Friday, May 9, 2008

Of Fan Clubs and Superdelegates...

Congress joins the Obama fan club
The Australian - Sydney,Australia

Geoff Elliott, Washington correspondent | May 10, 2008

OBAMANIA has swept the US Congress after Barack Obama wandered through to find politicians from both sides of the aisle congratulating him on his almost-certain presidential nomination for the Democratic Party.

As the intrigue continues over Senator Obama's lengthy battle with Hillary Clinton for the nomination, the instincts of representatives in Congress indicated Senator Obama was on his way to the main campaign, and possibly the White House.

A huge mob of journalists swamped Senator Obama for a quote during his mosey through Congress, occasionally shouting "Mr President" to win his attention.

Just 24 earlier, Senator Clinton reportedly struggled to find a party official willing to meet her in Washington.

Obama Picks Up Support of 2 More Superdelegates
Voice of America - USA

09 May 2008

Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama picked up more support Friday in his battle with rival Hillary Clinton for the party's presidential nomination. Both candidates campaigned in Oregon, which holds a primary on May 20. VOA National correspondent Jim Malone has the latest on the U.S. presidential campaign from Washington.

Democratic presidential hopeful, Barack Obama, right, shakes hands with supporters in Beaverton, Oregon, 9 May 2008
Sen. Barack Obama, right, shakes hands with supporters in Beaverton, Oregon, 9 May 2008
Following his decisive victory in North Carolina on Tuesday and his narrow defeat in Indiana, Barack Obama has been shifting his focus away from Senator Clinton to the presumptive Republican presidential candidate, Senator John McCain.

Obama took his campaign to Beaverton, Oregon, on Friday.

"We have a fundamental difference on our priorities for president," he said. "John McCain wants to continue George Bush's war in Iraq, losing thousands of lives and spending hundreds of billions of dollars to fight a war that is not making us safe. I want to end this war. I want to invest that money in America, in our roads and our bridges and our ports and our schools."

Superdelegates moving to Obama
Boston Globe - United States
Posted by Foon Rhee, deputy national political editor May 9, 2008 07:52 PM

The trickle of superdelegates moving to Barack Obama since his resounding win Tuesday in North Carolina turned into more of a torrent today, erasing Hillary Clinton's months-long lead and marking another milestone in his march to the Democratic presidential nomination.

After adding at least seven, Obama, with 270, has nearly pulled even with Clinton who has 272.5, according to the latest unofficial tally by the Associated Press. Little more than four months ago, on the eve of the primaries, she held a lead of 169 to 63.

The superdelegate count was the last measure on which Clinton led. They are the party leaders and elected officials who will almost certainly decide the nominee.

Union, 3 Superdelegates Endorse Obama
Washington Post - United States

Updated 1:56 p.m.

By Debbi Wilgoren
Sen. Barack Obama picked up an endorsement Friday morning from the union representing federal employees -- and the personal support of its president, a superdelegate to this summer's Democratic convention.

Two Democratic lawmakers also announced they would cast their votes as superdelegates for Obama, further solidifying his lead over New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in the battle to become the Democratic presidential nominee.

"Senator Obama has proven he is able to energize young Americans, independents and even moderate Republicans to support his candidacy," Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) said in a statement. "I believe he represents our best hope of winning in November."

McCain hits Obama 'inexperience'ain hits Obama 'inexperience'
Baltimore Sun - United Statesby Frank James

In his interview with Bill O'Reilly on FoxNews Channel last night, Sen. John McCain, right out the box, let loose the two charges he plans to hit Sen. Barack Obama hard with, 'inexperience' and 'judgment.'

It really wasn't anything different than what McCain, the all-but-official Republican presidential nominee, has said before about Obama.

It's significance is mainly in the fact that there's no message shift; it appears fixed. Polling has shown that Obama's relative inexperience in national politics is what most troubles many voters, particularly independents.

"What's his main weakness?" O'Reilly asked.

"Inexperience. I think inexperience and a lack of judgment and a record that shows that," McCain said.

Obama in exultant return to Congress
The Age - Melbourne,Victoria,Australia

Carl Hulse and David Herszenhorn, Washington
May 10, 2008
A smiling Barack Obama came back to Washington, where he was given a warm reception by lawmakers.

A smiling Barack Obama came back to Washington, where he was given a warm reception by lawmakers.
Photo: Getty Images

BARACK Obama began trying to rally the Democratic Party with a celebratory return to Congress.

Even as Hillary Clinton persisted with her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, Senator Obama received an enthusiastic reception on the floor of the House of Representatives on Thursday in an appearance staged to position him as the party's inevitable nominee. Some Republican lawmakers were among those who elbowed past colleagues to shake his hand.

Behind the scenes, there were new discussions between Senator Obama and the party leadership. Senior Democratic officials said he met with Speaker Nancy Pelosi at Democratic Party headquarters.

Senator Obama made no public effort to pressure Senator Clinton from the race, and in interviews with CNN and NBC News he praised her as a formidable candidate who could not yet be counted out.

So now the TV pundits tell us an Obama nomination is certain.
Slate - USA
Tim Russert. Click image to expand.

About 40 hours ago, the klieg-baked TV anchors and commentators started shaking the sweat from their brows to declare that the race for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination was over.

Jim Rutenberg collects their election night wisdom in today's New York Times:

"We now know who the Democratic nominee's going to be, and no one's going to dispute it."
—Tim Russert on MSNBC

Edwards says Obama could beat McCain
Reuters - USA

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards on Friday declined to make an endorsement in the Democratic presidential battle, but said Barack Obama could unite the party and win in November.

In an interview on NBC's "Today" show, Edwards said Obama appears set to win the nomination. The former North Carolina senator refused to say who he voted for in his state's primary this week, won by Obama.

Edwards said both Obama and Hillary Clinton could beat Republican candidate John McCain in November.

Obama close to declaring outright victory, but Clinton's fight goes on
Independent - London,England,UK


Mrs Clinton's campaign is desperate to recover the psychological advantage which has swung heavily towards Mr Obama

By David Usborne in New York
Friday, 9 May 2008

Amid warnings of civil war in her party, an indefatigable Hillary Clinton boarded her charter jet yesterday for back-to-back campaign appearances in no fewer than three primary states even as aides to her rival, Barack Obama, hinted quietly that he may choose to declare final victory within days.

While the US media have mostly pronounced the race for the Democratic presidential nomination effectively over, the Clinton camp is pursuing a two-pronged strategy to stay alive: challenging party rules and positing her superior electability. The candidate whose platform is called "Solutions for America" is now frantically seeking solutions for herself.

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