Good news in Mississippi
While Hillary Clinton crows about her victory in an essentially uncontested primary in West Virginia, better news for the Party comes out of a Republican stronghold in Mississippi.
(CNN) — Based on early returns, CNN projects that Democrat Travis Childers defeated Republican Greg Davis in a Tuesday special election for an open congressional seat in northern Mississippi.
For Democrats, the decisive victory by Childers is the latest in a series of special-election wins for the party and provides a strong tailwind heading into the November elections. Republicans had held the seat since 1994.
For Republicans, Davis’ defeat is viewed as a possible preview for a widespread GOP thrashing in November, and it shows that trying to link local Democrats in conservative districts to Sen. Barack Obama and his former pastor was not a winning strategy.
It’s going to take a miracle for Clinton to wrest the nomination from Obama; and her continued fight is only doing more damage to the party.
In West Virginia, about half of the voters for each Democratic candidate indicated they would be voting for John McCain if the other candidate won the Party nomination. So, Hillary, crow all you want about the win in West Virginia; but know that you are jeopardizing the Democratic Party in the process.
Even if Hillary Clinton wins all of the remaining races by a 65/35 margin and takes 2/3 of the remaining super delegates, she still doesn’t capture the nomination … Obama would still capture enough delegates to win the nomination by almost 20 votes over the required 2,025 … and Hillary won’t beat Obama by 30-point margins in all the remaining contests. She’s just postponing the inevitable, and damaging the Party in the process.
In the interim, we can at least celebrate the fact that another Republican is out of Congress, and another Democrat is in … and hope that THIS is the attitude that carries to November, rather than the angst and anger that’s pervasive at the national level as the nomination fight keeps drawn out longer and longer.