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By Chris Cillizza
Sen. Barack Obama has effectively secured the Democratic nomination for president, according to several television networks and the Associated Press -- an historic achievement that for the first time will place an African American at the top of a major political party's ticket.

Obama's apparent nomination victory came even as Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton scored a come-from-behind victory in South Dakota, a state where Obama was expected to win relatively easily a few weeks ago. South Dakota and Montana, which allocate a total of 31 delegates, brought the 2008 Democratic primary process to a close after five months of voting.

The victory in South Dakota, while gratifying for Clinton, makes no difference as Obama has already crested the magic number of delegates needed to claim the party's nomination.

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By Web Politics Editor  |  June 3, 2008; 9:54 PM ET
 
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To anybody who heard or read the news article in the (London?) Times that Bob Dylan came out with a "ringing endorsement" of Barack Obama, let it be known that he apparently did NOTHING OF THE SORT. he gave an interview intended to discuss his drawings and other artwork, and at the end the interviewer asked him one question on his view of the US political campaign. If you read the interview, or even the quote, closely, all he really did was mention Obama's name!

http://www.nme.com/news/bob-dylan/37146

Dylan has never in 40 years endorsed a candidate or expressed a preference in an election. The only one I'm aware of is the one in his recent book where he says his favorite politician was Barry Goldwater!
Although it's quite possible he'd do it now for the first time (he's done the unexpected many times before), there is only one source for this story, an edited transcript of an interview devoted to something else. So far there's no independent evidence for this interview.

And, if one believes he wasn't sincere or was joking in his remark about Goldwater, then why believe he'd be sincere in a remark about Obama?

If you want to read a real endorsement of Obama by a singer, compare Dylan's with the one by Joan Baez last February:

http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2008/02/04/6833/

the differences should be palpable.

Posted by: JBL | June 9, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Obama is NOT AFRICAN AMERICAN, HE'S A MUSLIM. GET IT THROUGH UR THICK HEADS, IGNORANT PEOPLE.

HE IS NOT BLACK, HIS DAD IS MUSLIM AND HIS MOM IS AN ATHEIST. WTF

Posted by: Blair | June 5, 2008 1:58 AM | Report abuse

The question is simply, DO YOU WANT CHANGE or MORE OF THE SAME???? If it's MORE OF THE SAME then your choice is J McCAIN'T.

Posted by: wilbur | June 4, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

i'm in my 60s & never voted for a Republican. This year i'll vote Republican. The Democrats tried Gore, then Kerry, now Obama & have lost all or soon will. Someone should throw Howard Dean out of the Democratic party, he's destroyed it.

Posted by: EXdemocrat | June 4, 2008 3:50 AM

Try again. No Democrat says Al Gore lost the 2000 election. He won the popular vote and--much more importantly--the popular vote in FL which gave Gore the Electoral College.

You can tie that to what happened in MI and FL this year in the Nomination process--but IT ISN'T EVEN CLOSE since Al Gore never SIGNED a pledge that his GE votes wouldn't count. It's obvious that you're a Republican anyway. So Frig off.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 4, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

As a Brit, I find it hilarious that McCain is picking up votes for taking part in a highly volatile war, and becoming a POW.

If this is the only qualification you need,
Posted by: Paul Kerton | June 4, 2008 10:03 AM

As a Democrat, I see many valid reasons to criticize McCain--but this isn't one of them. What he went through--every day--for 5 1/2 years makes me nauseous every time I think of it. And it is NOT his only qualification--He's been in politics for 25 years. There are plenty of things in that long record you can criticize if you want, but don't minimize the fact that he is a true American hero.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 4, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

BHO is too polarizing, he is equally hated as much as he is loved.

Posted by: 09 | June 4, 2008 10:18 AM

Nearly 50% of the American people would never cast a vote for Hillary Clinton under any circumstances--that was the EXACT poll question. Over 60% consider her dishonest and untrustworthy. Obama's negatives aren't even close.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 4, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations to the people, our big brother down south. May you look forward to some well deserved peace and respect by the world. May your God Bless you all.

Posted by: justadad55+ | June 4, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

"Obama's campaign won. Clinton's campaign lost. The loser acknowledges the winner and moves on. Isn't that what Edwards, Romney and Huckabee did. Hillary Clinton's sore loser approach last night was a frightening thing to see. Over this primary I slowly lost respect for Hillary Clinton and now I have none."

