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Keep the Race Going, Says McAuliffe

By Perry Bacon Jr.
LOUISVILLE -- As the networks declared Hillary Clinton the winner of Kentucky by a wide margin, her campaign chairman said the meaning of the vote was clear: "Let's wait till the end of this process."

"Everyone had been declaring it over and she keeps winning," Terry McAuliffe said as several hundred supporters gathered at a hotel ballroom here chanting "Hillary! Hillary!"

Although many Clinton supporters are resigned to defeat, McAuliffe offered the same rationale for the continuing Clinton candidacy that the former first couple has in recent days: She can overtake Obama in the popular vote, she will finish only 100-150 delegates behind Obama among delegates and superdelegates should consider her superior standing in current polls in Ohio and Pennsylvania against Arizona Sen. John McCain.

(The popular vote claim relies on a number of controversial assumptions, including counting votes in Michigan and Florida, where neither candidate campaigned. Obama's name was not on the Michigan ballot.)

"The superdelegates have to look at all of this," McAuliffe said.

To bolster her case, Clinton will push her argument about counting the results of primaries in Florida on Wednesday, making stops in Boca Raton, Sunrise and Coral Gables, as well as attending a fundraiser.

With only three primaries left, Clinton's trip to Florida sets up another important day in the campaign, May 31, when the Democratic National Committee's Rules and Bylaws Committee will consider proposals to seat the delegates from Florida and Michigan. Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.), a Clinton backer, said she would personally attend the hearing to press the case for seating her state's delegates.

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Hillary's still in it 'cause she knows she's gonna pull a "Vince Foster" (wink, wink-nudge,nudge) on Obama and get the nomination by default. Why else would she stay in a losing race if she didn't have that up her pantsuit sleeve?

Either that, or she'll accept the VP nomination and THEN pull a "Vince Foster". She can't lose (in her own mind, that is).

Posted by: Jarro | May 22, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

A "do-over" would be for the people in the two states...not any particular candidate, as I see it. The "punishment" for the two states getting ahead of themselves would simply be that they are last in line---period; and not first like they wanted to be. A new election would clear it all up:
#1 The two states are "punished" by being last, #2 the voters get to vote and be counted, and #3 a clear winner would surely emerge, and #4 states in the future would know they, too, would be dealt with the same. That seems a better idea, to me, than to let superdelegates decide. That's brokering, for sure.

Posted by: Pelaton | May 21, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

A "do-over" would be for the people in the two states...not any particular candidate, as I see it. The "punishment" for the two states getting ahead of themselves would simply be that they are last in line---period; and not first like they wanted to be. A new election would clear it all up:
#1 The two states are "punished" by being last, #2 the voters get to vote and be counted, and #3 a clear winner would surely emerge, and #4 states in the future would know they, too, would be dealt with the same. That seems a better idea, to me, than to let superdelegates decide. That's brokering, for sure.

Posted by: Pelaton | May 21, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

I think Aussie2020 is really Hillary Clinton writing in.

Posted by: Big BOB | May 21, 2008 7:01 AM | Report abuse

Obama followed the rules by taking his name off the ballot in Michigan. Clinton disobeyed the rules by hving her name on the ballot. Now clinton wants to count the vote she got by breaking the rules froma state that broke the rules.
Is that the only way she knows how to win--Go figure.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 21, 2008 6:53 AM | Report abuse

History appears to be being made:

Kevin Schmidt wrote: Never in the Democratic Party history have the superdelegates voted against the will of the people. I don't expect it to happen this year either.


IF THAT IS TRUE, the THEY SHOULD BE VOTING FOR HILLARY WHO IS NOW AHEAD!! in the TOTAL POPULAR VOTE by approximately 200,000 votes. This is the real reason why Obama, Howard Dean, John Edwards, the DNC Insiders and the Super Delegates wanted Hillary out before today. As of TODAY, May 21, 2008, Hillary R. Clinton in NOW approximately
200,000 VOTES ahead of Obama as certified by ALL STATES which have not HELD PRIMARIES (INCLUDING THE NUMBERS REPORTED AND CERTIFIED BY MICHIGAN AND FLORIDA). These are the numbers being reported in Australia, the European Union, Russia, Cuba, Venezuela,...

