Insisting on the Narrative….

So, Obama wins every single primary and caucus this weekend. By a massive margin, in most cases — including in Maine, where most expected a Clinton win.

A sweep. The momentum is clear.

So naturally, the mainstream media, desperate for the narrative they’ve decided upon, leads instead with the story of the personell switcheroo in the Clinton campaign.

Obama wins every contest, and yet they still insist on giving Clinton more coverage.

Remember — the mainstream media has a vested interest in keeping the old political wars going. It “sells papers” — puts eyes in front of screens — after all. Expect to see a lot more Clinton coverage, with the occasional mention of Obama’s growing number of wins.

6 Replies to “Insisting on the Narrative….”

  1. Here in Washington at least, Obama’s win has the headlines, with Clinton’s campaign manager shuffle a distinct second place. (And, frankly, that’s the kind of news the Clinton campaign would probably rather not have to have out there — it’s a sign of weakness.)

    Over 200,000 people showed up for the Democratic Party caucuses, almost 70% of whom chose Obama. In the Seattle area, they were almost all in a state of barely-held-back chaos; the party expected a record turnout, but still didn’t expect quite that many people. The Republicans are keeping very quiet about how many people showed up for theirs; the numbers would not be impressive.

    On which note: The Washington state Republican Party stopped counting votes after ~85% were counted, with McCain only up ~240 delegates and 1500 more to allocate. Huckabee is up in arms, and rightly so; he may have won Washington’s caucus, too, and if it would look really bad for McCain if that happened.

  2. I didn’t see it that way at all.

    For starters, the news coverage I’ve seen has been pretty 50/50 on the two stories. It was all in the same article in USA Today for example.

    More importantly though, the news of the Clinton reshuffle has to be a negative for her. I think it appears to most people as a sign of desperation, like a team that’s predicted to go to the Super Bowl, finishing at .500 at the mid-way point, and changing coaches. I think politics is one of the few places where any press is not good press.

  3. The counts vary depending on whether and how the person counting counts the super-delegates.

    By any measure, it is a dead heat, but Obama has all the momentum.

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