18 million voters disagree with you.

She should run as an independent candidate, she is more viable in the general election.

BHO is too polarizing, he is equally hated as much as he is loved.

Posted by: 09 | June 4, 2008 10:18 AM | Report abuse

As a Brit, I find it hilarious that McCain is picking up votes for taking part in a highly volatile war, and becoming a POW.

If this is the only qualification you need, I'm looking forward to seeing all the innocent and illegally locked up American citizen prisoners in Guantanmo Bay take turns to run your country.

Posted by: Paul Kerton | June 4, 2008 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Obama's campaign won. Clinton's campaign lost. The loser acknowledges the winner and moves on. Isn't that what Edwards, Romney and Huckabee did. Hillary Clinton's sore loser approach last night was a frightening thing to see. Over this primary I slowly lost respect for Hillary Clinton and now I have none.

Posted by: claire | June 4, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Of all the People and things O'Bomba's Bus has run over, Howling Dean, should have been the FIRST!

Between now and November, the exposure of Teddy, Kerry, Nancy, Harry, Daschle, and even Soros, HIDING in what was believed to be an "Empty Suit", WILL come to light!

Not a SINGLE ONE of them would be accepted as President, but somehow "All of the Above" DOES?

LOL! :-D

Bring them ON! ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | June 4, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

i'm in my 60s & never voted for a Republican. This year i'll vote Republican. The Democrats tried Gore, then Kerry, now Obama & have lost all or soon will. Someone should throw Howard Dean out of the Democratic party, he's destroyed it.

Posted by: EXdemocrat | June 4, 2008 3:50 AM | Report abuse

Paul: I guess the difference is we don't have to dig very far to find the dirt on the Republicans :)

Posted by: chichi | June 4, 2008 1:02 AM | Report abuse


All I can say is "WOW"! It is time for us to stand up and believe in something real.... not a bunch of biased based comments, assumptions, criticisms, etc. As we all have learned through the years, they are all politicians! Let's move past all that and support something real... None of us live a perfect life, nor are we a perfect "race". Let's show the rest of the world that we are a class act shall we? Let's quit acting on bias, prejudice, rumor, ok? I want to be proud to be an American. I am definitely not telling you who to vote for... just asking that you vote based on the issues not the race, sex, social status, financial status, religion, etc. of the candidate.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 4, 2008 12:58 AM | Report abuse

Re: Maximegalon

Thank you for posting such an excellent piece and for sharing your reflection.

Posted by: Susie | June 4, 2008 12:46 AM | Report abuse

Unfortunately it seems that everyone is caught up in Political rhetoric. The problem with conversing in rhetoric is that the underlying assumptions are not known or not understood. The inevitability of Obama becoming President is a reflection of the need for Americans to fundamentally change the way we live. An example... In the realm of commerce, if giant mining companies can merge to reduce costs(talk of Rio and BHP) or the Microsoft and Yahoo merger, wouldn't it make sense to merge health care into one federal level body and provide health care for everyone ? If it makes sense for giant corporations to talk about reducing costs doesn't it make sense to apply similar economic considerations in health care, which is inherently expensive. We as Americans are so caught up in petty bickering for scraps that we don't realise that our tax dollars are being used to finance corporate buy outs of private banks and other financial institutions, who made millions off us in the first place. The change in America is not only required at Washington, but it is required at home. We live on a planet where education and innovation are two most important aspects that will ensure our survival as a nation and as individuals. For those that don't realise this, take a look around you and see what is happening inside and outside of the US. We have been left behind. It is time to forget about who is black and white or who is male or female, or who is Christian, Jew or Muslim. We are after all children of Abraham. The economic system that we find ourselves in requires us to borrow money for almost everything we need to buy. Why are we borrowing money when we are supposed to be a rich country ? Only poor people borrow money, not the rich. Why is it considered unpatriotic to question what our government does. Does it not bother us when Halliburton wins no-bid contracts in Iraq and then shifts corporate head offices to Dubai to avoid paying tax in the US. All the while the ex-CEO supports a flag lapel. Where's the patriotism?!? In a capitalist country like ours, paying tax should be on top of our list of patriotic acts. Everyone talks about he said 'bitter' or he said that ... read the comments on this post itself. Don't they sound bitter ? Why do we insist on behaving like children? Where is the common sense that defined us as a country? We have turned into a gaggle of geese repeating sound bites that we hear from the idiot box. We should take responsibility for ourselves, our actions and take responsibility for where we want our country to go. This is the difference. It is a monumental opportunity.