The Cuban and Venezuelan people thought the Republican Party was bad, but now they see that they are nothing compared to Howard Dean, John Edwards, Obama, the DNC Insiders and the Super Delegates. To DENY THE WILL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, as Howard Dean, John Edwards, Obama, the DNC Insiders and the Super Delegates is doing, is AGAINST THE UNITED NATIONS Rules for counting all votes. But then the DNC Insiders control the Democratic party in the USA, Hitler and his Nazi Insiders did their party in Germany. America is at a turning point in its History. Will it let Howard Dean, John Edwards, Obama, the DNC Insiders and the Super Delegates GO AGAINST THE POPULAR VOTE, Against All Democratic Principles, One man or woman and one vote? Hopefully not.

Hillary R. Clinton is now ahead by approximately 200,000 votes in the popular vote. Let us see how the last three primaries go and see if SHE KEEPS HER LEAD in the Total Popular Vote. If she does, she clearly has my vote and DESERVES to the Democratic Party's Candidate/Nominee for President. The Popular Vote of all Americans who have voted should be the way to choose. Any other methods is Anti-American and Anti-Democracy and should not be recognized by the United Nations, the European Union, Russia, China, Venezuela, Cuba, South Korea, Japan, Australia and of course,
the AMERICAN PEOPLE (including those in Michigan and Florida who cast their votes, and have a right to have them be counted).


The Democratic Party Presidential Nomination does indeed NOT go to Barack Obama. The presumptiveness is at an end! Obama HAS LOST HIS LEAD in the FOURTH QUARTER to Hillary. Hillary overtook him Today!! Yes, the combined total votes today for Hillary over Obama, has PUT HILLARY IN THE DRIVER'S SEAT. She is now in the lead. Hillary is now approximately 200,000 votes AHEAD of Obama,

Now only need to let the people of Puerto Rico, Montana and South Dakota to vote. Who would have ever THOUGHT that it would be the PEOPLE/VOTERS of Puerto Rico, Montana and South Dakota if Hillary R. Clinton would be the FIRST WOMAN to win the POPULAR VOTE in the Democratic Parties Primaries. This has NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE, and it is the REASON WHY HILLARY MUST CONTINUE TO THE END.

When all the votes are counted, and HILLARY Clinton is STILL AHEAD, The DNC Insiders, Howard Dean, Obama, John Edwards and the Super Delegates will have a lot of explaining to do when they (and NOT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE) choose the second place person for the DNC nomination. Clearly this will be the LOWEST POINT IN THE HISTORY OF DEMOCRACY in the USA!!

Hillary R. Clinton is AHEAD By approximately 200,000 votes with Puerto Rico, Montana and South yet to vote!

Posted by: Aussie2020 | May 21, 2008 12:57 AM | Report abuse

Hillary is AHEAD By approximately 200,000 votes in the popular vote, certified by the MICHIGAN AND FLORIDA DEMOCRATIC PARTIES. The American People count these votes as does the United Nations, the European Union, Russia (V. Putin has congratulated
Hillary Clinton on her win today and close loss to Obama. Hillary still leads in the total popular vote as being reported in almost every other country EXCEPT surprisingly the USA????
Why have not the NY Times, LA Times, USA Times,
Washington Post, ... kept a running total of the popular vote as CERTIFIED BY EACH STATE. Strange how the DNC is more powerful than even the Federal Government. Report the total as submitted to the New Agencies in the Whole World. Only in the USA are the numbers from both Michigan and Florida not being counted. Very very strange, the so-called
American way to count votes from each State. The DNC Insiders must own a lot of shares (controlling interest) in all of the USA Major Newpapers NOT TO BE REPORTING THE NEWS. This kind of Censorship is much worse than in Modern Day Russia, Cuba, Venezuela, ... What has out Democracy become, when One small part of one party, the DNC Insiders, Howard Dean, ... has control OVER ALL OF THE MAJOR NEWSPAPER. Sad, really sad. One, if not the lowest point, in the History of OUR ONCE great country.

