Live! Our political writers chat about Super Tuesday

    Highlights from our livechat

    There’s an election going on outside! Votes and delegates are falling from the sky! Or maybe it’s just the snow. We’re not actually calling the election here at NBN, but we are sitting around talking about it. Join our Politics Staff as we continually refresh the news homepages and banter about the results.

    Alex Campbell
    Year: Freshman
    Major(s): Journalism
    Rooting for: Obama
    Politics Staff Position: Multimedia Editor.


    Alex Bergjans
    Year: Freshman
    Major(s): Journalism and Poli Sci
    Rooting for: McCain
    Politics Staff Position: Absentee Voter

    Andrew Glor
    Year: Freshman
    Major(s): Film and Poli Sci
    Rooting for: Obama
    Politics Staff Position: n00b.


    Ben Armstrong
    Year: Freshman
    Major(s): Economics and Poli Sci
    Rooting for:Bloomberg
    Politics Staff Position: “The Brains”


    Billy Schwartz
    Year: Sophomore
    Major(s): Math and Economics
    Rooting for: Undecided
    Politics Staff Position: Assistant Editor

    Brittany Petersen
    Year: Junior
    Major(s): Journalism and Poli Sci
    Rooting for: Obama
    Politics Staff Position: Legally Blonde

    Jared Miller
    Year: Freshman
    Major(s): Journalism
    Rooting for: Clinton
    Politics Staff Position: Campbell’s minion.


    Jason Plautz
    Year: Junior
    Major(s): Journalism and Poli Sci
    Rooting for: Obama
    Politics Staff Position: Breadwinner

    Jessi Knowles
    Year: Junior
    Major(s): Journalism
    Rooting for: Obama
    Politics Staff Position: Editor/Benevolent Dictator

    Lara Kattan
    Year: Junior
    Major(s): Economics and Poli Sci
    Rooting for: Kucinich. Still.
    Politics Staff Position: Assistant Editor

    Sam Allard
    Year: Sophomore
    Major(s): Journalism and Urban Studies
    Rooting for: Undecided.
    Politics Staff Position: Whipping Boy.

    In the room: Andrew Glor, Brittany Petersen, Lara Kattan, Jason Plautz, Sam Allard, Jared Miller, Alex Bergjans, Ben Armstrong and Billy Schwartz. Facilitated by Jessi Knowles and Alex Campbell.

    Posts are in chronological order, with most recent at the top of the page.

    * * *

    12:03 a.m. And, with almost every state called, we’re done!

    We just had our chatters sum up the night, in five words or fewer:

    Jason: Where did Huckabee come from?

    Benjamin: Obama, yes you can, maybe.

    Alex B.: McCain Huckabee 2008.

    Jessi: Obama? Surprising. Romney? Kaput.

    Lauren: Stand for change. Not Hillary.

    Alex C.: Seven more months of this?

    Brittany: I no longer heart Huckabee.

    Jared: First Gentleman, anyone?

    Sam: Cross your fingers now. (Pray?)

    Andrew: The race is still on.

    Billy: Senators can run for president?!

    * * *

    12:00 a.m.

    Brittany: So update on where all the candidates stand as of midnight, CST. According to the Washington Post:

    • Obama has Illinois, Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, North Dakota, Kansas, Connecticut, Minnesota, Colorado, Idaho, Utah, Alaska (12);
    • Clinton has Tennessee, Arkansas, New York, Oklahoma, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Arizona (7);
    • Romney has Massachusetts, Utah, North Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, Colorado (6);
    • Huckabee has Arkansas, West Virginia, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee (5); and
    • McCain has Delaware, New Jersey, Connecticut, Illinois, Arizona, New York, Oklahoma, California, Missouri (9).

    CNN also calls California for Clinton. Otherwise the two news outlets are in agreement.

    * * *

    11:53 p.m.

    Brittany: How possible is it that the convention will actually end up picking the candidate?

    Alex B.: I don’t think that Dean would let that happen.

    Benjamin: Howard Dean — DNC chair — said he does not want the convention to decide

    Alex B.: It would make the party seem more splintered.

    Benjamin: That would leave only a few weeks to campaign for the general.

    Alex B.: The Republicans will appear to be a united front and the Democrats will seem confused.

    * * *

    11:42 p.m.

    Alex B.: The Clinton campaign is getting a little cocky.
    “The primary is going to be much tougher than the general.”
    They forget that they are democrats.
    And that they generally find a way to screw up the general.

