Expected Results, In Every Way…

So the DNC voted to seat the Michigan and Florida delegations, with half-votes. Pretty much what was the expected, and reasonable, solution.

Off the remaining 291 delegates (pledged and super), Obama needs 64 to win the nomination, hands down. Clinton needs 241.

So, naturally, Clinton strategist Harold Ickes ominously finishes his statement with “the candidate reserves the right to take this to the credentials committee.” In other words, she could still decide to go to the convention and fight, kicking and scratching, for what she thinks is hers by RIGHT.

However, as Chuck Todd from MSNBC pointed out:

“You know, there is a big thing we should be getting out of this party tonight, and that is the Democratic National Committee is not somehow controlled by the Clintons. Not by the Clinton campaign any more. We may have started this campaign believing that the Clinton campaign controlled, but this is Barack Obama’s party now. He’s already been winning the outside game, he now won the inside game. Yes it’s true that Harold Ickes can threaten this stuff about the credentials, but Don Fowler really did signal today by being for the Michigan compromise that, guys– it’s over.”

My hope: 20 to 25 supers declare for Obama tomorrow, Monday and Tuesday, so that by the final closing of the Montana polls on Tuesday night, he’ll have the magic number to declare victory.

My second hope — the one that I *really* want, but find less likely: Clinton graciously issues a concession speech, and recognizes that victory.

Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing

As you watch news reports this weekend, about the “protests” at the DNC Rules & Bylaws Committee meeting in Washington (where they’re going to decide what to do about the Michigan and Flordia delegations), you’re going to see a lot of pictures like these:

What you should remember (and what many media outlets aren’t emphasizing) is this: These “protesters” have been organized and bussed in by the Clinton campaign. This isn’t some sort of democratic movement of righteous outrage at an injustice — this is another cynical manipulation by a desperate politician seeking power for power’s sake.

Remember. It’s all about HER.