Gallup, Rasmussen: Obama expands lead

We interrupt the drumbeat of doom over Jeremiah Wright"Bittergate" with some figures from the real world of politics.

Gallup Daily: Obama 50, Calamity Jane Clinton 41. Obama +1, Clinton -1.

Rasmussen: Obama 48, Clinton 44. Obama +4, Clinton -1.

Both polls were taken during the dust-up over the "bitter" remarks, and show movement towards Obama among Democrats.

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Hillary smears Gore, Kerry


Speaking to reporters in Pennsylvania on Sunday, Democratic [sic!] Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said that previous Democratic nominees lost in the general election because they were viewed as out of touch with the nation: [...]

"You don't have to think back too far to remember that good men running for president were viewed as being elitist and out of touch with the values and lives of millions of Americans," she said.

And again:

We had two very good men and men of faith run for president in 2000 and 2004. But large segments of the electorate concluded that they did not really understand or relate to or frankly respect their ways of life.

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The millionaire candidates are unhappy with you

It was probably inevitable that the wingnutosphere would dub it Bittergate. It was equally inevitable that John McCain and Hillary Clinton, the two Georgetown mansion millionaire candidates, would jump in with both feet. In a classic inside-the-Beltway political spectacle, both entitlement candidates sought to knock off the feisty outsider who was playing by a different set of rules.

Unfortunately for them, the millionaires hadn't realized how far the ground had shifted under their pedicured toenails, and that they were walking into quicksand. That's what happens when you're out of touch. Quick, someone ask the millionaire candidates what a gallon of milk costs these days.

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Obama's statement on the Beijing Olympics

Via ABC News:

"If the Chinese do not take steps to help stop the genocide in Darfur and to respect the dignity, security, and human rights of the Tibetan people, then the President should boycott the opening ceremonies. As I have communicated in public and to the President, it is past time for China to respect the human rights of the Tibetan people, to allow foreign journalists and diplomats access to the region, and to engage the Dalai Lama in meaningful talks about the future of Tibet. I am also deeply concerned about China's failure to support efforts to halt the genocide in Darfur. Regarding the Beijing Olympics this summer, a boycott of the opening ceremonies should be firmly on the table, but this decision should be made closer to the Games."

It appears that the Republic is in dire danger of having a President who will actually think stuff through instead of popping platitudes as the news cycle demands.

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Rasmussen: Obama 84.5% likely to win nomination

Barack Obama continues to solidify his hold on the Democratic nomination with stable leads in polling, a surge in Pennsylvania, a whopping of his floundering rival, once-sure-thing Hillary Clinton in fundraising, and a steady drift of super delegates into his camp.

So how likely is he to get the nomination?

Rasmussen has an innovative forecasting tool that gives us some answers.

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America is Obama Country

Earlier, while doing the scant two minutes of research required to slice into ribbons a particularly insipid anti-Obama diary, I came across a fascinating piece of information.

Take a look at this map.

See that? That's Obama Country, people: America, from sea to shining sea. By one absolutely crucial metric, Obama is carrying the entire country with him.

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Clinton: We don't need your stinking votes

We interrupt your regularly scheduled Obama-trashing for an important message from Hillary Clinton's campaign to voters in the upcoming states.

"Don't bother voting for us. No, really. How you vote makes no difference to me. We don't need your vote, little people. Might as well vote for Obama. You like him better anyway. Do it."

The source of this astonishing announcement? None other than Harold Ickes. Yeah, that Harold Ickes, the guy who voted to not seat the Michigan and Florida delegations.

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By two to one, Democrats say Obama stronger against McCain

Consider it a leading indicator, if you will: a new poll out from Gallup shows some interesting numbers from the Presidential race worth looking at in some detail.

A new Gallup Panel survey finds a majority of both Republicans and Democrats saying Barack Obama has a better chance than Hillary Clinton of defeating Republican John McCain in the November presidential election. The survey was conducted March 24-27, interviewing a nationally representative sample of 1,005 Gallup Panel members. Democrats were asked whether Clinton or Obama has the better chance of defeating McCain in November: 59% say Obama does; 30% say Clinton.[Emph. added]

Republicans agree with the Democratic majority's assessment, that Obama is a stronger challenge to McCain, by 64% to 22%.

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Gallup: Obama 52, Clinton 42

Drip, drip, drip.

PRINCETON, NJ -- Barack Obama has extended his lead over Hillary Clinton among Democrats nationally to 52% to 42%, the third consecutive Gallup Poll Daily tracking report in which he has held a statistically significant lead, and Obama's largest lead of the year so far.


This marks the first time either candidate has held a double-digit lead over the other since Feb. 4-6, at which point Clinton led Obama by 11 percentage points.

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Should there be limits?

There's a profoundly disturbing diary on the recent diaries list that requires some further comment. The subject of the diary is a wingnut video, plucked at random from YouTube, juxtaposing Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama and images of the burning World Trade Center. Here's what's coming for you, Democrats, the diarist warns, if you nominate Obama. Just thought I'd show you.

The idea, ostensibly, is to frighten Democrats into dropping their support for Barack Obama - support which is majoritarian and hardening across all polls - in favor of his primary competitor, Senator Hillary Clinton. I would hazard a guess that this video would be deleted if posted on RedState. Even they have standards.

I haven't, nor have many others, given years of my life to the Progressive Movement to be associated with this kind of filth. We New Yorkers tend to react viscerally when anyone uses 9/11 imagery in pursuit of some base political goal; that this is a wide-spread view held far beyond the five boroughs is attested by Rudy Giuliani's implosion. There is something deeply obscene about campaigning on the graves of our dead. It is doubly obscene to see it happening in a Democratic primary. Those 3,000 people didn't die to give Hillary a momentary tactical advantage.

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