Barack Obama and the Dem Base

16 06 2008

Frank Rich on Barack Obama’s perceived problem in courting Clinton supporters and solidifying the Democratic base.

“NBC Nightly News” was so focused on these supposedly devastating Obama shortfalls that there was no mention that the Democrat beat Mr. McCain (and outperformed Mr. Kerry) in every other group that had been in doubt: independents, Catholics, blue-collar workers and Hispanics. Indeed, the evidence that pro-Clinton Hispanics are flocking to Mr. McCain is as nonexistent as the evidence of a female stampede. Mr. Obama swamps Mr. McCain by 62 percent to 28 percent — a disastrous G.O.P. setback, given that President Bush took 44 percent of the Hispanic vote in 2004, according to exit polls. No wonder the McCain campaign no longer lists its candidate’s home state of Arizona as safe this fall.

What’s more, according to a recent Gallup poll, Barack Obama now leads McCain among registered independents nationally 46 to 39 percent, a key demographic the Arizona Senator has aggressively courted.

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