Telegraph: Obama clinches?

posted at 1:23 pm on May 11, 2008 by Allahpundit

Remember a few weeks ago when Claire McCaskill claimed that he’d already locked up a bunch of superdelegates but that they were holding off on declaring their intentions while the rest of the primaries shook out? No foolin’:

Barack Obama believes he has already secured the private support of enough super-delegates to beat Hillary Clinton in the race for the Democratic White House nomination, The Sunday Telegraph has learned…

A senior Democrat strategist, familiar with discussions at the highest levels of the Obama camp, has revealed that Mr Obama is now confident of the support of around 120 of the remaining 260 undeclared superdelegates…

[Another well-placed Democrat] said: “They are going to concentrate on McCain and just let the psychodrama play itself out to a dwindling audience. They know they have to be respectful of her because they will need her supporters in November.”

Supposedly they’ll start coming out of the woodwork after the last contests in Montana and South Dakota on June 3 — unless Hillary really pastes him in West Virginia this week and he needs a sudden momentum boost, which he well might. Read Jay Cost’s post about WV and Kentucky, where 30-point landslides aren’t out of the question and could give her a shot to win the overall popular vote after Puerto Rico weighs in on June 1. Would that matter? Doubtful: His pledged-delegate lead is such that he’ll end up with more than her even if Florida and Michigan are seated, which explains why the Telegraph thinks he’s going to offer that to her as an olive branch to get her to go away and play nice.

As for the vice-presidency, Carl Bernstein claims to have all sorts of insiders telling him she wants it and is prepared to fight for it, first and foremost by reminding Obama via those landslides that he can’t live without her electorally. Is that wise, though? The LA Times makes a persuasive case that the worst thing she could do to embarrass him now would be to drop out and win WV and KY anyway, leaving the party nominee to explain his getting blown out by someone who’s not even running anymore. I actually don’t think it matters, that if Obama’s even moderately sane he’d rather take his chances with losing in November with someone else on the ticket than winning and having to endure Lady Macbeth plotting against him from inside the White House for the next four years. We’ll see.

Exit question assertion: If she’s lost SNL, she’s lost America.


Related Posts:

Breaking on Hot Air

Blowback

Note from Hot Air management: This section is for comments from Hot Air's community of registered readers. Please don't assume that Hot Air management agrees with or otherwise endorses any particular comment just because we let it stand. A reminder: Anyone who fails to comply with our terms of use may lose their posting privilege.

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

Her votes weren’t for her. They were against him. Particularly in Ohio and Pennsylvania. I always said she’d have to put him on the ticket if she had managed to win, but he needs her like he needs another Michelle.

Typhoon on May 11, 2008 at 1:29 PM

How Obama Neutered The Clintons

I keep reading post after post of how Obama beat, bested, or defeated Hillary. None of these are accurate descriptions of what happened.

Obama preemptively neutered the Clintons, period.

Let me explain:
(…)
Interestingly the Clintons were NOT neutered when it came to the Super Delegates, just with the Democratic voters. That is her ONLY hope now.

Unfortunately, it appears Obama may have managed to finally neutered them as well when he took 91% of the black vote.

LifeTrek on May 11, 2008 at 1:35 PM

Nomination for the TRUTH IN COMEDY AWARD!

FloridaBill on May 11, 2008 at 1:43 PM

I’m old enough to remember when SNL was actually funny. That really dates me.

Hening on May 11, 2008 at 1:46 PM

Hmmm… watching that I can’t help but picture a Democrat responding to it with a mixture of amusement, disgust, and dread.

You see, those are actually the reasons why Hillary would probably be a stronger candidate then Obama in the Fall, (except for her supporters being racist- more that there are a lot of white voters who are disturbed by Rev. Wright- not quite the same thing). The only thing Obama has going for him is turn out of new voters. Something that usually isn’t effective enough for victory. That said Obama might make it work, but who knows what will happen.

Sackett on May 11, 2008 at 1:47 PM

I think she’d definitely accept the VP slot; it makes the most sense for her future. Now, whether Obama would offer it is another story (I think he won’t).

If Obama wins and she’s on the ticket, she can: take partial credit (delivering the white vote) for the win; have some influence within the Administration; and also have a tenable position to run for president eight (four?) years from now. If Obama loses, she can blame him for the loss and still run in 2012.

If she’s not the VP and Obama wins, she’s done. If Obama loses and she’s not the VP, she’ll be blamed for his loss.

Obama would be smart not to pick her.

SteveMG on May 11, 2008 at 1:53 PM

Exit question assertion: If she’s lost SNL, she’s lost America.

Now, that’s funny! This is what I come to HotAir for, the juicy tidbits like this that just speak Truth to the Liberal Fascist Powers that be. Using their own words and thoughts to hoist these folks on their own petards.

dmh0667 on May 11, 2008 at 1:57 PM

Hey everyone I’ve decided who I’m voting for 2008. I’m writing in Gallup Poll!

