Saturday, May 24, 2008

Clinton superdelegates switching to Obama

C'mon Clinton. The writing's been on the wall for some time now. The sooner you concede and start unifying the party, the faster the healing can begin. Your declared superdelegates are starting to switch to Obama:

The endorsement by US Rep. Dennis Cardoza (D-California) of Obama today sends an extremely firm message to the Clinton campaign, and not only because he was, until today, a Clinton superdelegate.

The Field has learned that Cardoza is the first of a group of at least 40 Clinton delegates, many of them from California, that through talking among themselves came to a joint decision that all of them would vote for Obama at the convention. They have informed Senator Clinton that it’s time to unite around Obama, and that they will be coming out, one or two at a time, and announcing their switch between now and the convention if Senator Clinton doesn’t do the same.

And by the way, what's this about Clinton mentioning RFK's assassination as a reason not to drop out? What does that have to do with anything? Very strange. Especially inappropriate given Ted Kennedy's recent diagnosis. Weird. Let's wrap this up.

UPDATE: People are not happy about Clinton's latest reference to RFK and assassination.

Keith Olbermann on DailyKos:
Those words, Senator?
You actually invoked the nightmare of political assassination.
You actually invoked the spectre of an inspirational leader, at the seeming moment of triumph, for himself and a battered nation yearning to breathe free, silenced forever.
You actually used the word "assassination" in the middle of a campaign with a loud undertone of racial hatred -- and gender hatred -- and political hatred.
You actually used the word "assassination" in a time when there is a fear, unspoken but vivid and terrible, that our again-troubled land and fractured political landscape might target a black man running for president.
Or a white man.
Or a white woman!
You actually used those words, in this America, Senator while running against an African-American against whom the death threats started the moment he declared his campaign?
You actually used those words, in this America, Senator, while running to break your "greatest glass ceiling" and claiming there are people who would do anything to stop you?
Senator -- never mind the implications of using the word "assassination" in any connection to Senator Obama...
What about you?
You cannot say this!
John Cole on Balloon Juice:
Pretty amazing. Hillary is now claiming that she is partially justified staying in the race because let’s face it- someone might kill Obama.
Delaware Dem on DailyKos:

It is now obvious you have considered Obama's murder as a political possibility and a reason to prolong our disunity.

And that makes you immoral. And unfit to lead. It reveals that you have no character.

It makes me not want you in my political party.

So get out, Senator Clinton. Get out of this race. Now.

Yes, I am shoving you out, because you deserve it.

I don't go so far as Delaware Dem in my negative reaction. But it was very creepy and weird.

Clinton has apologized.

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