May 19th, 2008
04:06 PM ET

Monday's Super Battle

Editor's Note: Mark Halperin is editor of ThePage at Time.com. He is a guest on AC360° tonight at 10p ET.

Mark Halperin
Senior political analyst for TIME magazine

- Kansas Democratic Chair Larry Gates endorses Obama.
Today’s tally: Obama 3, Clinton 0.

Other Obama nods announced Monday:
– West Virginia Sen. Byrd.
– Washington State Democratic Party Chairman Dwight Pelz.

Plus: California selects its final delegates for the national convention Sunday and adds five additional supers, giving three to Clinton, two to Obama.

Filed under: Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton • Raw Politics
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. David Chico

    The party elite has made their choice. Like Kerry and Byrd said to the voters in their respective states, DROP DEAD! Will the Obama people work during off year election? do they even know that there are elections every two years? The party has decided to become a liberal left party rather than a center left party. Many people are leaving the dem party over this and are tired of being branded as racist for not blindly following the Obama/Dean/Kennedy left turn. Centrists win, not anti-war leftists. This swing to the left and subsequent transformation into an Obama personality cult has split the dem party. Its Obama/Dean that did it, not Hillary Clinton. So when Obama loses this fall, you have no one to blame but yourselves.

    May 20, 2008 at 12:25 pm |
  2. J.V.Hodgson

    After Kentucky and Oregon, ( my guess 58/45 delegates in Clintons favour) the math gets more simple,with a total of 103 at stake in remaining states.
    What I do not like is Clinton continuosly changing her basis for continuing the fight, which comes down to more of the same or I can win thru super delegate votes at the convention.
    This may be true but three things happen:-
    1) The democrats lose the presidential election.
    2) The international community suffers enormously, more terrorism and $200 oil price, and worse still the accusation that America is Xenophobic has more validity than ever.
    3) America goes into recession and deeper in debt ( funding unwinnable wars), the credit crisis gets worse and results in a potential global recession.
    American policy and politics has to change. I hope its coming but I am extremely nervous.
    In this sense what place do attacks on the wife or husband of a candidate of any party have. Thier role has traditionally been secondary at least and so it should be, and much less important than the VP.
    Trouble is Americans love a Scandal, more than what's best for America and its people and the international community.
    Publish that if you dare!!

    May 20, 2008 at 3:07 am |
  3. bp

    On Michelle Obama – if she thinks what she say's will not be censored – she is very immature about the process of being a public figure. Loose lips sinks ships.

    On Barack Obama – he is just as naive if he believes that she should not be held accountable for public comments.

    But that has been the weakness in his candidacy – lack of accountability beginning with empty promises in campaign speeches all the way to denouncing his existing relationships that no longer fit into his "empty" candicacy.

    We don't need change we can believe in. We need a candidate that is believable!

    May 20, 2008 at 2:45 am |
  4. bp

    Obama is being forced upon the democratic party. He is not able to close the deal. If he could close the deal, it would have been done by now. The race has been tough because the party is clearly not in agreement. Maybe its' time for change we can believe in but also a candidate who can deliver this change. Obama can not deliver.

    I applaud Hilary Clinton for staying in the race. Her tenacity is making the DNC reveal its inadequacies and inconsistencies in the democrat process.

    May 20, 2008 at 2:40 am |
  5. GAIL AL;

    Senator Byrd, is a disgrace, going against the voters. Idon't guess he's worried about his job, he's old as dirt.

    May 20, 2008 at 2:17 am |
  6. GAIL AL;

    Obama's attitude burns me up,if he thinks Michele is off limits, he better think Again. All they have done is whine hate whinersThe thoughts of Michele Obama being in the whitehouse, makes me sick.GO HILLARY, If not Hillary i'll vote McCain

    May 20, 2008 at 2:09 am |
  7. Gary Chandler in Canada

    @Marylin in Georgia,,, perfect! you say 16.5, she says over 17 million.
    who is lieing you or her!?
    check the real clear politics charts on the popular vote counts,
    aside from the fact ALL of the votes for her don’t go above 17 million like she’s been claiming, (MISPEAKING); she is not ahead in the popular vote either, as she claims, (ANOTHER LIE)
    No matter how you look at it, even with Obama having a 0 count in MI, she is not leading in votes either.
    Some news casters are stating she is only ahead if the caucus states are not counted. actually SHE is counting her numbers in those states, because she got hem. but throwing out Obama’s ,,,
    somebody like Wolfson probably puts this on paper in front of her and she believes it!? its not TRUE!
    If you gave Obama even 35% in MI even it would be even a greater spread. This being ahead in the popular votes ranks right up there with the dodging bullets lies.

