Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Trouble in the land of Hope?

Item One:
After a brief bout of Obamamania, some Capitol Hill Democrats have begun to complain privately that Barack Obama's presidential campaign is insular, uncooperative and inattentive to their hopes for a broad Democratic victory in November. "They think they know what's right and everyone else is wrong on everything," groused one senior Senate Democratic aide. "They are kind of insufferable at this point."
Item Two:
[T]here are Clinton supporters clinging to the hope that if her name is placed in nomination and the roll call of the states is conducted, she might -- might -- still win.
Heidi Li Feldman, a Georgetown University law professor, insists
there's still "no way of predicting" the outcome should there be a fair vote.
That's because Obama has not secured enough pledged delegates to ensure the
magic number of 2,118 needed to claim victory
; the Illinois senator has
gone past that benchmark only with the pledges of about 390 superdelegates — and
they can change their minds at any time up to the moment they cast their ballots.
Item Three:
Big news folks -- it looks like our efforts in contacting those Superdelegates are starting to pay off. . . . There are unconfirmed reports, based on phone banking efforts to reach out to Super Ds, that eight previously Obama SDs expressed that, given the opportunity, they would vote for Hillary at the convention.
Never mind those mere Democrats in America, though -- Obama's gearing up for his Grand Tour of Europe! Say, how many superdelegates does France get?

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