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Momentum, a fickle mistress.

March 5th, 2008 · No Comments · Politics

Clinton is ON FIRE tonight. Her supporters in Columbus are going absolutely crazy for her and the speech she’s giving is really impressive. Energetic without being shrill. No awkward jabs at the Obama camp. Her delivery is… I dare say… Obama-esque.

And she certainly has reason to feel good.

She picked up (unsurprisingly) Rhode Island.

It’s looking like she landed a double-digit win in Ohio (obliterating the polls I’ve seen in recent weeks that put Obama within a point or two of her).

She’s pulled ahead by 2% in Texas with nearly half of the vote in.

Regardless of how Texas works out, Obama’s officially on damage-control for the rest of the week as a result of this.

Speaking of Obama, he’s speaking now:

His Texas crowd is so-so, at least by Obama Crowd Standards.

His swipes at McCain SERIOUSLY falter when he gets to the part where he says it’s Iraq’s job to rebuild itself. The crowd was so quiet you could hear a pin drop.

To be honest, it’s a pretty standard Obama speech, but it feels flat when it’s given on a night where he didn’t dominate the field. The crowd is with him, but their cheering is short and tapers off quickly. They even miss a number of softball “yes we can” opportunities.

A tentative speech, at best.

Oh, and on the GOP side:

McCain’s speech was sort of… creepy. Coming in to “Eye of the Tiger” just felt awkward, since it’s being used to celebrate his final defeat of Huckabee and Paul. Not exactly an underdog victory moment. The speech itself was very conservative and featured a couple of truly strange moments - like when he literally SNARLED at the crowd when talking about fighting for America.

Huckabee’s concession speech was, I believe, the longest speech ever delivered by a human being. Or at least it felt that way. I liked his George Brett story, but that was the first thing he said. There were six million hours of random references to fair taxes and Jesus and his staff of 30 doe-eyed fundie staffers while his poor wife stood behind him looking like she’d been hit in the head with a brick on the way out. Truly awkward.

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