Obama’s Hat Trick Prompts New Scrutiny

February 13, 2008 04:26 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Tuesday's primaries left Clinton narrowly behind in the Democratic delegate count. Obama’s policies now face much closer analysis.

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According to Real Clear Politics, Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton are neck and neck in the popular vote, with 44.4 percent.

Obama leads the delegate count, with 1,272 to Clinton’s 1,231 delegates.

Victories in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. on Tuesday “buoyed” the Illinois senator, wrote Reuters. Obama gave what was described by Jonathan Cohn at The New Republic as “his best speech yet.” Cohn wrote, “He was at turns funny and poignant, cool and yet energized.”

With the possibility of Democratic nomination coming closer than ever, Obama used his victory speech to launch a fusillade against the presumptive Republican nominee John McCain.

“Senator McCain said the other day that we might be mired for a hundred years in Iraq,” Obama told his supporters, “which is reason enough to not give him four years in the White House.”

In turn, although McCain’s victory speech made no mention of Obama by name, he made some pointed comments on the subject of “hope.”

The Columbia Journalism Review wrote that the reception Obama got from the media was effusive: “The accolades for Obama couldn’t have scaled higher heights last night.”

However, if he continues to pull ahead, the scrutiny applied to Obama’s policies will intensify.

The Baltimore Sun writes, “Obama exudes a confident optimism that challenges the need to pin him down on substantive issues or his brand of change. Still voters should press him on the goals and shape of an Obama administration.”

Headline Link: Obama takes on opponents

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With Obama looking more convincing as a presidential candidate, and McCain the presumptive Republican nominee, much attention was paid to the potshots traded between the victors at the end of last night.

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