Posted by: Maximegalon | June 3, 2008 11:50 PM | Report abuse

and for the media and others:

"Don't speak too soon for the wheel's still in spin, and there's no tellin who that it's namin. And the loser now will be later to win, for the times they are a changing".

nuff said

and yes, the wheel is still in spin.

Posted by: prophet | June 3, 2008 11:48 PM | Report abuse

If you have three, look for the best one
and vote for the one who will bring America
back to the people.
I vote Obama to do just that. I've had
with the other ones who say and do nothing.
Give him a try and I bet he will do a great
job. He is bringing new ideas, and fresh
face to the White House and to America.
You gave Bush not four but eight years.
The first four should have shown you
something but NO, you had to do again for
four more miserable years. I hope you
don't do it to the America people for another four lousy years of Republican
ways. Learn from your mistakes for you
will be living in your care if you have
one, if you do it will just sit there because you won't be able to put gas in
it to go anywhere. Bush and McCains
policy. Great for America and her people!!

Posted by: Sammy | June 3, 2008 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Obama/General Wesley Clark ticket with Hillary as Secretary of State (never gonna happen)

Obama -Hill-dog with Clark as Sec of Defense
more likely

mccain bites assssssss

Posted by: happy | June 3, 2008 11:32 PM | Report abuse

"change" is just a 6-letter word. I've been hearing it from politicians all my life since the 1960s and one thing I've learned about it is: it means NOTHING

Posted by: isaiah | June 3, 2008 11:23 PM | Report abuse

but if wew dont choose then we sit back in our arm chair and gripe that we did not get what we we want read between the lines see what is missing the awnser is in front of all of us

Posted by: manman | June 3, 2008 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Sounds to good to be true. The Devil must be in the details. Where are the details?

Posted by: Freedom | June 3, 2008 11:18 PM | Report abuse

but for freedom we need a democratic socitiy so one or the other

Posted by: manman | June 3, 2008 11:18 PM | Report abuse

"mccain 54, Obama 46 in the general"

Wow - a whole 8 points behind in the general poll. You're right, Obama should pack it up and head home since tonight means absolutely nothing. I mean he was only 30 points behind in the Democratic polls 18 months ago - making up 8 points could never possibly happen.

"Obama's spouses senior college THESIS at Princeton."

I'm amazed at the length that Republicans will go through to dig up dirt on the Democratic party. Here we have an extremely clean-cut candidate with the reputation of a Boy Scout and since they can't dig up any trash on him, they concentrate their efforts elsewhere - his pastor or his wife in this case. But then again, after all the negativity we've suffered through for the last eight years, who can blame them for concentrating on the negative.

Posted by: Paul | June 3, 2008 11:17 PM | Report abuse

a presedent that is more open to that we all live diffrent lives around the world and have diffrent needs that need to be met with new angles and that is what obama will bring to the table

Posted by: manman | June 3, 2008 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Expecting the least of 2 evils should not be good enough for America. I really wish the system was different, but I am not sure what would be better.

Posted by: Freedom | June 3, 2008 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Depends on what your expecting from a president.

Posted by: Freedom | June 3, 2008 11:13 PM | Report abuse

well obama is the least of the evils

Posted by: Anonymous | June 3, 2008 11:11 PM | Report abuse

YES! WE! DID!

OBAMA-WEBB, '08!!

Posted by: martin edwin andersen | June 3, 2008 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Honestly --- I can not find one candidate that has anything good to offer this country

Posted by: Freedom | June 3, 2008 11:09 PM | Report abuse

obama is american freedom your a joke

Posted by: Anonymous | June 3, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

what is needed is someone with a open mind to run america and obma is a fres face from the likes of bushes and regans alike

Posted by: manman | June 3, 2008 11:07 PM | Report abuse

If McCain wins in November then America
gets what they deserve!!!!!

Vote for Obama or suffer the same or
worse of Bush policies.

Posted by: Sammy | June 3, 2008 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Is Obama an African American or European American. I really hope our next President is from North America.

