— and Why He’ll Beat McCain, Too – Politics on The Huffington Post: “And here’s zany family game #2: try to imagine Obama getting in front of the TV cameras on a night that gutted his entire campaign, pasting a transparently phony smile on his face, and crowing ‘it’s on to the White House!’ as Michelle and the kids fought off tears on the podium behind him…
my wife pointed out this article in the dead tree edition this morning — thought i’d call out this phrase:
Or perhaps she wins if Obama’s popular vote total is, well, adjusted by counting each African-American vote as only three-fifths of a vote. There is precedent, of sorts, for that arithmetic (see the Constitution, Article I, Section 2, before the 14th Amendment).
Yet there must have been private moments of despair. The two realists, as able as anyone to read the trends, must have spoken privately about their shrinking options. And on Tuesday night, as Hillary’s double-digit lead in Indiana dwindled to very small single digits, there must have come a time when one of them said, ‘We’ve lost this thing.’
What were those moments like? What kept them going between themselves? Did they encourage one another, or was there an unspoken pact not to voice the unspeakable? Was there blame when Bill had one of his unwise moments? Did their shared past, of success and scandal, enter into it, or were they absorbed in this moment?
on the day after primary day here in indiana, where we were up till past midnight waiting on returns from lake county, and where obama did not do what i heard and read many predictions he would do: lose by eight or so points, and instead all but tied here and spanked her smiliness in north carolina, we have this from the BBC:
Where do we go from here? My understanding is that probably today, but certainly within 48 hours, about 30 super-delegates will endorse Mr Obama. That should give him further momentum.
Barack Obama is receiving the support of another high-profile superdelegate in Indiana, former Democratic National Committee Chairman Joe Andrew, who is switching from Hillary Clinton’s camp.
Andrew, who was appointed DNC chief by Bill Clinton, had endorsed Hillary Clinton when she announced her bid last year. But in a letter to fellow superdelegates, Andrew says it’s time for the party to unite behind Obama so he can take on presumptive Republican nominee John McCain, the Associated Press reports.
‘A vote for Hillary Clinton is a vote to continue this process, and a vote to continue this process is a vote that assists John McCain,’ wrote Andrew, who plans a news conference today in Indianapolis to urge Indiana voters to support Obama on Tuesday. ‘While I was hopeful that a long, contested primary season would invigorate our party, the polls show that the tone and temperature of the race is now hurting us,’ Andrew wrote. ‘John McCain, without doing much of anything, is now competitive against both of our remaining candidates. We are doing his work for him and distracting Americans from the issues that really affect all of our lives.’
In an interview with the AP, Andrew said he was impressed by Obama’s handling of two issues this week, opposing a summer gas tax holiday backed by Clinton and McCain, and repudiating his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr.
Andrew’s defection narrows Clinton’s lead among superdelegates to just 20.
I for one am less troubled by the fact that the senator is a teller of parables and tall tales, than by the fact that she cannot, for the life of her, admit fault.
She didnâ€™t misspeak.
She was caught in a whopper. Perhaps several.
Donâ€™t compound the error with double talk.
Itâ€™s time to fess up.