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Wednesday, May 14, 2008
74% of West Virginia Democrats Vote Against Presumptive Nominee

The media have been having fun reporting that something like 25% of Republicans in recent states have been voting against McCain; let's see them do the same for Obama. Nope, it's going to be "You inbred corn cousins, the only way you could vote against the Obamessiah is if thought he was a Muslim." Note, as usual, that it is white Democrats who think this.

Matt Yglesias does his best to put lipstick on the pig:

What's even more interesting is that no Democrat has won the White House without carrying Minnesota since 1912 (it went for Teddy Roosevelt's Bull Moose party) so given that Obama won Minnesota and Clinton won West Virginia, McCain is guaranteed to win the general election unless the eventual nominee can somehow completely replicate the social and political conditions prevailing in pre-WWI America. The outlook, in short, is very grim.

Sorry, Matt. The issue is not whether you carry Minnesota in the caucuses (not even a primary). The issue is whether you can carry it in the general election. Hillary has a chance in Minnesota; Obama has no chance in West Virginia. It's true that Obama can cobble together an electoral map without WV, but when you say that PA and FL are out too, well, McCain's looking at winning easily.

What is amazing is how many people are putting down West Virginia. Check out the (Not-So) Moderate Voice:

Because, of course, that is exactly what Hillary is pitching to the Democratic primary voters of West Virginia (and presumably Pennsylvania, Ohio, and soon Kentucky) is that like the “White God-fearing citizens of Rock Ridge,” it is perfectly cool… no, it is laudatory, that they should not wish to live under the governance of a Black man– any Black man. Simple as that. She said it. This is why she should be the choice of the super-delegates, because, despite Obama’s significant lead in delegates and votes, (1) he’s still a Black man and hence cannot win a general election, and (2) his big lead is as a result of overwhelming support among Black voters, who, since they are not the target demographic, should be discounted accordingly.

One thing is certainly consistent. The Hillary voters slag Obama and the Obama voters slag the Hillary voters.

Aravosis admits what everybody's known for years: the media are in the bag for the Democrats:

Why is the media even covering her? The only stories that should be written about Hillary Clinton is how much damage she's causing our party. How she's hurting fundraising at the DNC - they even admitted it, they're not raising the money they need to fight John McCain because of this woman.

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