Wolfson is right to point out that Obama's offer means that the goalposts have moved -- 2,026 is probably not the magic number (but what it is, we still don't know). Yet what if someone plays Lucy to Clinton's Linus?
Forget her enemies: Clinton should be wary of her friends, Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne Jr. writes. "Clinton's chances of winning are slim, partly because some of her own supporters believe the contest is over. They see the clash over Michigan and Florida as futile for Clinton and destructive to the party," he reports. "Clinton could see some of her own supporters defect on a rules vote rather than risk a party split."
The latest killer quote comes from Gov. David Paterson, D-N.Y.: "I would say that at this point we're starting to see a little, you know, desperation on the part of a woman who I supported, and woman who I'll support until whatever time she makes a different determination."
But an excellent point from Arianna Huffington: This thing could have been ended two months ago, and the reason it isn't? Superdelegates. "It's time for the uncommitted superdelegates to stop their dithering, come out of hiding, hop off the fence, endorse Obama and officially bring this nominating process to an end," she writes. "Hillary Clinton has more than earned the right to stay in the race until the bitter end. So it's up to the superdelegates to accelerate the bitter end." l
As McCain's medical records get their read-through, Obama continues his Florida journeys, and Clinton does a day-trip (!) to South Dakota.
Obama fills in for Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., Sunday at Wesleyan University's commencement in Connecticut.
It's purple time for Obama: New Mexico, Nevada, and Colorado are on his schedule early in the week, per Talking Points Memo's Greg Sargent.
Get the full political schedule in The Note's "Sneak Peek."
At the White House:
Don't look now but -- but was that some presidential swagger we detected? "There will be tough fighting ahead. But the progress is undeniable. Because of your bravery and your courage, the terrorists and extremists are on the run, and we are on our way to victory," President Bush told US troops at Fort Bragg Thursday, per ABC's Jennifer Duck, who points out that the word "victory" hasn't been near the president's lips in a while.
ABC's Jonathan Karl: "Despite the recent gun battles and civilian casualties we have seen in Sadr City, there are some real signs of progress. Military officials are more optimistic now than they have been at any time since the purple-finger elections of January 2005."
Karl Rove gets the subpoena he never knew he wanted, from the House Judiciary Committee. "The committee has been investigating claims that the Bush administration played politics in decisions made at the Justice Department, including the firing of at least nine U.S. attorneys in 2006,"per ABC's Jack Date, Theresa Cook, and Jason Ryan. "Those firings created a political firestorm on Capitol Hill, and led to former attorney general Alberto Gonzales' resignation last summer."
It gets more interesting than that: "The panel subpoenaed Rove as it disclosed that the U.S. Justice Department was reviewing allegations that former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman and defendants in two other corruption cases were victims of selective prosecution," Bloomberg's James Rowley reports.