Posted by: Freedom | June 3, 2008 11:05 PM | Report abuse

its about time a little bit of light in the american future

Posted by: manman | June 3, 2008 11:05 PM | Report abuse

come on bruce realtor- talk about something relevant for the country and us. Why wasting time finding holes in other coats. Is that all that you can offer as a MC supporter.

Posted by: BDG | June 3, 2008 11:01 PM | Report abuse

My prediction ---- If Obama wins the next president will be republican.

Posted by: Freedom | June 3, 2008 11:01 PM | Report abuse

What a Clinton class act; no congrats to Obama, but I digress.

Please don't have Billary as your VP, Mr Obama. You will spend most of your presidency removing knives from your back.

Posted by: Mike | June 3, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse


After 8 years of darkness, shame and cover-up, America is back, Obama is the best bet for a prosperous future.
Great day*)

Posted by: Anonymous | June 3, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse

"Go home Clintonians, go cry at your beds.
Whoever wins the presidential election in November, YOU are the losers!"

After Obama loses in November -- and he will -- he will be political toast forever. Hillary Clinton, however, will live to fight another day.

Posted by: LiveFromNewYork | June 3, 2008 10:54 PM | Report abuse

//Continuing//

Mrs. Obama's thesis at Princeton has been restricted, apparently, until after the general election and a 'summary was posted' that some are saying contains 'highly inflamatory' reteroic.

So, Mrs. Obama found herself gradually wanting the things the white students at Princeton wanted, like success maybe.

So, Mrs. Obama also found herself wondering if 'she was from somewhere else,' even though her professors were considerate of her presence in 1985.

SO WHAT -- If this is all her thesis concludes [or ideas of the like], she could just as well have said 'some of my best friendsa are Jews,' only to have allegedly offended those who are Jewish.

PERSONALLY, I am a McCain supporter, not because of ideas expressed in and around 1985 by Mrs. Obama, but because McCain has a very major record of sacrifice for America that goes WELL BEYOND WORDS. He is not perfect by any means, but he credibly claims to always be a SERVANT of America and while Obama may claim likewise, ON ESPECIALLY THE INTERNATIONAL STAGE, A FORMER HANOI HILTON POW CAN BE BELIEVED AS NOT 'EXPERIMENTING' WITH WHAT THEY BELIEVE AMERICA NEEDS AND WANTS.
/////////////
McCain is the GURU, Obama the student. FOR THE NOVICE THE POSSIBILITIES ARE MANY, BUT FOR THE EXPERT THEY ARE FEW.
/////////////

Posted by: brucerealtor | June 3, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

I hope Obama is smart enough to NOT pick Hillary for his VP. John Kerry would be a much better choice. I swear if Hillary is Obama's VP I will vote for McCain.

Posted by: I just hope | June 3, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Go home Clintonians, go cry at your beds.
Whoever wins the presidential election in November, YOU are the losers! Your leader is obliterated, and you, the worse people our country can bring, are banished FOREVER of our political life.

Posted by: Go home Clintonians! | June 3, 2008 10:47 PM | Report abuse

"It's been at least eight years since I felt proud to be an American but I certainly do tonight."

and thats why your party will lose.

americans dont like americans who are not proud to be americans, who deride those who exercise their constitutional rights and practice religion as "bitter", and who try to explain away spending 20 years in a church with a crazy, offensive pastor.

and then theres the liberal thing

and the unexperienced thing

and the arrogance thing

mccain 54, Obama 46 in the general

Posted by: I is for Independent | June 3, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Well done! :D

Posted by: Anonymous | June 3, 2008 10:30 PM | Report abuse

It's been at least eight years since I felt proud to be an American but I certainly do tonight.

Posted by: Chris Fox | June 3, 2008 10:07 PM


I'll say. Now here comes the challenge...

Posted by: Anonymous | June 3, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Obama's spouses senior college THESIS at Princeton.

"Some of my best friends are Jews."

I remember telling that to the woman who would become my first wife and who is Jewish. I was then told that ANYONE making such an observation was prejudiced against Jews -- but HOW ?? Didn't I just say that I wasn't prejudiced against Jews ??? I thought I had, but what I had actually APPARENTLY REALLY just said was that I really know so few Jews, that I never knew such a statement would be viewed by them as being a prejudiced statement. >b


Posted by: brucerealtor | June 3, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

It's been at least eight years since I felt proud to be an American but I certainly do tonight.

Posted by: Chris Fox | June 3, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse

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