There is no other way to describe what Obama did last night other than to state that it was a blowout. He won by a 17-18 point margin in Wisconsin, and he won the Hawaii caucus by over 50. Not only that, but TPM discusses the exit polls:
The exit polls show that Obama cut deeply into Hillary’s core constituencies in racking up his sizable victory in Wisconsin tonight.
Obama made it very close among females, losing to Hillary by the slimmest of margins, 51%-49%.
He won by a sizable margin among middle-aged voters, 53%-46%.
He won by decent margins among voters with an income less than $50,000.
He won by big margins among self described moderates and conservatives.
He won overwhelmingly among people who decided in the last week or the last three days, though Hillary won narrowly among those who decided in the last day.
He won narrowly among members of union households.
I defy anyone to find any positive news in any of that for the Hillary camp. It is just over. That doesn’t mean they will roll over and give up, and I expect them to get particularly vicious, as that is what they always do when they are in political trouble. I would not be shocked if by the end of the week the Clinton camp is mainstreaming (or trying to, at least) the Sinclair nonsense (or something like that).
Finally, and most devastating to Clinton, was this exit poll result:
Although Wisconsin Democrats were least likely to say “electability” was the most important candidate attribute, they also identified Obama, not Clinton, as most likely to win in November, by 63-37 percent.
Electability was the super delegate argument, and even that has now been stripped from her.
The real problem for the Clinton camp right now is there really is nothing they can do- their attacks have been rejected, yet there really is no way for them to lift Hillary’s positives. All they can do is to try to chip away at Obama’s support, and every time they do that, it is so ham-handed and nasty and stupid that the voters reject it and support Obama more. I fully expect three weeks of them throwing Wolfson in front of the cameras at every opportunity, unshaven, bags under his eyes, and sporting the upper lip sweat we all know and love, to scream about plagiarism (itself a bunch of rubbish). That really is all they have left.
The only thing that can save Hillary right now (and even then, I don’t think there is anything that can be done), would be for Obama to completely blow it. Right here, right now, it looks like this race is over.