    May 20, 2008 at 1:14 am |
  8. vickie

    In michigan primary clinton,kucinich,dodd and gravel .ALL managed to get their names on the ballot.....where was obamas?she had 328,151 votes...even if you give him ...ALL..the uncommitted which was...237,762....she still wins.She should get all the delegates awarded to her for winning the state.In florida clinton,obama,edwards and kucinich were on the ballot the votes were.... clinton 857,208.......obama569,041...She has won both of these states and they will count them.

    May 20, 2008 at 12:22 am |
  9. vickie

    My husband and I have gone to your election center and took the time out to add the votes from every state.According to our calculations....Hillary clinton has 11,916,368 votes.........obama has 6,019,273 votes...thats a difference of almost ...5,ooo,ooo american votes....now I did count fl. and michigan...but even without them she is still ahead by millions .Why hasn't any of you at cnn addressed this instead of showing the same delegate count over and over.This needs to be given some air time .The delegates better get their act together .I've been a democrat all my life and...... I am not happy...

    May 20, 2008 at 12:10 am |
  10. Linda in Sacramento

    I can't believe all the fuss being made about Michelle Obama being "picked on". I don't recall anyone defending Hillary when Bill was campaigning. And they are still doing it in reverse now. Somehow, Bill is held to a high standard while Michelle is being babied.

    Grow up Michelle, this is politics. And Barack...your hair trigger is beginning to show. Are we gonna see you have a "hands off" attitude about anything you don't want to hear?

    May 19, 2008 at 11:44 pm |
  11. JJ_Orlando

    Hillary, you are the man, wait no Obama's wife is the man. Wait! I think dems are so backwards the Republicans will win hands down. I'm starting to like Mc Cain

    May 19, 2008 at 11:36 pm |
  12. Margaret

    One new superdelegate for every flag pin. Each admirer should send Mr. Obama a flag pin so he is well decorated for the fourth of July

    May 19, 2008 at 11:24 pm |
  13. David

    Obama's attitude is a slap in the face to voters in five states- Go McCain!

    May 19, 2008 at 11:15 pm |
  14. kentucky voter

    i am a barack obama man..............
    i hate lies and pandering such as hilary clinton...

    May 19, 2008 at 10:15 pm |
  15. JT

    The DNC is shoving Obama to the democrats throats.

    This is what you call the Libberman job.

    Hillary's supporters will not take that period.

    Hillary or McCain.

    May 19, 2008 at 9:43 pm |
  16. Larry

    Finally we'll have a president who will give us all the same health care package that Ted Kennedy has (including MediVac).

    affirmative action for all 🙂

    Nationalize all industries so they can no longer make profits.

    Life will be grand 🙂

    Obama, president for life; sounds nice, doesn't it:)

    May 19, 2008 at 8:19 pm |
  17. Kathy, Chicago

    After months of research and listening to candidates, it looks like the exciting ride is almost over. Trying to keep a positive attitude, I once again watched all of my Sunday political shows. I listened to Obama and McCain closely, as it was predicted by all channels that they would be the fall candidates. There was nothing, no spark, no excitement, nothing. I'm glad for the summer break. Maybe some time away from all of the campaign talk will make them both more appealing in the fall.

    May 19, 2008 at 7:34 pm |
  18. Sharon from Indy

    As Barak Obama cements his Democratic Party candidacy, I almost hate to see the high school football game rivalry end between Obama and Clinton. The competition has brought out the best in the American people: Americans understand what is at stake in deciding who will be the next President of the United States. To many, it will be the competition between the have and have nots.

    Even so, the game's really not over.

    The two states' champions, Obama and McCain, are going to get their uniforms very dirty. It will probably look more like roller derby etiquette than the fundamentals of football during the next round of political monkeyshines.

    I've enjoyed the passion of the primary political forum; it has been intoxicating. I hope the school spirit continues when we vote in November.

    May 19, 2008 at 6:51 pm |
  19. Andre

    I cannot believe that there is still Clinton supporters that believe that he still can lay claim to the nomination. Even more surprising is those who think that the level of attacks that Obama has and is receiving from both Clinton, McCain, and the Rep. Party is fair.
    What seems odd to me is the care that the media has handled the Clinton’s. Does anyone believe that the Clinton impeachment and all the number of scandals would not be the deciding factor? Does the country really want Bill Clinton walking around in their White House? If you thought the Republican base would not vote. Just imagine the excitement of beating a Clinton.
    I only hope that Hillary just walks away and allows the party to move forward without her or Bill being the Leaders.

    May 19, 2008 at 6:28 pm |
  20. Larry

    At least Obama doesn't have to go before a congressional committee, as do supreme court justice nominees, and be questioned in open hearings to state his qualifications for the job; but then being president isn't as big a job as a supreme court justice.

