It's Obama In A Rout
by Jeff Dinelli
Wow, that wasn't even close.
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Barack Obama routed Hillary Rodham Clinton in the racially charged South Carolina primary Saturday night, regaining campaign momentum in the prelude to a Feb. 5 coast-to-coast competition for more than 1,600 Democratic National Convention delegates.
"The choice in this election is not about regions or religions or genders," Obama said at a boisterous victory rally. "It's not about rich versus poor, young versus old and it's not about black versus white. It's about the past versus the future."
The audience chanted "Race doesn't matter" as it awaited Obama to make his appearance after rolling up 55 percent of the vote in a three-way race.
Returns from 98 percent of the state's precincts showed Obama winning 55 percent of the vote, Clinton gaining 27 percent. Edwards had 18 percent and won only his home county of Oconee.
Have at it, if anyone has comments. I have one question: the media is really accusing the Clintons for "bringing up and playing the race card." When did that happen? Seriously. Was it this?
"They are getting votes, to be sure, because of their race or gender. That's why people tell me Hillary doesn't have a chance of winning here," the former president said at one stop as he campaigned for his wife, strongly suggesting that blacks would not support a white alternative to Obama.
It's really an overriding theme on MSNBC, but nobody's really being specific.
Anyhoo, your turn. How were the speeches? I missed pretty much everything.