Sneak Peek: This is bowling. There are rules.


Over the course of this long campaign, Hillary Clinton has on a few occasions reminded the reporters trailing her that she does indeed have a sense of humor.

So perhaps it was not surprising that when Clinton began to speak in a serious, somber tone in Philadelphia about the tight Democratic race and a way to bring an end to things, a buzz went through the press corps:

"Was she dropping out? Formally inviting Senator Obama to a joint ticket? But when Clinton began tweaking Obama's efforts this weekend to woo the votes of Pennsylvania's 10-pin playing Demcorats, they knew the joke was on them," ABC News' Eloise Harper reports.

"I want to take a moment to say that this has been a very hard fought race. Each of us is drawing enormous support we clearly need to do something so our party and people can make the right decision," Clinton began.

(Wait for it…)

"So I have a proposal today. I am challenging Senator Obama to a bowl-off. A bowling night. Right here in Pennsylvania. Winner take all. I'll even spot him two frames. It's time for his campaign to get out of the gutter and allow all of the pins to be counted."

"I am prepared to play this game all the way until the 10th frame. When this game is over the American people will know when that phone rings at 3am they will have a president who is ready to bowl on day one." LINK


The Clinton traveling press corps cannot be faulted for falling for the April Fools Day joke, given the high tension and heated rhetoric on the campaign trail these days. (And the fact that most of the reporters probably haven't had a day off in months, so who looks at a calendar?)

Considering Obama's performance over the weekend at a bowling alley in Altoona PA (a cringe-worthy 37 with a few gutter balls), he better hope that the idea of a bowl-off for the nomination doesn't catch on among party leaders.

Bowling may be the most absurd way to settle this nomination but beyond Just Wait It Out and Let the Primaries End, no proposal on what to do with the uncommitted superdelegates has garnered much enthusiasm or consensus.

ABC News' Z. Byron Wolf reports that Senate Majority Leader and uncommitted superdelegate Harry Reid said today that he supports a plan to have superdelegates make their preference public by July 1, well before the convention in Denver.

"I like that — July 1 or before," Reid said in a hallway off of the Senate floor.

DNC Chairman Howard Dean is not keen on the idea of a superdelegate convention, which is being floated by Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen. In an interview with USA Today, Dr. Dean said a convention of superdelegates cannot happy because "it would look like 330 delegates are overriding the wishes of 30 million voters."

John McCain continues his biography tour tomorrow with a stop in Annapolis to highlight his years at the U.S. Naval Academy.

The theme of McCain's remarks will be service to America, which is not surprisingly given the venue of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Corps Stadium and backdrop of the Academy's campus. McCain will talk about the importance of service to the country and reflect on his time at the Naval Academy (perhaps a shout out to those toiling at the bottom of the class, like he did?)

ABC News' Sunlen Miller reports that Obama said today that while McCain's biography "is worthy of admiration," his argument with the Republican is his policies.

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