Gallup Poll ’08 – Because shouldn’t democracy be run by public opinion?

terryannonline on May 11, 2008 at 2:06 PM

The SNL bit was awesome.

CP on May 11, 2008 at 2:31 PM

Exit question assertion: If she’s lost SNL, she’s lost America.

Oh now you’re just sounding like Lyndon B. Johnson

Kini on May 11, 2008 at 2:32 PM

If Obama loses and she’s not the VP, she’ll be blamed for his loss.

Obama would be smart not to pick her.

SteveMG on May 11, 2008 at 1:53 PM

No, I doubt she’ll be blamed for him losing. After all, she’s be running again in 2012.

No way he would pick her, anyway. Because that would still mean two for the price of one, and no way would he want Bill Clinton running around the White House again.

Del Dolemonte on May 11, 2008 at 2:47 PM

I saw that earlier on Drudge and realized that they nailed her in a tough way, more than was necessary. To them, however, 90+ percent of the Black vote is not racist, and Obama is ethical.

I can’t help myself for feeling for her now, which is very strange. Also, the final nail is not in her coffin, yet. How his camp treats her camp is of the utmost delicacy, and anything can still happen. Beware a wounded, and still strong, female animal.

Entelechy on May 11, 2008 at 2:51 PM

SNL is part of the problem Allah.

Which is a huge social distance between the urban, highly paid, mostly single, professional class, which SNL is the High Priesthood (all their energy spent determining who is most hip and cool), and the working-middle class. Who in turn are mostly married, suburban homeowners, not concerned with being hip and cool and thin/young because, well they’re not. They’re married.

Obama will lose that voting block “big time” as Cheney would say. Even more, the working class will have serious problems with Obama running as he is now (91% of the Black Vote) as the “Black Candidate” because such policies: soft on crime, anti-patriotism, Islam-appeasement, increased welfare spending, and so on hurt them in the pocketbook. It means higher taxes, which go to welfare in the inner city instead of things for them. A message of “give me your money” and “get off the bus” or “So Long White Boy” as the Atlantic piece said.

Obama had chances to pick up this demo, but wanted the Black Block vote at 90% or so, which nails the Primary but loses the general. His victory underscores the weakness of Dems — by being “Black/College/SNL” they’ve become electorally weaker.

whiskey_199 on May 11, 2008 at 2:54 PM

I actually don’t think it matters, that if Obama’s even moderately sane he’d rather take his chances with losing in November with someone else on the ticket than winning and having to endure Lady Macbeth plotting against him from inside the White House for the next four years.

Yeah there is no way I would ever place my life in between Hillary Clinton and her goals. I don’t think she’d even bat an eye at snuffing someone out to get the Presidency :P

apollyonbob on May 11, 2008 at 2:55 PM

No way he would pick her

With all the back slapping the media is doing for NoBama, they’re missing the future story.

My opinion is that there can only be one of two possible out comes should NoBama win the nominiation:

He’ll not be elected because hard code GOP’ers will be joined by both Joe six pack (regardless of party affiliation) and Hispanics (who despise blacks) and give the election to McCain.

Or

The unforgivable happens and he joins JFK.

Onager on May 11, 2008 at 2:57 PM

I want him to pick her just see Michelle Obama (badly) fake it on the democrat convention stage. Hugging the Clintons, holding their hands, nodding her head in agreement with whatever they’re saying…Oh what fun!

SouthernGent on May 11, 2008 at 3:05 PM

“Barack, you pick that bi**h to be your running mate, I’m outa here and she can be the first lady”. – - Michelle Obama

“Michelle is dumber than I thought” – - Hillary

Entelechy on May 11, 2008 at 3:08 PM

Shame. I’ve actually grown quite fond of Hillary. I haven’t warmed to McCain, but Obama is SCARY.

uptight on May 11, 2008 at 3:15 PM

I loved that bit by Amy Pohler. Most here agree that Obama should not pick Hillary for the Veep slot, for many different reasons. With that settled…who should he pick? Who could really help him change Washington? That person must not be a Washington insider, so that leaves out Congress.
He or she must also be a ‘maverick’, to offset McCain and whoever draws the short straw on the Republican side.
I have the ticket, please strongly consider:
Obama/Franken.
Al Franken is not a Washington insider, has supported the troops through many USO visits to Iraq, is nationally known
and revered by most Liberals.
Besides, Franken is the only well known Liberal who has less governmental experience than Obama. Think about it.

Doug on May 11, 2008 at 3:18 PM

Truth in a Liberal nutshell!

Umm,amazing a Clinton got Out-Clintoned, SWEET!

