Obama Concedes Hillary Won New Hampshire

Update: Obama's speech:

He congratulates Hillary Clinton for winning New Hampshire. More about change. This sounds like the same speech he would have given had he won New Hampshire.


Here's Obama. Guess he agrees Hillary takes New Hampshire.

He can thank the media for its trashing of Hillary Clinton. There must have been a huge backlash -- or else the pollsters don't know what they are doing.

Another pundit said he made a mistake by laying in the weeds the past two days and not putting up a fight.

Update: Several media pundits have remarked his speech was a victory speech. On his new slogan, "Yes, We Can," Pat Robertson and Rachel Maddow got into a dispute whether it was meant to reach out to, as Robertson said, "illegal immigrants" (see Si, se puede) or, as Rachel said, organized labor.

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    This is great news (5.00 / 1) (#18)
    by kovie on Tue Jan 08, 2008 at 10:17:55 PM EST
    I'm not a Hillary supporter--mildly leaning towards Obama, as I've made quite clear here. But her winning tonight will only make him a better candidate from here on, now that he knows that he can't just coast to victory on a frothy wave of "hope" and "unity". He's going to have to earn it, to win it. As will Hillary.

    The worst thing for our side (and for the eventual winner) would have been for one of the candidates to have coasted to easy victory, unchallenged, untested, unvetted, and unready to face whomever the other side nominates. Tonight's victory for Hillary will force both of them (and Edwards) to fight it out race by race, which is how it should be. Adversity breeds character.

    Hillary wasn't the only winner tonight. The party won, and, I believe, so did the country. Democracy won. The American way won. The people won. Even Obama won, by having been given the gift of an early loss, which will toughen and wisen him up for the struggle ahead, for the nomination, and should he win it, for the presidency as well, and thoroughly disabuse him of any notions he might have been harboring that this was going to be easy.

    It won't be easy. Nor should it be. Whoever wins this will emerge stronger and tougher and wiser for it, and better able to take on the other side in the general.

    A victory for democracy tonight. Big and little "D".

    Except those of us who won't vote for Hillary (none / 0) (#19)
    by DA in LA on Tue Jan 08, 2008 at 10:24:19 PM EST

    You entirely missed my point (none / 0) (#21)
    by kovie on Tue Jan 08, 2008 at 10:36:32 PM EST
    There is no winning without losing.

    No, I didn't. (none / 0) (#22)
    by DA in LA on Tue Jan 08, 2008 at 10:42:06 PM EST
    I dismissed it.

    Insubstantively (none / 0) (#25)
    by kovie on Tue Jan 08, 2008 at 10:59:02 PM EST
    But if you're in a sour grapes mood tonight and need to lash out, whatever.

    I'm getting tired of having "debates" with people who think that civility is only called for towards people whom they agree with.

    Seems to me that it was you who lost tonight.


    Oh man, (none / 0) (#26)
    by DA in LA on Tue Jan 08, 2008 at 11:01:06 PM EST
    get over yourself.  

    I don't agree with your point.  I think it is optimistic and deluded, to say the least.



    And I'm the one who needs to get over myself (none / 0) (#27)
    by kovie on Tue Jan 08, 2008 at 11:09:37 PM EST
    From someone who casually dismisses others as delusional because he/she doesn't agree with them and has a problem with optimism. And losing.

    How mature. And telling. The blogging equivalent of rage driving. Classic passive-aggression. No one likes to lose but this is just sad.

    Seriously, grow up, learn how to relate to others, and how to lose.


    Sorry, (none / 0) (#28)
    by DA in LA on Tue Jan 08, 2008 at 11:12:01 PM EST
    You are right.  When I commented and you called me a sore loser, then I responded with a blunter comment, I was the one calling you names.

    thanks for clearing that up.


    glad to see (none / 0) (#33)
    by Judith on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 10:51:39 AM EST
    I am not the only one who thinks you are a boor.

    Better than a troll, Judith. (none / 0) (#34)
    by DA in LA on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 01:33:41 PM EST
    oooh (none / 0) (#35)
    by Judith on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 02:08:37 PM EST
    by that comeback I can see why witty is never a description applied to you, Dan.



    I don't know who Dan is (none / 0) (#36)
    by DA in LA on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 02:15:52 PM EST
    And you need to read the rules of this site and stop trolling.

    you do (none / 0) (#37)
    by Judith on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 03:45:01 PM EST
    like to say the same thing over and over again, dont you?  :-)

    No doubt (1.00 / 1) (#2)
    by Judith on Tue Jan 08, 2008 at 09:49:16 PM EST
    he will be terrific and graceful.  I'd love to see him in the WH 8 years from now.

    Me too (none / 0) (#30)
    by Hamhock96 on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 01:01:49 AM EST
    Hillary now; Obama in 2016!

