By David Lightman
Tuesday 22 April 2008
Obama, on the other hand, stumbled badly. He outspent
The momentum that seemed so strong in February, when Obama won 11 contests in a row and seemed on the verge of knocking Clinton out of the race, was all but gone Tuesday.
Also gone, or at least fading, was the feeling among Democratic voters on both sides that either candidate ultimately would be acceptable.
While Democrats remain angry over the
The deepening Clinton-Obama schism became more pronounced after last Wednesday's
Obama backers insisted that their man was treated unfairly when the
If Obama gets the nomination, lots of
Obama backers said the same, should
"I love Obama," said Aimee Brace, a
Democratic leaders sensed this increasing rupture between the Clinton and Obama camps, and in recent days they've pleaded with the superdelegates who control about 20 percent of the convention votes, and with them, the balance of power.
"I need them to say who they're for, starting now," party Chairman Howard Dean said of the superdelegates last week. "We've got to know who our nominee is."
The surest way to have gotten a quick decision would have been if Obama had won
By Wednesday, this thinking went, the media would have been declaring the race all but over and the superdelegates would have had a fresh reason to leap on the Obama bandwagon. He'd be officially anointed this generation's John F. Kennedy, ready to inspire the masses with his vision and vigor.
Instead, the verdict Wednesday will remain the same:
Similarly, however, Obama can't shake that a lot of whites are uncomfortable with a black as president, as exit polls showed him losing the white vote by 60-40 percent - a consistent trend in recent primaries. Yet
And so, the party is left again in a stalemate without apparent end.
The campaigns now head for May 6 primaries in
The two camps will undoubtedly paint the state as a make-or-break affair, but it offers only 72 delegates. With 2,025 needed to nominate,
So on a day when the Democratic race remains muddled, this much is clear: Obama remains the favorite for the nomination, but it's not a comfortable lead.