June 3rd, 2008
09:40 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 6/3/08

Anderson Cooper is in the CNN Election Center tonight with the Best Political Team on Television.

The polls in South Dakota and Montana will be closed by 10p ET. Will Sen. Barack Obama be able to secure the Democratic nomination tonight? We'll hear from Sen. Obama and Sen. Clinton.

We've been seeing Obama looking more and more toward a likely general election matchup with John McCain, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee. How will that race shape up?

CNN Senior political analyst Bill Schneider will once again join the 360° live blog to answer some of your questions. Please be nice to him.

Be sure to check out our live web camera from the Election Center. The shot features a behind the scenes look at the set. We’ll turn the camera on at 945p ET and turn it off at 11p ET.

We'll start posting comments at 10p ET and stop at 11p ET. Take a look at a post that may be helpful if you wonder why some comments get posted while others do not.

Filed under: Live Blog
June 3rd, 2008
06:17 PM ET

The art of losing well

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Bruce Weinstein
The Ethics Guy, BusinessWeek

Why does Hillary continue to run, when the odds against her winning the Democratic Party’s nomination are so slim? Perhaps it’s because she truly believes she is the best person to be the next President of the United States. Perhaps it’s because she is convinced that, with continued determination, she can succeed at this formidable task. But the reason could be much simpler.

She may consider losing to be a form of personal failure.

If so, she is clearly not alone in feeling this way. We live in a culture that celebrates winners and chastises losers. “Winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing” might well be the unofficial motto of this country. Indeed, everyone loves a winner, but losers are viewed with scorn and derision. This is more than unfortunate; it’s unfair. I will argue that we should rethink losing and that we ought to embrace our losses, rather than run from them.

UCLA football coach Henry “Red” Sanders (who, not Vince Lombardi, coined the expression) was mistaken in holding winning to be “the only thing.” No one would rationally want to live in a world in which winning is our sole objective. There are other considerations that are as, or more, important than winning, whether the subject is football, corporate management, dating, or any other social activity.

The five fundamental principles of ethics are:

Filed under: Bruce Weinstein • Ethics • Hillary Clinton • Raw Politics
June 3rd, 2008
06:07 PM ET

Removing the FLDS children: Upsides

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Steven Hassan
Cult expert
Author and mental health counselo

On the face of it, the Texas Supreme Court's 6-3 vote to support the Appellate Court reversal of Judge Walther's decision—to remove the children from the FLDS compound in Eldorado—might look like a blow, but I don't see it that way.

The fact is, the overall situation is vastly improved for the children and other members of the group and there is great hope.

•First of all, I predict there will not be any more so-called “spiritual” marriages involving underage children.

•Second, the investigation into the facts of child sexual abuse—of girls as well as boys—has begun and is set to continue.

•Third, despite the upset brought about by the dramatic intervention by Texas Child Protective Services, the children and other members of the FLDS group have no doubt had many, many positive experiences with people in the real world, as evidenced by the tearful goodbyes when they had to go back.


Filed under: Polygamy
June 3rd, 2008
03:40 PM ET

Beat 360° 6/3/08

Hey Bloggers!

It's time for 'Beat 360°!'

Everyday we post a picture – and you provide the caption. Our staff will get in on the action too.

Today's Beat 360° will be web-only because of primary coverage. We will post the winners tomorrow. Can you Beat 360°?

Here is the 'Beat 360°' pic of the day:

Beat 360°

Have fun with it.

Make sure to include your name, city, state (or country) so we can post your comment.

Our staff winner is Joey, with "As I lay me down to sleep, I pray that Hillary is the Veep."
Our viewer winner is Kent in Illinois, with "It's over... I've been waiting for an end to this Primary process my whole life."

Filed under: Beat 360°
June 3rd, 2008
11:36 AM ET

The final primaries... Suspense (or suspended anyway) on the tarmac

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Candy Crowley
CNN Senior Political Correspondent


I believe in accordance with squatters' rights, I now own O'Hare airport.

I will spare you the dreary story of how I came to be sitting in seat 8-B on an overheated plane so small my computer bag wouldn't fit in the overhead, wearing the same clothes I had on the day before when I left Washington DC for Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Today's travel tip: AMTRAK

But wherever we are, here we are. The eve of the end.

The famous final scene? I'm thinking so... 


Filed under: Barack Obama • Candy Crowley • Hillary Clinton • Raw Politics
June 3rd, 2008
07:35 AM ET

Morning Buzz

Morning folks...

It is showdown day...The polls in South Dakota and Montana open in less than ONE HOUR...today, the last votes will be cast in this highly contested and EXTREMELY close Democratic Presidential contest. Barack Obama is just 42 delegates shy of the 2,118 now needed to clinch the nomination. There are not enough pledged delegates at stake in Montana and South Dakota to put Obama over the top, but a rush of endorsements by the remaining undeclared "superdelegates" which are expected today could allow him to claim victory. Just now on NBC's TODAY SHOW –The House majority whip and the top ranking African-American in Congress endorsed Sen. Barack Obama in the Democratic presidential race...so as I type the numbers keep changing....

All the headlines this morning are ALL politics:

The Washington Post reports this morning: The People Have Spoken - Whatever Clinton might say, there is considerable doubt about her claim to be "winning the popular vote." The only sense in which that is true is if she includes all the people who voted for her not only in Florida but also in Michigan, an election that she previously said "is not going to count for anything." She also has to exclude the 230,000 "uncommitted voters" in Michigan, most of whom would have probably supported Barack Obama had he been on the ballot, and caucus participants in Iowa, Nevada, Maine, and Washington. So with Obama looking more and more toward a likely general election match up with John McCain, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee. And while not taking anything for granted, it appears he's starting to look at Clinton as less of a rival and more as an important ally who can help him win in November.

CNN is reporting that: She'll do what it takes in November. Sen. Hillary Clinton is poised to deliver a message Tuesday "that she will do whatever it takes" to put a Democrat in the White House - a message that Sen. Barack Obama insiders say indicates she would accept an offer to be Obama's running mate if asked.

WSJ: Obama Camp Begins Delicate Task Of Wooing Clinton's Supporters. The awkward courtship has begun between supporters of presidential candidates Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama.

BUT if you are gambler..check out the NY POST. GAMBLERS BET ON HILL & MITT FOR VEEP.
Hillary Rodham Clinton and Mitt Romney are the favorites to be their parties' vice-presidential nominees, according to a popular online betting site. Intrade, which correctly picked the winner of every state in the 2004 general election, evaluates the veep stakes chances of 30 prominent political figures – 16 Democrats and 14 Republicans.

So for all the primary results and the final numbers TUNE to CNN tonight, starting at 7pm, Anderson and the best political team on TV will have all the analysis and all the speeches...YOU DONT WANT TO MISS THE final chapter of this never ending drama...

Filed under: The Buzz