The race to the Democratic nomination is undecided, still. Hillary Clinton has, quite unexpectedly, after the poll numbers we’ve read in the run-up to the New Hampshire primaries, won in New Hampshire. Accordingly the European media are celebrating the “comeback kid” across the board. And John McCain, too, when it comes to that, but the Republican race, again, is not making the headlines. Republican primaries are still reported on almost as an afterthought.
The Guardian: Clinton fights back to take New Hampshire
The Independent: Surprise win for Clinton the comeback kid
The Telegraph: Hillary Clinton stages comeback in New Hampshire
Der Spiegel: The reinvention of Hillary Clinton
What is common ground? The victory of Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire primaries has surprised the very people, who have hyped Barack Obama’s Iowa triumph into some kind of revolution, me included. Hillary Clinton seems to have won over the women of New Hampshire and traditional Democrats. Barack Obama’s supporters are likely younger and he has a strong performance when it comes to independent voters. But there are still 17% votes for John Edwards, 5% for Bill Richardson and 1% for Dennis Kucinich. A closer look reveals that her “tearful moment” may have been a turning point, when the Hillary campaign became Hillary the person. Much more important could be the fact, that Hillary Clinton has taken up the “change” mantra, as have all the other candidates and has succeeded in combining “change” and “experience” in the minds of the voters.
The next steps ahead are South Carolina and Nevada and after that “Super Tuesday” should bring a clearer picture. Money is playing a bigger role now, too, because the campaigning goes national. And for Hillary Clinton, money is sure no problem.
And as an afterthought here, too. The media is still waiting for Rudy Giuliani. McCain’s victory has been dubbed a “comeback” as much as Hillary Clinton’s. The lack of support from the party establishment for John McCain, makes it unlikel, that he will be the candidate. The Republican race is still open, but Mitt Romney has, again, not delivered.
“Europeanview” wishes you all a good and healthy day, enjoy the pundits’ egg on their collective faces and take care!
Hillary Clinton revealed today the turning point which helped to resurrect her presidential campaign and stall the seemingly unstoppable bandwagon of her rival Barack Obama.
She described the incident in a New Hampshire diner when she almost broke into tears as a “wonderful moment” that allowed voters to “get a sense of why I do what I do”.