No posting yesterday as I was still recovering from Tuesday night’s fantastic result which exceeded anything I’d imagined. I thought it’d be close but Obama didn’t just sneak in like Kennedy or even Clinton in 92. Insted he scored a decisive victory, romped home even.
The reasons for the victory were part-marketing and part product. The audacious 50 state straegy, embracing new technology, sophisticated on-the ground organisation and the Get-Out-The-Vote operation were all in place as a result of Hillary testing him so long in the primary stage. But even if you have all the money in the world, if your product is duff it won’t make the grade . Obama is the real deal.
The primary system has reverted to its usual character of producing candidates who get the Democratic faithful fired up into a frenzy but leave swing voters in phlegmatic key states quietly unimpressed and voting Republican in the privacy of the polling booth. A bizarre system and a fit of rule-mongering over Florida and Michigan has given victory to the guy who carried a host of tiny states that the Democrats can never win or which have hardly any electoral college votes, and denied it to the woman who carried those two, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, California, Texas and just about everywhere that might have been useful in the general election.
I have an awful suspicion that we are not going to see a lot of “change” in November.
The same blogger (who I usually rate highly) seems to have come round and yesterday claimed to be choked up during the acceptance speech.
The UK Hillaryites even had a Facebook group called
Irritated By the Mindless Liberal Love of Barack Obama
which has a picture of Andy Burnham claiming
But the whole British Leftie Barack love up is an irritating affectation.
Why make such a big deal about Barack Obama, in a way that you’d cringe to imagine yourself doing about Andy Burnham (who’s got more chance of being the next Prime Minster than Barack has of being the next President)?