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Super Tuesday Wrap-Up

Filed under: 2008 Election — DRJ @ 9:39 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Not all results are in but here’s an overview of what’s happened so far:

In the Democratic race, by State/Caucus (not delegates) —

States/Caucuses won by Hillary Clinton: Arkansas, California, Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.

States/Caucuses won by Barack Obama: Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Carolina, and Utah.

In the Republican race, by State/Caucus (not delegates) —

States/Caucuses won by Mike Huckabee: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

States/Caucuses won by John McCain: Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, and South Carolina.

States/Caucuses won by Mitt Romney: Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, North Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming.

UPDATE: It’s Midnight in Texas and I’m turning in. The following races are still undecided: Missouri and New Mexico (Democrats) and Alaska (Republicans). I’ll leave it to anyone who is still up to update this in the comments. And thanks!


Super Tuesday Results: The West

Filed under: 2008 Election — DRJ @ 7:50 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

From CNN:
(If a winner has been projected, that name is in bold.)


Obama – 73%
Clinton – 27%

McCain – __%
Romney – __%
Huckabee -__%


Clinton – 51%
Obama – 41%

McCain – 47%
Romney – 34%
Huckabee – 9%
Paul – 5%
Giuliani – 3%


Clinton – 54%
Obama – 33%
Edwards – 10%

McCain – 44%
Romney – 25%
Huckabee – 12%
Giuliani – 10%
Paul – 4%


Obama – 66%
Clinton – 32%

Romney – 59%
McCain – 19%
Huckabee – 13%
Paul – 8%


Obama – 81%
Clinton – 17%


Romney – 38%
Paul – 25%
McCain – 22%
Huckabee – 15%

New Mexico:

Clinton – 42%
Obama – 38%
Edwards – 15%
Richardson – 2%


Obama – 56%
Clinton – 40%
Edwards – 4%

Romney – 89%
McCain – 6%
Paul – 3%
Huckabee – 2%


More Super Tuesday Results: Projected Winners & a Few Close Races

Filed under: 2008 Election — DRJ @ 6:57 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

From CNN:
(If a winner has been projected, that name is in bold.)


Obama – 56%
Clinton – 42%

Huckabee – 41%
McCain – 37%
Romney -18%


Clinton – 73%
Obama – 24%

Huckabee – 62%
McCain – 20%
Romney – 13%


Obama – 51%
Clinton – 47%

McCain – 52%
Romney – 33%
Huckabee – 7%


Obama – 53%
Clinton – 43%
Biden – 3%

McCain – 45%
Romney – 33%
Huckabee – 15%


Obama – 64%
Clinton – 34%

Huckabee – 34%
McCain – 32%
Romney – 30%


Obama – 65%
Clinton – 33%

McCain – 47%
Romney – 29%
Huckabee – 17%


Obama – 73%
Clinton – 27%


Clinton – 56%
Obama – 41%

Romney – 51%
McCain – 41%
Huckabee – 3%


Obama – 67%
Clinton – 32%

Romney – 42%
McCain – 22%
Huckabee – 20%
Paul – 15%


Obama – 49%
Clinton – 48%

McCain – 33%
Huckabee – 32%
Romney – 29%

New Jersey:

Clinton – 54%
Obama – 44%

McCain – 55%
Romney – 28%
Huckabee – 8%

New York:

Clinton – 57%
Obama – 40%

McCain – 51%
Romney – 28%
Huckabee – 12%

North Dakota:

Obama – 61%
Clinton – 37%

Romney – 36%
McCain – 23%
Paul – 21%
Huckabee – 20%


Clinton – 55%
Obama – 31%
Edwards – 10%

McCain – 37%
Huckabee – 33%
Romney – 25%


Clinton – 54%
Obama – 41%

Huckabee – 34%
McCain – 32%
Romney – 24
Paul – 6%
Thompson – 3%

More to come in a separate post on the Western states…


First Results from Super Tuesday: West Virginia and Georgia (Updated)

Filed under: 2008 Election — DRJ @ 4:40 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

ABC reports that Republican caucuses in West Virginia handed a victory to Mike Huckabee after John McCain instructed his delegates to vote for Huckabee on the second ballot. This is a blow to Mitt Romney, who won on the first ballot and was heavily favored to win in West Virginia.

ABC also reports that, according to exit polls, Obama has overwhelmingly won the Georgia primary 86-13 over Hillary Clinton. There was a record turnout of African-American voters.

UPDATE: Jim Geraghty at NRO’s Campaign Spot summarizes the current GOP exit polls:

Arizona: McCain 36 percent, Romney 36 percent, Huckabee 7 percent.
California: McCain 40 percent, Romney 35 percent, Huckabee 12 percent.
Missouri: McCain 33 percent, Romney 30 percent, Huckabee 27 percent.
Georgia: Huckabee 32 percent, Romney 31 percent, McCain 30 percent.
Tennessee: Huckabee 33 percent, McCain 30, Romney 27 percent.
Illinois: McCain 46, Romney 30, Huckabee 16.
New York, New Jersey – they’re McCain by a lot.
Massachusetts – Romney.”


Nominee for the dumbest legislative proposal so far in 2008

Filed under: General — WLS @ 1:22 pm


I suspect Hawaii anti-gun forces are not the first to pursue this avenue, and I suspect it comes in anticipation of losing the Second Amendment case now pending before the Supreme Court banning handguns in DC.

Besides the idiocy of the proposal itself, I’m most saddened by the fact that the Representative proposing it is a personal friend.  We agree on little politically, but he’s a great guy.

