As a McCain supporter, it was nothing less than excitement and thrill for me watching the results of Tuesday night's primaries roll in. And no, I'm not talking about the fact that McCain finally passed the 1191 delegates mark, making him the presumptive nominee. McCain has been the presumptive nominee for weeks. It's just that poor Huckabee never got the memo until Tuesday night (perhaps they don't have cable news out there in Arkansas). My happy feelings were solely due to the sheer whipping that Senator Clinton handed down to Senator Obama.
And don't let anyone tell you differently, it was a smackdown. A terrible smackdown. Sure, Obama won Vermont, but did anyone expect different from one of the most liberal states in the northeast? He was devastated in Ohio, and while the overall numbers in Texas were close, that was only because of Obama support in the urban centers. Hillary won both district-wise as well as by a good amount of the popular vote.
My happy feelings are not because I have some deep-seated hatred for Obama. I really don't; I actually think he is a very nice guy, I felt bad for him giving his speech, the hope of so many, dashed by what the latte liberals would no doubt derisively call "middle America." I've delved into the issues I have with the policies of both Clinton and Obama, and it's here that I give no quarter to both Democratic candidates. Obama happens to be even more extreme than Hillary on some points, but I dislike both of their political stances. That said, and the source of my thrill and excitement, the results of Tuesday night have opened up a can of worms for the Democratic party that can't, that won't be put back anytime soon.
Is it possible that this is the first time the spoiler of an election was a member of the same party? Here is where we now stand in the Democratic primary:
Obama can no longer claim X number of straight victories. The gloss, the sheen, the perfect candidate no longer exists. By losing Ohio and Texas, Obama has proven that he isn't as invincible as the media has made him out to be, as his constituency wishes him to be. Losing three out of four on Tuesday night turned Obama from wunderkind into just another candidate vying for the DNC nod.