Shrillary’s already lowered expectations in anticipation of another silver-medal showing in the Wyoming caucuses today. Latest wire dispatches show Obama ahead by a large margin. Turnout’s high. Twelve national delegates are up for grabs:
Barack Obama took the lead over rival Hillary Rodham Clinton in early returns Saturday as Democrats crowded caucuses in Wyoming, the latest contest in the candidates’ close, hard-fought race for the party’s presidential nomination.
Obama led Clinton 61 percent to 38 percent with 11 of 23 counties reporting.
Obama generally has outperformed Clinton in caucuses, which reward organization and voter passion more than do primaries. The Illinois senator has won 12 caucuses to Clinton’s three.
But Clinton threw some effort into Wyoming, perhaps hoping for an upset that would yield few delegates but considerable buzz and momentum. The New York senator campaigned Friday in Cheyenne and Casper. Former president Bill Clinton and their daughter, Chelsea, also campaigned this week in the sprawling and lightly populated state.
…Clinton, buoyed by big wins in Ohio and Texas last Tuesday, said she faced an uphill fight in Wyoming. Her campaign also holds out little hope for Tuesday’s primary in Mississippi, which has a large black population. Both candidates were looking ahead to the bigger prize—delegate-rich Pennsylvania on April 22.
I was listening to C-SPAN radio while doing Saturday errands this morning. The call-in show was swamped with self-identified Democrats who were venting deep, deep anger at Hillary. They don’t like her negativity. They think she’s sacrificing the party for her own ambitions. And they don’t like her transparently self-aggrandizing pabulum.
Neither does a Nobel Prize-winning Irish politician snorting at her claims of bringing peace to Northern Ireland.
As Ed Morrissey notes, what else is there for her to do?
She’s had an unremarkable Senate career, whose major accomplishment has been to secure almost a half-billion dollars in pork. She has nothing else on which to run except to steal credit for the palatable actions of her husband’s administration.
This is the reason that Barack Obama has enjoyed the success he has until now. He hasn’t been twenty pounds of manure in a ten-pound bag, as the saying goes. He comes across as genuine and believable; Hillary comes across as a BS-er whom no one can trust.
Bill Clinton continues to plug the idea of hitching Hillary’s self-destructing wagon to the Obamamessiah:
At a small town hall meeting in Pass Christian, Miss. this morning, the former president took questions from the crowd, something he hasn’t really done since the days of South Carolina. While a large portion of the questions focused on Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the Pass Christian community, one resident asked if Hillary would pick Obama as her Vice President. It is a question that Clinton is very familiar with, having been asked it nearly once a day back in the days of Iowa and New Hampshire. Usually, President Clinton shies away from answering, explaining that his family is VERY superstitious when it comes to politics and they never go thinking they’ve won before they really have.
Today, however, the President seemed especially tickled by the answer, and chose to share with his personal thoughts on picking Obama as a VP.
“She said yesterday and she said the day after her big wins in Texas and Ohio and Rhode Island that she was very open to that and I think she answered explicitly yes yesterday,” Clinton began, referring to Hillary’s own answers on the topic in recent days.
“I know that she has always been open to it, because she believes that if you can unite the energy and the new people that he’s brought in and the people in these vast swaths of small town and rural America that she’s carried overwhelmingly, if you had those two things together she thinks it’d be hard to beat. I mean you look at the, you look at the, you look at the map of Texas and the map in Ohio. And the map in Missouri or — well Arkansas’s not a good case because they know her and she won every place there. But you look at most of these places, he would win the urban areas and the upscale voters, and she wins the traditional rural areas that we lost when President Reagan was president. If you put those two things together, you’d have an almost unstoppable force,” Clinton went on to say.
The Casper Star Tribune is posting running updates on caucus results. Check here.
PJM is keeping tabs here.