Looks like Obama’s got about seventy-five percent of the vote in Washington, DC.
Obama’s speech has a lot of the elements of his usual stump speech, but in a radical departure from normal habit he’s . . . attacking Republicans at great length. Especially John McCain. It’s pretty fun.
During tonight’s Potomac Primary coverage, pundits on various cable networks filled airtime with uninformative chatter. Watch some of it:
62 percent of the electorate in Maryland was female, and women went for Obama 59-38. Obama won Latinos 53-47. He won non-college Democrats 63-33 and college Democrats 62-36. In an inversion of the usual trajectory, Clinton did better among wealthier Democrats than among people of more modest means. People who make over $200,000 a year went for Clinton, with every less prosperous slice going for Obama. He won Protestants and he won Catholics. He won urban voters and suburban voters and rural voters.
Captain Amnesty carries Virginia after all. But just imagine the fits Mike Huckabee would be giving him if he had more than zero dollars to spend. Oh well. Fun as it is to see the GOP frontrunner discomfitted, McCain would be a better president and deserves to win the nomination.
Tom Brokaw on television is pedantically correcting Hillary Clinton’s claim in her El Paso speech that she came here “35 years ago, to work for the Democratic National Committee, registering voters.” 1972, as Brokaw points out, was more like 36 years ago. But that’s silly. Somewhat more substantively, what she came to Texas to do was work for George McGovern. If she wants credit for her experience and years of work she should probably say what she actually did.
Maryland voters have an extra 90 minutes to vote tonight, extending poll hours until 9:30 PM EST. A judge ordered that the polls be kept open after officials argued that voters were delayed because of bad weather. Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) has won the Virginia and DC Democratic primaries.
UPDATE: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has been projected the winner in Virginia.
UPDATE II: McCain and Obama have also been declared the winners in the Maryland primaries. McCain has won the DC primary.
Discussing the death of Rep. Tom Lantos (D-CA) on his radio show yesterday, conservative talker Michael Savage said he “detested” Lantos. Savage called him “a scoundrel” who “survived the Holocaust of World War II and used it as a weapon the rest of his life”:
SAVAGE: Who died? What’s his name? Lantos? You know, that’s a tough one for me to deal with. You’re not supposed to talk badly about the dead. I generally wouldn’t do it. But in the case of Tom Lantos, I’ll make an exception. I think he was one of the most — he was a scoundrel. And I’ll tell you why I detested Tom Lantos. The man survived the Holocaust of World War II and used it as a weapon the rest of his life. That’s why. Do you understand what I just said to you? You can’t have it both ways. You can’t suffer such a horror, and then use it as a weapon without people noticing it. You know what I’m saying to you? I didn’t like Tom Lantos.
Northern Virginia has, to be sure, been tilting left of late, but if Pat Buchanan really think Alexandria is “Marxist country” he probably needs to think a bit harder.
Once again, John McCain wins voters who “strongly disapprove” of the war in Iraq. Voters who “strong approve,” by contrast, were split evenly between McCain and Huckabee. What’s going to happen when people figure out that McCain loves war?