David Axelrod, Obama's top strategist, told reporters that he attributed Clinton's two point lead in Indiana to Rush Limbaugh's "Operation Chaos," where the conservative talk show host urged Republican listeners to vote for Clinton to prolong the Democratic nomination fight.
Indiana exit polls showed that four in ten Democrats who said they would vote for McCain over Clinton in a general election nonetheless voted for Clinton on Tuesday; however, just twelve percent who would vote for McCain over Obama voted for the Illinois senator.
Meanwhile Russert says we know who the Democratic nominee is now:
NBC’s Tim Russert, analyzing the results of Tuesday’s primaries, says that Sen. Barack Obama will be the Democratic nominee in the 2008 run for the White House.What do you all think?
With networks calling North Carolina early for Obama and the Illinois senator keeping the Indiana race very close, Countdown’s Keith Olbermann asked Russert, “Did [the Democratic race] just end tonight?”
Russert replied, “We now know who the Democratic nominee is gonna be, and no one’s gonna dispute it,” before listing reasons why it would behoove Clinton to reconsider going forward with her campaign “hoping against all hope.”
I was thinking that it is high time that most states actually had a say in who would be the nominee. Normally by the time we got to NY, the nomination was more or less secured by Iowa and New Hampshire voters. Now it would seem prudent to have similar primary standards in all states. For instance, where I live, you can only vote in the primary of your party. I had to switch to Democrat in order to vote this year. It is a hassle. In other states, you can cross over and attempt to sabotage the process if you listen to wacky radio hosts. It seems to me that it should be one way or the other.
Perhaps it's time to make fair the presidential election process. no?