Wednesday, April 23, 2008

One Point

Hillary Clinton won the primary in Pennsylvania, which might be news if you're just returning to this planet. With 99% of the vote counted, she has 54.7% of the popular vote and Obama has 45.3%.

Those of you trained in subtraction will notice that her margin of victory is 9.4%, or, rounding to whole numbers, 9%. However, I predict the Clinton campaign will round 54.7% up to 55% and 45.3% down to 45%, and then trumpet their "double-digit win."

Not that I'm saying she's dishonest. As far as I know.

In other campaign news that you might actually have missed, John McCain has been outed for a series of dubious pay-for-play transactions. There's probably a joke to be made about Diamond and the rough, but hanged if I can come up with it.


John Evo said...

That was 2 points.

Regardless of how Hillary spins it, the result will be the same. Obama is going to get the nomination.

I'm actually getting a little more relaxed, though I think (without having unreasonable hopes) that he will win both Indiana and North Carolina. Anyway, enough good things will happen for him in the next 40 days that it will be over, IMO.

jiminy jilliker said...

Actually it's 9.1, but what's .3% among...uh...friends.

jiminy jilliker said...

Also, I've been having this weird sensation all week watching the pundits on TV (mistake #1, I know):

They are all talking about the PA results as though they are this new wrinkle in the analysis that they have to examine from every angle. But the results are pretty much what's been expected for the last month and they didn't really move the needle on the delegate or popular vote differentials much at all.

I think we need a new word for this experience of knowing what the pundit-drivel is going to be for weeks before it arrives, then watching it unfold in real time with all the breathless urgency of something new.

"Deja-spew?" "The spin recycle?"

I may have to get the Atlantic's "Word Fugitives" people involved in this one.

bjkeefe said...

It's hard not to escape the feeling that the MSM has a particular interest in hyping the "closeness" of this race, isn't it?