Hillary R. Clinton is Ahead in the total Popular vote of all states which have voted to date and have reported their results. So when you count all of the votes, Hillary is AHEAD, not behind.
Hillary is Ahead by approximately
200,000 VOTES!!

What is there left to keep going? The race is over. Obama has the majority of pledged delegates, so it is literally impossible for Clintoon to win that metric.

Plus, never in the Democratic Party history have the superdelegates voted against the will of the people. I don't expect it to happen this year either.

The Democratic Party Presidential Nomination does indeed go to Barack Obama. The presumptiveness is at an end!

Posted by: Kevin Schmidt | May 20, 2008 11:12 PM

Posted by: Aussie2020 | May 21, 2008 12:29 AM | Report abuse

Hillary is now approximately 200,000 votes ahead of the Obama in the total popular vote counting all votes who voted FOR people (no non committed being allocated to someone, since both Edwards and Obama took their names off the ballot in Michigan, Edwards would have surely gotten some votes, but He and Obama chose to take their names off the ballot, as the Sunni Muslims did in Iraq!! The Sunni Muslims also tried to highjack Democracy in Iraq, like John Edwards, Obama, Howard Dean, the DNC Insiders and the Super Delegates are now trying to do). Hillary is ahead when all of the votes are counted, and people LIKE US (The American People) COUNT THEM ALL, like they will ALL be counted in November. So the Natural Candidate/Nominee for the Democratic Party is Hillary R. Clinton. But give Obama a chance to catch up in the last primaries. Noone in the Clinton camp is asking him to resign yet.

Just let everyone vote and COUNT ALL OF THE VOTES> Then see who has come out on Top. As it is now,
Hillary is AHEAD BY APPROXIMATELY 200,000 votes!!

Posted by: Aussie2020 | May 21, 2008 12:19 AM | Report abuse

Michigan:
Clinton 328,151 55 percent
Obama 0 0 percent
Kucinich 21,708 4 percent
Dodd 3,853 1 percent
Uncommitted 237,762 40 percent (to split based on proportion to Clinton, Kucnich and Dodd!!). Obama
took his name off the ballot, so it is impossible to
allocate votes and delegates to him. This was his choice, as it was by the Sunni Muslims in the vote in Iraq. Noone forced him. Unless Obama is going to claim that John Edwards, Howard Dean, the DNC Insiders and the Super Delegates FORCED HIM TO. And if he is forced to do things due to pressure by the Howard Dean, John Edwards, the DNC Insiders and the Super Delegates, is he the man/candidate we want? I think not.

Now on to Florida:
Clinton 856,944 50 -
Obama 568,930 33 -
Edwards 248,575 14 -
Biden 15,426 1 -
Richardson 14,782 1 -
Kucinich 9,535 1 -
Dodd 5,402 0 -

So Hillary gets 857,000 - 569,000 = 288,000 votes
in Florida, plus the 328,000 in Michigan, which is
606,000 more popular votes in Michigan and Florida to add, and today in Kentucky,
Clinton 459,000 65 percent
Obama 210,000 30 precent

So 249,000 + 606,000 = 855,0000 more popular votes. Now in Oregon
Obama 229,000 57 percent
Clinton 171,000 43 percent
so Obama gets 58,000 more, so
Now add 797,000 votes to Hillary total in the popular vote BEING reported and what do we get?
Popular Vote Total Obama 16,548,306 WO MI/FL
Popular Vote Total Clinton 16,142,997 WO MI/FL

Now with the difference won by Clinton
15,748,997 Clinton
15,548,306 Obama

So Hillary is 200,000 votes on Top.

The leader in the POPULAR VOTE is Hillary!!
Yes, Obama, the DNC, Howard Dean, John Edwards,
and surprisingly even the Washington Post
cannot do simple Maths.

So Hillary R. Clinton has now passed Obama
in the Popular Vote and leads by approximately
200,000 votes. This lead can increase, and if it
gets close to 500,000 by the end of the Primaries which it may, then the DNC Insiders, Super Delegates and Howard Dean will have a lot of explaining HOW On Earth, did the Popular Vote winner (and leader), Hillary R. Clinton
Not get the Nomination.

