Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Thoughtful Thoughts

In all the speculative analysis I heard tonight in the reporting on Super Tuesday, two thoughts stood out:

1. Richard Norton Smith, the historian, pointed out that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama both talk about change but define change differently. Hillary defines change as challenging the last 7 years of the Bush Administration. But Barack Obama defines change as challenging the process by which decisions have been made in Washington for the last 16 years or longer. That's why Obama's message is so much more uplifting.

2. George Will (I know, I can't believe I am citing George Will) pointed out that it will be interesting to see what the Democratic Primary vote in California totals among voters who voted today as opposed to voting early. That tabulation will underscore the state of things on February 5, 2008 - not the the total vote including early votes cast before Edwards dropped out or Obama started to climb.

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