Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Clinton Win Virtually Impossible as Obama Lead 'Can't Be Overcome'

Chicago Tribune Clinton may have 9 lives, but she's down for the count

But no matter what she does, she can't stop Obama, the gentle faun of American politics, supported for years by a compliant, yearning media eager to portray him as a reformer and by the Chicago Democratic machine that has nurtured and protected him for years.

Obama is the fellow who stumbled and revealed he had two left political feet, one named Jeremiah Wright, the other named William Ayers, and still he'll be the Democratic Party's presidential nominee in the fall.

"Thank you North Carolina," Obama said precisely at 8:13 p.m. Chicago time, effectively embarking on the general election phase of his campaign. "Thank you so very much. I love you back. I surely do."

With soaring, highly emotional flourishes, Obama congratulated Clinton, said she won in Indiana, although precinct workers shipped over the border from Chicago would have other ideas

ABC's senior political correspondent,George Stephanopoulos is my guy, and has always spoken with the type of integrity thats too often missing from the media.Cheech...

ABC's senior political correspondent George Stephanopoulos said today on "Good Morning America." He predicted that more superdelegates will now come out for Obama, increasing pressure on Clinton to step aside. It will also be increasingly difficult for Clinton to raise the money needed to keep her campaign on the road. Nevertheless,...

Taken from the LA_Times
By Peter Wallsten
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
May 07, 2008

For most of the year, June 3 beckoned as the end of an exhausting nominating calendar, the day that the final states hold primaries to choose between Clinton and Obama. But now, Clinton is preparing to push the contest beyond the voting phase of the process and into the realm of committee meetings and credentialing rules, where her campaign believes she may have a chance to overtake Obama before the party's nominating convention in late August

For Clinton, Options Seem to Dwindle

In short, Mrs. Clinton could not have asked for a better second chance to turn this campaign around and to make her central case to superdelegates: that Mr. Obama was a damaged general election candidate who would get swallowed up by the Republican Party.

Yet she was unable on Tuesday to build her base of support substantially beyond the white, working-class voters who had sustained her for the last month. That will not be lost on the superdelegates, the elected Democrats and party leaders who will ultimately decide this fight.

And the superdelegates are where the fight is moving: after 50 nominating contests, there are only 6 left, with just 217 pledged delegates left to be elected, not enough to get either of them over the 2,025 threshold necessary to win the nomination.

Mr. Obama's aides said Mrs. Clinton would have to win close to 70 percent of the remaining pledged delegates and superdelegates to win the nomination, a shift in the campaign's trajectory that would seem possible only if some big development came along to hurt Mr. Obama.

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