Clinton had strengths in +Florida, +Ohio, +Pennsylvania, +Missouri, +West Virginia, +Arkansas, +Kentucky, +New Hampshire
Obama has strengths in +Iowa, +Virginia, +Colorado, +North Carolina, +Georgia, +Oregon, +Wisconsin, +Washington
But the Dem tide is strong enough now that they'd both overlap with each others states much. Obama is performing well in OH, FL, and PA. Clinton would have the upper Midwest and Pacific Coast in the bag as well, and probably be poised to win Colorado by a little.
I always had a suspicion that when the counter arguments arose that Michelle was really saying, "And George Bush! WHY'D HE let New Orleans drown? WHY'D HE ignore millions of people and put them in stadiums?" that the proponents of the "whitey" tape had major egg on their faces. Last thing I saw about it a while ago was that McCain would "only" use it if he was down by 80 electoral votes the week before Election Day.
For those of us who wanted Hillary for admiration as well as genuine electoral map concerns, given that the Virginia, Colorado, Iowa, North Carolina strategy appears to be working, we have nothing to complain about.
I'd much rather be wrong about my doubts on the nominee in April than make the wrong decision with consequences that will last until I'm in my seventies (me, being 28, and the threat of a young McCain appointee sitting on the bench for 40 years--it really can and would happen).
It's astonishing to me that this late in the game, the GOP vice presidential pick will be campaigning in Raleigh. NEVER in a million years would I think that so quickly (2008) would we see North Carolina seriously in play. I love it.
And both Biden and McCain will be in Indiana. McCain will be in Indianapolis. That's pathetic! It's basically like being the Democrat and having to campaign in Boston or San Francisco. LOL
"Sorry John, but look here. It turns out that Eastern Pennsylvania has more than twice as many people in it than Western Pennsylvania."
Some fun facts.
PA Population = 12,500,000
Metro Philly = 5,000,000
Metro Pitts = 2,000,000
Metro Wilkes-Barre = 650,000
Metro Allentown = 700,000
Metro Reading = 400,000
Metro Harrisburg = 650,000
Metro Lancaster = 450,000
Metro York = 350,000
Metro Erie = 175,000
Only Lancaster and York are GOP.
Eastern Pennsylvania rocks. And we're going to get rid of McCain, just like we got rid of every GOP troll who tried to flirt with our state in the past two decades.
After the bruising of 2000 and 2004, I too was very thrilled with the prospect of a Dem candidate who was poised to restore competitiveness and real victory to Ohio, Florida, Arkansas (an auto +5 Dem bonus right from the beginning, yay!), Missouri, and West Virginia and locking down Pennsylvania once and for all. Being a big math/strategy freak, the idea of sacrificing all of that for what seemed to be only marginal advantages in Iowa, Colorado, and Virginia bothered me much.
I am thrilled to see that not only have the advantages in CO, IA, VA materialized in a best case scenario (seems we are winning), but the mood of the country has become so anti-GOP that even those states where Obama is less strong than Hillary (Ohio, Florida, etc.) look poised to go blue.
I would have to be a sociopath to wish John McCain on the country just to "prove" I was right about something in the primary. And I think I wasn't off in my assessments either; Hillary was stronger in OH/PA/FL while Obama was stronger in VA and the west. Fortunately, everything is so strong for us right now (hope it sustains!) we may just sweep it all.