McCain Smears Romney — Again

Filed under: 2008 Election,General — Patterico @ 12:48 pm

The Washington Times has the story:

On Fox News, Mr. Romney ridiculed a letter sent by Mr. Dole, of Kansas, to conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh. Mr. Limbaugh has attacked Republican front-runner, Sen. John McCain, of Arizona, and Mr. Dole wrote to the talk show host in Mr. McCain’s defense.

Mr. Romney said on Fox that Mr. Dole is ”probably the last person I’d would have wanted write a letter for me.”

“There’s a lot of folks who tend to think that maybe John McCain’s race is a bit like Bob Dole’s race,” Mr. Romney said.

Mr. McCain was on TV within hours, demanding that Mr. Romney apologize.

“I think Governor Romney should apologize to Bob Dole for that comment. He’s a great American. And for Governor Romney, who has never had any military experience, to disparage the service and courage of an American hero, I think is disgraceful,” Mr. McCain said on MSNBC.

How did Romney disparage Dole’s honor and courage? He didn’t. He just said Dole was a lousy candidate.

But Romney violated the Number One Law According To The Maverick: never say anything bad about a war hero — even if the criticism is legitimate, true, and has nothing to do with the hero’s military service.

John McCain has built his candidacy on enforcing that rule. He brings up his military service in every conceivable context, as a talisman against any criticism. Romney violated The Rule, and so Romney must pay. So McCain falsely claims that Romney was really criticizing Dole’s military service and courage.

The straight-talkin’ maverick’s statement is dishonest, self-serving crap. Raise your hand if you’re surprised.

I see no hands.

Super Tuesday Predictions Open Thread

Filed under: 2008 Election — Patterico @ 7:30 am

Get yer predictions in now.

Sam Zell Tells Journalist Off — In No Uncertain Terms

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:29 am

Gawker has what is, in my estimation, one of the most seriously awesome videos of the century thus far: Sam Zell telling an arrogant journalist off — profanity and all. (Via Roderick.) This is your official content warning; transcript below with my emphasis.

Arrogant journalist: I hear you guys talking a lot about revenue and the bottom line and all that, but I’m a journalist? I kind of want to know what your viewpoints are on journalism and the role it plays in the community, because we’re not the Pennysaver, we’re a newspaper.

Zell: My attitude on journalism is very simple. I want to make enough money so I can afford you. It’s really that simple, OK? You need to, in effect, help me by being a journalist that focuses on what our readers want, and therefore generates more revenue. We understand unequivocally that the heart and soul of this business is the editorial side of the business. That’s our content. But if we don’t have the revenue, it doesn’t really matter.

Arrogant journalist: But what readers want are puppy dogs, and, I mean, we also need to inform the community, not just —

Zell: I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I can’t agr — You’re giving me what I call the classic journalistic arrogance — deciding that puppies don’t count. I don’t know anything about puppies. What I’m interested in is, how can we generate additional interest in our product and additional revenue, so we can make our product better and better. And hopefully we get to the point where our revenue is so significant that we can do puppies and Iraq. Fuck you.

Yes, he really said that.

“But what readers want are puppy dogs . . .” Yeah, I’d call that classic journalistic arrogance. My only regret is that there is no video of Sam Zell saying the same thing to someone at the L.A. Times.

L.A. Times: Too Scared to Deliver the Paper to Boyle Heights

Filed under: Dog Trainer — Patterico @ 7:29 am

Note to Sam Zell: one way to make money would be to actually have the guts to deliver your paper to willing subscribers who live in Boyle Heights. Apparently the L.A. Times delivery man is too scared to go there because of the gangs. But the Wall Street Journal manages to get its paper delivered there just fine . . .

You know, this might make a good column for Steve Lopez. I understand he can’t find any gang members in Los Angeles. Maybe if he delivered the paper to Boyle Heights, he could increase the paper’s revenue and find a gang member or two. Two birds, one stone, all that.

L.A. Times Refuses to Correct Phony Accusation Against Bush

Filed under: Dog Trainer,General — Patterico @ 12:01 am

The L.A. Times is refusing to correct a blatant error — again.

Regular readers will remember that, on January 1, I wrote about an L.A. Times end-of-the-year political quiz that resurrected a viciously false canard: that George W. Bush “[e]rroneously said Nelson Mandela was dead.”

As I demonstrated in my post, Bush did not “erroneously” say this. Instead, he was speaking metaphorically — something that is obvious to any sentient being who reads the transcript of the relevant press conference. Bush was asked a question about the lack of political progress in Iraq, and responded by arguing that Iraq has no equivalent to Nelson Mandela, because Saddam killed all the Mandelas. Agree with him or not, you can’t deny he was making an analogy. Calling his statement erroneous is flatly misleading.

I wrote the Readers’ Representative about this error on January 1, the same day I wrote my post. In my post, I was (to put it mildly) skeptical that the paper would fix the mistake:

I’d be willing to bet a lot of money that they won’t correct it. . . . I’m telling you, they’re not going to do a damned thing about it.

I finally heard from the Readers’ Representative today. As for my prediction, I’ll say only this: damn, I’m good. Here is her e-mail:

I’m sorry, I thought I’d already responded a while ago with this note: Editors in the opinion section did not believe that the point warranted correction. They say (and I agree) that the piece was a parody, and so that reference was within the bounds of that sort of opinion piece.

Jamie Gold
Readers’ Representative

You get that? It’s a parody!

This reminds me of what the pet shop owner in the Monty Python sketch said when caught in a blatant lie:

Owner: …It was a pun.
Customer: (pause) A PUN?!?
Owner: No, no…not a pun…What’s that thing that spells the same backwards as forwards?
Customer: (Long pause) A palindrome…?
Owner: Yeah, that’s it!

Let’s examine this claim that it was a “parody.”


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