Strange how both the NY Times and Washington Post are NOT REPORTING the Total Popular Vote Count including Michigan and Florida. They both appear to be Propaganda Blatts for the DNC. Sad really sad. And I use to have some respect for both News Papers. But no more!!

So in summary, Hillary is ahead in the popular vote by approximately 200,000 votes when they are all counted. And we not not count Uncommitted for a Candidate who took his name off the ballot, just like they did not count uncommitted for a specific person in IRAQ, France, the UK, Australia, ...
So why should they be allocated for a person who voluntarily took his name off the ballot!! They should not and that is why Obama, the DNC Insiders, the Super Delegates and John Edwards are trying to PULL the WOOL over the Eyes of the American People. But we are not so easily deceived and hoodwinked.

Hilllary R. Clinton the American People's Choice.

Posted by: Aussie2020 | May 21, 2008 12:12 AM | Report abuse

HRC lost in February. Her personal wealth can deny that fact for a bit, but she knows it fully.

Posted by: shelost | May 20, 2008 11:29 PM | Report abuse

What is there left to keep going? The race is over. Obama has the majority of pledged delegates, so it is literally impossible for Clintoon to win that metric.

Plus, never in the Democratic Party history have the superdelegates voted against the will of the people. I don't expect it to happen this year either.

The Democratic Party Presidential Nomination does indeed go to Barack Obama. The presumptiveness is at an end!

Posted by: Kevin Schmidt | May 20, 2008 11:12 PM | Report abuse

If Obama loses to McCain in November, do her supporters actually believe the Dem party would back her in 2012?! She is one of the most divisive politicians in existence, and the party needs to move past this. Thhe reality is that her unfavorable ratings are much higher than Obama or McCain, and independents will not vote for her in high numbers. But, if she suceeds in continuing to divide the party, and there is not sufficient unity in November, you can be sure of only one thing...Warner 2012.

Posted by: Warner 2012 | May 20, 2008 10:53 PM | Report abuse

This is like hitting a three point shot after the buzzer and claiming it means something. Is there anyone in the party machinery not associated with the Clinton campaign who thinks she should still be hanging around?

Posted by: Sara B | May 20, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

A vote for Obama is anothe vote for McCain in the long run. Look at the exit polls....many will switch to McCain as their candidate if she is not running. Another Democratic fiasco. No wonder the Repugs have been in office eight years!

Posted by: buzzsaw | May 20, 2008 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Defeat Barack Obama even in all Blue state

Posted by: Anonymous | May 20, 2008 10:41 PM | Report abuse

She is Simplee Awsume!!!

Posted by: InATranseinKentucky | May 20, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand how Clintonistas don't get it: the Clintons had what was supposed to be the best Democratic brand in the country. They had what was supposed to be the best organization in the country for drumming up votes and money. They were supposed to be unbeatable, prohibitive favorite. Now, the brand is associated with dumb and possibly racist statements. That great machine has not delivered sufficient votes to maintain a lead, and the campaign is deep in the red. This is what you consider electable?
November is going to be tired, creaky old John McCain against young, vibrant, energetic Barack Obama. And if you notice, Obama is well ahead in terms of cash.

Posted by: So What? | May 20, 2008 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Vote for McCain/Huckabee 2008

Posted by: Anonymous | May 20, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Stay in and beat the chimp

Posted by: Tommy | May 20, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Stay in and beat the chimp!

Posted by: Tom3 | May 20, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Obama sure will lose in November.

No one doubts it. SO DNC - do whatever you want - you court disaster after disaster every four years - anyway.

Posted by: Jkan | May 20, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

She keeps on winning...and they keep wanting her to drop out.

What kind of double think is this?

The Democratic Party has overplayed its hand!

Go for it, Hillary!

Hillary speaks for me.

