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Though we’ve been at odds with Sen. Clinton at times throughout the past two years, we wanted to congratulate her, as well as her staff and supporters on a hard fought and spirited campaign. I hope over the coming weeks and months, the two teams can come together and create a massive force to take on John McCain in the fall.
will officially suspend her campaign this Saturday and will formally endorse Sen. Barack Obama for President of the United States of America. More here.
Last night, the Democratic Party made history. Check out this great picture from our friends at the Huffington Post.
will be the Democratic nominee for President of the United States based on today’s superdelegate endorsements and the results of South Dakota and Montana’s primaries. This concludes DoubleSpeak’s coverage of the 2008 primary. Bring on the general.
Happy last primary day! Keep an eye out for Matthew, who will be on MSNBC between 2:30pm-3:00pm EST today to discuss all things politics!
In other news:
McAuliffe: Clinton Ready To Go [LINK]
Clyburn Gets Off The Fence [LINK]
Governors Supporting Hillary Prepare For Switch To Obama [LINK]
Dick Cheney Is Funny, Kind Of [LINK]
Retiring Clinton’s Debt? [LINK]
TPM: Inspector General: NASA Distorted Climate Data [LINK]
Gallup Poll: Obama Edges McCain Nationally [LINK]
Bill Clinton Is Pissed At Vanity Fair (With Audio) [LINK]
G.M. Closing 4 Plants In Shift From Trucks Toward Cars [LINK]
Wes Clark Floats Obama-Sebelius [LINK]
Climate Change: GOP Not Warming Up [LINK]
Sen. Robert Byrd Hospitalized [LINK]
Scott McClellan Speaks Out [LINK]
Rove Calls McClellan A “Left-Wing Blogger” [LINK]
Bush Re-Elect eCampaign Director:”McClellan Savaged For Saying What Everyone Knows To Be True” [LINK]
CNN’s Jessica Yellin Says “Network Execs Killed Critical White House Stories” [LINK]
Murdoch: “I Think Obama Will Win… [LINK]
Rendell Doesn’t Think Clinton Can Win [LINK]
Sen. Coburn Not Happy With Obama [LINK]
NPR: Mich. Democrats Offer Plan To Restore Delegates [LINK]
Media Plays Up DNC “Chaos” This Saturday [LINK]
Delegate Dilemma…Seat Half? [LINK]
Pelosiâ€™s Crystal Ball [LINK]
TIME: Team McCain Ready for Prime Time? [LINK]
Continuing on a T-Mac theme, we’ll just let Josh Marshall take this one:
If I’m not mistaken Terrry McAuliffe just announced two new goalposts.
1. Hillary has gotten more votes and delegates since March 4th.
2. Hillary has gotten more votes in a nomination race than anyone in history. “Hillary Clinton has now received more votes than any candidate ever running for president in a primary.”
As I said in this morning’s episode of the TPMtv, I think that over the last week there’ve been tentative but hopeful signs of a deescalation of tensions between the two campaigns. But some of this stuff is just ridiculous. Point one sounds like it’s probably true. What relevance it has I have no idea. Point two though is really the kicker. Even if you change the rules and fully seat Michaigan and Florida and count them for the popular vote totals and don’t count any portion of the Michigan “uncommitted” (which were understood a the to be for Obama) vote for Obama, Hillary is still behind in the popular vote total. The only way she moves ahead in popular vote is if you do all that and don’t count four of the caucus states.
That’s right, Hillary’s “more votes than anyone else” total doesn’t count caucus-goers in Iowa, Maine, Nevada and Washington where vote totals were not reported. What’s that about counting every vote and disenfranchisement?
UDPATE: Jonathan Alter has more on the serious flaws in the Clinton argument over at Newsweek.
As we’ve seen over the past two years, primaries can be highly divisive. However, through it all, Terry McAuliffe has been a pleasure to watch – frustrating at times, but always entertaining. Whatever the Clinton’s are paying him (I suspect nothing), it’s definitely not enough! Nice work TPM!
It is certainly a minor point, but the media continues to be tremendously lazy with the actual results of yesterday’s Pennsylvania primary. As of 11 am the day after the race, with 99.44% reporting (still missing 52 districts out of 9,264) Clinton is on top of Obama by 9.2%, not the 10% that is widely reported. Yes, this is a small number, but there is a tremendous psychological difference between a double-digit and single-digit win.
Where we stand today (according to the AP Delegate Tracker):
Obama: 1,481 pledged + 233 super = 1,714 delegates
Clinton: 1,331 pledged + 258 super = 1,589 delegates
I’m not sure if this includes this morning’s superdelegate endorsement of Obama by Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry. As Chuck Todd noted on NBC last night, Clinton now needs to win 70% of the delegates on May 6 in NC and IN and 80% after that date if she can’t meet that number.
UPDATE: Video of Chuck Todd after the jump.
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