ETA (Wednesday): In a stunning editorial, the usually placid NY Times seethed, slamming Hillary Clinton this morning. The editorial board appears to be this close to rescinding their endorsement of her candidacy dispensed in the early days of the campaign.
The Pennsylvania campaign, which produced yet another inconclusive result on Tuesday, was even meaner, more vacuous, more desperate, and more filled with pandering than the mean, vacuous, desperate, pander-filled contests that preceded it.
Voters are getting tired of it; it is demeaning the political process; and it does not work. It is past time for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to acknowledge that the negativity, for which she is mostly responsible, does nothing but harm to her, her opponent, her party and the 2008 election….
7:07p.m. CNN reports -
a record number of voting irregularities, according to the League of Women Voters Pennsylvania hotline.
1. in precincts across the state - not a single voting machine working, and no provisional ballots were available;
2. a large number of Republicans who changed their affiliation to the Democratic party were unable to vote because they were still listed as unaffiliated or as Republicans.
CNN turns into a free-for-all as pundits Paul Begala, Bill Bennett and others heatedly pounce on each other until anchor Campbell Brown finally cuts to commercial.
Fox and NBC just projected Hillary Clinton as the winner of the Pennsylvania primary, but CNN is holding off, keeping an eye on the Philadelphia precincts and Scranton and Redding.
8:05p.m. CNN finally projects Clinton as the winner.
Obama’s remarks here.
We’re here because there are families all across this country who are sitting around the kitchen table right now trying to figure out how to pay their insurance premiums, and their kids’ tuition, and still make the mortgage so they’re not the next ones in the neighborhood to put a For Sale sign in the front yard; who will lay awake tonight wondering if next week’s paycheck will cover next month’s bills.We’re not here to talk about change for change’s sake, but because our families, our communities, and our country desperately need it. We’re here because we can’t afford to keep doing what we’ve been doing for another four years. We can’t afford to play the same Washington games with the same Washington players and expect a different result. Not this time. Not now.
Clinton’s less-than-inspiring remarks here.
You know, for me, the victory we share tonight is deeply personal. It was here in Pennsylvania where my grandfather started work as a boy in the lace mills and ended up as a supervisor five decades later. It was here where my father attended college and played football for Penn State.And I am back here tonight because of their hard work and sacrifice. And I only wish they could have lived to see this moment, because in this election I carry with me not just their dreams, but the dreams of people like them and like you all across our country, people…
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