McCain Vs. Obama: New Electoral Map Emerges

"Note" author and ABC chief political reporter Rick Klein writes about Clinton's "gracious" but "delayed" exit on ABCNews.com. "The primary campaign that formally ended with Clinton's suspension of her campaign cleaved the party in two -- dividing along lines of black and white, male and female, blue-collar and white-collar. In this history-making year, Clinton's challenge as she joins Obama on his quest -- whether or not she joins his ticket -- will be to subsume the personal piques of the just-ended campaign and convince her supporters to believe as strongly in him as they have in her," he writes.

Fedora, dark glasses and all, even Matt Drudge was at the National Building Museum for the historical event. Credit Nagourney and/or Mark Leibovich of the New York Times for spotting the highly influential newsguy against a wall. The Drudge Report Web site earned the ire of the Clinton campaign during the course of her campaign, for pushing negative stories and using unflattering pictures of the former first lady.

With Clinton no longer in '08 waters, the race for women voters heats up as the McCain campaign senses an opportunity to convert Democratic women who might be upset with the way their gal was treated. In speeches, McCain has been making a play for the frustrated Clinton supporters. "Many Clinton voters say that she will remain their leader, that she has created a lasting female constituency, a women's electoral movement unlike any other," Jodi Kantor of the New York Times writes in Saturday's paper. The key question, "(c)an she pivot millions of supporters in the direction of Mr. Obama, the candidate she just stopped denigrating?"

On "Good Morning America Weekend," feminist author Gloria Steinem reflected on the Clinton candidacy and admitted she didn't think Clinton would win. She said that the woman who stands against women's issues is usually a person who is elected to office (She cited former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher as an example). On Clinton: "There was a flawed campaign, that's true. There are other parts of it, too," Steinem told ABC's Snow. She thinks Clinton needed to not only champion women's issues, but also shown her feminine side more. "The forces on her to imitate a male commander in chief were profound."

Mark Penn, the former Clinton chief strategist, pens an op ed explaining what went wrong with the Clinton campaign. LINK

In other news...

First lady Laura Bush made her third unannounced trip to Afghanistan, arriving in the capital of Kabul before visiting the remote Bamiyan Province. In an exclusive interview with ABC News' Jonathan Karl, Bush talked about the work that still remains in the country. "We have seen a resurgence of Taliban and al Qaeda killings and kidnappings in Afghanistan," she said, per Karl. "I don't want people to think it means we need to give up. I think it just means we really need to stand more strongly with Afghanistan."

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