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Obama Is Endorsed By Former Klansman

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From a discreet Associated Press:

Committee Chairman Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) waits to deliver ...

[AFP caption:] Committee Chairman Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) waits to deliver his opening remarks before the Senate Appropriations Committee on May 15, 2008 in Washington, DC. Democrat Barack Obama’s White House bid Monday won support from the Senate’s oldest and longest-serving member who acclaimed his freshman colleague as a “shining young statesman.

Obama to reach delegate milestone Tuesday

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – Barack Obama will reach a significant milestone Tuesday as he marches toward the Democratic nomination for president — a majority of pledged delegates at stake in all the primaries and caucuses.

Obama will still be short of the overall number of delegates needed to clinch the nomination, unless he were to suddenly receive an avalanche of endorsements from the party and elected officials known as superdelegates. But the Illinois senator’s campaign is touting the delegate milestone as a big step in defeating his rival, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York.

“A clear majority of elected delegates will send an unmistakable message — the people have spoken, and they are ready for change,” Obama campaign manager David Plouffe wrote in a memo to supporters Monday…

Obama picked up the endorsement of Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia Monday, less than a week after Clinton overwhelmingly won the state’s primary. Byrd is the longest serving member of the U.S. Senate

Obama goes into Tuesday’s contests with 1,610.5 pledged delegates won in primaries and caucuses. He needs 17 more to reach a majority of the 3,253 pledged delegates available. Clinton has 1,443.5 pledged delegates, according to the latest tally by The Associated Press.

Clinton’s campaign played down the significance of the milestone, accusing Obama of declaring victory without reaching the required number of overall delegates.

“Premature victory laps and false declarations of victory are unwarranted. Declaring ‘mission accomplished’ does not make it so,” Howard Wolfson, Clinton’s communications director, said in a memo to supporters.

Obama has a total of 1,915 delegates overall, including endorsements from superdelegates. Clinton has 1,721, according to the latest AP count.

Obama is a little more than 100 delegates short of the 2,026 needed to clinch the nomination. He cannot make up that ground in the Kentucky and Oregon primaries because of the proportional way in which Democrats award delegates. The two states have a total of 103 delegates at stake Tuesday.

But winning a majority of pledged delegates could help his case with undecided superdelegates, who are free to support whomever they choose at the party’s national convention in August. Obama argues that superdelegates should support the candidate who wins the most delegates in the primaries and caucuses. Otherwise, he says, they would be overturning the will of the voters.

Obama, who overtook Clinton in superdelegate endorsements a little more than a week ago, picked up six more Monday. Clinton added none…

Wouldn’t you expect the endorsement of a (half) black man by a former Grand Kleagle and Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan to be headline news?

And yet the the Associated Press buried this historic event in the middle of their story.

Why is that, do you think?

Do you think if a former Klansman endorsed a Republican Presidential candidate it would be similarly soft pedaled?

(These are rhetorical questions, of course.)

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, May 19th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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