The Note: Math (and) Class

But if you were looking for a conciliatory tone, you came to the wrong candidate: "Her tone was a departure from the fiery populist rhetoric of recent days, in which she has cast herself as an underdog," Perry Bacon Jr. writes in The Washington Post. "Instead, in a soft, almost pleading voice, she said she believed that 'whether you voted for me or Senator Obama or Senator Edwards, each vote is a prayer for our nation.' "

This isn't the talk of someone who wants a compromise: "I'm told that more people have voted for me than for anyone who has ever run for the Democratic nomination."

In addition to being irrelevant (the team with the most points, not the most rushing yards, wins), it is almost certainly inaccurate in fact as well as in spirit for Clinton to claim to be winning the popular vote, as ABC Polling Director Gary Langer points out. (Unless you believe that only 1,677 Iowans showed up at the caucuses -- yes, statewide.)

"It's a race for delegates," ABC's Jake Tapper reminds us. "If Clinton gets the nomination and then goes on to win the popular vote but lose the electoral college, there won't be any super-electors to appeal to. You run the race according to the rules. And according to the rules, Obama leads in delegates overall, pledged delegates, superdelegates, and the popular vote. Neither candidate has yet secured the proper number of delegates to win the nomination."

"For a party scarred by the experience of 2000, when Al Gore received 500,000 more popular votes than George W. Bush but lost the presidency, this argument is sure to make it harder to unite and put bitter feelings aside," Newsweek's Jonathan Alter writes. "Oh, and it's not true. . . . If the Obama people have any sense, they will demand in their negotiations with the Clintonites that Hillary cease and desist in her specious claim to have won the most popular votes."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., remembers her rules: "The person who has the most delegates becomes the nominee of the party," Pelosi told PBS's Judy Woodruff on Wednesday. "It's not been about the popular vote." (But she won't follow the delegate leaders just yet: "I will endorse when we have a nominee," she said.)

In the delegate race, the continued trickle of supers leaves Obama just 61 delegates away from securing the nomination, per ABC's delegate scorecard.

Clinton has earned the right to set some terms for her exit -- but it's hard to divine exactly what she wants.

What HE wants: "In Bill Clinton's view, she has earned nothing short of an offer to be Obama's running mate, according to some who are close to the former President," Time's Karen Tumulty reports. "Even if Clinton is not on the ticket, the list of things she might want could range from a tangible move like help in paying off some of her campaign debt to a symbolic gesture of homage at the Democratic National Convention."

And wouldn't this be fun? "Several party officials believe she is likely to insist that her name be placed in nomination on the first ballot [at the convention], opening up all the divisions once again," Tumulty writes.

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