Saturday, March 8, 2008

Obama wins Wyoming, but ...

There was plenty of sound and fury ahead of the first contested Democratic presidential caucuses in Wyoming in 50 years. But the result -- a 61-38 win for Barack Obama -- was basically a wash: Obama won seven of the state's delegates while Hillary Clinton picked up the remaining five.

Of more importance, perhaps, is the moral victory Obama scored. He needed good news after a rough week, which started badly when reporters hounded him about NAFTA and Tony Rezko and got worse when he lost Texas. It even ended on a sour note when his senior foreign policy adviser resigned after being quoted in a Scottish magazine article calling Clinton a "monster."

Obama needed to restore order -- calm, really -- to his campaign. The 'W' in Wyoming should serve to steady the ship as Obama steers toward Tuesday's Mississippi primary.