Obama Chief Strategist Writing Off West Virginia and Michigan in November?
Well, He Still Has 55 States Left
By Dan McLaughlin Posted in 2008 | Barack Obama | David Axelrod | Michigan | Obamafiles | West Virginia — Comments (11) / Email this page » / Leave a comment »
With Barack Obama expecting to get crushed in West Virginia today and having engaged in his protracted battle to keep Michigan's delegates from being seated at the convention, his chief strategist, David Axelrod - who not so long ago suggested that Obama would be planning to do without white working-class voters on the theory that they are Republicans anyway - seems to be implicitly conceding on MSNBC this morning that those two states are not part of Obama's plans for the fall election:
MSNBC 5/13/2008 8:37:10 AM ET:
AXELROD: There are a lot of states that are going to be pivotal in the general election...
QUESTION: But the big ones seems to me is West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Florida. That’s probably going to decide it, is it not? Those states?
AXELROD: I think we are going to do well in Pennsylvania. We’re going to do well in Ohio. I think we’re going to be competitive in Florida, as well.
I guess Obama's down to 55 states, now. And really, I wouldn't advise him to get too confident about Florida, either. Then again, maybe it's just time for him to blame another advisor.