Not so gloomy Tuesday
Stick a fork in Mitt. He's done.
... One can't say the same for the Dem race, though I think Hillary's performance yesterday was more impressive. How many more times are Obama's forces going to claim victory for closing the gap but not closing the deal? Sometimes the best way to determine a winner in a close race is to ask: Who's happier? Hillary, says Dana Milbank
, who has a fun take on 'Spin Tuesday' from Hillary's headquarters:
With mechanized precision, celebrity surrogates fanned out in the ballroom to deliver a victory message. "Who do you want? I've got Governor Spitzer; I've got Rob Reiner," offered a young Clinton aide, as if vending hot dogs.
We'll take one of each.
"It's a big, big night for Hillary," announced director cum pundit Reiner. ...
"She's going to be demonstrating a national base that's very hard to overcome," offered New York governor-pundit Eliot Spitzer.
In Massachusetts, Hillary's victory
was big. Period. As Howie
puts it, "Eddie King, this one’s for you, baby!" ... There really was a Hack-Progressive divide within the Hack-Progressive Alliance last night. Look at vote returns by towns
. Obama generally carried the affluent-academic towns. Hillary cleaned up in the old lunch-bucket towns. Don't think this spells civil war within the alliance. I'll believe that's happening when Deval fields his own legislative candidates. But he won't. The alliance will heal with time. ... All in all, not a bad night for Hub Blog. One of my two least favorite candidates lost. The other marches on. It's better than both winning. ...Update
: Romney spent $10 million in California alone. He also thinks McCain has "all but clinched" the GOP nomination. ... Much more over at RealClearPolitics.com.
-- Adam R
: Don't make a big deal about the endorsements. Agreed. It wasn't a rejection of Ted Kennedy and won't harm him a bit here. But Deval is a slightly different matter. A lot of DiMasites wanted to see him embarrassed. It was personal. ...Update III
-- OK, so Obama leads in the delegate count
. It's not insigificant. He's still a contender. But the gut still says he needed to do better last night -- and didn't. Thus the glum mood among Obama's supporters. ...