I’m not really sure Hillary had SNL to lose to
begin with.
Lets start with Bill,who fell asleep during MLK Day
in Church,then to the “Fairy Tale” comment,to
whinning about the race card that he claims was used
on him,a hum okay!

There’s way to much water under the bridge,and I think
Bill helped to take out the banks that supported their
bridge!

I’m sure there is a book in the making as to how much
damage Slick Willy actually did to Hillary’s campaign
and her chance at Commander-in-Chief!

canopfor on May 11, 2008 at 3:29 PM

Humor is always funniest when it has a ring of truth to it.

Seven Percent Solution on May 11, 2008 at 3:36 PM

Happy Mothers Day to All Women of Hot Air!

Beware a wounded,and still strong female animal.

Entelechy on May 11,2008 at 2:51PM.

Entelechy: I hope I say it right,H-LL has no fury than a
Republican women scorned!

To tell you the truth,I never thought this
Liberal nominee was going to be this nasty!

canopfor on May 11, 2008 at 3:41 PM

Let me get this straight: after we were dragged through the excrement of Reverend Wright referring to “whitey” in behalf of a religious movement that blames every evil of the perpetually oppressed on “whitey,” it’s not racist when the black voters of NC come out with an even greater majority than usual for Obama, but it is racist when the (mostly) white voters of WV show a similar dislike for Obama, and Hillary makes that valid point?

BTW, AP, Dean Barnett had an excellent response to your question about sympathy for the embattled Hillary. It it’s “ruthlessness” vs. waving the white flag of leftist hope, I’ll take the former any day.

Nichevo on May 11, 2008 at 3:42 PM

“Play the Gender Card and the Race Card at the same time”

…that was her plan all along. She got Obama his speaking spot at the 2004 Democrat Convention, helped make him into who he is, and he was to be her VP running mate…First Woman President, First Black Vice-President, the plan was perfect…until her protege decided to challenge her for the nomination. She unexpectedly got the race card played on her, and found the race card trumps the gender card.

Red Pill on May 11, 2008 at 3:49 PM

Knowing how Obama’s mind works, he will choose Hillary as to bridge the divide. To bring people together. (BARF!)

jencab on May 11, 2008 at 4:02 PM

This was one of the hardest-hitting pieces against any politician evah on SNL.

The Obama love in the MSM will be unbearable by November.

Valiant on May 11, 2008 at 4:06 PM

SNL really sucks.

jukin on May 11, 2008 at 4:07 PM

The Obama love in the MSM will be unbearable by November.
Valiant on May 11, 2008 at 4:06 PM

Oh, yeah. This will reek — but it’s obviously what McCain wants and, unless he’s got an ace up his sleeve, he’ll find himself reeling like Hillary come November.

Nichevo on May 11, 2008 at 4:15 PM

The Zohan trailer stole the show.

- The Cat

MirCat on May 11, 2008 at 4:25 PM

Wow! Mrs. CLinton looks really young,, oh wait,

gr8inferno on May 11, 2008 at 4:54 PM

OPERATION CHAOS…!!!!!!!!

A SUCCESS…!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

awesum on May 11, 2008 at 5:05 PM

Actually, I didn’t agree with any of that. It was mostly crap.

Jaibones on May 11, 2008 at 5:19 PM

LifeTrek on May 11, 2008 at 1:35 PM

I believe it would have looked different if so many of the early states actually had elections instead of caucuses.(people felt obligated to vote for Obama in a caucus situation because they felt that if they didn’t they would look like a racist)

(IMHO, a caucus is NOT democratic)

Chakra Hammer on May 11, 2008 at 5:30 PM

Obama won every single caucus except for Nevada(Clinton won it 51% to 45% over Obama).

Chakra Hammer on May 11, 2008 at 5:32 PM

Mitt Romney won the majority of the caucuses and couldn’t win in open elections..

Chakra Hammer on May 11, 2008 at 5:36 PM

The trailer to Adam Sandler’s new movie looks interesting you don’t mess with the zohan.

Dr Evil on May 11, 2008 at 5:37 PM

Is it too late for a do over? I mean could we pick new canidates for both parties? Wouldn’t that be nice, none of these people wouldn’t make it in the next go around

Dr Evil on May 11, 2008 at 5:38 PM

Is there no room to subtlety at all? You don’t have to make your characters say everything they feel! That makes me angry, very angry!

