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A Do-Over in Vegas

The Nevada presidential caucuses are now a distant memory for most political junkies. But in Clark County, which includes the city of Las Vegas, Democrats are set to gather today to try to sort out exactly what happened on Jan. 19.

All of this was supposed to be wrapped up more than a month ago, but a big turnout of voters to the Clark County convention on Feb. 23 led to chaos and eventually the cancellation of the event before delegates could be chosen for the state convention in May.

Clark County Democrats are hoping that the second time is the charm -- laying out a far more detailed plan of who can, and, more importantly, who can't, show up today at the Thomas & Mack Center. Voting will begin at 8 a.m. and run through 7 p.m.

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) won 4,088 delegates to the Clark County convention during the Jan. 19 caucus, while Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) took 3,275. Both sides are actively working to ensure that each and every one of those delegates attend today's re-do convention to elect participants to the state convention.

The level of national involvement in the re-rerunning of the Clark County convention speaks to the pitched delegate battle at the national level. Obama holds a triple-digit lead in delegates, but delegate allocation at the state level has the potential to impact that margin, so both campaigns are keeping close watch. (The back and forth over attendees at California caucuses tomorrow is another example of the granular approach the two candidates have adopted.)

Looking for more information on the Clark County convention and what's at stake? Check out CQpolitics.com and/or politickernv.com for two good primers.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 12, 2008; 2:25 PM ET
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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All you (damage control) Obamabots that keep saying what he said was true are just wrong! People do not cling to any of the things he mentioned because they are bitter.
People go to church for comfort and affirmation of their faith. People own guns to defend themselves, for sport, or for collecting. Only in Obama's brain do they have "antipathy" for people who don't look like them because he does. That's what Rev Wright taught him.

I won't touch immigration. None of the candidates, Dem or Rep are going to fix that one, so yeah, I'm bitter about it. Not that I bear any ill will, but they are causing people to lose jobs and driving down wages for skilled labor.

One more thing he said in front of the his elite owners (because they do own him) that the media has not really picked up on is that these people are bitter because of the policies of the CLINTON and Bush administations. This is the second time he's slammed Bill Clinton. Remember his praise of Reagan and dis of Bill? I do. I will never forget what a snake in the grass this shyster is.

Posted by: Obama Who? | April 16, 2008 12:57 AM | Report abuse

I love the way this stupid article says "polls suggest nothing has changed" Yeah right! You pollsters must be hanging out with the billionaires and millionaires Obama made his snobbish remarks to. Just wait until we get to vote!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 16, 2008 12:41 AM | Report abuse

I counted 5 posts above saying what Sen Obama said was factually correct.
OK then his supporters now believe that people in small towns only cling to to their religion and guns because they are bitter. That is now the new uplifting message from the Obama campaign. That folks in small towns do not love their religion or their guns for any other reason other than their butterness. End of story that is what his supporters firmly believe.

Posted by: Leichtman | April 15, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

OK, they're bettin' that we're too stupid to see through these attacks.

They say it's worked before and it'll work again.

I'm voting for the One Guy in this race who gets it, and aint afraid to tell it like it is.

Until we start voting with our brains, they always gonna start the same old scare tactics.

I'm votin for Obama and I hope it sends a message to these attack dogs (hillary clinton) that their days are OVER.

Obama, 08 in York, PA

Posted by: Kathy Schultz, York, PA | April 15, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

words of wisdeom -- regardless of where you post your words, they are not very wise. They are nothing more than your opinions, which are neither original nor earth-shattering. Ho-hum.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 13, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Bill lied his butt off the other night and got caught on it every step of the way in trying to explain Hillary's lies on Bosnia, just like Hillary got caught. The Clintons have been exposed as the congenital liars that they are and Hillary will never be elected to anything ever again. David Brooks predicted that her next try will be to run as governor of New York. I predict she will run and be defeated.The Clintons were never as widely popular as they were accreditted to be and they have worn out their welcome. A lot of people's eyes were opened when they saw those figures of $109 million and especially when they saw how Bill went in and scooped up that $800,000 lobbying money from Colombia.Shame on you Bill and Hillary!!!

Posted by: Hillary Bush | April 13, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Somehow speaking the truth is not allowed in a political campaign. What Obama said regarding the blue class workers is totally correct. They have been promised salvation from every politician since Carter and the promises have all proved to be hot air. Frustration and bitterness are part of the equation of their lives. How can a guy like McCain with 11 houses suggest he is in touch with the average guy and Hillary Clinton is the true elitist and has been living in a bubble for the last 16 years. Give me an honest statement any day over a Bosnia fairy tale.

