How many tea leaves do you want? We’ve got (a) the Times reporting that she’s “come to terms” with reality; (b) Politico claiming she’s laying off her advance people, which is not something you’ll find Team Obama doing, needless to say; (c) Marc Ambinder noting that staffers and advisors are making vacation plans and being urged to turn in any outstanding receipts by the end of the week; (d) Newsday alleging that she and BJ are going to “huddle” with their top people tomorrow at home in Chappaqua for a potentially “momentous” decision; (e) the grand finale tomorrow night at Baruch College in NYC, which Ben Smith says top donors are being invited to attend; and (f) Terry McAuliffe waving around liquor bottles on air at MSNBC.
And now this.
I’m not saying I’ll be misty-eyed tomorrow night if the Reaper comes. But I’m not saying I won’t be either.
Bill Clinton acknowledged Monday that today may be his last campaigning for his wife.
“I want to say also, that this may be the last day I’m ever involved in a campaign of this kind,” the former president said at a town hall at the Milbank Visitor Center…
“I thought I was out of politics, ’til Hillary decided to run,” he said. “But it has been, one of the greatest honors of my life to go around and campaign for her for president.”
Just in case they need an extra nudge towards the exit, CNN claims Obama’s secret stash of superdelegates includes “most” of the remaining 17 undeclared Democratic senators and that they’re planning to endorse him publicly by the end of the week. Exit question one: Big sexism speech tomorrow night to go out with a bang, maybe? And exit question two, the one I prayed I’d never have to ask: Do we really not have Hillary Clinton to kick around anymore?
Update: No concession tomorrow night, senior aides tell Ambinder.
Obama and Clinton spoke Sunday night and agreed that their staffs should begin negotiations over post-primary activities. In addition to help raising money to pay off some $20 million-plus in debts, Clinton is known to want Obama to help out black officials who endorsed her and are now taking constituent heat, including, in some cases, primary challenges from pro-Obama politicians.
“This has never happened before,” one donor said, referring to the personalized request by email to attend the event in New York Tuesday night.
Update: Obama needs 46 delegates to clinch by CNN’s count. He’ll pick up 15 or so from Montana and South Dakota tomorrow night. If the CNN report about the senate and this NBC report about the House are correct, he’ll pick up the rest from congressional superdelegates tomorrow afternoon and likely proclaim himself presumptive nominee tomorrow night.