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Barack Obama said Friday morning his grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, is gravely ill and might not live until election day. He’s been with her in Hawaii, where he was born, leaving the campaigning to Joe Biden, Michelle Obama and Bill and Hillary Clinton.

So how did the Repubican ticket make the most of a day without the front-runner on the scene? As Rachel Maddow put it, they had a cringe-inducing day, like pimples on prom night. This six-minute clip shows why Maddow is cable’s rising star; her ratings have doubled in one month.

History! Barack Obama has just become the Democrats’ candidate for the presidency at the convention in Denver and the first African-American ever to be nominated by a major political party. The state-by-state roll call was terminated when former rival Hillary Clinton, instead of casting New York’s vote, asked the convention to nominate him by acclamation, which was quickly accepted.

NBC news has confirmed Hillary Clinton plans to leave the presidential race on Saturday and “express her support” for Barack Obama.

So she’s giving her speech in New York — Obama has already clinched the nomination — and she thanks voters in South Dakota, which went for her, and said, “You had the last say.”

Wrong, Hillary. Montana is still voting. You’re going to lose there. Deal with it.

Then she finally gets around to congratulating Obama and his supporters…for their campaign. Period.

And then she repeated the fallacy of winning more votes, blah blah blah. People in every state chose who’s most ready, chose her. More blah blah.

Bitch. What a bitch!

And she just mentioned November and now it’s global warming and health care and blah blah campaign speech and now environment as if maybe she thinks Al Gore might back her when he never liked her? Denial. Bitch in denial.

Now she’s promising to keep working for me — no thanks, Hill — and if she ever, ever admits Obama won, I’ll come back and update this.

OH!!! She just said she wants to end the war in Iraq! The war she voted to authorize!

Hill, please get off my TV screen, k?

9:49PM: “I will be making no decisions tonight.” Delusional. And never admitted she lost.

 

Illinois Senator Barack Obama has clinched the Democratic nomination for president, with the required 2,118 delegates, according to the tally by CNN.

Throughout the day, as voters in South Dakota and Montana cast primary ballots, delegates and superdelegates were moving to Obama. Some had been undeclared while others switched allegiance from Hillary Clinton.

He will address supporters tonight in St. Paul, at the venue of the upcoming Republican convention. Hillary Clinton will speak in New York City.

Related: She just can’t say it

If you’ve ever wondered what could possibly put right wing gasbag Rush Limbaugh and an equally gasbaggy Hillary Clinton supporter on the same page, it’s that purported-to-exist tape of Michelle Obama using the word whitey. They’re both beside themselves about it.

I don’t think it exists.

Sunday, the Clinton supporter, Larry Johnson, promised on his staunchly anti-Obama blog that by 9 AM Monday he would post a bombshell. The appointed hour came and went, all of Monday came and went, and nothing. He is convinced the tape exists, though, writing (and I refuse to give his blog a link) this tooth fairy explanation:  “I have not seen it but I have heard from five separate sources who have spoken directly with people who have seen the tape. ”

Third-hand sourcing like that reminds me of a song from about 100 years ago, about the then-Prince of Wales who went on to become Edward VIII who abdicated in 1936. The song goes like this: I danced with a man who danced with a girl who danced with the Prince of Wales.

Johnson, Limbaugh and to a lesser degree, Fox News, and their devoted sheeple are going on and on about the tape and how it could give Hillary the nomination justlikethat. Like people predicting the end of the world and changing the date when the earth keeps turning on its axis, we are now told to expect the bombshell after Barack Obama wraps up the nomination.

And if it does exist? Whitey is hardly a slur. It’s not like honky. Whitey doesn’t offend me, and I am one, although when I was a girl I was a Brownie and looked terminally dorky in that little beanie.

Whitey is just a word although there are plenty of noteworthy Whiteys. From left to right – click to enlarge – we have baseball great Whitey Ford, Whitey’s Ice Cream of Rock Island, Illinois — order online at whiteysicecream.com — and Whitey Bulger, a mobster who’s been missing for 13 years, but maybe you have to be a Bostonian or an FBI guy to care about him. There’s also Whitey Herzog, but one athlete is enough.

Rounding out the gallery is my favorite Whitey, the one who hung out with the Beav on TV.

Stanley Fafara was a child actor who played Beaver’s friend Hubert ‘Whitey’ Whitney on Leave It to Beaver, which is still shown on TV Land. He died in September 2003 in Portland, Oregon of liver and kidney failure after surgery for a constricted intestine. He was 54.

Whitey. Say it. Whitey, whitey, whitey, whitey. Whitey!

There now. That didn’t hurt a bit, did it?