    Benjamin: A Clinton has not screwed up a general election.

    Alex B.: Good point, but Bill is much more likeable than Hillary.

    Benjamin: Not when he compares Obama to Jackson. Or calls his opposition to the war a “fairy tale.”

    Alex B.: True. But he was likeable in ‘92 and ‘96.
    Democrats have the tendency to nominate figures with personalities that many americans simply have problems with.

    Brittany: McCain supporters would prefer to go up against Clinton as opposed to Obama.
    It is easier to mobilize people against Clinton.

    Alex B.: Clinton is too calculating and polarizing. Plus, she has something like 46% core negatives.
    Meaning 46% of the country will not vote for her, regardless of the circumstance

    * * *

    11:35 p.m.

    Alex:I suppose that its time to write Romney’s political epitaph.

    Brittany: Romney needed California. Sucks for him.

    Alex: Yeah, i thought that he could pull it off. The closed primary favored him because California republicans are generally very conservative. The economic conservatives in the San Jaquin valley should have been Romney’s milk and honey.

    Ben: Milk and honey? Cookies, perhaps?

    Alex: Should have been Romney’s Jello salad.

    * * *

    11:28 p.m.

    Ben: 11 states called for Obama, 8 for Hillary per MSNBC.

    Brittany: 10 for Obama, 7 for Clinton per Washington Post. 11 for Obama, 8 for Clinton per CNN. CNN is calling California for John McCain and Clinton.

    Ben: New York Times: 9 for Clinton, 11 for Obama. Obama 80 behind in delegates.

    Alex: Fox News has 10 for Obama, 7 for Clinton.

    Brittany: Still it’s going to be hours before they figure out who gets how many delegates.

    * * *

    11:23 p.m.

    Brittany: Are we really ready to call California for Clinton? Only MSNBC has done so as of now…

    Alex: But once again, he can still pull off some delegates.

    Ben: Exit polls favored Obama in Calif., illustrating that delegate count should be rather close.

    Alex: It’s crucial for him to win big in his strong districts. To keep Clinton from picking up those delegates.

    * * *

    11:16 p.m.

    Ben: Since she is winning in Cali, the state with the most delegates, Hillary could pull ahead in convention reps. by the end of the night. Democrats split their delegates proportionately. Whereas GOP is all or nothing. Normally delegate counts do not matter except for gauging a candidate’s place in the race.

    * * *

    11:13 p.m.

    Ben: Hillary projected to win California.

    Ben: All about delegates now.

    * * *

    11:10 p.m.

    Brittany: In California, according to the Washington Post, 14 percent of votes are in. Clinton has 55 percent, Obama has 32 percent.

    Ben: Early voting probably includes absentees. They voted before the Obama wave.

    * * *

    11:05 p.m.

    Jason: “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”?

    Alex: Obama, according to MSNBC just pulled ahead in Missouri.

    Jason: I get the “I’m yours” deal, but it’s still a strange soundtrack choice.

    Ben: Does anyone know where the current Cali votes are coming from? Missouri would be HUGE.

    * * *

    11:00 p.m.

    Ben: Why doesn’t Obama push his anti-death penalty message against Clinton any more?

    Jessi: WORD. That’s the biggest difference between their policies.

    Alex: Because he is thinking about the general election.

    Ben: More John Edwards personal stories.

    Brittany: Because he’s looking to the general election, and he wants to appear as moderate as possible.

    Jared: Well, we both support killing fetuses…but she supports killing PEOPLE!

    * * *

    10:57 p.m.

    Alex: Ordinary people can do ordinary things. Real deep Obama.

    Jared: He did correct himself.

    Alex: Okay, he meant to say extraordinary.

    Jared: Implying that sometimes, people can do extraordinary things. But they usually stick to the mundane stuff.

    * * *

    10:55 p.m.

    Jared: I’ve gotta give credit where credit’s due: The Chicago Tribune’s latest news is “Analysis: Major Candidates Live to Fight Another Day.”

    Ben: Obama’s rhetoric has become a little too populist for me.

    * * *

    10:43 p.m.

    Brittany: According to CNN.

    Obama: Illinois, Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, North Dakota, Kansas, Connecticut, Minnesota, Colorado, Idaho.

    Clinton: Tennessee, Arkansas, New York, Oklahoma, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Arizona.

    Romney: Massachusetts, Utah, North Dakota, Minnesota, Montana
    Huckabee: Arkansas, West Virginia, Alabama, Georgia.

