February 10, 2008

A little Sunday parsing


The Clinton camp is braced for Mr Obama to win a series of primary elections over the next three weeks, which they fear could hand the Illinois senator unstoppable momentum in the race for the White House.

Mr Obama has begun calling those "super delegates" - 795 congressmen and senior party officials who could break a dead heat - who are committed to Mrs Clinton, asking them to change their minds and help him wrap up the nomination.

As of tonight, the two candidates were neck and neck but Mr Obama appeared to be gaining momentum.

"He's saying: 'Hey, I won your state and I won your congressional district, why are you supporting her?'" a Democrat strategist revealed.

The Clinton camp hopes to stop the Obama bandwagon by winning Texas and Ohio primaries on March 4, after which Mrs Clinton is planning to call on party grandees including Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives and Harry Reid, the party's leader in the Senate, to persuade Mr Obama to stand down.

Clinton aides have privately admitted that Mr Obama would only consider such a move if offered the position of vice presidential running mate, something Mrs Clinton has always been reluctant to consider.

A senior Democrat who has discussed Clinton campaign thinking with a member of her inner circle said: "The Clintons are in a state of panic. She has to win both Texas and Ohio."

But he added that this might prove impossible if Mr Obama maintains his momentum and wins most, or all, of the nine contests which come before that.

This piece from The Telegraph is a wonderful bit of flim-flammery of Vintage Clinton. To quote Joe Mantegna's character in House of Games, "That's a dinosaur con. You have to go to a museum to see a frame like that."

First is the set-up: somehow, Hillary (or much more likely Bill) is going to corral Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid into forcing the Messiah from pulling out of the race when it enters into the March 11-April 22 Dead Zone. The delivery: He would of course be more than willing to do so because the Queen is now willing to deign Him eligible to be her VP.


First of all, who else in the party right now---let alone Nancy and Harry, who share a popularity approval level that, when added together, is still lower than the Chimperor---can make that call? Dean-O? The story's almost so preposterous to sound like it was planted by one of Obama's people.

The more likely scenario is that going into the Dead Zone Hillary's going to be on the receiving end of those type of calls. And we can look forward then to five weeks of the buzzards slowly circling the Clinton campaign.

The only thing that could potentially save her? Heck, a state funeral or something. The grieving widow's tears cannot be mocked.

If I were Bill, I'd be staying out of the vicinity of Ft. Marcy Park from now on.

Posted by Steve-O at February 10, 2008 01:15 PM | TrackBack