Now that the first primary is out of the way, I will probably start to look at the election a bit more.
Today I looked at the exit polls from NH and, as usual, found some weird bits:
Clinton did better than Obama and Edwards for voters who were worse off (were not college graduates, made less than $50,000, do not work full time, are falling behind financially–I don’t think of Clinton as the candidate for the poor, but obviously others do).
the breakdown for political philosophy is almost exactly the same for the top three (except for somewhat conservative where some other candidates get a substantial percent). I think Clinton is more conservative than Obama or Edwards, but she did about as well with ‘very liberal’ voters as ‘moderate’ ones.
Clinton did best among voters who want to withdraw troops from Iraq as soon as possible. Huh? Isn’t she the one who is the most cautious in taking out troops? Perhaps some people think she is most likely to be able to do it quickly?
I don’t bother with the Republicans (ok, I probably will at some point).
My first choice was probably Dodd, but he’s out so I’m not sure who I’ll vote for yet. I have a feeling a couple more candidates will fall off before MA votes on February 5. The top three are fairly similar in many issues, so I’ll have to really look to see who I prefer. I may punt and vote for Kucinich if he’s still around.
In other news, it seems that some people are talking about Clinton crying (if you can’t find about 100 other places, you’re not looking very hard). This is another stupid media story (she cried in the sense that Ed Muskie did in 1972–ie, not really), but it ended up helping Clinton. All the stupid little stories about her (she doesn’t show laugh, she has a weird laugh, she doesn’t show emotion, she cried, she wears pink, she wears pantsuits, ….) might have annoyed some voters so much that they voted for her because of it. Did this stop these type of stories? Of course not:
This is pretty rich. Last night, Matthews said: “I give her a lot of personal credit; I will never underestimate Hillary Clinton again.”
But by this morning Matthews had already forgotten his newfound respect for her. He said: “The reason she’s a U.S. Senator, the reason she’s a candidate for President, the reason she may be a front-runner, is her husband messed around. That’s how she got to be Senator from New York. We keep forgetting it. She didn’t win it on the merits…”
What an idiot Matthews is. It does almost make me want to vote for her.