    McCain: Delaware, New Jersey, Connecticut, Illinois, Arizona, New York, Oklahoma.

    * * *

    10:39 p.m.

    Jared: I’m still intimidated by McCain’s jawline.

    Jason: Yes.

    Jared: It’s probably decisive enough to run this country.

    * * *

    10:33 p.m.

    Brittany: I don’t think very many people expect an Obama-Clinton or Clinton-Obama ticket.

    Tom: Clinton-Obama? Wouldn’t that be unstoppable?

    Jason: I would think that ticket would be so unhappy.

    Jared: I’d like a Clinton-Obama ticket.

    Alex B.: Obama wouldn’t.

    Jared: Yeah, they’d need to get over themselves first.

    Brittany: Neither of them wants to play second fiddle to the other.

    Alex B.: And Obama doesnt wanna play third fiddle.

    Alex B.: Because Bill would be defacto consigliere.

    Benjamin: Obama does not want to have a manipulative hyperpolitician at his back.

    * * *

    10:28 p.m.

    Benjamin: California could end up being similar to NH. She was up double digits a few weeks before and people bought that she mounted a comeback.

    Brittany: But she didn’t cry the day before.

    Alex B.: Plus, she did cry last night.

    Brittany: Man, she figured out the strategy.

    Jason: Drudge Report had a giant picture of her eye.
    It did not make me want to vote for her in the least.

    Benjamin: Do you vote based on eyes?

    Brittany: I vote based on hair-do.

    Benjamin: If they were hazel…

    Jason: I usually try to vote by nose.

    * * *

    10:24 p.m.

    Brittany: I’m really getting sick of CNN “breaking down” the Georgia exit polls.

    Jason: It’s really all they’ve got

    Brittany: They seem so surprised that Obama got 39 percent of the white vote in Georgia.

    Benjamin: Obama is up in 11 states, Mrs. Clinton in 9 — to check state updates.

    * * *

    10:16 p.m.

    Brittany: CNN is projecting Romney took Minnesota.
    Roland Martin, CNN contributor.
    CNN contributor Roland Martin: “Basically Jesus is [Huckabee’s] running mate.”

    * * *

    10:15 p.m.

    Brittany: Anyone think Huckabee is hoping for a VP offer?

    Alex B: I do. It would make a lot of sense.
    Huckabee is great on the stump, and fantastic campaigner.
    He plays as well with conservatives as Romney.

    Brittany: And he apparently brings the South with him.

    Alex B.: And he and McCain get along.

    Jared: And then we could all buy I <3 Huckabee shirts when he becomes VP.

    Jared: Like we’ve all secretly been wanting to.

    * * *

    10:08 p.m.

    Alex B.: Arkansas, West Virginia and Alabama, its nice to see that Huckabee has wide national appeal

    Brittany: The Washington Post also has him taking Georgia.
    The Fox News home page hurts my eyes.

    Jared: There’s not enough bullshit to report about yet.
    They’re taking a breather before they slant everything.

    * * *

    9:58 p.m.

    Brittany: California polls close in 2 minutes. Anyone want to make bets on when they’ll be done counting the ballots?

    Jared: Just get Arnie to scan ‘em with his laser eyes.

    Brittany: So as a recap, as of 9:59 pm CST, Obama won 8 states, Clinton won 6 states, Romney won 2 states, Huckabee won 4 states, and McCain won 6 or 7 states (depending on who you ask).
    Clinton just said September 11th. Seriously, does 9/11 have to come up EVERY time?

    Alex B: its her God given right as a New Yorker

    * * *

    9:52 p.m.

    Alex B.: Hillary looks so natural [on CNN]. Pointing at her supporters like a creepy dude at a night club.

    Sam: I think this is her fourth or fifth outfit today.

    Brittany: I like the handmade sign the best. Yellow is good on her.

    Jason: Is that even yellow?

    Sam: Gold (goldenrod)?

    Brittany: She’s the only blond I know that can pull it off.
    (I speak from personal experience.)

    Jason: Did Hillary just say “your White House?”
    When do i move in?

    * * *

    9:43 p.m.

    Brittany:Mrs. Romney is rocking a white suit.

    Jared: Pantsuit? Hillary in training…

    Brittany: I’m not gonna lie, I think I’d take Mrs. Romney over Mrs. Huckabee.

    Sam: Is it leather?

