Sunday, February 03, 2008

McCain Pulls Ahead; Obama & Clinton Tight


Former President Bill Clinton spent more time explaining the intricate details of policy Saturday night in Springfield than he did rallying for his wife.
You can watch my KY3 News @ 10 report on the Clinton visit HERE.

Clinton spoke for at least an hour and 12 minutes. On what Missouri could do with a multi-million dollar mortgage bailout. On the difference between the achievement gap of 4th graders and 8th graders. On how a new fight against global warming could create a new factory in small towns across Missouri.

But at points, he got rousing applause. The biggest round of cheers came when he trashed President Bush's No Child Left Behind Act. "We have to radically change the No Child Left Behind Law," Clinton said to screams. He said that was his only-sure fire applause line. He then purposely noted that newly minted Barack Obama supporter Ted Kennedy helped cobble the law together with President Bush. He said the problem was that the creators of the law didn't talk to enough principals and teachers before they passed it.

Bill Clinton is audacious. But this was sublime. Because, he obviously never mentioned his wife, Sen. Hillary Clinton, also supported the law when it was passed in 2001. Did she not talk to those teachers as well?

That's not the reason people were leaving during his speech. But it might have given someone a valid reason to.

Now, to those Missouri primary polls. Clinton and Obama are tight, with Obama closing in. John McCain seems to be widening his lead -- and looksy, Huckabee has vaulted into second over Mitt Romney.

Hillary Clinton 44%
Barack Obama 43%
877 likely voters/Jan. 31-Feb 2/Margin of Error 3.4%

Hillary Clinton 47%
Barack Obama 41%
400 likely voters/Jan. 30-Feb 1/Margin of Error 5%

John McCain 36%
Mike Huckabee 27%
Mitt Romney 22%
868 likely voters/Jan 31-Feb 2/Margin of Error 3.4%

John McCain 37%
Mike Huckabee 27%
Mitt Romney 24%
400 likely voters/Jan 30-Feb 1/Margin of Error 5%

What else to watch?

California. If Obama can win California -- or come really, really close, it's a bad sign for Clinton.

And on Meet the Press this morning, Mary Matalin said Sen. Claire McCaskill's endorsement of Barack Obama means more than Ted Kennedy's.

"Stronger than, but less covered than the Kennedy endorsement was, Claire McCaskill in Missouri, Senator, and Governor Sebelius in Kansas, his home state. These are women, these were sort of tangentially attached or committed to Hillary. Those kind of endorsements mean something."

Huh? Since when was Claire attached to Hillary?

1 comment:

Dan said...

Good point about Clinton failing to mention Hillary's involvement in all this. I like the Clintons but when you look closely you see a lot of inconsistencies and inconvenient truths.

Excellent blog.