Baby, he was Born to Run
April 16, 2008 1 Comment
Today on his web site, the Boss publicly endorsed Obama:
He has the depth, the reflectiveness, and the resilience to be our next President.
He speaks to the America I’ve envisioned in my music for the past 35 years, a generous nation with a citizenry willing to tackle nuanced and complex problems, a country that’s interested in its collective destiny and in the potential of its gathered spirit.
That should definitely help some with those blue collar voters Obama may have offended with his ill-advised and poorly phrased “cling to” bit.
But like the Wright controversy, Obama may be weathering this “cling to” thing better than expected and has significantly cut into Clinton’s lead in Pennsylvania and Indiana, according to the LA Times:
The poll found Clinton leading Obama 46% to 41% in Pennsylvania — a far cry from the double-digit margins she held in earlier polls.
In Indiana, where little polling has occurred, previous surveys gave Clinton the edge. The Times/Bloomberg poll put Obama ahead, 40% to 35%.
The leads in Pennsylvania and Indiana are within the poll’s margin of sampling error.
It is also important to note when this poll was conducted:
The telephone interviews took place Thursday through Monday, meaning the bulk were conducted just as controversy broke out over an Obama remark widely criticized as demeaning to rural voters in Pennsylvania.
This really isn’t surprising. In every state where he has campaigned, Obama starts out well behind Clinton – whose name recognition, especially among Democrats, stretches back 16 years – but ends up closing the gap and, given enough time, passing her. (This is why it would be completely unfair to include Michigan and Florida in the delegate totals without a re-vote, because Obama agreed to not campaign there, at the request of the DNC and as a consequence for those states scheduling their primaries early.)
The six weeks between the last primary and the Pennsy vote next week could actually give Obama a chance to not only catch, but pass Clinton, whose favorable ratings now hover around the President’s.
But while the more people see of Obama, the more they like him, the more people see of Hillary, the less they like her. And her husband.
A new Washington Post/ABC News poll shows that nearly 60 percent of the country now thinks Hillary Clinton is not trustworthy:
29. Please tell me if the following statements apply to Hillary Clinton or not: She is honest and trustworthy.
Yes No No opinion 4/13/08 39 58 3
The poll also shows that the longer this goes on, the continued toll it is taking on the favorable/unfavorable ratings of both of the Clintons.
Hillary’s net unfavorable rating is now 54 percent (with a “strongly unfavorable” at 39 percent, higher than Bubba, Obama and McCain) while Bubba is at 51 percent, his highest level since August 1998, when he went on TV to tell us all he lied about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky.
Again, this can only hurt the Clinton legacy, which until this campaign remained quite positive.
Also hidden in the Post poll is a question about which of the democratic candidates “best understands the problems of people like you” and lo and behold, Obama comes out on top, 46-41, and almost exact flip flop from February when Hillary led 48-41.
But I suppose that goes back to more people learning about Obama as he campaigns, as well as the increasingly negative approach the Clinton Campaign has taken.
Not to mention the release of tax reports showing that the Clintons brought in $109 million since Bill left office (for the record, Obama released his 2007 tax returns this week and he and his wife made $4.2 million last year, mostly from an increase in sales of his two books following his announcement of his candidacy).
With the debate tonight just getting under way (though those of us in the Pacific Time Zone won’t see it for another few hours…) and a week to go before the keystone State votes, time will tell if the bullshit “elitist” charge sticks (and lord knows John McCain will be all over it in the Fall) or if an endorsement from the Boss can help blunt those charges.
And with that, any opportunity we get to post a Bruce performance or two, we will take:
born to run (live 1975):
born in the usa (acoustic):