    Please not Hillary now (none / 0) (#31)
    by BlueLakeMichigan on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 01:11:33 AM EST
    Obama now, I beg of you!

    you are (none / 0) (#32)
    by Jgarza on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 01:35:25 AM EST
    patronizing. Obama now, Hillary 2004.

    Hodes on stage with him (none / 0) (#1)
    by andgarden on Tue Jan 08, 2008 at 09:47:03 PM EST

    Obama now making implicit (none / 0) (#5)
    by andgarden on Tue Jan 08, 2008 at 09:55:53 PM EST
    claim that Hillary won by playing the fear card. I hope he doesn't really believe that.

    Well, to be fair (none / 0) (#8)
    by DA in LA on Tue Jan 08, 2008 at 09:59:05 PM EST
    She did.  Unless you think comparing Obama to Bush is not using the fear card.

    You think that's why she WON? (none / 0) (#11)
    by andgarden on Tue Jan 08, 2008 at 10:00:35 PM EST
    No (none / 0) (#14)
    by DA in LA on Tue Jan 08, 2008 at 10:07:29 PM EST
    There is no one reason.

    But to say it was less than disappointing to witness is an understatement.  

    Obama should indeed point it out now, while the cameras are all on him.  This is politics, if she wants to play dirty, she should be able to deal with the blowback.


    But that's not why she won (none / 0) (#12)
    by MarkL on Tue Jan 08, 2008 at 10:03:26 PM EST
    In my opinion, an excellent argument occurred during the last debate as to what kind of person can best effect change. I believe Clinton destroyed Edwards argument, which I heard to be that his passion was the reason he should be chosen. Between herself and Obama, the gap is less, but it seems she convinced a lot of voters that preparation, experience and knowledge count for more than charm.

    Or, we can all be adults (none / 0) (#15)
    by DA in LA on Tue Jan 08, 2008 at 10:08:32 PM EST
    and recognize the "change" rhetoric is a load of S*%t

    Exactly: the rhetoric by itself (none / 0) (#16)
    by MarkL on Tue Jan 08, 2008 at 10:13:08 PM EST
    is garbage. Clinton is not the one who has been promising undefined "change"---its' the other two candidates.

    Well, (none / 0) (#17)
    by DA in LA on Tue Jan 08, 2008 at 10:15:47 PM EST
    that is what she is now campaigning on, so I'm going to go ahead and disagree.

    Instead of calling them out on the change nonsense, she tried to "out change" them.  It was and is pathetic.


    More From MSM (none / 0) (#3)
    by squeaky on Tue Jan 08, 2008 at 09:50:28 PM EST
    Democrats See Obama as Best Chance to Beat GOP, Exit Polls Find
    New York Times - 36 minutes ago
    By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK and MEGAN THEE MANCHESTER, NH - Democratic primary voters in New Hampshire viewed Senator Barack Obama as more likely than Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to beat the Republican nominee in

    google news


    see how the (none / 0) (#6)
    by Judith on Tue Jan 08, 2008 at 09:56:43 PM EST

     - headlines read tomorrow.  ha...bet a whole lotta rewrites happening now!  Gotta erase all those DEWEY WINS headlines.



    he's making (none / 0) (#4)
    by andreww on Tue Jan 08, 2008 at 09:51:53 PM EST
    a mistake. I think he should be saying he really wanted to win, every movement has setbacks, etc.  He's trying to make it a victory.

    He apparently only had one speech (none / 0) (#7)
    by Jeralyn on Tue Jan 08, 2008 at 09:57:55 PM EST
    I agree. He is not the winner. This race is back to being open.

    totally.... (none / 0) (#9)
    by andreww on Tue Jan 08, 2008 at 09:59:32 PM EST
    he should have taken these last 5 minutes of his speech and stretched it to 10 and been done.

    He probably.. (none / 0) (#10)
    by TheRealFrank on Tue Jan 08, 2008 at 09:59:45 PM EST
    ..had only a victory speech available (or in his head), but didn't expect to lose, so is doing a standard stump speech + congrats to the winner.

    Obviously you are correct (none / 0) (#13)
    by MarkL on Tue Jan 08, 2008 at 10:04:17 PM EST
    I wonder if Hillary had prepared a victory speech?:)

    Ah Jeralyn (none / 0) (#20)
    by BlueLakeMichigan on Tue Jan 08, 2008 at 10:28:41 PM EST
    You're as gracious in victory as you are in defeat. </sarcasm>

    I congratulate heartily Hillary Clinton myself. I have to have a lot less faith in these polls from now on, right? Hopefully they both make it interesting in NV and SC, too, and hopefully Obama wins, heh.

    Yes I Can (none / 0) (#29)
    by Hamhock96 on Wed Jan 09, 2008 at 12:59:33 AM EST
    Title of Sammy Davis Jr's autobiography