My DD has a front page diary saying the race is over because of what Politico reports as " some important adviser's" comment and Time magazine's inaccurate facts.
Well these are some painful things that Mark Halperin should know.
1. "She can't win the nomination without overturning the will of the elected delegates, which will alienate many Democrats."
Elected delegates represent the will of people - says who? So, what is the will of the people of Texas, for example?
2. "She can't win the nomination without a bloody convention battle -- after which, even if she won, history and many Democrats would cast her as a villain."
So is Obama. Even Obama can't win without a bloody convention if he doesnt secure 2209 delegates( not 2025)
Obama is the villain if he is the nominee after losing 8 or 9 of the 10 biggest delegations and popular vote but still goes on to become the nominee.
3. "Catching up in the popular vote is not out of the question -- but without re-votes in Florida and Michigan it will be almost as impossible as catching up in elected delegates."
Mark halperin or the media does not get the right to decide if 2.4 million votes from MI and FL should count.
4. "Nancy Pelosi and other leading members of Congress don't think she can win and want her to give up. Same with superdelegate-to-the-stars Donna Brazile."
Nancy Pelosi and Donna Brazile are not the only superdelegates that decide the nominee. There are numerous senators, governers, congressmen and party bosses that back Hillary.
5. "Obama's skilled, close-knit staff can do things like silently kill re-votes in Florida and Michigan and not pay a political price."
He is already paying a political price. If Obama does not set his foot in MI and FL until he gets the nomination, write off these two states in November. Added to this he has hurt the whites in OH and PA. Can someone tell how Obama will win by losing these 4 states in November?
6. "Many of her supporters -- and even some of her staffers -- would be relieved (and even delighted) if she quit the race; none of his supporters or staff feel that way. Some think she just might throw in the towel in June if it appears efforts to fight on would hurt Obama's general election chances."
Do you have a poll of her supporters( at least 14 million so far who have voted for her) and staffers before declaring " Many of the supporters will be delighted?"
7. "The Rev. Wright story notwithstanding, the media still wants Obama to be the nominee -- and that has an impact every day."
This moron wants the media to decide the race!
8. "Obama might not be able to talk that well about the new global economy, but she (and McCain) can't either."
So- what do you imply. - Nobody should be the POTUS?
9. "Many of the remaining prominent superdelegates want to be for Obama and she (and Harold Ickes) are just barely keeping them from making public commitments to him."
Unsubstantiated bogus claim. How many superdelegates did you interview before making this claim?
10." She can't publicly say more than 2% of all the things she would like to say about race, electability, beating McCain and experience."
Don't you worry about that. Wait and see -the media will do it for her, once Obama starts crumbling in PA and all through May.
11."If she somehow found a way to win the nomination, she would have to offer Obama the veep slot, and she doesn't want to do that."
She will probably be waiting for a no from Obama. Obama doesn't want the slot either. There are ofcourse more qualified candidates willing to take that spot, people who respect and love Hillary like Clark and Bayh or may be even Edwards.
12. "This is a change election, and Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton can never truly be change."
Bush- clinton-bUSH had something that hillary doesn't have and vice-versa. Wait until you see atleast 40 million women come out in November and vote for the First woman POTUS- Is'nt that a historic change?
13. "Obama is having fun most days, and she isn't."
Correct, by saying things like "typical white" about his grandmother.
14. "Even though her campaign staff is having more fun than it has for a long time, there's hardly anyone there who, given half a chance, wouldn't slit Mark Penn's throat -- and such internal dissension won't help her in the home stretch."
Mark Penn is now not running the show in the homestrech. Everyone knows that. I wouldn't be surprised if Carville, Begala and even Dick Morris is roped in the last moment.
Shame on my DD to carry front page articles saying the race is over. Mark Halperin has lost his neutrality, even if he ever had one. The race is far from over.