    Brittany: Doesn’t look like it.

    Sam: Too bad…

    Jared: HOT! Romney’s wife’s picture gave me a 404 error. That’s the reliability I’m looking for in a candidate.

    Brittany: Ann Romney, streaming live on CNN: “I can’t wait for [my husband] to get his hands on Washington.”

    * * *

    9:35 p.m.

    Brittany: The Slate blogger is also suggesting that if McCain gets the nomination, he should choose Huckabee as his running mate because of his appeal in the south. (Huckabee is projected to have taken Arkansas, West Virginia, Alabama and Georgia.)

    Jared: Only if McCain wears the pants in the relationship. I like somebody with foreign policy experience beyond “staying at a Holiday Inn last night.”

    Sam: Also, we’re in for a snowstorm that the Tribune is suggesting may be “biggest yet.”

    Brittany: Sweet. More snow angels.

    * * *

    9:27 p.m.

    Brittany: CNN is saying Huckabee took Alabama.

    * * *
    9:09 p.m.

    Brittany: Anyone remember Ann Coulter? Well apparently she said that if McCain gets the nomination, she’ll vote for Clinton. Hell has officially frozen over.

    Sam: Hey– watch the profanity!

    Billy: What the duck?

    Sam: Huckabee’s wife’s name is Janet?

    Brittany: She’s…not exactly Elizabeth Kucinich. It’s actually Janet McCain Huckabee…Sordid past?

    Sam: Tell me you’re not serious!

    Brittany:Check it out.

    Sam: Wowza!

    Brittany: She could do double-duty as first lady!

    * * *
    9:07 p.m.

    Brittany: Huckabee, live on CNN online stream: “Over the past few days, a lot of people have been trying to say that this has been a two-man race. Well you know what? It is! And we’re in it!”

    * * *
    8:57 p.m.

    Sam: I know he’s no longer in the race, but this picture of Chris Dodd is pretty epic. Look at that furrowed brow! The jowls! I’m setting this as my wallpaper.

    Brittany: What a stud. My heart belongs to Mike Gravel though. Just look at him!

    * * *
    8:54 p.m.

    Sam: Obama is killing it in Idaho (says CNN), but it’s still too early to tell.

    * * *
    8:50 p.m.

    Brittany: Take this with a grain of salt: Fox News is projecting that Obama took Kansas (polls haven’t closed there yet).
    Here’s a cute little delegate explainer from CNN.

    Lara: Ouch, that’s not just stupid, that’s unfair. Way to go FOX News, messing with actual election results will definitely get you more viewers again.

    Sam: FOX= Fair!; Oh yeah!

    Brittany: “Fair and balanced”!

    Lara: I heard it on the internets, Sam!

    * * *
    8:44 p.m.

    Andrew: There are reports of problems in California, where independent voters are having a hard time figuring out how to get Democratic ballots from stubborn precinct workers, according to The Washington Post.

    * * *
    8:40 p.m.

    Billy: Gamblers on are betting an 88.7 percent chance that McCain will win the Republican nomination; and a 57.0% chance that Hillary Clinton will win the Democractic nomination (though the betters give Obama a 43.5 percent chance, which means the Democrats will have 100.5 percent of a nominee).

    * * *
    8:36 p.m.

    Andrew:The Washington Post calls the win for Obama in Alabama.

    Brittany: So Obama and Clinton have each won four states.

    * * *
    8:34 p.m.

    Brittany: CNN calls Alabama for Obama, with 24 percent of precincts reporting.

    * * *
    8:32 p.m.

    Brittany: According to Carl Bernstein: “We know Obama is probably going to come out ahead in Alabama.” Bernstein is wearing a very snazzy blue tie. I approve.

    Lara: If Huckabee keeps sucking it up tonight, anyone think that he’ll drop out?

    Brittany: I don’t know. He might be one of those that just sticks around until the convention. What about Gravel? He just won’t go away.

    * * *
    8:30 p.m.

    Brittany: CNN is calling Massachusetts for Clinton and Obama is “winning” in Alabama.

    Andrew: The Washington Post live video coverage has projected that McCain will win New York for the Republicans.

    * * *
    8:29 p.m.

    Andrew: On the Republican side, McCain has Illinois, Delaware, Connecticut, and now New Jersey; Huckabee has Arkansas and West Virginia; Romney only has Massachusetts.

    * * *
    8:25 p.m.

