Obama Clinches Nomination
CNN called the Indiana primary for Clinton at 1 a.m. today with 99% of the vote counted. At that time she had a 2% lead; however more than 1% of the vote in Lake County remained to be counted. He won by large margins in the four counties that Kerry won in 2004--which are considered to be Democratic party strongholds in a state that traditionally votes Republican.
In North Carolina he had a decisive victory with a 14% lead. Taking both elections together his vote count exceeded hers by more than 200,000.
Had it not been for Republican cross-over votes to Clinton by voters who appear to have been following the Limbaugh guidelines in his Operation Chaos strategy--calling upon committed Republicans to vote in the Democratic primary even though they intend to vote for McCain--he would have carried Indiana. This strategy was also operative in Pennsylvania and Texas and Ohio.
I find it interesting that recently one election coverage deemed it a negative for Obama that Clinton appealed to less educated white voters, while he was the candidate of a new elite--educated voters. I still believe that "electability" has been used as a euphemism by those who were embarrassed to say outright, Obama can't win because he's an African-American. I believe that he not only can but will win in the general election.
Since Clinton has morphed into "the populist candidate with balls" I have thought she's became very scary. Her mantra--I'll do anything necessary to win--reminded me uncomfortably of George W. Fast forward to a Clinton presidency and her recent statement about obliterating Iran should it attack Israel with a nuclear weapon.