Obama backed by Edwards
A boost for Barack Obama after
Hillary Clinton's landslide win in West Virginia
Article added on May 15 at 12:48 Belgium time
West Virginia was a lost cause for Barack Obama. He knew
it and decided not to campaign too much in this state favorable to Hillary
Clinton. Was this a good
strategic move in order not to be too closely linked to the crushing defeat
or an error because West Virginia may be crucial to win in November? We will
get the answer after the presidential election.
After Hillary Clinton's landslide win in West Virginia with 67% and 239,062
votes against Barack Obama's meager 26% and 91,652 votes, some analysts
pointed out that the African-American senator had not only lost because of
Clinton's core voters, the women, the elderly, the poorer and less-educated
Americans, but he had also lost support within his best supporters, the
young, the well-educated and the more affluent voters.
In this crucial moment, Barack Obama finally got the long-awaited
endorsement from John Edwards. The former senator from North Carolina had
fought a lost battle as a populist left-winger against an African-American
and a woman. He is of course the white go who
“stands up” for the poor, the less-educated, the blue-collar voters and white
men, exactly what Obama needs right now.
John Edwards endorsement of Barack Obama in Grand Rapids, Michigan, had the
perfect timing, overshadowing Hillary's landslide win in West Virginia.
Obama will not forget this, and may well offer Edwards the hotly
contested place of vice-president on his ticket.
Barack Obama pledged to join John Edwards fight against poverty. He told the
“You should never be hungry, you should never be homeless, you should never face
the threat of poverty, ever!” A populist message for a cheering crowd. What
is his slogan again?
“Change you can believe in...”
Hillary Clinton's campaign is highly indebted again. The number circulating
now is $20 million. The New York senator may fight on in the remaining
states and may score two more wins in the primaries, which will not effect
the outcome: Barack Obama will be the Democratic presidential nominee.
As mentioned in previous articles, Clinton's only hope is that maybe a video
will surface showing Obama attending for instance Jeremiah Wright's sermon
accusing the United States government of having created HIV, trying to wipe
out African-Americans with the help of AIDS. Obama claims never to have
attended any of the outrageous sermons by Wright, and no such video has
The way until August is long. Hope dies last. But Hillary's campaign may
well die before, because of a lack of cash. Until that moment, she will
continue to hurt the chances of the Democrats, increasing the slim chances
of John McCain, the man who could really bring (some) change.
It is very likely that the Democrats will sweep both the House and the
Senate in a landslide election in November, but there is a small window of
opportunity for the Republican's to retain the White House, thanks to John
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