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    Mitt Romney out!

    by Sunny on 7th February, 2008 at 5:33 PM    

    CNN is reporting that Mitt Romney may be “suspending” his campaign. This is a bit annoying because I was hoping he’d continue to be a pain in the ass for McCain. On the other hand, a McCain nomination means the Republican base is less passionate about voting in this year’s presidential elections (they generally don’t like him), which means more chance of an Obama (Democrat) victory. Yes, I still believe Obama will take it.
    Update: New York Times confirms it.

    Oh, and on whether Obama can convince white voters, this is worth reading:

    Take a look at what happened on Tuesday in the nearly all-white counties of Idaho, a place where the Aryan Nations once placed a boot print of hate — “the international headquarters of the white race,” as they called it. The neo-Nazis are long gone. But in Kootenai County, where the extremists were holed up for several decades, a record number of Democrats trudged through heavy snow on Super Duper Tuesday to help pick the next president. Guess what: Senator Barack Obama took 81 percent of Kootenai County caucus voters, matching his landslide across the state. He won all but a single county.

    The runaway victory came after a visit by Obama last Saturday, when 14,169 people filled the Taco Bell Arena in Boise to hear him speak – the largest crowd ever to fill the space, for any event. It was the biggest political rally the state has seen in more than 50 years.

    Okay, so Idaho is the prime rib of Red America. Ditto Utah, where Obama beat Senator Hillary Clinton 56 percent to 39 percent on Tuesday, including a 2-1 win in arguably the most Republican community in America – Provo and suburbs, a holdout of Bush dead-enders. Tom Brady will date a nun before these states vote Democratic in a general election.

    But those numbers, and exit polling across the nation, make a case for Obama’s electability and the inroads he has made into places where Democrats are harder to find than a decent bagel.

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    1. Leon — on 7th February, 2008 at 7:54 PM  

      If McCain has it because of this those last Dems to vote would be mad to nominate Clinton…

    2. Ravi Naik — on 7th February, 2008 at 8:29 PM  

      It is a good thing that he is out. If one thing we have learnt is that wishing for a worse candidate so that a democrat can easily win is just shooting yourself on the foot. Look at George W: he won twice against two decent Democrat candidates.

    3. Salman — on 7th February, 2008 at 11:53 PM  

      Actually, McCain appeals to a lot of conservative Democrats and Independents so if it is him against Obama I think it will be an extremely close election. If Independents in one state, say Ohio, can be persuaded to vote for McCain over Obama in the General Election, that could be enough for McCain to take it…that’s how Bush won in 2004.

    4. nodn — on 8th February, 2008 at 3:13 AM  

      I heard on news that McCain is 71. If I was American, I really wouldn’t want a 71 year old President…

    5. Letters From A Tory — on 8th February, 2008 at 8:15 AM  

      McCain was running away with it and Romney obviously decided that it wasn’t worth putting in any more time or money. I think the picture on my blog summed it up nicely.


    6. Zak — on 8th February, 2008 at 12:02 PM  

      Sunny methinks I detect a slight dislike for Mcain?:p

    7. Salman — on 8th February, 2008 at 2:02 PM  

      If McCain can pick a young VP then that will probably be enough to address the age issue. Obama is exciting but don’t underestimate the potential support for McCain who has heroic stature amongst some Americans as he was a POW who withstood serious torture from the viet cong for 5 years as a captured navy pilot in Vietnam.

    8. Andrew — on 8th February, 2008 at 3:45 PM  

      In the case of Obama it’s just the same as in the most Tory places like Berkshire, Hertfordshire etc. The people who are involved in the Labour Party there are way to the left of the members nationally. John McDonnell would have voted well in these areas were a Leadership election to have been held. Where you don’t have to consider winning and holding power it is easy to cling to the safety of being more left than thou, that does not mean McDonnell would have been elected PM with the votes of all the people in Berkshire, Hertfordshire etc. Simmilarly, winning amongst the Democratic members in the red states does not mean Obama would win in the electionin these states.

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