February 14th, 2008

Apollo 4 on column of fire

I suspect this is bluster—it had better be


The Coming Fight

From The Globe ...

Hillary Clinton will take the Democratic nomination even if she does not win the popular vote, but persuades enough superdelegates to vote for her at the convention, her campaign advisers say.

The New York senator, who lost three primaries Tuesday night, now lags slightly behind her rival, Illinois Senator Barack Obama, in the delegate count. She is even further behind in "pledged'' delegates, those assigned by virtue of primaries and caucuses.

But Clinton will not concede the race to Obama if he wins a greater number of pledged delegates by the end of the primary season, and will count on the 796 elected officials and party bigwigs to put her over the top, if necessary, said Clinton's communications director, Howard Wolfson.

"I want to be clear about the fact that neither campaign is in a position to win this nomination without the support of the votes of the superdelegates,'' Wolfson told reporters in a conference call.

"We don't make distinctions between delegates chosen by million of voters in a primary and those chosen between tens of thousands in caucuses,'' Wolfson said. "And we don't make distinctions when it comes to elected officials'' who vote as superdelegates at the convention.

"We are interested in acquiring delegates, period,'' he added.

I suppose we should start adding eggs and overripe tomatoes to our shopping lists.

On the other hand, if Clinton gets far enough to require egg and tomato chucking, it will be a miracle (http://syndicated.livejournal.com/talkngptsmemo/3898659.html):

Political Genius Walking Among Us

A quote from Mark Penn that should go over extremely well: "Could we possibly have a nominee who hasn't won any of the significant states -- outside of Illinois? That raises some serious questions about Sen. Obama.”

It’s amazing the Clintons succeed as they do with the whopping morons they take on as friends and advisors.

We’ve really got to do something about the upper echelons of the Democratic Party. Denying the nomination to Hillary Clinton would be a start.
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I just heard Hillary Clinton’s attack ad (‘Obama won’t debate me!’) for Wisconsin and it is lame!

Oh, and she almost forgot to call off her boycott of the MSNBC debate.

Meanwhile Mark Penn is babbling what sounds like John Lennon lyrics.

Oh, and I heard about the weird way Texas allocates delegates, and it favors Obama.

(Somewhat related: Am I the only person, along with Kristy, maybe, who felt a premonition that John Edwards campaign was going to go nowhere, when he hired Joe Trippi?)
Apollo 4 on column of fire

Heh, heh! (Update)

The House ‘Republicans’ cleverly avoided having to cast votes against holding Bolten and Miers in contempt. Presumably they are counting on the next line of defense (court battles) to hold up.

Update: Apparently Boehnhead’s little speech was sufficient to trick the shiftless MSM, who supposedly are reporting that the National Bushists were walking out over the FISA amendment issue. However, Robert Wexler (my imaginary running mate) reports to Randi Rhodes—who double-checked that this is what Wexler was saying—that I was right, they were walking out on the contempt vote.
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John Lewis to vote for Obama despite endorsing Clinton

Rep. John Lewis endorsed Clinton but as a superdelegate will vote for Obama.

I guess this is one of the cases, of which people were forewarned a couple of days ago by Brent Budowsky, where Hillary-allied superdelegates are telling her they aren’t going to stand up for her at the convention.

Is there a message between the lines of the message?

Of course it’s still very close and all this may come to nothing. (There are hints that John Edwards might endorse Hillary Clinton, but it’s conceivable that the main effect of such an endorsement would be to lower Edwards’s own reputation, through association with such an apt target of his own powerful criticisms, especially if it is in exchange for the vice presidency or a high appointment.)

Postscript: Josh Marshall calls this a turning point.