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Spin, Spun

Posted by brianrants on March 12th, 2008 at 10:06 pm

This is a snippet from an email from Barack’s campaign manager.

Barack is a spinner too like any politician, but I think it is reasonable to say that the Clinton campaign has been a whirling dervish (how the h@#$ do you spell that?)

When we won Iowa, the Clinton campaign said it’s not the number of states you win, it’s “a contest for delegates.”

When we won a significant lead in delegates, they said it’s really about which states you win.

When we won South Carolina, they discounted the votes of African-Americans.

When we won predominantly white, rural states like Idaho, Utah, and Nebraska, they said those didn’t count because they won’t be competitive in the general election.

When we won in Washington State, Wisconsin, and Missouri — general election battlegrounds where polls show Barack is a stronger candidate against John McCain — the Clinton campaign attacked those voters as “latte-sipping” elitists.

And now that we’ve won more than twice as many states, the Clinton spin is that only certain states really count.

But the facts are clear.

For all their attempts to discount, distract, and distort, we have won more delegates, more states, and more votes.

Meanwhile, more than half of the votes that Senator Clinton has won so far have come from just five states. And in four of these five states, polls show that Barack would be a stronger general election candidate against McCain than Clinton.

We’re ready to take on John McCain. But we also need to build operations in places like Pennsylvania, Indiana, North Carolina, and Oregon that will hold their primaries in April and May.”

I also like what Stephen Colbert said last night…here it is, in my words.

Clinton has emphasized winning big states, like Ohio and Texas. The democratic primary winner in Texas has won all of the last 8 general elections…except for 7 of them.

I say enough spin Clinton…Barack has pulled ahead, and you aren’t going to catch up unless you can spin your way into a super delegate coup.