Klobuchar Endorses, But Stops Short

Barack Obama acquired yet another superdelegate today with an endorsement from Senator Amy Klobuchar. Yet, Ms. Klobuchar did not go so far as to encourage a Clinton withdrawal from the primary race. She echoed a comment from Obama and said she thinks Hillary has the right to continue her campaign.

“I believe Sen. Clinton has every right to continue her campaign,” Klobuchar said this morning in a conference call with reporters. “She should continue.”

As the Democrats’ presidential campaign remains frozen in a delegate stalemate, the party’s superdelegates have begun migrating to Obama’s side.

Citing Obama’s sweeping victory at Minnesota’s precinct caucuses on Feb. 5, Klobuchar said her neutrality had placed her “within Barack and a hard place — and I chose Barack.”

She also said her continued silence about the race had become awkward, although “overall I haven’t had a lot of hand-wringing over this.”

Despite growing fears within the party that the presidential campaign could become increasingly toxic, possibly ending in a bloody fight on the floor of the national convention, Klobuchar said she remains optimistic it will be resolved peacefully long before then.

“I have faith that our candidates will work this out and resolve it by early summer,” she said. “I believe they’ll do the right thing and we’ll figure this out.”

“early summer”…

That’s code for the growing hope that Clinton will come to the realization that she has no chance of winning and as such, she’ll bow out by the last contest and not pull the kamikaze move and go kicking and screaming all the way to the convention.

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Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Backs the Wrong Candidate

The Congresswoman was speaking at a campaign rally today and could barely get a word in edgewise. She supports Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination. But, the crowd wants Obama. They made their displeasure known.

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Operation Chaos Thwarted in Kentucky

Democrats hate Rush Limbaugh, and they are going completely wacko over Operation Chaos. Apparently they’ve been successful with a counter strike in Kentucky.

Thousands of Kentuckians who have switched political affiliations over the past three months in hopes of voting in May’s Democratic presidential primary will instead be barred from casting ballots. Secretary of State Trey Grayson alerted Kentuckians on Wednesday to a little-known state law that forbids people who change their party registration after December 31 to vote in the May 20 primary.

Some 9,000 people have switched parties since Jan. 1. Grayson said voter registration drives by supporters of Democratic presidential candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton could inadvertently cause the number of ineligible voters to grow.

9,000? Not bad.

That’s funny — the campaigns are getting in the game trying to recruit more voters by getting people to switch parties. If they find a way to arrest Rush and put him in jail for inspiring voter fraud (so far they’ve been unsuccessful), will Obama and Hillary be put in jail too?

Don’t bet on it.

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It's the Money, Stupid

Forget about pressure from the DNC, bad poll numbers, or her credibility gap. The real issue for Hillary Clinton is – money. The lack of money, that is. It could be the single factor that brings her campaign to a halt.

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Has the Drum Beat Begun?

Hmmm…this is getting interesting. First Dr. Dean says the primary season has to be over by July 1st. Now, we have a little ditty from Sen. Patrick Leahy.

Sen. Patrick Leahy is suggesting that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton abandon her White House run.

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and six-term Vermont lawmaker said there is no way that Clinton is going to win enough pledged delegates to get the nomination. Leahy told Vermont Public Radio, in a show that aired Thursday, that Clinton ought to withdraw and should be backing Sen. Barack Obama. But Leahy said that’s obviously a decision only Clinton can make.

“Senator Clinton has every right, but not a very good reason, to remain a candidate for as long as she wants to. As far as the delegate count and the interests of a Democratic victory in November go, there is not a very good reason for drawing this out. But as I have said before, that is a decision that only she can make,” Leahy said in the statement.

Are we witnessing the beginning of a multi-Senator line-up behind Obama? What with the Casey endorsement today, and now Leahy’s public statements, could this be the start of a landslide of Democrats who pressure Hillary to quit?

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Casey Hearts Obama

Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey endorsed Sen. Barack Obama today.

In a surprise move, Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania has endorsed Senator Barack Obama in advance of the April 22 Democratic primary. Mr. Casey had said he would remain neutral in the race in part because he wanted to help broker a reconciliation between Mr. Obama and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton afterward.

“I believe in my heart that there is one person who’s uniquely qualified to lead us in that new direction and that is Barack Obama.” Mr. Casey said during a rally in Pittsburgh Friday.

