Last night’s win by the Clinton campaign shouldn’t come as a surprise to too many people.  Why?

1.) The Clinton Machine is alive and well in Pennsylvania. Think about the difficulties Obama had to face in Pennsylvania.  Endorsements against him from so many local officials, the governor, the lieutenant governor, and others in the state.  The message of hope and looking out for the common good just doesn’t appeal to many of these people.  The politics of division is how they operate, inserting distractions into the political dialogue so that voters might not notice how little has been accomplished since these actors have been in power.

2.) The media. People marvel at the see-saw nature of this race.  The commentators discuss with amazement how Obama can’t close the sale.  The problem is that the media — including these commentators — do have a horse in this race, and it’s whatever horse it needs to win in order to keep this battle going.  Last night and on March 4th, the candidate was Clinton.  In Iowa, on January 3rd, it was Obama.  In New Hampshire it was Clinton.  It’s not hard to see why the media would want to keep it going — the Wolf Blitzers and Chris Matthews of the world are surely cashing in on this, offering their opinions, bankrupt of any substance and sometimes full of the distractions to the political dialogue that we can’t have, to the American people.  I don’t think I have to mention the ABC Debate do I?

3.) The demographics. Let’s face it — aside from Philadelphia, this state was not Barack Obama territory.  Hillary Clinton reminded us ad nauseum that she grew up in the northeastern corner of the commonwealth.  The “controversies” drummed up by the Clinton campaign and the lapdog media did not allow Senator Obama the ability to penetrate many hearts and minds of the working white voters in Pennsylvania.  And while Obama did improve from his twenty point deficit in the Pennsylvania polls immediately after Ohio despite these demographic barriers, this was not noted by the media.

4.) Barack’s strategy. Yes — his strategy.  Perhaps he wasn’t invested in winning so much as was in getting his opponent to spend her way to bankruptcy.  So while Obama shuffles comfortably to the next two primaries — North Carolina being comfortable for Obama and Indiana shaping up as another battle — the Clinton campaign will have to judiciously spend their newfound cash.  And as a commentator explained on some of the television coverage last night, it takes money to move an electorate even as much as three or four percent.  As for whether Obama chooses to go after Sen. Clinton or above her, we’ll have to see.

It appears that the politics of division is holding on to this political dialogue with all that it can.  Hopefully Sen. Obama can deliver the knockout punch in two weeks.

Advertisements