Posted by: Lesley | May 20, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Senator Hillary Clinton has made another case for continuing the long primary battle, this time noting that she deserved the nomination because the states she had won represented higher Scrabble word scores than the states won by Senator Obama. Noting that Kentucky contained both two valuable 'K' letters and the 4-point 'Y', she pointed out that the win there will cement her win under Scrabble rules. Clinton supporters, hoping the Scrabble rules will be adopted by the Democratic Committee in the coming weeks, made a strong case. The Senator from New York has won not only 20-point Pennsylvania, but more importantly, the 23-point states of New Mexico and New Jersey. There is some controversy over Texas, which contains the coveted 'X', due to the fact that Clinton won the popular vote while Senator Obama won the caucuses there. If Scrabble rules are adopted, this could spell trouble for Senator Obama, as his easy win in Virginia will be immediately negated by the higher scoring West Virginia. There are some rumors that the Scrabble rules supporters will be out in force in coming weeks to demand the DNC consider re-evaluating it's primary weighting system.

Posted by: Yep, Clinton should win | May 20, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

JakeD writes: "I've got a bloody rash that began in my anus and is now spreading down my thighs. It burns and itches at the same time. When I scratch it, that's when the puss drips and causes even MORE irritation and spreads this dang thing... Anyone know what this could be?"

My first guess would be that it's because you seem to have your head shoved up your ass.

Posted by: TomC | May 20, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

There are some real idiots posting out here. I was hoping to read some substantive comments, but no go.

Posted by: Spam Handwich | May 20, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

"it is a little known fact that superdelegates can vote any way they choose and Clinton has their unspoken loyalty by a strong margin.???"
WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN??? How the superdelegates can vote has been known all year. Also Obama has 30 more SDs than Hillary with more to come. She squandered a 100 SD lead and several of hers have switched to him while the converse is not true.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 20, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Ah, all you Nobama fans can feel it starting to slip away. Only the Democratic party could screw up such a sure thing. And you will do what you always do, blame the Republicans for your ineptitude. Again, thanks for bringing the most beatable candidate (Obama)to the big dance.

Posted by: Mark | May 20, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Do you think it could be from sharing "Toys" with people?

Posted by: JakeD | May 20, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

I've got a bloody rash that began in my anus and is now spreading down my thighs.

It burns and itches at the same time. When I scratch it, that's when the puss drips and causes even MORE irritation and spreads this dang thing...

Anyone know what this could be?

Posted by: JakeD | May 20, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

It just boggles the mind knowing their are people out there willing to throw their votes way by voting Libertarian. Those Libertarians are partly responsible for allowing *who we now have* in the White House. Thanks a lot~NOT! This is no time for games or temper tantrums. Too much is at stake. I am praying for all of us. Our country is in deep trouble. VOTE FOR HILLARY CLINTON!

Posted by: Sherry | May 20, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Lost in all those facts and figures about KY in your post Jake is another interesting figure: 21% of the voters, almost a quarter, 2 out of 10 voters, told pollsters that RACE was an important factor to them in the primary, these people overwhelming voted for the WHITE candidate, Mrs. Clinton.

I understand that Mrs Clinton is a skillful politican with an appealing neo-populist message, but the only conclusion that a rational person can come to is that many of the Votes cast tonight were against Barack Obama and Not for Mrs. Clinton. I believe that ANY white opponent who had been up against the bi-racial Obama would have pulled equally as huge numbers, sadly, I think that this says far more about the voters in these States then it does about Clinton's popularity or her potential to win the General.

Let the Clintonistas spin the numbers, cook the books as far as the popular vote number gets counted, but when it comes to bumpersticker slogans such as "no President has won without (insert WV or KY)" it is certainly no predictor of how Mrs. clinton would fare in the General against the Conservative Candidate McCain since these States have voted Republican in the last two elections, which seems to be a pillar of Mrs. Clinton's argument for herself as being "more electable' in the Fall. Again, my almost entirely white State went heavily for Obama, then again, we also have a high number of high school Graduates here.

Posted by: Hold_That_Tiger | May 20, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Hillary Clinton has 36 years of political experience. She understands the plight of American middle class. She is the one who can beat McCain for sure. Hillary has always been willing to listen to Americans and our needs. The wrong vote in this election will further damage our already hurting U.S.A. A vote for Hillary will get us out of this mess we are in.

