't feel sorry for Mrs. Clinton at all. If she can't go back to being a Senator, she can always go back to trading cattle futures.

Inspektor Friedrich said...

Yes, here's a real clear one of Christopher.  Zoom away.

Inspektor Friedrich said...

Here's a really good one of Chelsea, too.

Inspektor Friedrich said...

Chins up, all you Hillary supporters!
Maxine is here to mock Althouse, so you'll feel better and go back to voting for Clintons. No need to get discouraged by all this Obama-love!

Nothing is unimportant to the Clinton Campaign.

David said...

"It's a little gruesome. Don't you feel just a little sorry for her?"

Uh, no. She is a big girl now.

rishigajria said...

"Don't you feel just a little sorry for her?"

I feel sorry for her staff. Not for Mr or Mrs Clinton.

Synova said...

"Obama might be easier to destroy once the Republicans roll out their Swift Boat campaigns."

You think telling the truth about Obama will keep him from being elected?


(Though if the "truth" is that he can't survive a debate that actually involves substance, then you might be right.)

Bob said...

Feel sorry for Hillary?

No. Only schadenfreude.

Blake said...

No, I don't seem to feel sorry for her.

Maybe if she cried again?

Fen said...

I don't pity petty tyrants until the crowd starts to tear apart the remains from the gallows.

And even then...

Meade said...

Even though, if things were reversed, I feel certain Hillary would have zero sympathy for me, and as with someone like, oh say, Maxine -- desperately unloved, lonely and somehow not quite able to connect -- I do almost feel sorry for her.


michael farris said...

I don't feel sorry for her, but I don't share the schadenfreude of many commenters (or the hostess) either.

Paco Wové said...

Sorry, Theo "the flute guy" Boehm. I in no way meant to imply you were part of that league of sockpuppets.

rdkraus said...

Feel bad that maybe, just maybe, we'll be spared another 4 to 8 years of "The Clintons" 24/7 ?


SteveR said...

She's due the same sympathy she's shown for the numerous victims of her husband's adventures that could have potentially damaged the Clinton Machine: NONE

Meade said...

Question is: Does Althouse feel sorry enough for her to vote Clinton 8 days from now.

Roger said...

There may actually be some cosmic justice in operation here--and I hope the wheels grind exceedingly fine.

former law student said...

McCain is PRAYING to run against Hussain Obama? Its the only way he can get elected.

Ha Ha. McCain beats Hillary like a gong:

First, Hillary is running on experience: Mc Cain has more experience. Second, Hillary is running on ability to be President on Day One -- no learning curve. As long as we're at war in Iraq, Mc Cain's military experience makes him far better qualified to be President on Day One. Third, vast swaths of the electorate viscerally hate Hillary; people at least respect Mc Cain for his service.

Mc Cain's biggest negatives are his age and his Republicanism. Mc Cain has taken the curse off his Republicanism by carving out a position distinctly different from W., and by originating bipartisan reform initiatives, such as McCain-Feingold. Hillary can make little of her age because she is only a decade younger.