Typhonsentra on May 11, 2008 at 5:45 PM

I believe it would have looked different if so many of the early states actually had elections instead of caucuses.(people felt obligated to vote for Obama in a caucus situation because they felt that if they didn’t they would look like a racist)

(IMHO, a caucus is NOT democratic)

Chakra Hammer on May 11, 2008 at 5:30 PM

Yeah. It’s going to be scary to see how many voters will vote in November for Obama for the exact same reason though…because we have to prove that the US isn’t a terrible, racist country.

funky chicken on May 11, 2008 at 6:35 PM

But please, SNL and other lib “humor” outlets, please keep calling Hillary supporters racists and poor losers.

funky chicken on May 11, 2008 at 6:36 PM

Re: The Hillary Clinton sketches that have run on Saturday Night Live this year — Google “James Downey”, “SNL” and “Republican”. Some people may be surprised.

jon1979 on May 11, 2008 at 6:38 PM

Not so much…!

“Obama would be smart not to pick her.
SteveMG on May 11, 2008 at 1:53 PM

Stevo, that’s pretty much like Brit Hume’s weak palaver to the contrary on Fox News this morning…

BHO and HRC have engendered an awakening of young and new voters with enthusiasm and commitment that has never been witnessed before…

LETS RIDE…!

J_Gocht on May 11, 2008 at 6:39 PM

Hillary is the Pink Energizer Bunny, and should capitalize on selling trinkets and shirts before June. NBC had problems broadcasting in Central Texas last night. I see now we missed nothing good.

Speaking of entertainment, Iron Man gets thumbs up. But DO NOT RENT the new “Val Kilmer movie” DEAD MAN’S BOUNTY. Glad to have turned that off after the opening droned away idiotically last night. Was the script from Chekhof?

maverick muse on May 11, 2008 at 6:40 PM

I believe it would have looked different if so many of the early states actually had elections instead of caucuses.(people felt obligated to vote for Obama in a caucus situation because they felt that if they didn’t they would look like a racist)

(IMHO, a caucus is NOT democratic)

Chakra Hammer on May 11, 2008 at 5:30 PM

I agree completely on both points!
DKK

LifeTrek on May 11, 2008 at 6:52 PM

But please, SNL and other lib “humor” outlets, please keep calling Hillary supporters racists and poor losers.

funky chicken on May 11, 2008 at 6:36 PM

Now THOSE “racists” get to appreciate the raw end of their own party’s ire. You’d think they’d experience some sort of epiphany rather than buckle under–but an epiphany requires the very thing they are told they don’t have. Ethics. The low brow Democrat target audience guessed that ethics means giving in at all costs to be popular like everyone else. “It’s a good thing.” Ethics. Others may guess that ethics have to do with corn fuel. “It’s a good thing.” Ethics CHANGE to audacity.

maverick muse on May 11, 2008 at 6:54 PM

So now “in your cups” you’re going to analyze why one or the other Democrat, presumptive nominees won or lost?

Methinks…you should be more than concerned about St. Mc’s memory foibles…?

Where’s Holy Joe when Mc needs him?

Something along those lines?

J_Gocht on May 11, 2008 at 7:03 PM

He was in State # 57 campaigning for Obama.

Salamantis on May 11, 2008 at 9:08 PM

Putting on my male chauvinist wotsit hat, is it possible that Slick didn’t want the missus to win – so she wouldn’t equal him?

OldEnglish on May 11, 2008 at 9:36 PM

I do not support Hillary nor any of the things she stands for, nor do I support Obama.

However with that said – Obama is like her husband bill – he just wants his name engraved on the plaque – he is not a leader – he is not ambitious beyond the acquisition of the presidency.

I think Obama will do little harm because he cannot and will not lead.

Hillary, has the God Given right – paid for in the blood of those who have defended this country – to campaign where she wants, how she wants and to who she wants.

Agree or disagree with her and Obama is what separates us from the rest of the unfree world

Vote your choice but lets let the democrat lony lefties in the remaining states vote their choice as well

Grab some popcorn

EricPWJohnson on May 11, 2008 at 10:49 PM

BHO and HRC have engendered an awakening of young and new voters with enthusiasm and commitment that has never been witnessed before…

HRC has energized the young voters?

“Never been witnessed before”?

Are you auditioning to write for SNL?

SteveMG on May 11, 2008 at 11:27 PM

BHO and HRC have engendered an awakening of young and new voters with enthusiasm and commitment that has never been witnessed before

Just don’t put those voters together in the same room.

All hell will break loose.

And again, what’s with this “Never been witnessed before”?

Yeah, if all the witnesses were born in 2000.

SteveMG on May 11, 2008 at 11:30 PM

Think about it.

Doug on May 11, 2008 at 3:18 PM

Your advice is great. Follow it.

The Race Card on May 12, 2008 at 5:08 AM

If you could not watch this you just cannot handle the truth.

If you did and understood the implications you are part of what is right with U.S.

MSGTAS on May 12, 2008 at 9:35 AM

I took them a while to check the DNA in the red ‘ink’ that the super-dee-dooper delegates used to sign documents affirming their votes for Obama.
SNL is rarely funny anymore. (Not a news flash.)

Christine on May 12, 2008 at 2:23 PM