Comeback Kids: McCain, Hillary Win Round Two

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Campaign Spot : One word to describe McCain’s speech: Churchillian.

Andrew Sullivan: The difference between Iowa and NH: Were Democrats more likely to vote for a black man in public caucuses than in closed voting booth?


Ben Smith: Silence at Obama HQ

CNN: Independents make difference for McCain

Dick Meyer: “One clear loser in New Hampshire: conventional wisdom. R.I.P.”

Hot Air: McCain’s victory speech

CNN Election Center: Live Results

Michelle Malkin: “All the talking heads are now confidently asserting the reasons Hillary won: It was the tears. It was Bill Clinton. It was independents.”

USA Today: Edwards: 48 states ‘to go’

Daniel Casse: “Going forward, this Democratic campaign will be about who will promise to do what exactly for which Democratic constituent groups. And this has always been Obama’s weakest hand.”

AP: “Hillary Rodham Clinton won New Hampshire’s Democratic primary Tuesday night in a startling upset, defeating Sen. Barack Obama and resurrecting her bid for White House.”

Classical Values: Liveblogging

Taylor Marsh: “This isn’t over, but again, the traditional media’s narrative that this would be an Obama Blowout has been obliterated.”

Extreme Mortman: “If Barack Obama really does finish in second in New Hampshire to Hillary Clinton by single digits after leading in the polls for days, he should copy the Clinton playbook: He should declare himself the Comeback Kid.”

RCP Blog: “Exit poll has been reweighted and combined with town-by-town returns from sources suggest Senator Clinton may very well win by two points.”


AP: “Mitt Romney pledged a long fight for the Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday, regardless of finishing second.”

Ben Smith: “Provisional early spin from Clinton adviser Ann Lewis:

‘I think we had a good couple of days,’ she said. ‘It’s going to become clear this is a two-person race. As the field narrows, it’s going to become easier to make those distinctions.'”

Jonathan Martin: “McCain supporters are at once stunned and exuberant. Few thought the race would be called so soon.”

Power Line: “It looks like Mike Huckabee will finish third with about 12 percent of the vote. That result won’t hurt him one bit.”

Boston Globe: Jubilation in the McCain camp after reports of victory

CNN, Fox project McCain the winner

USA Today: Exit poll: Obama 39%; Clinton 38%

CNN: Exit polls: Voters worried about economy, feel they’re doing OK

Captain’s Quarters: Live coverage as the results come in.

Ross Douthat: “Maybe if and when McCain starts winning primaries, an Obamaphobic GOP will unite around him; maybe if Mitt stays in after a slew of second-place finishes he’ll start looking like a joke. But no matter what happens tonight, I think the Romney campaign ought to keep hope alive.”

Jonathan Martin: “Campaign officials for both Mitt Romney and John McCain are feeling cautiously optimistic as the close of the polls draws near.”


CNN: Warm weather, high turnout

CNN: McCain and Obama win first ballots in Dixville Notch and Hart’s Location.

WaPo editorial: Why do the Democratic candidates refuse to acknowledge progress in Iraq? Looking for exit polls? Tough luck, at least until polls are about to close.

RCP Blog:
Clinton’s Plan B

David Brooks: Obama, McCain — so similar, yet so different.

Howard Kurtz: Even conservatives (like David Brooks) love Obama

Romney, Obama win mock primaries in 85 NH schools

“Draft Gore NH” endorses….John Edwards

NY Daily News: “Die-hard Hillary Clinton supporter and former Mayor Ed Koch candidly admits in his latest commentary to an emotion most Clinton backers won’t readily discuss (at least not on the record): Fear.”

MSNBC: Bill Clinton to Ron Paul supporters: “You wanna know what I think? You guys who think 9/11 was an inside job are crazy as hell. My wife was the senator from New York when that happened. I was down at Ground Zero. I saw the victims’ families. You’re nuts.”

James Lileks: “This being the age of Feeling, here’s my emotional reaction to the candidates.”

Bret Stephens: “Barack Obama shows why foreigners consider us naive.”

Time: Clinton Campaign Faces a Cash Crunch


Michelle Malkin: Hillary got teary? “Boo-freaking-hoo”

The Plank: The End of Romney?

The Caucus:
Hillary gives Obama a civil rights history lesson

Daniel Drezner: Weepy or not, Hillary scares me

US News and World Report: Undecided Voters Hold the Key

Campaign Spot: Dixville Notch is quaint, but not predictive

Professor Bainbridge: “Oddly enough, I find myself feeling a bit sorry for [Hillary]. To have strived for the brass ring all those years, just to have it snatched away when it seemed to finally be in her grasp must be wrenching.”

Liberal College Kid: “What a Republican Taught Me About Barack Obama”

The New Editor: “But isn’t it a bit odd that the leading candidate for ‘change’ is a Chicago Democrat?”


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