Yup, Hillary defied "conventional wisdom" again, i.e., Cable pundits, the MSM and most opinion journalists (including the NYT) that declared her continued efforts futile and demanded she give up for the good of Party unity, were proven WRONG AGAIN by the voters of Pennsylvania.
(In a Nut-Shell)
Obama won the city Philadelphia and a few of it's surrounding towns...the rest of the State went heavily for Clinton, giving her a win of 10% points or about 200,000 votes. Blacks and young newly registered first time voters went for Obama; white blue collar men, older women, seniors and most voters earning under $50 thousand per annum backed Hillary with impressive numbers. Barack Obama did NOT close the deal in PA.
Onward!! Obama gave his congrats to Clinton in Indiana. Hillary found her voice in Philly: "Because of you, the tide is turning."
Clinton's operatives immediately laid out a Plan B, *Big State Strategy.* In other words, convince the SuperDelegates that since Hillary has shown the ability to win in all the Big Blue States that Democrats need to win enough Electoral College votes to beat John McCain in November, they should ignore the rules and Obama's delegate lead and select Hillary Clinton as the Nominee. Afterall, the caucus States that Barack won, mostly will go Republican anyway and really don't fully represent ALL Democrats in those States or the Country. Furthermore, there's Florida and Michigan where Hillary DID win the popular vote even if those votes don't count. Sound reasonable?
That's the argument and it's a logical one; however, there's one glaring problem for the Democrats. Obama supporters, mainly the reliable black Base and the snooty Liberal intelligentsia will be furious with Hillary and the Democratic Party for stealing the nomination from their Great Black Hope. Most likely, R-man McCain will benefit from the millions of disheartened, disgruntled, disenfranchised Obamamaniacs who WON'T VOTE at all on Election Day 2008.
Once again, the Democratic Party will defeat themselves in a year that all the stars are aligned in their favor.