Tuesday, February 12, 2008


Illinois Senator Barack Obama swept the Potomac Primary today, scoring wins over New York Senator Hillary Clinton among Democratic voters in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.

It's amazing how quickly things change in politics. Not long ago, Clinton had a huge lead (almost 20 points) in all the national polls and was considered the inevitable Democratic nominee. Obama has slowly chipped away, essentially splitting the once-thought-to-be-decisive Super Tuesday primaries on February 5, and then going on a run of eight straight victories, including the Louisiana primary, Virgin Islands voting and Nebraska, Washington and Maine caususes over the weekend, leading to today's three-contest sweep.

Meanwhile, Senator Clinton has fired her campaign manager and seems to be adopting her own version of the Giuliani-Florida strategy, putting all her eggs into the Ohio and Texas primary baskets on March 4. In the meantime, Obama will look to continue his roll by scoring at the Hawaii caucus (ho braddah!) and Wisconsin primary next Tuesday.

The winds of change are blowing. The old road is rapidly aging, as an old troubador used to sing.

Here's a new road: "We are the ones we've been waiting for."

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