June 3, 2008 |
The long and intense primary season ends today with Barack Obama positioned to nail down the Democratic presidential nomination within a day or two - if not hours. Once the results are in tonight from South Dakota and Montana, and even before, many of the more than 150 undeclared superdelegates are expected to choose sides, likely pushing the Illinois senator over the magic number of 2,118 delegates. Nearly 70 of the superdelegates are members of the House and Senate, and many of them are expected to move to Obama en masse tonight or tomorrow.
May 23, 2008
South Jersey Democratic Party leaders have decided they prefer backroom politics to select a candidate to replace U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews. If they get their way, whomever voters choose in the June 3 Democratic primary will become a placeholder for the person that party officials actually put on the general election ballot. That's atrocious, and voters ought to signal their unwillingness to go along with the scheme by refusing to vote for the party's designated placeholder, Camille Andrews, the congressman's wife.
May 21, 2008 |
With the presidential primary season winding down, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton scored a sweeping victory in Kentucky yesterday even as Sen. Barack Obama, the easy victor in Oregon, reached what he called a milestone along the road to the Democratic nomination. Speaking in Iowa, site of the stunning caucus victory that gave his candidacy liftoff 4 1/2 months ago, Obama hailed all that his campaign had accomplished and stopped just short of anointing himself the nominee. "Tonight, in the fullness of spring, with the help of those who stood up from Portland to Louisville, we have returned to Iowa with a majority of delegates elected by the American people," Obama said in Des Moines, "and you have put us within reach of the Democratic nomination for president of the United States of America.
May 15, 2008
Clinton's big win After Hillary Clinton trounced Barack Obama in West Virginia, the superdelegates and the Democratic National Committee should wise up and see that she is the only candidate who can beat John McCain ("Clinton wins big in W. Va.," May 14). West Virginia is a microcosm of the voters needed for the Democrats to win in November. And Clinton continues to win swing states such as Ohio and Florida, as well as big states such as Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Jersey, with their large numbers of Electoral College votes.
May 9, 2008 |
Sen. Barack Obama worked the House floor yesterday as if it were an aldermanic district in his hometown of Chicago, shaking hands, patting backs and giving hugs as he searched for superdelegates to lock up the Democratic presidential nomination. It was a smart move: About one-third of the party's 260-plus undeclared superdelegates are members of Congress, and they were a captive - and starstruck - audience yesterday, gathered in the Capitol for a series of votes. "You go where the votes are," said Rep. Robert A. Brady, the Philadelphia Democratic chairman, who sparked the mob scene by suggesting that Obama pop over for a visit.
May 8, 2008 |
Her prospects diminished by the primaries Tuesday, Hillary Rodham Clinton said yesterday that she's staying in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination and that she is her party's better hope for victory in November. Clinton's pledge to keep running "until there's a nominee" came as Barack Obama, his front-runner status reinforced by the results from North Carolina and Indiana, picked up endorsements from four more of the superdelegates who ultimately will decide the outcome.
May 8, 2008
Sen. Barack Obama went a long way toward wrapping up the Democratic nomination for president Tuesday night. By winning big in North Carolina and only narrowly losing in Indiana, Obama showed his resilience. He bounced back from his loss to Sen. Hillary Clinton in Pennsylvania, boosting his lead in the popular vote and in pledged delegates. Clinton has nearly run out of time and money. Since winning Pennsylvania, she has lent her campaign $6.4 million. She doesn't have to drop out of the race, as party elder George McGovern urged yesterday.
May 2, 2008 |
Paul Gipson, president of Steelworkers Local 6787, introduced Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton at the union hall as the Democrat with the "testicular fortitude" to make tough decisions in the White House. And just the day before, North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley had endorsed Clinton in Raleigh, calling her a fighter "who makes Rocky Balboa look like a pansy. " Both men tested the boundaries of campaign-speech propriety this week, but they were also on message: Hillary is strong.
April 29, 2008 |
Excerpts from Dick Polman's blog, "Dick Polman's American Debate": This is a very sensitive issue, but it needs to be discussed. When the unpledged Democratic superdelegates finally look hard at the electability factor, they will be compelled to judge whether Barack Obama would be a risky nominee because of his race. In the end, this may not be a deal breaker. But right now it can hardly be ignored - not after what we learned in Pennsylvania, where, according to the final exit polls, 12 percent of white Democratic primary voters said that race mattered in their choice of candidate . . . and, of those whites, a whopping 76 percent chose Hillary Rodham Clinton over Obama.
April 27, 2008 |
Forget the debate over the war in Iraq, the economy, or health-care plans. The candidates' handlers and surrogates certainly have. These days, the battle between Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton is mostly about electability, about who has the better chance to win in the fall. And both sides have an argument to make - having to do with the electoral map, among other things - which hasn't always been the case. For much of the campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, electability was Obama's strong suit.