    May 19, 2008 at 6:04 pm |
  21. Lynn, Lexington, KY

    Hillary doesn't automatically "win" Michigan and Florida when the delegates are seated though! I don't think Obama even campaigned in Florida at all and he even took his name off the ballot in Michigan after those two states broke the rules. It wouldn't be fair to just give her these two states. If you divide the delegates equally (which seems the fairest thing to do) she still can't win. I'm no expert but that is the way I understand it to be???

    May 19, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
  22. John from Oregon

    add 2 from Alaska 5-0

    May 19, 2008 at 5:41 pm |
  23. Annie Kate

    The Democratic party needs to take a long hard look at the states and groups of voters they depend on in the general election and which candidate does a better job attracting those voters. Obama's supporters and himself like to say he has the most votes, the most delegates, etc. But the primary is far different from the general election – does he have the states that the Democrats need for the general election or does he have the ones that traditionally go for the GOP. If the DNC doesn't analyze this and make decisions that will support their candidate winning in the Electoral college (where it is winner take all by state) then the GOP is the only one that stands to benefit.

    As for Obama calling foul on what is being said in TN about his wife, if he's going to spend time denouncing every negative or factually unpleasant line said about himself, his campaign, and his wife from now to the general election, then he's not going to get much campaigning done. If you are running for the most important job in the land you should be able to take the knocks without whining.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    May 19, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  24. Joseph Kowalski, North Huntingdon, PA

    Not only is Senator Obama battling against Senator Clinton to win the Democratic nomination, he must also battle against all those Republicans who changed their political party in order to influence the choice of Democrats. "Operation Chaos", the term coined by Rush Limbaugh, is in full swing and attempting to throw the Democratic choice to Senator Clinton, an easier opponent for Senator McCain in the fall.

    Considering all he is up against, I think Senator Obama is doing a great job as a primary candidate and it's preparing him for the onslaught of Republican dirty tricks to come in the general election.

    May 19, 2008 at 5:33 pm |
  25. Marilyn in Georgia

    Barack Obama declares victory tomorrow at his own peril. The rules require at a minimum 2026 {adding Florida and Michigan delegates raises that threshhold} to win. He has not and cannot close the deal. I am stunned at how Obama , the media, and the DNC are ignoring us 16.5 million plus voters for Hillary Clinton. Have all of them drunk the kool-aid? We have always had an excellent candidate in Hillary Clinton. But for Obama's ego and the hidden agenda of his backers and funders, we would be well on the road to resoundly trouncing the Republicans in 2008 with Hillary Rodham Clinton. as our standard bearer. As of this day, if Obama wins the Democratic nomination, I, a life-long Democrat of the African American persuasion , cannot conceive of voting for him even if Hillary tells me I should. Thus, Obama must not only woo Independents, he needs to woo us "Hillary-Democrats." For the first time in my 62 years, I am considering not voting at all. After all, sometimes folks deserve what they get such as 4 more years of a Republican administration

    May 19, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  26. Susan

    Senator Byrd goes against the will of the people. He must have fallen for the flag pin.


    May 19, 2008 at 4:39 pm |

    Today I heard Obama's comment that the TN GOP should "lay off of his wife". I think ,in lieu of Mrs. Obama's recent comments , whether in context or not, certain scrutiny of the possible First Lady is surely warranted, especially when she is not only a wife but in Obama's own words, "his mentor". As a wife and mother, i'm certain she had quite an influence as to which Church with which her family became affiliated. Not inclined to lay off Mrs. Obama, my question is, "why is her college thesis reflecting her separatist point of view which is normally available through the Princeton website, been BLOCKED until the day after the election"?

    May 19, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  28. Tammy, Berwick, LA

    As much as Senator Obama thinks he has sealed the deal, apparently he hasn't, can't, and probably won't without the DNC forcing him in as their nominee. The mere fact that he is unable to win this outright speaks volumes about his inability to pull the party together even with his mega financial support, Kennedy backing, and feel good politics. Just think, the DNC has six months to figure this out before someone gets elected. Entertaining doesn't even begin to describe this.

    May 19, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  29. Larry

    Obama! President for life!

    No more elections, they take up too much time & money.

    May 19, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  30. Cecil Jones

    Right or wrong it's time for the adults in the Democratic Party to end the bitterness and the bickering before the wheels on the bus fall off. Regardless of what decision is made, somebody is going to cry foul and these hurt feelings will only generate more hate and hurt. It's time to seal the deal and start to heal. I'm really shocked that some inside this party are threatening political suicide. Totally unacceptable. These words alone should cost anyone uttering them their insider status forever! Without discipline kids can get away with domestic terror. Gender doesn't matter when it comes to a fit.

    May 19, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  31. Marcia, Warren MI

    AND only 168 days until the election.

    May 19, 2008 at 4:11 pm |