Don't Abandon California
Hillary abandoned South Carolina and paid for it heavily. Barack should not abandon California. That is too big a prize to let go.
Women in California are giving Hillary her lead. I think many of them will change their minds after South Carolina and the Kennedy endorsements sink in. But my primary weapon against Hillary would be Hillary herself. Spread rumors that you are looking to make Edwards your Attorney General. As in, you are not thinking of him as running mate. The women of California can have Hillary on the ticket. If they want some symbolism, they can sure have it. I mean, I like Hillary.
A Vote For Barack Is Not A Vote Against Hillary
I can so totally see why for the women of California Hillary is attractive. If you are a working woman, intelligent, well educated, you face gender as an issue on a daily basis. So if you are driven by self-interest, you will let gender be your deciding factor.
But if you think about the country and the fresh leadership it sorely needs, or that race is a bigger hurdle than gender in America, or if you think about the world and especially Africa and what a President Obama could mean to that continent, you are going to have to go for Barack, even if you might be a California woman.
15 Point Lead
Hillary's 15 point lead in California is from before the political earthquake in South Carolina, from before the high voltage endorsements by the JFK daughter Caroline and the JFK youngest brother Ted Kennedy.
The Kennedy Endorsements
This is how it worked. Caroline's children had a friend who worked for the Obama campaign, and he lighted the fire. The children got Caroline's ear. And when Caroline endorsed, Ted Kennedy was compelled to.
Never underestimate the power of an Obama campaign worker.
If it boils down to that, it might as well be an Obama-Edwards change ticket, if all the Edwards delegates throw their lot behind Obama to give him the nomination he will otherwise not have. Edwards has also not taken lobbyist money. He has exhibited strong labor support. He will help greatly in the South especially when there might be no Southerner on the Republican ticket.
Is that what we are looking at?
In The News
McCain, Clinton have big leads in California Los Angeles Times the battles remain hugely volatile ...... Clinton held onto a 49% to 32% lead ...... Democratic women continued to power her effort, siding with Clinton by nearly a 2-1 margin. ..... The poll was conducted largely before Obama's victory Saturday in South Carolina and today's high-profile endorsements of him by U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts and his niece, Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg...... 3 in 10 likely voters said they could change their minds .... increasing her margin of support among Democratic women from 15% to 26%.
Why the Kennedys Went for Obama
Obama's Win Reshapes the Race
Obama on his way to win nomination Daily Times
Ted Kennedy's roof-raising endorsement of Barack Obama. Slate and bet the whole darn Kennedy Compound that this man is The One ...... he performed a double vivisection on the Clintons ..... Obama fights for what he believes in, "without demonizing those who hold a different view." And unlike some he could name, what Obama is selling is "not just about himself, but about all of us," Kennedy thundered. ........ the choice as he described it was between fear and hope, the past and the future, meanness and possibility. ...... urged voters not to listen to former President Clinton's naysaying, likening it to Harry Truman's suggestion that JFK was too green to be president back in the day ...... Diann Heine, a longtime aide to Hubert Humphrey, left American University's Bender Arena building crying. "I never thought I'd feel this way again," she said. "It's a miracle."
Clinton, McCain Lead in NY Poll