Reports say Hillary Clinton tonight will acknowledge Barack Obama has won enough delegates to secure the Democratic nominaton, but will stop short of withdrawing from the race or suspending her campaign.

Her speech, to follow today’s final primaries in South Dakota and Montana, will be delivered in New York City, a hastily-made change to her schedule after Sunday’s Puerto Rico primary.

But campaign officials , speaking anonymously, have told NBC that most staffers will be let go and paid through the next two weeks.

NBC/MSNBC also reports: The advisers said Clinton made a strategic decision to not formally end her campaign, giving her leverage to negotiate with Obama on various matters including a possible vice presidential nomination for her.

Noon Update: Campaign official Harold Ickes apparently has the job of backpedaling enough to make sure no one says “concedes.” When asked on MSNBC what she would say if, after primaries in Montana and South Dakota, Obama had enough delegates to clinch the nomination, he replied, “She will say what she will say when she says it.”

6 PM Update: Clinton has told contributors she would be willing to be the vice presidential candidate.

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From Pundit Kitchen

The Puerto Rico primary has never been important and that’s still the case. Only 400,000 eligible voters out of some 3 million went to the polls today.

Hillary Clinton won the primary with an estimated 55% after long campaigning by the whole family, but the extremely low turnout could hurt her renewed defiance to quit the race in hopes of somehow magically — Harry Potter magically — winning the nomination.

Barack Obama is only 62 delegates shy of the number needed to clinch the nomination.

South Dakota and Montana wrap up the primary season on Tuesday.

Former president Jimmy Carter told Britian’s Sky News on Sunday he thinks the end of the presidential nomination road is in sight and that Hillary Clinton’s not achieving anything by staying in the race. “Of course,” he said, “she has the perfect right to do so.”

Carter believes the superdelegates will move quickly after the final primary June 3 to bring an end to the race. He is himself a superdelegate. “I have not yet announced publicly, but I think at that point it will be time for her to give it up,” Carter said. 

In making her repugnant reference yesterday to Robert Kennedy’s assassination, Hillary Clinton also offered twin spins, which the South Dakota editors she was speaking with never challenged.

SPIN: She said she is ahead in the popular vote. FACT: Only if Michigan and Florida are added in, which they are not. They don’t count. According to the tally at Real Clear Politics, Barack Obama leads by 456,880 votes.

She also repeated, yet again, the myth that her husband did not secure the 1992 Democratic nomination until mid-June, debunked here May 8.

Bill ClintonThe former president is nothing if not pragmatic and ambitious and according to today’s New York Times, he has been “privately” thinking about an eventual Democratic ticket with his wife in the number-two slot.

Stating the obvious, The Times says both Clintons want to return to the White House and that he believes the vice presidency would be her best route to the Oval Office.

The Times also says, “He believes that an Obama-Clinton ticket could help unify the party, and he thinks she has earned a meeting with Mr. Obama to discuss the possibility.

Enough, Mr. Clinton. That is quite enough.

Unifying the party would not be an issue if Mrs. Clinton were not fracturing it. “Earned” a meeting? Please. This is a trial ballon full of hypocrisy and hot air.

Those Michigan and Florida delegates are still on Hillary Clinton’s mind and she might take this fight to the Democratic convention. Do you think she should?

Since I don’t believe in putting words into people’s mouths, I’m offering bare-bones choices. Feel free to leave comments about why you feel the way you do. Voting ends June 5, after the primaries are all done. Finally.

Thanks for taking part!

Zogby presidential poll results May 21 2008

A new Zogby poll of likely voters nationwide finds Barack Obama with a 10-point lead over John McCain, 47% to 37%, in a four-way contest that includes Liberal Ralph Nader and Libertarian Bob Barr. When Obama is excluded and Hillary Clinton included, McCain leads by one percentage point.

The poll also finds Obama leading in the East, West and South while he and McCain are virtually tied in the rest of the country. Also, the only demographic group in which McCain leads is 65 and older. As a group, seniors tend to be among the most likely to actually follow through and cast votes. 

Zogby says the poll hints that Barr “could do some serious damage to McCain by stealing support among the very conservative and libertarian voters.”

The telephone poll of 1,076 likely voters has a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage points.

Barack Obama sailed to a primary win in Oregon last night, with 58% of the vote, and with a majority of elected delegates. In a victory speech in Iowa, where the victories began, Obama declared the nomination is “within reach.”

As expected, he got clobbered in Kentucky where 65% of the blue-collar, aging electorate went for never-say-die Hillary Clinton. Proving why he’s a politician and I’m not, he had nothing but kind words about her.

This Iowa clip has no reporter, no voice-over or talking heads to tell you what to think. It’s just the candidate in his own words.

 

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