Hillary won big tonight in Florida, and please spare me the argument that Florida's delegates won't be seated. We all know they will. If the Democratic Party really wants to win in November, its members will not disenfranchise 1.6 million Democratic voters.
So, I took a trip around the liberal blogosphere to see what the reaction might be to such a huge victory by the first viable woman candidate AND in a state where no candidates campaigned. Unless, of course, if you consider Obama's cable ad buy that played in Florida over the last two weeks in Florida a violation of the pledge the candidates all agreed to, then certainly this contest is telling, no matter how much the Obama campaign tries to laugh it off.
And believe me, there were grassroots groups organizing in Florida for their candidates. Shouldn't this be a huge victory for progressives? A pure test of the strength of grassroots organizing! No overlord campaign staff, no directions from on high! To echo Dr. Dean: Yeargh!
Except for one, eensy, fly in the ointment. The favored candidates of the blogosphere got trounced. That wasn't supposed to happen! So rather than cheer the result, here's what I found out there:
DailyKos lists the Republican results ahead of the Dems.
Over at The Huffington Post, it looks like Republicanland. Oh wait, there's a brief mention of the "beauty contest" in Florida.
Talking Points Memo has one post about how the Clinton campaign will not be able to spin their "win." The rest of the posts deal with the Republicans in the race.
And we are having a big fight at DailyKos trying to get DHinMI to correct the front page post claiming that Hillary campaigned or did events in Florida. No. She honored the pledge. She did no public campaigning, ran no ads and only did a few private fundraisers, as did Obama.