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The Real News Analyst Pepe Escobar reports from Hillary Clinton’s post-election victory party in Philadelphia, and points out that, with a net delegate deficit and a narrower margin of victory than had been predicted a few weeks ago, she can hardly be considered the winner in Pennsylvania.

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PEPE ESCOBAR, THE REAL NEWS ANALYST: This is Hillary Clinton’s after-party at the Hyatt in downtown Philadelphia. There’s a lot of people cheering in that room behind me. They don’t know exactly what they are cheering for. She was up by 20 points a month ago. So what happened? Is Hillary Clinton a beer-swilling, whiskey-swilling, middle-class woman who likes to shoot ducks? Well, not exactly. But this narrative clung to a lot of voters in these past few weeks. There was a lot of acrimony. There was the resurrection of Osama bin Laden in one of the Hillary clips. There was Hillary saying that Iran will be bombed by nuclear weapons by the United States if Iran ever attacks Israel—she never mentioned that Israel has 200 nuclear weapons for self-defense. And it’s still all up in the air, because in terms of conquering delegates and superdelegates, Hillary did not win in Philadelphia and did not win in Pennsylvania. So the show must go on, and it will go on, with still a lot of mud thrown by each of the two camps, a lot of acrimony. And the Democrats are still privileging one route: they’re fighting among themselves instead of fighting Republicans. This is the lesson of Pennsylvania.


STREETER 1: I will not vote for Senator Obama. After 20 years of voting Democratic all my adult life, I will not vote for Obama. I don’t care if Hillary tells me to.


PALEVSKY: Why wouldn’t you vote for Hillary?

STREETER 2: I think she’s too pro-war in her heart of hearts. I would vote for an antiwar candidate. She is closer to John McCain than to Obama.


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Pepe Escobar, born in Brazil is the roving correspondent for Asia Times and an analyst for The Real News Network. He's been a foreign correspondent since 1985, based in London, Milan, Los Angeles, Paris, Singapore, and Bangkok. Since the late 1990s, he has specialized in covering the arc from the Middle East to Central Asia, including the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He has made frequent visits to Iran and is the author of Globalistan and also Red Zone Blues: A Snapshot of Baghdad During the Surge both published by Nimble Books in 2007.