Super Tuesday's Political Pendulum

Voters enter a polling place as the doors are opened on Super Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2008, in Nashville, Tenn.
AP Photo/Mark Humphrey
This column was written by CBS News Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith.
It is a most unusual day. Today is Super Tuesday. We of the chattering class don't really know what's going to happen, which is a relief.

This is an election that is left to the voters. We might be able to guess a little, though. The political pendulum does swing, and it is swinging like crazy today. The fact that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are polling even nationally is amazing. She is thought to be ahead in Super Tuesday states but only the data hold the answer. In this election, polls like that read like the Dead Sea scrolls.

And while John McCain has jumped ahead of Mitt Romney nationally, there is evidence to suggest that Romney could do well today in California. Could it be the beginning of a conservative backlash?

There is a pretty good chance that both races will still be a contest tomorrow. So much for moving so many primaries and caucuses so early. Get ready, Pennsylvania…and Virginia…and Maryland. The campaigns will soon be coming to your neighborhoods.

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