Momentum is a buzz word in sports and politics. Obama has won a string of State victories since Super Tuesday. He is winning again today. So what does this mean? Not much.
Obama shocked the nation when he won Iowa – took the big momentum into New Hampshire and soundly lost to Hillary Clinton. Hillary took her momentum into South Carolina and Obama won a big victory. So Obama took his momentum from South Carolina into Super Tuesday and fought to a draw.
In normal years momentum means something. This is not a normal year. The voters are turning out in record numbers. New voters, young people, are engaging the political process.
In normal years the voters are old dogs of the political parties looking for favor with the winner. They blow with the prevailing wind. That is what has been wrong with our process. Any solution to any given problem will do – just as long as the hacks get their cut.
The strong turnout of voters, people who have no political aspirations, indicates that prevailing winds are no longer good enough. They are looking for a strong headwind blowing away from George W. Bush and his Republican cronies.
Big States will be voting in a couple of weeks, Texas and Ohio. These are important and will probably decide the Democratic nominee. But momentum from today does not foretell the outcome of tomorrow.