Pa. Primary Changed the Spin, not the Race

Both candidates try to shape narrative after predictable outcome
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 23, 2008 1:13 PM CDT
Hillary Rodham Clinton celebrates alongside her husband, former President Bill Clinton, after winning the Pennsylvania primary in Philadelphia, Tuesday April 22, 2008.    (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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(Newser) – The Pennsylvania primary didn't change the basic parameters of the race for the Democratic nomination in any significant way, Andrew Romano writes in Newsweek. But it had a huge effect on the narrative, handing Hillary Clinton Exhibit A for her claim that  Barack Obama can't win over white men. She will taunt him, as she did last night, for failing to knock her out, despite outspending her 3 to 1. Obama will boast, as he did last night, of cutting her Pennsylvania lead, and will hammer her for divisive tactics that are hurting the party.

"Both narratives are, in part, fiction," Romano writes. But they'll be front and center in appeals to the superdelegates, who are the only Democrats whose votes are truly significant, since neither candidate can now win on pledged delegates alone.