6-7 p.m. eastern – 3-4 p.m. pacific
Senator Clinton just accomplished what her opponents said she never could.
Get Republicans, rural voters and everyone in between to not only vote for her,
but to hand her a stunning reelection that says IN YOUR FACE to every opponent
she may face in 2008. She didn't spend all those millions for nothing, because
she mopped up New York from city to upstate.
Last week’s losses by New York Republicans are finally sinking in:
Democrats swept every statewide office for the first time since 1938. Eliot
Spitzer amassed a record 69 percent landslide by winning 59 of New York’s
62 counties. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton carried all but four. Three House
seats changed hands, consigning Republicans to their smallest share of the
state’s Congressional delegation ever.
And if those results were not grim enough for New York Republicans, they
also worry about their longer-term prospects.
Party officials fear that their shrinking political base will enable Democrats
to wrest control of the State Senate in two years and complete their sweep
of statewide offices and both houses of the Legislature for the first time
since 1934, in the early days of the New Deal. …
But Senator Clinton captured the state with a margin of victory and grandeur
that have people talking.
But sooner or later everyone is going to have to realize that Senator Clinton
is not the liberal firebrand of Rush Limbaugh's spastic, pill induced libidinal
dreams. Clinton was a force before the election, but now she's got extra currency,
especially when you talk about all the money she's raised across the country
for other candidates.
The jury is still out on the good Senator from New York as far as 2008 is concerned, but she does know
how to win.
However, there are others ignoring her victory, while talking up Obama. Shocked some are playing down Senator Clinton. That's never happened before. …snark alert… But I will also say that midwesterners to whom I've spoken with since the election say they'd never vote for Senator Clinton. That talking point just won't die.