Presidential Campaign

Presidential Campaign

Ohio and Texas Should Determine How Superdelegates Go

If Hillary wins either Ohio or Texas, or both, it will send a message to the superdelegates that they are morally justified in withholding their support from Obama. If she puts together other wins, it will send the message that it's OK to back Hillary even if she loses the overall count of elected delegates to Obama.

It doesn't really matter that much how many delegates each win on March 4. Obama will still have a lead among elected delegates no matter what, but that lead will be insufficient to offset a determined push by superdelegates. If Hillary wins a few primaries it will provide them with a perfect excuse to override the will of the voters — Obama didn't have staying power.

What Happens on March 5?

Without resounding wins in both Texas and Ohio next week, it is mathematically impossible for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) to come away with the nomination through the normal delegate process. That’s why her campaign is busily lobbying these so-called superdelegates with every promise her Big Government machine can produce. Such a move would essentially nullify the popular vote of over 10 million and counting party faithful, forcing Democrats to condone a process they have been criticizing for the past eight years.

Texas-Ohio Showdown

The Hill's Associate Editor A.B. Stoddard answers your questions about Tuesday's primaries and caucuses in Texas and Ohio.



"The past is prologue.” Right? We are supposed to learn from history, aren't we? But all too often we do not.

Let's remember John F. Kennedy and the press. The coverage was a love-fest. Reporters were smitten with the hip elegance of the Kennedys and gave them a starry-eyed pass, ignoring or giving short shrift to criticisms that we now know should have gotten much more critical attention.

It has become a journalistic article of faith that we learned our lesson and that public figures should always be closely scrutinized with constant skepticism. That's our job.

Do Clinton and Obama Favor a Strong National Defense?

I’ve listened with interest over the past several weeks as the two leading contenders for the Democratic nomination for president try to outdo each other by proposing one new program after another. National healthcare for all? A public service academy? Cutting off funds for the war in Iraq to pay for education and other priorities? We’ve heard all of these themes and more as Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) and Barack Obama (Ill.) try to out-duel each other to spend our hard-earned tax dollars.

What I haven’t heard, however, is a proposal or initiative aimed at our armed forces community. Has anyone heard Sen. Clinton or Sen. Obama propose a multibillion-dollar program for our men and women in uniform? Improving housing at our bases both here and abroad? Setting aside billions of dollars to provide armor, bombs and bullets to fight and win the war on terrorism? I didn’t think so.

The Art of the Speech

It’s not very often in a national campaign that the “art of the speech” becomes a topic that’s debated with such vigor as in this year’s presidential campaign.

The conversation began soon after Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) became a national sensation for his rousing speeches that draw hordes of supporters and — whether you agree with his ideas or not — are stirring to the core.

Huckabee and Hillary

Since the Potomac Primaries, Virginia, Maryland and D.C. pundits, campaign insiders and seasoned strategists from both parties have been saying that Mike Huckabee should drop out of the race. It's gone so far that he even appeared on “Saturday Night Live” to make light of the situation and his mathematical impossibility of winning.

Over the weekend, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) appeared on the same show as people have started saying that she should drop out of the race if she doesn't win in Ohio and Texas. Unlike Clinton, Huckabee was never far ahead or strongly considered as a presidential candidate early on, but isn't it fascinating how you can sit on top of the world and it can turn over in 24 hours?

Obama vs. Clinton on Electability, Part II

Newest Pew Data Proves Obama Vulnerability
Against Sen. McCain Compared to Sen. Clinton

Clinton ‘Ringing Phone’ Ad Similar to Mondale's in 1984 —
Reflects, Doesn't Invent, Democratic Voter Concerns Already Seen in Data

Several days ago I posted a blog citing Gallup and USA Today data showing that Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) are virtually tied in a race against Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) — despite huge misimpressions, held by most primary-voting Democrats and the media covering the campaign, that Sen. Obama is far stronger in the general election. Now comes the most recent national all-voters poll (Feb. 20-24) from the highly regarded, nonpartisan Pew Research Center confirming that the two lead with about the same narrow margin over Sen. McCain.

'This is a White House Recording'

About Hillary's TV ad: "It's 3 a.m. and your children are safe and asleep. But there's a phone in the White House and it's ringing. Something's happening in the world. Your vote will decide who answers that call."

Given how strapped the federal government is these days, wouldn't it be a good idea to save some money by replacing the operators with a telephone Audix system at the White House? At least for use overnight?