Posted by: ruth kipnis | April 13, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

This is what happens when you tell the truth in politics... and it's the very reason so many people (Dems,Reps & Inds) have flocked to Sen. Obama since they realized what we actually had here... finally someone who won't play the same, hated game...the "do or say whatever it takes to win game", won't club their opponent (even in your own primary!) with every single word or action you can twist beyond recognition, in order to win votes! You might notice that Barack hasn't said a word about Hillary shooting herself in the foot repeatedly over her lie about Bosnia, nor does he take shots at McCain's age and increasingly apparent confusion about the difference between Sunnis and Shias or the fact that Al Qaeda *is* a radical sect of the Sunnis. He's a breath of fresh air in what has become a corrupt and depressing fact... almost no one has any faith in our elected officials anymore. Hence the possible millions of brand new, young voters... and well as a few old ladies like me (white, 58,Texan... totally anti-demogramphic, I know) are for the first time in years... REALLY excited about a Presidential election! But alas, Barack hasn't been "trained" well enough yet by those Washington insiders and political hacks, not to know that you can't tell too much truth in this country... especially if you're a bi-racial man. My read on the underlying meaning of the dreaded quote causing all the trouble right now (you know, the one having to do with frustrated or *bitter* rural voters in Pennsylvania turning to guns, religion, or antipathy towards those different from themselves, etc.) is unfortunately Barack's politically correct way of saying they'll never vote for him because he's not white! That is, of course, without having to actually say it. It's saddens me to see a fellow democrat, so desperate to win what she's obviously come to think of as her "birthright", that she's actually repeating Republican talking points at her rallies, within hours of hearing them... calling Barack an Elitist? Are you kidding me? This guy who once survived with his mom on food stamps just to get by? This guy who eshewed the Elitist trappings of a cushy berth at a Wall Street Brokerage, to work on the South Side of Chicago with out of work steel workers who were homeless? Elitest? He can't bowl... oh my dear! As if bowling prowess is key to that imaginary threshold for meeting the "Commander In Chief Test". In what way can he possibly be termed Elitist? Because he went to Harvard Law and shone there? Gosh! I guess what we *really* need in this Country is a ignorant president to answer those 3am phone calls? Like say, someone who gratuated 5th from the bottom of his class at the Naval Academy? The hypocrisy in this primary campaign is so depressing to me that I have to force myself to stop watching all the cable news shows that I have always so dearly loved, because I get so physically sickened by the way virtually every pundit salivates over every blip in this never-ending joke of a Democratic primary. Even though I know that many of the pundits I watch are fairly liberal or at least moderate, it doesn't seem to matter to them that the longer this debacle of back-stabbing (99% of which is being done by the Clintons), the worse chance the Democrats have of winning a Presidential election that has been theirs to lose from the get-go. "Let it go on... give everybody a chance to vote" (like they never do in most Primaries, since the candidate is usually picked sooner, or the Convention held earlier). I keep hearing it over and over... but what they fail to mention is that, between the Democratic Convention in August, and the General Election very early in November, is only something like 8wks! This doesn't give a badly wounded (possibly irrevocably so?) party any time to heal it's wounds and come back together in order to win the 2008 Election. But, I guess they don't care that we'll end up electing a 72yr old, not too bright, possibly showing signs of old age dememtia... and oh yes, most important, I fear a far worse war-monger that the one we have now... because, mark my words, that's what's going to happen, unless the DNC or who the heck ever it is with the power to shut this down soon, finds the guts to DO SOMETHING! In closing... if my worst fears come to pass, and the Clintons do strong arm their way to this nomination... that's it for me. I will stay home... I will not vote for a woman who's lost any moral authority she may have had, one who obviously wants her opponent to lose the General Election, if he earnes the nomination...if the powers that be choose not to overlook delegate count, popular vote, and most states won)... she's looking forward to 2012 if MCCain wins, I have no doubt now... otherwise why is she burning so many bridges? World War III, here we come! :-(

Posted by: Barbara B. Sheffield | April 13, 2008 9:18 AM | Report abuse

What? The Republicans have been putting the wood to our backsides for the last seven years and you think we should not be bitter? gas prices, heating oil, food in the same size cans with lowered weight to hide the inflationary spiral we're in. and Clinton and Mccain think we should be happy go lucky and I didn't even mention the war. wake up and smell the coffee.

Posted by: kenba | April 13, 2008 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Interesting

If anything The Senator from Illinois made only one mistake. He spoke too truthfully. What he said was pretty damned true. Hell, I am bitter as well. And anyone who ever took a psychology lass knows his words were true.

When we are feeling threatened we do exactly what the Senator said we do. We turn to Religion, guns, immigration and a slew of other crutches to make ourselves feel better.

The truth sucks sometimes, and he may pay a price for it. I however, have gained even more respect for the man.

Truth seems to be in short supply this political season.

So very sad.

Posted by: Vance McDaniel | April 13, 2008 12:27 AM | Report abuse

Trey,
Obama hasn't "disenfranchised" a single voter. He had nothing to do with it- the DNC made the rules, not Obama.

Might i remind you, it was actually Hillary Clinton's campaign strategist, Ickes, who was on the board that voted to strip Fl. and Mi. of their delegates. Hillary is such a phony.

Obama said nothing wrong. Hillary has manufactured a controversy of Obama's comments in order to distract attention from her husbands remarks about Bosnia this week.

Posted by: jds | April 12, 2008 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Obama has managed to offend every small town in every swing state.

It speaks to his lack of experience.


It speaks to the values which we have slowly been able to see clearly over the past few weeks.


What a mess.

Obama is not fit to be President - sure many of his supporters would like to overlook his obvious lack of values and fitness for office - however the rest of the country has to live with the potential consequences - wake up.


Posted by: Words of Wisdom | April 12, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

What Senator Barack Obama said was factually correct. End of story.

Posted by: Ted | April 12, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

remember , obama wants to disenfranchise as many democratic voters as possible.
He's another gw bush.

Posted by: Trey. | April 12, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

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