Mr. Casey is going against the grain in his state, where polls show Mrs. Clinton ahead by at least 12 percentage points and where she has the endorsement of most of the state’s major Democratic figures.

Assuming she wins the primary in Pennsylvania, watch for Hillary to use Casey’s endorsement as proof that superdelegates can thwart the will of the people and line up behind the candidate of their choosing. This is the kind of endorsement she needs to give credence to her belief that she can stay in this til the convention.

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Dean: The Decider-in-Chief?

Everyone is buzzing about the statement today from DNC chairman Howard Dean who said on CBS’ “The Early Show” that he wants superdelegates to make a decision on the Democratic nomination by July 1.

Harry Smith asked if after the nominating contests end with the South Dakota and Montana primaries on June 3, “Do you want the superdelegates to have some sort of vote immediately so that you’ll know months in advance of the convention what the outcome is?”

Dean replied: “Well, I think the superdelegates have already been weighing in. I think that there’s 800 of them and 450 of them have already said who they’re for. I’d like the other 350 to say who they’re at some point between now and the first of July so we don’t have to take this into the convention.”

Remember, with Democrats, it’s not what they say that counts. It’s what they intend to say that matters. Shortly after Dr. Dean appeared on TV, an aide came forward with a “clarification”.

An aide explains that July 1 is not a drop-dead deadline: “The point is before the convention, ideally in June.”

Don’t believe any of this. Before the day is out, I expect a statement from the Clinton campaign clarifying even further that Chairman Howard Dean knows not of what he speaks. He’ll be discredited lickety-split. Clinton, as we heard yesterday, has no intention of quitting before the convention. My guess is someone told Dean he had to start taking a leadership role in this whole thing, and he decided to arbitrarily throw out the July 1 pseudo-deadline.

It ain’t gonna happen.

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Hillary Will Destroy the Democratic Party To Win the Nomination

Don’t think she’ll do it? Think again. Hillary spoke with Gretta Van Susteren from Fox and said the following about her fight to go all the way to the convention.

CLINTON: Well, you know, you can always go to the convention. That is what credential fights are for. You know, let’s have the Democratic Party go on record against seating the Michigan and Florida delegations three months before the general election? I don’t think that will happen. I think they will be seated. So that is where we are headed if we don’t get this worked out.

VAN SUSTEREN: What about the pledged delegates right now? Are they likely — do you have any position on them sort of moving over in one direction or the other?

CLINTON: Well, you know, delegates are free to exercise their judgment, all delegates, whether you are from a caucus or you are from a primary or your so-called appointed delegate.

It’s one thing to read the words she said, but you must watch the video to really see the anger and determination Clinton has in this. If she’s not the nominee, she’ll make sure everyone goes down. When you think about it, she’s pulling a suicide bomber move on the Democratic Party.

Video, via NewsBusters, here.

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Obama: Mr. Tax-n-Spend

Oh, he’s the change candidate alright…as in…dollars and change.

Obama: “I think that we can have a capital gains rate that is higher than 15 percent. If it–and if it, you know–when I talk to people like Warren Buffet or others and I ask them, you know, what’s–how much of a difference is it going to be if it’s 20 or 25 percent, they say, look, if it’s within that range then it’s not going to distort, I think, economic decision making. On the other hand, what it will also do is first of all help out the federal treasury, which is running a credit card up with the bank of China and other countries. What it will also do, I think, is allow us to make investments in basic scientific research, in infrastructure, in broadband lines, in green energy and will allow us to give us–give some relief to middle class and working class families who have been driving this economy as consumers but have been doing it through credit cards and home equity loans. They’re not going to be able to do that. And if we want the economy to continue to go strong, then we’ve got to make sure that they’re getting a little relief as well”.

After paying for all the new programs and his multi-billion dollar mandated healthcare program, there won’t be any money left over for the (as yet undefined) middle class. This is change? How is this any different than the same tax increase proposals given by Democrat candidates of the past?

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Clinton Rejected in South Bend

The school board of South Bend have rejected a request by Hillary Clinton to hold a presidential campaign rally in the Washington High School gym on Friday. South Bend Community School Corp. board President Sheila Bergerson says Clinton’s visit would have interfered with the school day. She says plans called for juniors and seniors to attend the public rally.

School board members denied the request Wednesday night.

Bergerson says she worried that the school corporation would give the impression it was endorsing Clinton.

Clinton will instead be at Mishawaka High School. Apparently they have no problem endorsing her.

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