So It’s Over Right?

Politico’s David Paul Kuhn tries to say that it is time to turn the lights out on the Clinton campaign, and I agree with him. It’s over. Really. It is. Obama won. It was a great race. Yadda, yadda. It’s time to iron out the wrinkles, placate the egos and get back to making sweet love over universal healthcare and budget balancing. Let’s do that!

Kuhn says Obama will announce that “it’s over” officially on May 20. I’m sure he will try very hard not to do it in some flagrant manner, like say, punching his fist through a placard reading “I will fight for you!” while shouting, “But you couldn’t fight this! I’m a baaaaad man! I’m the greatest of all time. Obama, bumaye! Obama, bumaye! Rumble, young senator, rumble! You can’t hold me! I’m too pretty. I’m so pretty!”

I mean, because that’s what I would do. But I’m sure he’ll reign it in.

“On May 20 we’re going to declare victory,” said an Obama senior advisor who asked that his name be withheld to speak candidly, adding that after those contests they will be “the ones with the most pledged delegates and the most popular votes.”

While the nature of that declaration of victory is “still developing,” in the advisor’s words, the Obama campaign contends that the winner of a majority of pledged delegates should be the party nominee.

But do you think the Clinton campaign got the memo? Kuhn said those Arkansan dead-enders plan to slug it out at least until May 31, but possibly even longer, arguing over those disputed Michigan and Florida delegations.

It’s a train wreck waiting to happen, with one candidate claiming to be the nominee while the other vigorously denies it, all predicated on an argument over what exactly constitutes the finish line of the primary race.

The Obama campaign agrees with the Democratic National Committee, which pegs a winning majority at 2,025 pledged delegates and superdelegates–a figure that excludes the penalized Florida and Michigan delegations. The Clinton campaign, on the other hand, insists the winner will need 2,209 to cinch the nomination–a tally that includes Florida and Michigan.

“We don’t accept 2,025. It is not the real number because that does not include Florida and Michigan,” said Howard Wolfson, one of Clinton’s two chief strategists. “It’s a phony number.”

Wolfson said they intend to contest the DNC’s 2,025 number “every day,” as well as any declaration of victory made by Obama based upon that number, because it does not include Florida and Michigan.

Now I’m not like other people. I don’t care whether Hillary remains an agitator all the way to Denver because, reality is, she can’t win. If she’s smart (and she is smart) she will use the sizable amount of delegates she won and tons of cache she has to use as she pleases. She could use it to gain favors or promises or to see her ideas make it onto Obama’s platform. (Other than her sudden desire to bomb Tehran and “gas tax holiday”promotion, they’ve got some wiggle room.)

Plus Obama will want to heal the Dems’ fractured coalition. He can’t do that if Clinton uses her leverage to pick at all those sores. Breaking the party down by its waring tribes of woman, black people, gays, blue collar whites, Latinos, “elites,” hardcore heart-bleeding Liberals, progressives, feminists and young people has been very damaging to the point that some want to take their toys and go give them to McCain.

Those people are crazy. But I understand their sentiment.

But if you believe Begala and Brazille, people are going to be SALTY over how this Democratic cookie crumbles.

So what will Obama do? You can’t ignore her. She’ has too many delegates. But you don’t want her hold those delegates over your head keeping your ideas and choices hostage until she stamps her OK on them. I know people don’t like to hear it, but the woman is just a little over 100 delegates from Obama. As much as he may want to see her disappear, I am telling you, she is not going. She didn’t leave Little Rock when they wanted her to leave. She didn’t leave the White House when her husband was being impeached. And she didn’t leave Bill all those times he cheated. She doesn’t double down. She is always “all-in.” She’s been in the shit before. She has smelled it. She is not afraid of no man (or woman) who gets in her way.

Violent Muhammad Ali allusions aside, how should Obama and Clinton barter this power struggle now that is officially, according to The Snob, “over?”

8 thoughts on “So It’s Over Right?

  1. I know there was an agreement among the candidates to not campaign in Florida and Michigan because they broke the rules and thereby forfeited their delegates, but was the agreement written down somewhere? Did the candidates sign something? Because if they did, why hasn’t anyone thrown that back in Clinton’s face? Yes, she’s a lawyer, so I know she knows how to get around any loophole she can, but good grief, it was an agreement that they both made and now it seems only Obama wants to honor it. Someone should call her on that! More to say, but no time to say it!

  2. i just read paper today that steven ybarra a superdelegate in california is asking for 20 million dollars so he can “register” mexican americans and get them to the polls…says he’ll remain undecided until he gets an “ironclad” promise from either candidate…

  3. tiffany: Clinton et al were operating on the “honor” system when it came to Michigan and Florida. Everyone fully respected it except she left her name on the ballot in both states.The only people who could be hurt by the calendar hoping were Florida and Michigan. For candidates it was a matter of trying to make nice, but she (obviously) did not want to make nice when she realized she wouldn’t wrap this up on Super Tuesday.starrie: What? Is that like a threat? Gimmie 2 mil and I’ll create a clone army of voting drones just for you, if and ONLY if you make me Secy of the Interior. MAKE IT HAPPEN!Lame!

  4. She needs to have her debt paid off, and the promise of support in her next campaign because good lord, she is going to need it after this. She wants something big and until she gets it, it seems that she is entirely willing to burn the house down around everyone.She’s out of money, in debt, can not make the numbers without putting the general in jeopardy.I say give it to her, short of an offer to be on the ticket (because while she is able to withstand the stench, it also clings to her, trails her like Eau de Bile), and pay her to stay quiet for a while.

  5. @blacksnob, i take it as a threat…normally i would call bs, but since i lived in phoenix,az and i have a good friend who is involved in state politics, i’m just going to say that i am not all surprised by this…

  6. starrie: How “Jimmy Hoffa” of him! This is like how the Teamsters would pick who could be mayor of Chicago back when they were in bed with the mob.

  7. This kind of reminds me no longer of Fatal Attraction but now the theme song of Effi, “And I Am Telling You…I’m Not Going!”. This is election is great for stylized Shakespearian Theatre, Christopher Marlowe, or a stylization of Moliere’s satire or even George Bernard Shaw’s thematic irony. This also can go down as a Greek Tragedy. I’m so not enthused. I would be like old theatre-goers and throw fruit at all the actors (politicians) and pundits…and fellow people.

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