Monday, March 10, 2008

Pretty Good Weekend for Obama

He won the Wyoming caucuses handily, and adds another two delegates to his lead over Hillary.

The 8-year-old girl in the Goodnight pajamas in Hillary's 3am ad? Casey Knowles is all grown up now, and was shocked to see her old stock footage on TV. Especially since now at age 17 she's a precinct captain for Obama.

But the best news for Obama was in Illinois, where scientist Bill Foster beat millionaire Republican Jim Oberweis to take the seat of retiring Republican, former Speaker of the House Denny Hastert. This district voted for Hastert with 60% of the vote in 2006; the district also went to Bush in 2004 with 55% of the vote.

Foster won 53-47 in the overwhelmingly Republican district. (Here's the Wall Street Journal headline on the race: Reagan Country Votes Democratic) So how is this good news for Obama? Obama taped a television ad for Foster, endorsing Foster with this line: "He represents the change we need."

The NRCC pumped $1,000,000 into this race (nearly 1/3 of its cash on hand) and still lost a race that was not even expected to be close. This demonstration of Obama's coattails should reassure superdelegates about his ability to win in November.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The pundits need to realize this: its not about experience. Its all about getting the old carpet and drapes that reek of cigar smoke the hell out of the house. We need new car smell in our country.