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10:25 AM ET, February 20, 2008


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John Dickerson / Slate:
White Men Jumped  —  HOW OBAMA WON OVER KEY CLINTON SUPPORTERS IN WISCONSIN, AND WHY IT MATTERS.  —  Also in Slate, Jack Shafer says that Obama is not a plagiarist, and Emily Bazelon analyzes the exit poll data regarding Hillary Clinton and white voters.  —  Hillary Clinton has been calling Barack Obama a plagiarist.
Discussion: The Mahablog
Larry Kudlow / The Corner:
It Is Over  —  Please allow me a dose of hardened market realism concerning Obama's landslide victory in Wisconsin.  The race is over.  Hillary is finished.  The Clinton Restoration is over.  President Bill Clinton's political invincibility is over.  Hillary's electability is over.
Shaun Mullen / The Moderate Voice:
Another Enormous Win As The Obama Firestorm Closes In On The Clinton Firewall  —  And so voters in yet another primary state that Hillary Clinton never took seriously enough in her march to inevitability have added more fuel to Barack Obama's improbable quest, putting her a step closer to possible electoral oblivion.
Discussion: DownWithTyranny! and The Ruckus
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Hillary On Her Last Legs  —  Hillary Clinton took an unexpected beating in Wisconsin, losing the state by a whopping seventeen points after a hard but late blitz by her campaign in the state.  While it only resulted in an eleven-delegate gain by Obama, the impact of the loss goes far beyond delegate counts.
Discussion: The Ruckus
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Wisconsin Voters Give Obama Decisive Victory  —  McCain Easily Defeats Huckabee in Republican Race  —  Sen. Barack Obama won the Wisconsin Democratic primary decisively last night, extending his winning streak to nine consecutive contests and dealing another significant blow to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton …
Discussion: Faithful Progressive
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Two Must Reads On The Wisconsin Primary  —  A lot of good analysis is pouring in now on Senator Barack Obama's landslide win in the Wisconsin primary — but let's point you to two excellent ones from different viewpoints.  —  First, read Larry Kudlow on National Review Online.  He begins his piece this way:
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Not Buying It  —  Michelle Obama's comments about her pride in America have apparently put her husband on the defensive.  Barack Obama tried to spin the comments made by Mrs. Obama in Milwaukee on Monday as relating only to politics, but the quote speaks for itself:
Discussion: Sadly, No!
Craig Gilbert / JSOnline:
Illinois senator garners key demographics
Marc Ambinder:
Pro-Clinton 527 Prepares For Ohio, PA and Texas  —  Allies of Hillary Clinton plan an expensive, stealth campaign to buttress her standing in the must-win states of Ohio, Texas and Pennsylvania.  —  They're canvassing Clinton donors for pledges of up to $100,000 in the hope of raising at least $10M by the end of next week.
Honolulu Advertiser:
Obama 74% vs. Clinton 25% in Hawaii  —  Sen. Barack Obama won 2,258 votes, or 77 percent, to Sen. Hillary Clinton's 666 votes, or 23 percent, with 26 of 347 precincts reporting, Hawai'i Democratic party officials announced just before 9:30 p.m. There were long lines and some confusion …
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
The Day After  —  It looks even worse for Hillary Clinton.  So what can she do?  —  Of course the obvious is win.  But I think how she wins matters too.  But I do not mean win margins.  I mean not winning ugly.  —  It's not fair.  The Media, the blogs AND the Right (more on this later) have swooned for Obama.
John Whitesides / Reuters:
Obama surges past Clinton in Democratic race
Thomas M. Defrank / NY Daily News:
At a loss on slowing down Barack
Discussion: MSNBC and Blue Crab Boulevard
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:   Landslide Win For Obama In Hawaii Democratic Presidential Caucuses
The Huffington Post:
Chris Matthews Humiliates State Senator Kirk Watson On MSNBC  —  Texas State Senator Kirk Watson (D-TX) learned a lesson in preparedness Tuesday night when he was humiliated on MSNBC.  Watson was on to talk about his support of Senator Obama alongside Representative Stephanie Tubbs (D-OH), who backs Senator Clinton.
Ed Morrissey / Captain's Quarters:
Name That Accomplishment!  (Update: Video Added)  —  This exchange will race through the conservative blogosphere, and probably on the pro-Hillary sites as well.  Last night, Chris Matthews interviewed Texas state senator and Barack Obama supporter Kirk Watson as Obama sailed to a crushing victory in Wisconsin.
Discussion: Macsmind
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
The Obama Delusion  —  It's hard not to be dazzled by Barack Obama.  At the 2004 Democratic convention, he visited with Newsweek reporters and editors, including me.  I came away deeply impressed by his intelligence, his forceful language and his apparent willingness to take positions that seemed to rise above narrow partisanship.
Barack Obama / USA Today:
Opposing view: Both sides must agree  —  I will seek a good faith pact that results in real spending limits.  —  In 2007, shortly after I became a candidate for president, I asked the Federal Election Commission to clear any regulatory obstacles to a publicly funded general election in 2008 with real spending limits.
Discussion: NPR Blogs
Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
The Will Of The People: Caucuses Vs. Primaries  —  The most undemocratic aspect of the nomination process is the use of caucuses to apportion delegates.  They are a double whammy.  They disenfranchise many voters who can not attend caucuses AND they dilute the votes of caucus goers …
Discussion: The Ruckus
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Jay Cost / RealClearPolitics:
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Big Tent Democrat / TalkLeft:
Obama's Speech  —  Unlike most everyone else, I thought Obama's speech …
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