Posted by: Sherry | May 20, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone factored in the cross-over ditto-head vote for Karl Rove's favorite candidate?

Posted by: braultrl | May 20, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

If the superdelegates give the Democratic nomination to Clinton, I'll vote Libertarian.

Posted by: oldhonky | May 20, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Male are you going to Vote for her in 2012

Posted by: Anonymous | May 20, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Male:

What do you think she's going to say when OBAMA loses to McCain?

Posted by: JakeD | May 20, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Sorry man haters. She lost. I hate to break it to you, to her, to Bill, you lost. Obama is the DNC of tomorrow. HRC is the politics of the past.
Division.
White vs. Black
Young vs. Old
Red vs. Blue
Who is more polarizing that HRC?
Noone.
That's why we cannot allow her to run.
If she does run, it will cost us the presidency and the future of the party itself.
For once a Clinton needs to think of someone other than themselves.
Save some face.
Save some grace.
Bow out, you are done.

Posted by: Male | May 20, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

If McCain makes it close here in California, we will indeed vote for him, regardless of who his running mate is.

Posted by: JakeD | May 20, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Please Vote for McCain/Huckabee 2008

Posted by: Anonymous | May 20, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Sorry Hillary, no do overs. You F**k up.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 20, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Hillary ignored the caucuses states and is now paying the price. She has no one to blame but herself

+++++++++
bama has won zero big state primaries except for his home state of Illinios.

If he had run in Florida, Hillary would have trounced him. In Michigan, maybe a tie, or she would have won by a bit.

Obama only wins caucuses because his people flock and ballot stuff. He has yet to be able to show that he can decisively win in a primary which is more like the general election.
Posted by: John Bailo | May 20, 2008 8:58 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | May 20, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

(CNN) -- Sen. Hillary Clinton on Tuesday thanked her supporters for handing her a victory in Kentucky "even in the face of some pretty tough odds."

Sen. Hillary Clinton celebrates her win with supporters in Louisville, Kentucky.

With 90 percent of precincts reporting, Clinton was leading Sen. Barack Obama by 35 percentage points.

Her landslide victory comes as Obama is poised to take a majority of the pledged delegates after votes are tallied in Oregon.

"Tonight we have achieved an important victory," Clinton said in Louisville.

"It's not just Kentucky bluegrass that's music to my ears. It's the sound of your overwhelming vote of confidence even in the face of some pretty tough odds."

Watch Clinton vow to keep going »

Clinton beat Obama across all age groups, income groups and education levels in Kentucky.

Eighty-nine percent of Tuesday's voters in Kentucky were white, according to the exit polls. Among them, Clinton won 72-22 percent. Nine percent of the voters were African-American and they overwhelmingly broke for Obama, 87-7 percent.

The exit polls from Kentucky also suggest a deep division among Democrats. Watch how Clinton's win could affect the race »

Two-thirds of Clinton's supporters there said they would vote Republican or not vote at all rather than for Obama, according to the polls.

Forty-one percent of Clinton supporters said they'd cast their vote for John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, and 23 percent said they would not vote at all.

Just 33 percent said they would back Obama in the general election, according to the polls.

Those numbers are even worse for Obama than in West Virginia one week ago, where 36 percent of Clinton voters said they would back him in the fall.

A majority of Democrats in both states think Obama will be the party's nominee, according to exit polls.

Obama's campaign sees the two contests as a milestone in the protracted fight with Clinton, who continues to campaign hard.

"This is a very important threshold today, having the majority of pledged delegates. ... We're excited about it, but it doesn't mean it's the end," said Tom Daschle, former Senate majority leader and Obama's campaign co-chairman.

Posted by: JakeD | May 20, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget the history of Seward; he had a cannon, a parade and a party ready because he ASSUMED he was the winner...don't assume in this race; the race is NOT over...let the voters decide NOT the PRESS.
It's still very close. WHy does she have to QUIT for him to win? Let the winner be voted in...Keep going Senator Clinton.

