Breaking: Silky dropping out

posted at 9:05 am on January 30, 2008 by Allahpundit

Just across on Fox. Now we get to find out for sure if his supporters are Obama voters or Hillary voters in disguise. Stand by.

Update: What happened to the “kingmaker at the convention” strategy? Unless he’s flat out of cash, which I doubt, there’s no reason for him to get out before Super Tuesday unless he’s made a deal with Obama (as Bob Novak speculated). Obama’s got a tough haul next week but an Edwards endorsement, especially on the heels of Teddy’s, keeps the feeling going that there’s a tidal wave towards him within the party.

Bill Kristol’s been teasing all week about a forthcoming Al Gore endorsement too, although why a conservative would have the inside scoop on that is beyond me. I think he’s just trying to make trouble. But if it does happen, that tidal wave is a full tsunami.

Update: The AP is in love. Check out that lede.

Update: “It just became clear it wasn’t going to happen.” Yeah, that’s been clear since New Hampshire. Again, what about King Silky, ruler of the other of the two Americas, tossing his delegates to Obama or Hillary at the convention? Did he look at the polls in the Super Tuesday states and decide he woudn’t be able to scrape together enough to matter? The race is so close between the other two that’s hard to believe.

Update: Kaus hasn’t weighed in yet but I’ve got a hunch per his 2:01 a.m. item what his theory’s going to be.

Update: For what it’s worth, the AP story says he won’t endorse immediately, which I take to mean before Super Tuesday. So maybe this is a modified version of the kingmaker strategy where he hangs around to see what happens next week and then, if Obama surprises and is still in contention, throws his endorsement to him afterwards to help swing the post-Tuesday primaries. I don’t know, I don’t get it.

Update: The new swing vote — white liberal men, all hopefully as silky as the Pony himself.

So where does Edwards’ support go? In South Carolina, Edwards won white men. Could this become the new swing voting group? Obama does well with white men in general election match-ups, but has seen his support drop among these folks in the primary. Now, if Obama has any shot at beating Clinton, he’s going to have to win this key voting bloc. It’s rare white guys are considered a swing vote, but in a Clinton vs. Obama race, it appears they will. Obama needs them more than Clinton.

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kcd on January 30, 2008 at 3:50 PM

Edwards has 62 delegates and Democratic Convention Watch blog explains what happens to them:

First, all of his superdelegates go back into the no endorsement pool. Second, his 4 delegates from New Hampshire and his 8 delegates from South Carolina will go to the convention as Uncommitted. And finally, his delegates from Iowa don’t exist anymore, but will be replaced with Clinton or Obama delegates. That’s because delegates to the national convention haven’t actually been picked yet in these two states. There are Congressional District and state conventions still to come, and all his delegates to the Congressional District conventions will have to vote for one of the remaining candidates to the state level convention.

bnelson44 on January 30, 2008 at 3:58 PM

Silky dropping

Hmm…I guess you CAN polish them.

James on January 30, 2008 at 4:02 PM


kcd on January 30, 2008 at 3:50 PM

What the hell are you talking about?

saiga on January 30, 2008 at 4:05 PM

What the hell are you talking about?

saiga on January 30, 2008 at 4:05 PM

Maybe it’s an Important Action Alert!

(It’s something about the Nader thread.)

James on January 30, 2008 at 4:19 PM

What the hell are you talking about?

saiga on January 30, 2008 at 4:05 PM

Sorry. Go to the Nader thread. All is explained.

kcd on January 30, 2008 at 4:24 PM

I haven’t read all the many replies to this, but here’s the take from “Best of The Web”:

Bye-Ku for John Edwards

Such a pretty man
Gee, his hair looks terrific
Looks aren’t everything

Apologies if it’s already been posted…

TeeDee on January 30, 2008 at 5:47 PM

omg, Edwards even brought up the fact that his father worked in the mills in his departing speech! GAG!

ctmom on January 30, 2008 at 6:02 PM

Is their ANY chance Edwards will endorse Hillary?

Dash on January 30, 2008 at 6:04 PM

Wait…Edwards was running for President?

Big Daddy Cool on January 31, 2008 at 1:20 AM

Good riddance – I am so glad we don’t have to listen to that obnoxious weasel rambling on anymore.

greekinfidel on January 31, 2008 at 5:21 AM

Yes, he’s a reprehensible trial lawyer who did nothing but drive up the cost of medical services with lawsuits based on junk science. But the really damning thing about this guy, to me, is that HIS need to be POTUS superceded the well being of his family. His wife has untreatable cancer, which means that she IS going to die from it. Not today, but I remember reading that life expectancy was 5 years. He is going to have to be there for her and his kids when this starts going downhill, when the treatments aren’t stemming the mounting cancer cells anymore, or when they are starting to reproduce at the rate that it’s debilitating. That would be while he was in the White House if he’d won the nomination and election. How can the people of America count on him to do the right thing for THEM if he won’t do the right thing for HIS FAMILY? He’s one of the all time narcissists, ranking right up there with megalomaniacs like Hitler and Stalin. It’s all about HIM. What a worthless piece of sh*t.

RWLA on January 31, 2008 at 8:14 AM

So,now will Silk Pony ride off into the sunset? Please.

bloggless on January 31, 2008 at 11:15 AM

Unfortunately, those of us “blessed” to live in or near Chapel Hell may have to see him or at least read about him. They love him in the newspaper down here.

bloggless on January 31, 2008 at 11:17 AM

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