The Note: Dream Maker?

(Obama strategist David Axelrod, confirms to the New York Post that there have ben talks, but "it's not like there's been offers proffered or positions created. It's not even close.")

She fights on: "The last thing we need is somebody who gives up and quits as our next president," she said Monday in Kentucky, ABC's Kate Snow, Sarah Amos and Eloise Harper write. They report: "Voters who spoke to ABC News said they would stick with Clinton in the Democratic presidential race until the end and expressed anger at the media for 'writing her off.'"

Said Clinton on the trail Monday: "This is nowhere near over."

But it won't feel that way Tuesday, even if the voting brings another one of those now-familiar splits.

Obama's milestone means something, and not just to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others who've called this first and foremost a race for delegates. "Though not assuring Obama of the nomination in August, the achievement would signal that victory is near in his hard-fought battle with Hillary Rodham Clinton," Nicholas Riccardi and Stuart Silverstein write in the Los Angeles Times.

But he's got to be careful not to push: "Premature victory laps and false declarations of victory are unwarranted. Declaring mission accomplished does not make it so," Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson writes in a memo (it'd been a while -- welcome back).

Her strategy Tuesday may remind you of last week's, or the week before. "Clinton is still hoping that a stronger-than-expected showing in the remaining races -- including today's primaries in Oregon and Kentucky, with a combined 103 pledged delegates up for grabs - will convince superdelegates that she would be the stronger nominee in November against Senator John McCain," Susan Milligan writes in The Boston Globe.

Her latest argument cites Karl Rove: "Electoral maps put together by the consulting firm helmed by Karl Rove, and obtained by ABC News, show Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, to be a stronger general election candidate in a hypothetical general election match-up against Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., than Sen. Barack Obama," ABC's Jake Tapper reports.

This time, The Washington Post's Dana Milbank casts the former first lady as Knight Clinton (remember your Monty Python): "'More people have voted for me than have voted for my opponent,' she says, adding in Michigan, where Obama wasn't on the ballot. She shoots again, this time using the unreal conditional: 'If we had the same rules as the Republicans, I would be the nominee right now.' She rebounds and fires another: 'The states I have won total 300 electoral votes. My opponent has won states totaling 217 electoral votes.'"

The latest on the "dream ticket": "Sen. Barack Obama's (D-Ill.) allies in Congress do not want Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) as his running mate," The Hill's Alexander Bolton reports.

"Obama's congressional backers say former Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sam Nunn (D-Ga.) or former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) would be the better choice. Some are wary of putting Clinton on the ticket because they believe she has run a racially divisive campaign."

What to watch for Tuesday, per ABC's Karen Travers: "Obama's support among women and white voters in Oregon. . . . Turnout in Kentucky's cities. . . . Turnout in Oregon's cities vs. small towns." And -- of course -- pay attention to those uncommitted superdelegates.

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