    Sam:Here’s a delightful (and informative) video on the history and specifics of Super Tuesday.

    * * *
    8:20 p.m.

    Brittany: I might just go take a nap. Wake me when someone wins (i.e. in July.)

    Billy : November?

    Brittany: Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, New Mexico and Arizona all closed almost 20 minutes ago!! Where are the way-too-early projections from our favorite news providers?!

    Andrew: Obama has won Delaware according to The Washington Post.

    Sam: McCain in Arizona: A whopping two total delegates!

    Lara: Still toying with my fragile emotional state, WaPo. Shame. Next you’re going to tell me that Delaware actually matters!

    Brittany: CNN live stream results: McCain took New York.

    Brittany: That brings McCain up to six states. Projected, that is.

    Andrew: Brittany, to answer your previous question, according to The Washington Post, Obama has won Illinois, Georgia, and Delaware; Clinton has won New York, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Tennessee thus far this evening.

    * * *
    8:10 p.m.

    Brittany Petersen: OK so Clinton is projected to take New York, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Arkansas, according to CNN. CNN also projects McCain will carry New Jersey, Connecticut, Illinois and Delaware.

    Lara: All this projection talk is useless. It’s messing with my emotions! I just want to know who won!

    * * *
    8:05 p.m.

    Andrew Glor: The Washington Post has actually just pulled back its decision on Hillary’s victory in Massachusetts. It’s still too close to call!

    * * *
    8:00 p.m

    Andrew Glor: It also seems to mean that Ted Kennedy has no influence in his own state [Massachusetts].

    Andrew Glor: Clinton has now officially taken Massachusetts as well, according to The Washington Post.

    Lara: They probably just keep him around for the comedic relief.

    * * *

    7:48 p.m.

    Brittany: Anyone remember the last time weather was such a big deal on Super Tuesday? Or an election for that reason?

    Lara: Elections are in November, I feel like weather is a foregone conclusion.

    Andrew: Not unless you define Florida as synonymous with its weather. Update! Delware has gone to McCain. But 18 delegates are at stake and they have not been allocated yet.

    Lara: 18 seems useless when you need 1,000-some to win.

    Andrew: Are you dissing Delaware?

    Alex: Never!

    Brittany: No one likes Delaware anyway.

    * * *

    7:40 p.m.

    Andrew: Just to get some interesting conversation going, who is everybody for?

    Lara: Is Kucinich still in anywhere? Because he got my vote…

    Andrew: Compared to Kucinich, Ron Paul is highly electable.

    Lara: Compared to Ron Paul, Kucinich is sane.

    * * *
    7:36 p.m.

    Brittany: Giuliani got over 1500 in Georgia.

    Lara: Really? That’s surprising, I always thought Georgia would have enough crazies for Huckabee to get a quick win. Just kidding, Georgia. I love you and your Confederate flag. Or rather, your Confederate-flag-inspired state flag.

    * * *
    7:30 p.m.

    Jared: I think a Romney/Huckabee ticket is a bit heavy on the crazy fundamentalism.

    andrewglor2007: Well, in a funny way Huckabee balances Romney’s Mormonism.

    Lara: You think Romney regrets spending so much of his own money yet? He’s going to have nothing left for the post-loss pity party. Actually, can Mormons even drink themselves into oblivion? I think it’s against their religion… Hmm, what else can he do?

    Brittany: Yeah, he will probably bury his sorrows in something other than a bottle of Smirnoff.

    Andrew: He could always take five more wives…

    * * *

    7:25 p.m.

    Jared: Speaking of the Huckster…”I still believe in miracles,” said Republican underdog Huckabee, offering his own talking points in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.

    * * *

    7:15 p.m.

    Lara: Are we hearing anything about the people that weren’t allowed to vote? Is anyone claiming voter fraud yet? What kind of election is this, all valid and stuff. Lame.

    Lara: It looks like some places in California didn’t open till noon because of their new machines.

    * * *

    Andrew: Apparently Arnold Schwarzenegger finally chose to endorse McCain.

    Andrew: Now the election can be decided in a swift and deadly futuristic robot battle.

    * * *

    Alex: From the Boston Globe: Romney says it’s a ‘great honor’ to vote for himself.

    * * *

    Tom: We’re just waiting for 7 p.m. and the first wave of results to come in! I can’t believe they’re calling states with 1 and 2 percent reporting.

    Lara: Some of us like to follow that tiny journalistic standard of reporting on what actually’s happening.


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