David Kirkpatrick

August 28, 2008

No longer presumptive …

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 12:52 am

Obama is the Democratic nominee for president.

From the link:

The unanimous vote made Mr. Obama the first African-American to become a major party nominee for president. It brought to an end an often-bitter two-year political struggle for the nomination with Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, who, standing on a packed convention floor electric with anticipation, moved to halt the roll call in progress so that the convention could nominate Mr. Obama by acclamation. That it did with a succession of loud roars, followed by a swirl of dancing, embracing, high-fiving and chants of “Yes, we can.”

June 3, 2008

Associated Press gives Obama the nod

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 4:29 pm

The Associated Press has already declared Obama the Democratic nominee for president this year.

From the link:

Obama sealed his victory based on primary elections, state Democratic caucuses and delegates’ public declarations as well as support from 22 delegates and “superdelegates” who privately confirmed their intentions to The Associated Press. It takes 2,118 delegates to clinch the nomination.

April 14, 2008

Gore and Carter to force Clinton’s hand?

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 10:09 pm

If this report holds any water, the Democratic nomination is wrapped up.

From the linked Scotland on Sunday article:

DEMOCRAT grandees Jimmy Carter and Al Gore are being lined-up to deliver the coup de grâce to Hillary Clinton and end her campaign to become president.
Falling poll numbers and a string of high-profile blunders have convinced party elders that she must now bow out of the primary race.

Former president Carter and former vice-president Gore have already held high-level discussions about delivering the message that she must stand down for the good of the Democrats.

“They’re in discussions,” a source close to Carter told Scotland on Sunday. “Carter has been talking to Gore. They will act, possibly together, or in sequence.”

An appeal by both men for Democrats to unite behind Clinton’s rival, Barack Obama, would have a powerful effect, and insiders say it is a question of when, rather than if, they act.

February 13, 2008

Obama inevitable?

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 5:57 pm

From a Ben Smith Politico post:

As we wrote last night, Obama has begun to make his own inevitablity case, and David Plouffe made it explicit on a conference call this morning, telling reporters that it’s now “next to impossible” for Clinton to surpass what he says is a 136-person lead among pledged delegates.

“The only way she could do it is by winning most of the rest of the contests by 25 to 30 points,” he said. “Even the most creative math really does not get her, ever, back to even in terms of pledged delegates.”

“This is not about votes — it’s about delegates,” Plouffe said.

The other half of this case, of course, is that superdelegates will and/or should follow the pledged delegates.