Posted by: DrLizHulsizer | May 20, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

It's interesting that in this, the first time a woman candidate is a serious contender for the presidency, the reason/intuition divide should show itself so clearly.

REASON states that Barack Obama has, according to the rules of the DNC, the most delegates. Many people would agree that many of these rules are unfair, sometimes in favor of one candidate, sometimes in favor of the other. But the rules are the rules, say many, and by God we're not going to bend them to accommodate anyone. BHO has the math on his side.

INTUITION shows that Hillary Clinton is the superior Democratic candidate. She performs better in traditionally Democratic strongholds, she has won the "big states" and she is undoubtedly the superior candidate against McCain: tough and knowledgeable in matters of national security, and centrist enough to appeal to crossover voters.

It's a shame that the DNC is not going to give this nomination to her because of some fatuous display of devotion to the rules of fair play and decency. I submit that matters would be very different if the performances by the two candidates were identical, but reversed.

Posted by: VegetablesPlease | May 20, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Go Hillary. Count the votes in Florida and Michigan or Vote for McCain/Huckabee 2008

Posted by: Anonymous | May 20, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Obama has won zero big state primaries except for his home state of Illinios.

If he had run in Florida, Hillary would have trounced him. In Michigan, maybe a tie, or she would have won by a bit.

Obama only wins caucuses because his people flock and ballot stuff. He has yet to be able to show that he can decisively win in a primary which is more like the general election.

Posted by: John Bailo | May 20, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

he-he....

it is a little known fact that superdelegates can vote any way they choose and Clinton has their unspoken loyalty by a strong margin. So....surprise! get ready for one after they vote at the convention and the winner is not who you expected or who the media has been telling you it will be. Well after all...the media HAS been failing us for a while now!

This is going to really shock the Obama supporters that have been so misled by the media about how much freedom a super delegate has when they vote.

Posted by: lil | May 20, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

How long do we have to endure this wretched person? Why in the name of decency can't she just leave us alone? She's finished. It's over. She shows every sign of departing this race with as little class as her husband did the White House, although as sleaze goes, that would be impossible to top. I would be so nice if we never heard of either of them again.

Posted by: Edward | May 20, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Go Hillary! We are behind you all the way. Count the votes in Florida and Michigan. We need them in November.

Posted by: Monique from NC | May 20, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

The longer she stays in the better. In January no one in Florida even knew who Obama was. Tomorrow he sells out the Forum, while Hillary is said to be visiting close friends in Sarasota. That's progress, now everyone in Florida knows both of them and apparently Obama has become the favorite.

Posted by: Will | May 20, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Keep it up Hillary for 2012 . Landside for Republician in 2008.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 20, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Clinton's campaign has been disfunctional from the beginning, with turnovers in personel and strategies. She has had experience in campaigning.
If she cannot manage her own campaign, how can she manage the United States government?
More importantly, given the lack of class involved in the last days of the Clinton presidency (pardons through her brothers, etc) how can we expect her to withdraw with any class?

Posted by: Harvey Clapp | May 20, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Well Obama won most state which be RED in November by help of Republician Vote.
Go McCain/Huckabee 2008.
Thankyou Obama

Posted by: gurya | May 20, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Senator Clinton says she that she is ready to defeat Senator McCain in swing states. One problem: she didn't get enough votes and she doesn't have enough delegates. Now that's a little inconvenient, no? Terry McAuliffe is reminding me of Baghdad Bob.

Posted by: Chuck | May 20, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

RealChoices:

You mean NEW METRICS like "a majority of the pledged delegates" since everyone knows it's a majority of pledged and SUPER delegates that decide the nomination?

Posted by: JakeD | May 20, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Right, otherwise sleazeballs like McAuliffe would have to get a real job. Who cares about Kentucky, it will vote Republican in the fall. Hillary's win there doesn't mean much. This "we won the popular vote" is such BS, they have invent a new metric every day to pretend their campaign is still viable.

Posted by: RealChoices | May 20, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

I guess his checks are still clearing.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 20, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

HANG IN THERE, HILLARY DIANE CLINTON!!!

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